Generally I stay away from self published books, but Undaunted is clearly an exception to the rule.
It's very informative, the narrative pacing is consistent, and the voice of the young man who matures to be a great Huey pilot is very authentic. The sense of place is extremely strong and the author gives the reader the right amount of detail to feel emotionally involved without being overcome by a lot of useless trivia.
With a good editor's help the prose could have been a bit more polished, but after reflection, it would have interfered with getting close to the main character.
A great airplane read, a great arm chair read, and a very strong narrative of what it was really like to pilot a helicopter in the war.
I won't forget this book for a long time.
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Undaunted Valor: An Assault Helicopter Unit in Vietnam Paperback – 1 November 2019
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A very strong 4 star read; hard to put down5 December 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
28 people found this helpful
An accurate depiction of the airmobile units in Vietnam & Cambodia15 February 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoyed this well written story. I served as an infrantyman in III Corp and during the Cambodia incursion with the First Cavalry Division during 1970 - 71. I was with the 2/5, Alpha Company. Our helicopter assault unit was the 229th Aviation Regiment. I have the utmost appreciation and respect for those brave pilots and their crews who supported the grunts. Colonel Matt Jackson gave a very detailed and accurate account of how the day to operations were carried out during this period.
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I Corp Vet
This was well written3 January 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
He said many of the things in the book we discussed everyday after we returned from flying missions all day. I also felt that the South Vietnamese didn’t care if we were there or not. War was all they knew and it did not appear that was ever going to change. We lost too many of our best and brightest over there for nothing.
23 people found this helpful
I'm Confused19 February 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
The book confused me. It is supposedly a true account of a Huey pilot in Vietnam named Dan Corey, but the author is Matt Jackson. Since the book is told in the first person, you would think it was the author speaking. I'm not really sure. The book is good and relates a lot of situations that were very typical of being a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, especially having commanders trying to force you into doing things that were unsafe or downright stupid. Overall, though, I really enjoyed the book.
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REAL...Just Real!1 March 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
Well presented story about our WO pilots in Nam. I could almost hear the distinctive sound of the Hueys flying on missions. About the author: to advance from an E-1 at Fort Polk (Fort Puke - been there 1969) to Warrant to 0-6 is very commendable. I was really happy to make 0-5. I gave this book Five Stars only because I can’t give more.
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