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War for the Hell of It Audiobook

War for the Hell of It: A Fighter Pilot's View of Vietnam

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Michael Richards
    8/09/16
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dick
    31/08/16
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S. Mersereau
    STAMFORD, CT USA
    26/08/16
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daman
    24/06/16
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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.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin S.
    8/06/16
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/12/16
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    "Well-Told Portrail of Combat Aviation in Viet Nam"
    If you could sum up War for the Hell of It in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Candid, and Well-Written


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ed "Fast Eddie" Cobleigh, Did a great job in telling his story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I most thoroughly enjoyed the chapter when Ed "Fast Eddie" Cobleigh went aboard an aircraft carrier, listening to his [initially naive] USAF explanation of aircraft carrier operations, I found it extremely entertaining and downright funny


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

    Yes, Very much so.

    The narrator did a great job. I was kept interested


    Any additional comments?

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bookouri
    United States
    1/11/16
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    "Very well written personal memoir"
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    This memoir was very well written. Most "war" memoirs are written by individuals who are not usually writers by profession. This author is much better than most at drawing the reader into the story. He does not just give the reader a dry description of what he is experiencing, but he successfully paints pictures for the reader that put the reader in the author's mind and allows the reader to "feel" some of what the author is experiencing. His descriptions of flying at night, for example, really make the reader feel it. For most of the book, this artistic style added to the enjoyment of reading his story. However, the author did spend a lot of time on his emotional experiences not related to flying, but relating to his loneliness, metaphorically "crying over his beer" because he can't meet any American women, got old pretty fast for me. He was "living the dream" as they say. He was flying missions over Vietnam, but landing every night in Thailand, and not slogging through some mud hole in Vietnam. Thailand, then as now, is a beautiful country and the Thais are the nicest, most beautiful, friendliest people I have ever been around. It was difficult to have a lot of sympathy for the author when he drifted off into these blue funks. Other than that, this has been one of my favorite "Vietnam memoirs," and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the topic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RHS
    7/06/16
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    "War may be hell, but this listen isn't..."

    This is an amazing book.
    It is so much more than "I got in my plane, flew here, bombed there, and almost got shot down a couple of times."
    Ed Cobleigh doesn't shy away from the questionable politics of the war in Vietnam, he also doesn't hide the fact that he very much enjoyed what he did in his F4.
    He explores the ethics of his and our countries actions and at the same time made me laugh out loud with some of his side thought explorations.
    This is a great listen. An absolute must for any military history or aviation fan.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barry C Bryant
    20/06/16
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed !"

    Wonderful hearing a fighter pilots perspective of flying, the war in general and his experiences also the the way. The writer was very well spoken as he entertained me with his language skills. Thank you.

    This ebook was given to me in return for an impartial book review.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    16/08/16
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    "Talks about feelings"

    Not a lot of "inside the cockpit button pushing" details. Author spends most of the time talking about his feelings concerning the war.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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