The Aviators (Brotherhood of War Series #8)

The Aviators (Brotherhood of War Series #8)

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by W. E. B. Griffin
     
 

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It is 1964. The Vietnam War has begun to escalate, its new style of battle demanding new weapons and tactics, and men who can use them. Overnight, it seems, the United States Army must scramble to create its first-ever Air Assault Division, a force critical to its chances of success. The obstacles are staggering—untrained men, technical mishaps, interservice

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It is 1964. The Vietnam War has begun to escalate, its new style of battle demanding new weapons and tactics, and men who can use them. Overnight, it seems, the United States Army must scramble to create its first-ever Air Assault Division, a force critical to its chances of success. The obstacles are staggering—untrained men, technical mishaps, interservice rivalries. But through sheer courage and dedication, these heroic fighters rise to the challenge. For they are America's bravest—facing the ultimate test...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This seventh novel in the bestselling Brotherhood of War series is relatively short on action but rich in those insightsfor which Griffin has won acclaiminto the souls or minds of military men and their wives. It is 1963, and the deteriorating situation in Vietnam has called for the creation of an Air Assault Division, mainly composed of helicopter gunships to operate behind enemy lines. After gallant service with the division, Captain Oliver becomes aide-de-camp to General Bellmon, commander of the Army Aviation Center, in Alabama. He is thus at the hub of the military aviation program, involved in training flyers, testing equipment, investigating crashes and serving as a link between junior officers and the top brass. In the process, he has an affair with the widow of a pilot killed in a chopper accident. It's a story of subdued but steady tension, with here and there a flare of action. Griffin gives the impression that what he doesn't know about the technical side of military aviation isn't worth knowing; but he seems equally conversant with the way the American soldier thinks, feels and speaks. His popularity in this genre assures this book a wide audience. Military Book Club main selection; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates. (August)
Library Journal
The eighth volume of Griffin's ``Brotherhood of War'' series is a detailed and absorbing view of military life and military men that readers will find fascinating. Protaganist Johnny is a born soldier who distinguishes himself as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and is promoted to aide-de-camp to the commanding officer of Fort Rucker. In his new post, he finds himself directly involved with the development of the Army's first Air Assault Divisiona new force crucial to meet the challenge of guerrilla warfare in Vietnam. This is the story of Johnny's year of work and crisis, the making and breaking of rules, the development of friendships, and the awakening of love. Recommended. Literary Guild alternate.Thomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ. at Carbondale Lib.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515100532
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1989
Series:
Brotherhood of War Series, #8
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
123,421
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

William R. Corsom
Brotherhood of War gets into the hearts and minds of those who, by choice or circumstance, are called upon the fight our nation's wars.
Tom Clancy
W. E. B. Griffin is a storyteller in the grand tradition, probably the best man around for describing the military community. Brotherhood of War...is an American epic.

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin is the author of seven bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, Presidential Agent, and now Clandestine Operations. He lives in Fairhope, Alabama, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
 

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Coppell, Texas
Date of Birth:
November 10, 1929
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey

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Aviators (Brotherhood of War Series #8) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
TravelerWR More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Tom Clancy you will certainly become one of W.E.B. Griffin. His "Brotherhood of War" Series makes excellent reading. His books are written pretty much in the same vane as Clancy, but deal with the military with adventure thrown in for good mention. I find it hard to find a good spot to finish reading for the evening, or any other time and get other things accomplished.
AnnieDoodle More than 1 year ago
This book ends the Brotherhood series. It is written with the same passion as the previous books. It can be read before the Generals because it occurs around the same time. I think it was written as an after thought so as to get all actors lives explained.
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