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"Containing some of the best writing in the field...provides an electrifying glimpse into the dangerous life of a chopper pilot in Vietnam."--W.E.B. Griffin, Bestselling Author of the Corps Series on Taking Fire
"A gripping combat memoir . . . honest and exciting . . . a rousing tale, full of sharp detail and told in the harsh language of soldiers baptized in fire."-- Kirkus Review
"Everybody who survived ground combat in Vietnam had his life saved at one time or another by helicopter crews. We were in awe of them. You will be too after reading Taking Fire." - Jim Morris, author of War Story and The Devil's Secret Name
"An honest and exciting narrative of the stress of war." - Library Journal
"[Sasser and Alexander] succeed quite well in evoking the Vietnam War from the point of view of a helicopter pilot who served bravely and with distinction." - Publishers Weekly
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Posted February 28, 2003
This ranks up with Ghost Soldiers, Ambrose, and Foot Soldier. You can't get out once you start reading, reserve hours to read it.
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Posted September 5, 2002
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Posted September 23, 2010
Galen Charles Kittleson, better known as Kit Kittleson in WWII and Pappy in Vietnam, PFC Kittleson served as special ops in the military saving POWs and surviving life in the army. Kittleson saved 500 abused and starved prisoners from the Bataan Death March in the Philippines, as well as participating in three other POW raid attempts behind enemy lines. Charles W. Sasser puts you in Kittlesons life subtly inserting facts in a wonderfully illustrated story so that the details did not become a list of events in his life but a story in which you felt you were there living Kittlesons life. A gentle reminder of the deaths and horror of war reminds the reader that Kittlesons life was not easy or fun, but one involving determination, will power, and risks for something he cared about; lives of the POWs. Sensory details and vocabulary properly lace a tapestry of detail in the horror of the conditions in prisoner of war camps, and the emotion Kittleson and the freed prisoners felt. Interested in a read about passions in war or life of a hero Raider has got to be the most enthralling and incarcerating non-fiction book I have read and would definitely say it is worth the time to read if you want to expand your knowledge of special ops diaries or want to find a real life hero.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 21, 2007
This book is the true story of a man named Galen Charles Kittleson and his amazing story though two wars in the pacific. He was both a member of the elite Alamo Scouts during World War II and the Special Forces during the Vietnam War. First known as ¿Kit¿ during his WWII days when he was a young man and later a ¿Pappy¿ when he was a crusty old veteran during Vietnam. Galen was born during the great depression in Iowa and joined the army in 1943. He later joined the Airborne Rangers and was assigned to the 503d Parachute Regiment and later joined the Alamo Scouts. He conducted two raids during WWII. One to free a Dutch family and local tribesmen from a Japanese labor camp and later he participated in a raid to free over 500 prisoners from the Bataan Death March. Later during Vietnam as a part of the Special Forces he attempted a raid to free a single survivor and later he was part of a major operation to free 55 P.O.Ws. Though both the attempted raids during Vietnam were failures this is still a story of an amazing man that had done everything he could to free those imprisoned. This book has a major message of faith. Whether it is Galen¿s own unwavering straight forward gospel to the faith that P.O.Ws had that someone somewhere was looking for them. What I really liked about this book was the detail of the raids and other engagements and the way the writing portrayed Galen¿s personality and actions. What I didn¿t like about the book was that at times the orders of events were hard to follow, especially during the story of how the single P.O.W that Galen tried to rescue was captured. There was no warning that it was a background story and wasn¿t actually happening to Galen. One should read this book because it as an amazing account of the bravery of the American forces to free those who have been captured and mistreated by their captors.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2009
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