Set during the turbulent era of the Vietnam War, Counters is a quirky, thrilling story of air combat and of the young fighter pilots who blend the harsh reality of war with youth's untamed urges.
As the pilot of a sleek F-4C Phantom II,
self-doubting Lieutenant Steve Mylder fights for his life in the skies above Vietnam in
1967 but battles for his soul against the Red Baron of his imagination. His cocky friend Avery-womanizer and master of the art of combat seduction-thunders fifty feet over a North Vietnamese beach, looks down, locks eyes with an improbable woman,
and falls into hopeless love.
Steve and Avery count their missions, hoping against the odds that they'll make it back home alive instead of in a body bag. But liberating the recklessness in their souls is sometimes the only way to deal with the unknown, and the two friends soon realize that growing up is a lot harder than they thought.
In Counters, humor and whimsy counteract with authentic details of air combat brought to life by former air force pilot Tony Taylor,
illuminating a brooding yet fanciful look at the hormones and "warmones" that impel young men to war and stupidity.
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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.