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Ed "Fast Eddie" Cobleigh served two tours of duty during the Vietnam air war, logging 375 combat sorties in the F-4 Phantom fighter/bomber.

In War for the Hell of It, Cobleigh shares his perspectives in a deeply personal account of a fighter pilot's life, one filled with moral ambiguity and military absurdities offset by the undeniable thrill of flying a fighter plane. With well-crafted prose that puts you into his Phantom's cockpit, Cobleigh vividly recounts the unexplainable loss of his wingman, the useless missions he flew, the need to trust his reflexes, eyesight, aggressiveness, and his survival instincts in the heat of combat. He discusses the deaths of his squadron mates and the contradictions of a dirty, semi-secret war fought from beautiful, exotic Thailand. This is an unprecedented look into the state of mind of a pilot as he experiences everything from the carnage of a crash to the joy of flying through a star-studded night sky, from the illogical political agendas of Washington to his own dangerous addiction to risk.

Cobleigh gives a stirring and emotional description of one man's journey into airborne hell and back, recounting the pleasures and the pain, the wins and the losses, and ultimately, the return.

©2016 Ed Cobleigh (P)2016 Ed Cobleigh

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From a fellow Vietnam fighter pilot

Outstanding writing into the deep emotion of
Combat flying in a war where most all warriors attempting to deal with returning to face an ungrateful nation. Returning were more pissed at their own government than the enemy sent to fight.

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Well done!

I was stationed at Udorn RTAFB - his stories took me back to the crazy times. This is the real deal, really well told.

Wish we required military service as a prerequisite for political office - Vietnam Vets would have kept us out of the Iraq mess.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I am jealous

this book is very similar to viper pilot. If you liked viper pilot you will enjoy this book!

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Vietnam from the cockpit

There are a lot of books written about the war in Indochina and I have read many. However their are few from the perspective of that of a pilot. That is what I found intriguing about the book.

I liked the characterization of what it was like to pilot the F4. The loss of fellow pilots and the inner workings of what was felt flying , bombing and then coming back and having to go from danger to a safe place in a matter of hours.

The frustration of politics both in D.C. as well as military. The secret wars.

This is a book I can recommend if you are interested in the war as a combatant or a citizen and witnessed the changes in the USA as a result.

I was given this book to review and the opinions are my own and my honest thoughts on the book .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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What would happen if Emerson was a fighter pilot

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Ed Cobleigh is a very gifted writer with extraordinary descriptive powers. He also has a gift for simile. It doesn't read like any other war memoir that you have ever read and Eric Martin does a great job reading it. Although it has some campy fighter pilot snark, it is kept at a minimum and he tells a very internal story.

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Interesting, Candid, and Well-Written

What did you love best about War for the Hell of It?

It was a very well written military history candid biography. I loved the pilot's experience's and lessons he was able to draw from it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The narrator did a great job. I was kept interested.

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I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com

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Well-Told Portrail of Combat Aviation in Viet Nam

Would you listen to War for the Hell of It again? Why?

Sure. I'm a retired post-Viet Nam, Naval Flight Officer and although there are differences, I could very easily put myself in the story. I 'knew' virtually every character and I was some of them.

What did you like best about this story?

Well written and read. I actually most thoroughly enjoyed the chapter where the author went aboard an aircraft carrier and personally, listening to his [initially naive] USAF explanation of aircraft carrier operations, I found it extremely entertaining and downright funny.

What does Eric Martin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought Eric did an excellent job of bringing the stoic, cynical, hubris of the junior officer, fighter pilot persona to the telling of the story.

Any additional comments?

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • McKinney, TX
  • 12-04-17

20,000 Foot View

Well drawn portrait of the dirty realities of war from a fighter pilot's point of view. Fast Eddie does not like Washington bureaucrats and neither do most Vietnam Vets that I know. This is a poignant reminder of what war brings home daily. A reminder that our sons should only be sent to fight when our nation's sovereignty is at stake. A reminder that without military knowledge and experience, it is hard to know the fates you are sending your men to when you make that fateful call to arms. It also gives you a view into the mindset of the men who get those irrational orders. If you want to feel what a dogfight sounds like read this book.

My own father and father-in-law won't speak about their Vietnam experiences so books like this always intrigue me. I'm glad I listened.

The narration by Eric Martin was well done and a nice addition to this material.

I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

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Well told story of a fighter pilots life..........

As an Army officer and being stationed in the delta area SW of Saigon, I have tried to find books that tell the story of the war other men fought, Depending on where you were assigned, your war might have been very different from what another experienced in Vietnam. This is an excellent recounting of a Phantom pilots life during that difficult time.
The narration in this book is what I look for in these Audible books......it feels like the narrator is the author himself sitting there telling you his own story. Well done. Excellent!

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Excellent

An excellent blend of perfectly placed sarcasm mixed with a great story. The orator makes the experience even more enjoyable. You will love this book.

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  • 11-20-17

my favourite audio book.

I have read many many autobiographies of pilots, mostly of ww2 rather than more modern conflicts like this. This book stands out. I really got a sense of what it was like to live on the base, to fly the missions and of what the author was thinking. the author was humble and open and honest. i think its really well written and verging on poetic at times. the narrator was good too. There's no jet on jet dogfighting and this isn't a complete chronological narrative of the pilots career but I think it's a very good book and I came out really liking the author.

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  • Alastair
  • 06-08-17

Excellent book !

Excellent book, well written and excellent narration. thoroughly enjoyed it. An honest account, straight from someone who was there and done it, no going-ho stuff. Would recommend. 😃

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  • D. Williams
  • 04-20-17

Not adrenaline fueled but fully authentic

Very well written and performed. Great story with some funny and thought provoking moments of an experienced fighter pilot's 2 tours during the late 68-72 bombing halt. Most missions flown over Laos, many at night.