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The War Above the Trees Paperback – July 6, 2006
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This may also be picky but it relates to the writing style issue. The author continually gives an acronym, eg. "HQ" or any of the many others used by the military, then follows it by the full term, eg. headquarters. The convention is to do it the other way. Full name first then use the acronym thereafter. For me this became more and more irritating as time went by. I suppose because it kept interfering with the flow of the book.
Furthermore, he would put such words as "grunt" in quotes and then gives an explanation that this refers to foot soldiers. He does this repeatedly about very basic words that I have trouble believing anyone reading the book would not already know. Again, interfering with the flow of the story.
It appears that for some of the people who were in Vietnam during the war, it gives them an appreciation for the courage of the pilots and the many dangers they faced, but I want much more than a remembrance of past events. I want something that puts events in some sort of context and gives meaning, positive or negative or whatever.
I imagine it gives a factual account of the events he experienced, but I could find no passion to engage me and no characters that I cared about.