Counters

Counters

by Tony Taylor

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ISBN-13: 9780595464272
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/21/2008
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.51(d)

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Tony Taylor's 'Counters' follows a young American fighter pilot to South Vietnam during the US-led war, and settles in beside him as he rides the turbulent skies... Each flight over North Vietnam, a 'counter', brings Lt. Steve Mylder closer to the 100 counter threshold which ends his tour of duty and returns him to the States. Every day is a fight against this tally, a fight against mosquito's, boredom, or the sudden rush of a rocket attack. The back panel of the book reveals that Tony Taylor was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam war, a fact betrayed by the wonderful detail in the book. It's the kind of detail that places you in the scene, that draws your attention to the things you would have noticed if you had, for instance, been present in an F-4 during a 3-g right roll, avoiding streaking ground fire and surface to air missiles. The characters in this book feel so real you are left wondering, 'were they?' The bar-fights, the good natured collie that wanders around the military base, the sexual frustration and unabashed bravado of the soldiers all coalesce into an engaging story. There is a steady undercurrent to the novel however, through the death of friends, the blind violence of dropping bombs from the air, and the nagging apprehension of fighting in a war for reason's that aren't all that clear. These add up as you move through the pages and leave you feeling like you're realizing something, but not really sure what. Mr. Taylor has created a wonderfully entertaining, unpretentious, and subtly questioning novel with 'Counters'. Highly recommended.