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Posted December 9, 2011
Posted November 30, 2011
A good book, but I would not call it one of my favorites.
Chuck Carlock does his friends and future historians a great service with "Firebirds." Being both an author as well as a veteran of the Vietnam War who flew in the back seat a Huey Gunship during my tour, I read ¿FIREBIRDS¿ with a different outlook than most other readers. I am also the author of "EMPTY TUBES AND BACK SEAT MEMORIES." Although, ¿FIREBIRDS¿ is a good book, I would not call it one of my favorites. However, with that said, it pulled me into the action both in the air and behind the scenes. The use of real names and photos gave me confidence in the basic accuracy of the stories, something often missing in other books. In my opinion, this book could be improved if it concentrated more on first person accounts. In addition, some of the stories tended to jump around and lacked content, thus affecting the continuity and comprehension as a whole.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Nevertheless, Chuck Carlock not only uses his memories, but also gives access to memories of those buddies he served with. I feel this give the story that little extra that this type of book needs. On many missions, I had the vicarious experience that I was right there in the aircraft on the mission. I did not fly in the "Slick." This was a nickname given to the "D & H model" Huey that strictly ferried the troops minus carrying any external mounted weapons. However, my unit flew cover for the "Slick" on many missions. Captured by Carlock are the human emotions, machines, strategy, tactics, operations, as well as the excitement, dangers and the combat scenes, which are all excellent.
Finally, the book was made interesting by the author's return to Vietnam in 1993. He toured several of the battle sites he fought on and interacted with the Vietnamese tour guides. The author saluted many of his fellow pilots and crew members at the end of the book and showed that many Vietnam vets are now successful men of stature and success in their communities. What he failed to mention is that many still suffer from the effects of their combat experiences, exhibiting health issues caused by the stress of dealing with their experiences and exposure to Agent Orange.
Posted December 26, 2010
This book really too me by surprise. i really liked it alot. Chuck Carlock is a true hero in my book. This book had alot of detail and really grabbed my attention. The detail of the combat and his time in Vietnam.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 7, 2002
Posted July 3, 2000
Exceptional Details of an Army Aviator in Combat
Could not put it down. As an Army Aviator myself (two 'Nam Tours '67-'68, '71-'72) I know where he's coming from and he's on the money. A superbly written, realistic story of what Viet Nam was really like. Must read this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 4, 2000
One of the best helicopter combat books published.
This is one of the better memoirs about helicopter combat during the Viet Nam War. Mr. Carlock takes the reader through basic training and his tour of duty 'in country'. An active member of an association of helicopter pilots, he lets others tell their stories as well. And what a telling it is. This is one of those books that puts you right in the pilot's seat, peering over the slabs of body armour you've wedged against the door, flying fast and low over rice paddies as children throw mud up on your plexiglass nose. It took me 3 days to finish - and its a pretty thick book! Once I got started, I got hooked. And even better - a portion of the proceeds goes to help the pilot's association. A good read, and a good cause.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 15, 2009
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