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message 1: by Feliks, Moderator (last edited Oct 28, 2014 09:31PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 1128 comments Mod
Its easy to describe SEAL ops, if you only write about them in SCUBA gear. How many authors emphasize aerial warfare? Aerial mayhem? Toss out some names!


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Michel Poulin | 207 comments Tom Clancy did describe quite a few air battles or actions by combat aircraft in many of his novels, notably in Red Storm Rising and The Bear and the Dragon.


message 3: by Feliks, Moderator (last edited May 09, 2015 07:11PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 1128 comments Mod
...that's for sure. that's for DANG sure


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Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 1128 comments Mod
Craig Thomas's Firefox

(movie with Clint Eastwood as well!)


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Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 1128 comments Mod
The Bridges of Toko-Ri


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Henry Brown (machinetrooper) | 40 comments I can't recommend Rolling Thunder (Mark Berent) highly enough. The only reason I haven't read the rest of his Wings of War series is I have too many obligations and not nearly enough time.

Anyway, not only is the aerial warfare great, but there's a sneaky pete character, too, so you get a little bit of SpecOps on the ground, as well.


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Henry Brown (machinetrooper) | 40 comments Feliks wrote: "that's for sure. that's for DANG sure"

I'm REALLY curious if I'm the only one nerd enough here to place that line.


message 8: by Feliks, Moderator (last edited May 09, 2015 07:04PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 1128 comments Mod
heh heh

Just a charmer, a beaut of a film. I like when the kid goes:
"Sgt..?"
"Yeah, what?"
"My name's Layton. Jim Layton."

(funny look)
"I know it is--"

or:
"They don't care...they just don't care"

A lot of people scoff at 'Battle of the Bulge' too but the scenes with Telly Savalas are hilarious. And the tanks, and friggin scary-as-hell Robert Shaw and his theory of endless war


message 9: by Feliks, Moderator (last edited May 09, 2015 06:57PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 1128 comments Mod
yup. know it well! there's also a radio version.

Biggles Flies East
Biggles Flies West
Biggles Defies the Swastika


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Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 1128 comments Mod
in terms of nonfiction the best aerial writing I've found is this:

Phantom over Vietnam: Fighter Pilot, USMC
Phantom over Vietnam Fighter Pilot, USMC by John Trotti

Overflowing with technical details of jet operation, yet a hugely gripping and engaging narrative. Amazing feat of authorship.


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Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 1128 comments Mod
I'll add Mark Berents to our shelves. He's new/recent, I reckon?


message 12: by Henry (last edited May 10, 2015 07:41AM) (new)

Henry Brown (machinetrooper) | 40 comments No, I had that paperback collecting dust since the '80s, I think. Might never have got around to it if I hadn't got to know Jim Morris (War Stary, Above and Beyond, Devil's Secret Name, Fighting Men). The two of them are pals and Jim recommended his work after he shared a photo of those two, W.E.B. Griffin (can't remember his real name) and G Gordon Liddy at some convention and I asked "What's Mark Berent's claim to fame?"

He's got a webpage with some autobiographical details worth a look, plus he's got several free articles and short stories on Amazon.


message 13: by Roger (last edited Jun 04, 2015 09:30AM) (new)

Roger Cave | 47 comments You could alway try Stephen Coontz
Flight of the Intruder

Or Dale Brown
Flight of the Old Dog
Sky Masters
Night of the Hawk

I used to read a lot of Dale Browns.


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Henry Brown (machinetrooper) | 40 comments Forgot about Flight of the Intruder!


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Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 1128 comments Mod
already in our shelf! I don't read many (modern) aerial romps but I did, that one


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