Saturday, March 17, 2012

eBook Review: A Lonely Kind of War

Marshall Harrison, A Lonely Kind of War: Forward Air Controller, Vietnam

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 605 KB
  • Publisher: Xlibris (December 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H8GCQM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars (23 customer reviews)
  • Price: $3.03
1. Short review: 

2. Long review:
2.1. What I liked: A Lonely Kind of War was everything I hoped it would be and more. Great story. Great action. I thought Harrison had blown the climax when he put his bail-out over hostile territory and rescue early in the last chapter. I was wrong. There was a better climax at the end.
Roller-coaster or walk-in-the-park? Oh, roller coaster. Definitely roller coaster.
This book gives great value for your money.

2.2. What I did not like:  Does not apply.

2.3. Who I think is the audience:  Look, anybody who reads English can enjoy this book, but fly-boys, especially blue-suited fly-boys, will get the most of it.

2.4. Is the book appropriate for children to read?  No. Soldiers' language. Not there on every page but Harrison pulls no punches.

2.5. On the basis of reading this book, will I buy the author's next book?  Yes, but here's the rub. Marshall Harrison died in 1995. He wrote this book, a kind of autobiography, and three novels. The three novels are Cadillac Flight, The Delta, and Leaving Brogado. Cadillac Flight is available in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market paperback but not eBook. The Delta is available only in hardcover. Leaving Brogado is available in hardcover, paperback, and eBook; currently, the sample from Leaving Brogado is on my Kindle.

2.6. Other:  I read a number of works concurrently. At last count, I am reading 16 books, one eMagazine, and one paper magazine (the relic of an old, multi-year subscription). I give each work its due attention in rotation. Except A Lonely Kind of War. I enjoyed this book so much that I broke the rotation and stayed with Harrison's book to the end. I'm glad I did.

To those who know, Harrison's awards impress:  Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Medal of Honor, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with two Silver Stars and Palm, Joint Service Commendation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 20 OLCs (!), DFC with OLC, and the Silver Star.

For those who buy the eBook, here are my corrections:
Location 5066:  ammo vice amino
Location 5595:  klick vice Hick
Location 5666:  Roj vice Rog
Some sentences are missing periods as well, but I figure those will not cause you problems. They didn't me.

2.7. Links:

2.8. Buy the book:  A Lonely Kind of War.

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