Tom Clancy calls it "a taut, exciting tale of good men in a bad war." W.E.B. Griffin calls it "a novel of exceptional authenticity that hits like a thunderclap." Dale Brown calls it a novel of "great authority and utter realism". It is all of that, and more: an electrifying novel of men at war in Vietnam.
Like Stephen Coonts and Dale Brown, Mark Berent knows planes and the men who fly them, and like them he knows how to tell a story of such excitement, filled with so much authoritative detail that the reader is immediately transported into another world.
In Rolling Thunder, the time is late 1965 and 1966: the places, Bien Hoa, Da Nang, Tahkli. While back in Washington, LBJ sits over lunch and personally picks bombing targets in an attempt to fight a limited war, in Vietnam the war knows no limits.
There, as the hostilities escalate, the fates of three men intertwine: USAF Captain Court Bannister, overshadowed by a famous father, driven to confront missiles. MiGs, and nerve-grinding bombing raids in order to prove his worth to his comrades -- and to himself...Air Force First Lieutenant Toby Parker, fresh from the States, who hooks up with an intelligence unit for a lark, and quickly finds his innocence buried away by the lessons of war...and Special Forces Colonel Wolf Lochert, who ventures deep into the jungle to rescue a downed pilot -- only to discover a face of the enemy for which he is unprepared.
Through their eyes, and those of many others -- pilots, soldiers, lovers, enemy agents, commanders, politicians, profiteers -- Rolling Thunder shows us Vietnam as few other books have, or can. Berent captures all the intensity and drama of that searing war, and more, penetrates to the heart and soul of those who fought it. Rolling Thunder rings with authenticity -- and marks the debut of a powerful and enduring new writer.
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