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Over 12,000 helicopters were used in the Vietnam War, which is why it became known as "The Helicopter War". Almost half of the helicopters, 5,086, were lost. Helicopter pilots and crews accounted for nearly 10 percent of all the US casualties suffered in Vietnam, with nearly 5,000 killed and an untold number of wounded. Lew Jennings flew over 700 Air Cavalry Cobra Gunship Helicopter missions and received three Distinguished Flying Crosses for Valor.

This memoir describes first-hand the harrowing experiences of helicopter pilots and crews in combat operations, from the far South to the DMZ, including the infamous Ashau Valley, Hamburger Hill, LZ Airborne, and others. 19 Minutes to Live illustrates the incredible courage and determination of helicopter pilots and crews supporting those heroes that carried a rucksack and a rifle in Vietnam.

©2017 Lew Jennings (P)2018 Tantor

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Incredible

As a Coast Guard retiree, many years ago I had the privilege of working with several Viet Nam era pilots that were every bit as exceptional as the aircrews outlined in Lew’s book. There are two distinct phrases that define the careers of most military aviators... number one “timing is everything” and number two, “there but for the grace of God, go I.” The second phrase can be good, or bad depending on how your day is going. 19 Minutes To Live is an incredibly accurate portrayal of some of the finest military aviators in history, a true joy to read! My hat’s off to the many service members recognized by name in this book! Gentlemen, thank you for your service.

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Wonderful "read"

Great book by an American patriot made even better with the prefect narrator. THANKS Lew and David!

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Well written

The detail brings the reader on board with the author in his many heroic missions.

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Not my style of storytelling.

I can’t give a bad review based on preferences.I gave all five stars because it certainly was a nice piece of work.If I had to explain my review title,I would say that some of the information and explanations made the stories drag on a bit.While the author surely experienced incredibly exciting situations. I didn’t feel I was along for the ride.It May have been the narrative style that made this selection seem sort of monotone history book read at times.Preferences vary and my review is simply a comment.

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Really good book

I really enjoyed this book. It is well written and easy to follow and I think that the author does a great job of relaying his and others stories. The narrator did a great job, but at times it became a little confusing about whose story he was telling, but that was a minor issue. Great book, well worth a listen.

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have heard better

The book gives a lot of military background which anyone that reads this genra will know. He also tells stories from other people but no chance of tone, so a few times I had to rewind to see what was going on. still a good story about amazing people doing amazing things.

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doesn't live up to hype.

lew is a good soldier whos voice deserved my time. as an aviator was hoping for more detailed nuance story of helicopter technical information. the text was repetitive, pedestrian and often the best stories were not the authors (credit given).
lots of patriotic propoganda and not much meaningful insight.

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