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.
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.
"What would happen if Emerson was a fighter pilot"
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.
"Interesting, Candid, and Well-Written"
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.
The narrator did a great job. I was kept interested.
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"Well-Told Portrail of Combat Aviation in Viet Nam"
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.
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.
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.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
"Not your typical fighter jock book"
I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to others - especially if they are interested in the subject matter. This book is the Viet Nam war from an USAF pilot's point of view.
I like how the author made it easy for me to identify with what life was like in that environment.
No, I have not listened to Eric Martin before, however, after this book I will definitely seek him out. The narrator was nothing short of spectacular, to wit, I do not believe the author himself could have done better!
There were plenty of sobering and funny episodes in the book. The book was excellent from the beginning to the very last sentence.
The style of the book was set in prose. As I said earlier, this is no ordinary fighter jock book. I enjoy many different kinds of writing styles, but this work was quite a treat. The irony, the comedy, the drama, the sadness, and the combat - it's all in this book put together by someone who knows something of writing. Good Job, Cobleigh! Can I have the movie rights?
"Well-Told Portrail of Combat Aviation in Viet Nam"
Interesting, Candid, and Well-Written
Ed "Fast Eddie" Cobleigh, Did a great job in telling his story
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
Yes, Very much so.
The narrator did a great job. I was kept interested
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"Very well written personal memoir"
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.
"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.
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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.
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"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.
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