Here There Are Tigers: The Secret Air War in Laos, 1968-69 by Reginald Hathorn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book surprised me with the large amount of combat action and descriptive passages that really made me feel as though I was actually there in the aircraft with the author. Essentially a first hand account of a Forward Air Controller pilot's experiences running strikes over Laos and the Ho Chi Minh trail. This all occurs over the backdrop of the US officially not being onvolved on the insurgency conflicts in Laos. A quite matter of fact story with not a lot of padding to the yarn, just the action as it happened. It's a pretty raw story and the players do seem a tad on the trigger happy side, but no excuses are made and we actually do begin to get a fairly good insight as to why the blokes in these positions are the way they are. It was a tough time for all concerned and this book portrays the horror of it all really vividly. A good read.
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