The Cave

The Cave

by Sam McGowan

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The Cave by Sam McGowan

The Cave tells the story of a young Tennessee airman who is shot down over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. An experienced cave explorer, he discovers a large cave in which he takes sanctuary until he makes a surprising discovery which allows him to wage his own personal war against the gun crew that shot him down.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015572858
Publisher: Sam McGowan
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 232 KB

About the Author

Air Force veteran Sam McGowan is a retired corporate pilot and freelance writer. He lives in Missouri City, Texas

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The Cave 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Break right! Break right! No better way to start a noval about the C130A mission up North and over the Trail during the Vietnam War. The author mixes fact, the Blind Bat / Lamplightr Mission, and fiction, Toby Carter, a young enlisted crewmember flying the then classifyed mission, Blind Bat. An exciting noval, one you will not want to put down and leaves you waiting for the next episode in this story. A must read for anyone who served or has an interest in the secret air war over the Trail. Great job Sam!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With over 12,000 hours in the C-130 as a Loadmaster and knowing a few of the guys who flew this type mission, I have to take my hat off to Sam for this book, not only is the info about the C-130 accurate, but he puts you in the caves with Toby, great job Sam. Proud to be a Loadmaster.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an aircraft commander flying the Blind Bat/Lamp Lighter mission in 1968 this book brings back memories of ¿getting the pucker factor up¿ when getting fired on by 23MM, 37MM and ZPU¿s. We tried to stop as much enemy combat support from moving South as possible. Sam McGowan weaves an interesting and plausible plot with facts ranging from comments on social interactions to aircraft capabilities to topography of the combat area. It also reflects our desire to support fellow airmen in trouble. Even if you were not there, the book lends credibility to our actions supporting directed military objectives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having flown many night missions over some of the same areas covered in the book I found it to be right on. The author has great recall about his time over the trail and the situations experienced. If we don't get another novel about Toby it will be a loss. Sam has a future as a novel writer and I look forward to more works by him. His books on airlift and C-130 history are interesting reading for this old herc engineer. Good Job Sam.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sam's ability to "put you there" is outstanding. I felt like I was with Toby Carter the entire book. Great job, Sam!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having flown the Blind Bat mission, it was chilling to read where Sam McGowan had taken the real mission and wrote about an experience that each of us had dreamed about. Would any of us on the mission have handled the situation as well as Toby? Probably not, No! Hell No! But, for a short period of time, Sam made us feel like we could. Great storie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having flown the mission described in this book, I found it to be very interesting, factual and a very easy read. Although it is a novel, alot of the information is based on fact and if you were there, you will really enjoy this book. If you weren't there or just like stories on the Viet-Nam war, you too will really enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since I wrote it, of course I give it five stars! But as an avid reader and Vietnam veteran, I actually found myself turning the pages to see what was going to happen when I first saw the printed version - in spite of reading the thing through numerous times during editing. The Cave is an outdoor/adventure/military/aviation/war novel set in Southeast Asia in 1966. The principal character, Tobin Carter, is a country boy from Tennessee with a long interest in caves who is shot down over Laos while on a classified mission. Toby finds a huge cave complex from which he wages a private war against the North Vietnamese. Though The Cave is a novel, it is based on the author's personal experiences as a C-130 crewmember on the classified Blind Bat flare mission and later experience exploring caves in Kentucky. It's not a 'man's novel' - my wife thinks women will enjoy it too.