Books on the Vietnam War can be tedious reading. As a professional military officer for over twenty years and as someone who owns a rather extensive library of military history, I’ve read my fair share of books on Vietnam and have often found that it was only my interest in the subject matter that kept me reading rather than any enjoyment of the writing itself. Ed Rasimus’ excellent book When Thunder Rolled has been a notable exception to that experience.
Rasimus’ book is a memoir of his experience flying the F-105 Thunderchief during operation “Rolling Thunder,” the first real air campaign over North Vietnam. Beginning with Rasimus’ transition training in the F-105 in the spring of 1966, the book focuses on his experiences flying his 100 combat missions over North Vietnam from May to November 1966. It is written from a first person perspective and not only details the events Rasimus endured but also presents the way he saw them through the eyes of a “green” lieutenant flying his first fighter and engaging in the bloodiest conflict in which the US has participated since the end of the Second World War. It was a fast-moving, interesting read that kept me engaged from the beginning to the end and didn’t read like it was history at all. On a personal note, as a young lieutenant entering the USAF in the early 1980′s, I heard many of the “old guys” in my OV-10 FAC squadron talk about the F-105 or “Thud” in terms of reverence and endearment. After reading When Thunder rolled, I understand that reverence and endearment much better – even all these years later.Read More
I am currently the featured author on the Juniper Grove website – a blog by Jaidis Shaw.
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This is a huge milestone for my books. A review of “The Viper Contract” was published in AIN. For those of you who may not be familiar, it is one of the most widely read aviation publications in the industry.
Here is a link to the review.