- File Size: 1475 KB
- Print Length: 297 pages
- Publisher: Mack Payne (December 4, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 4, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CG4HREA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Payne has a quirky, irreverent writing style and voice, and inside this book readers will quickly see and hear a fellow who gives speeches about his war experience. Indeed, much of the writing comes off the page as if it's being delivered to an audience of VFW members. Payne's use of military jargon, understatement and drollery fill the pages, and for anyone unfamiliar with the morbid sense of humor and ironic posturing of helicopter pilots, this book will educate quite well. (Full disclosure: this reviewer is a retired Army aviator and Vietnam vet, one tour flying Hueys, which was plenty, thank you ever so much.)
Payne's politics are mostly reserved, but when they intrude on the pages they're out there, full throated and unapologetic. He didn't like Walter Cronkite very much, and don't get him started on Jane Fonda. Indeed, like a lot of Vietnam vets, he seems to believe that America's free press single handedly delivered the war to the North Vietnamese. This is nonsense, of course, but Payne does make a point here. Our enemies are indeed attuned to the average American's level of support for our foreign adventures, and those adversaries take full advantage of apparent cracks in national unity. Maybe that's all the more reason, in the age of social media overexposure, our leadership ought to pay attention to a national feeling of tepid support as well?
It's a good book, mostly, a book that could have been much better with a good edit, but well done and readable. Maybe a sequel, with Payne's reflections on Vietnam after many years and many speeches to the VFW? It's a book that should be read, a part of our nation's history that needs to be written down and remembered.
Byron Edgington, author of The Sky Behind Me: A Memoir of Flying & Life
This book is a little different than the description might lead one to believe. The reader, for example, might interpret descriptors such as "relentlessly paced", to mean the book is filled with action and adventure. In reality, this, for the most part, is not the case. Instead, this book chronicles the author's thoughts and feelings of excitement about being in an exotic location and his enjoyment of new discoveries while there. This is not really a "gung ho", body count, Vietnam war story as much as it is a narrative on positive thinking, setting and achieving goals and making the best out of your situation. Yes, there are some recounts of battles and their aftermath but, for the most part, if that is your reason for reading this book, you might be a little disappointed.
Overall, I found the book to be quite an enjoyable read, even with its idiosyncrasies, and one I recommend to those looking for a different angle on the war and its warriors.
I'm sure their experiences were different though similar. One flew a Huey as a WO and the other a Chinook as an officer.
Thank you for sharing your experiences. I was not pleased nor impressed with your treatment of the moose and baboons.
One thing an editor might help you with is a little bit of repetitiveness which interrupts the flow of an otherwise interesting account.
the animal cruelty parts. It might of happened but I just don't feel like I needed to know
about it. It was also a little too upbeat for a war account. The narrative made it sound
as if it was a positive experience.
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