Summary: They were America’s bravest men – seasoned veterans and young daredevil pilots with dreams of glory in the air…Court Bannister, an Air Force captain overshadowed by his famous movie star father who fought in WWII, driven to prove his worth to his comrades – and himself…Toby Parker, the brash first lieutenant who gambled his innocence in the flames of war…and Wolf Lochert, the Special Forces major who ventured deep into the jungle to rescue a downed pilot – only to discover a face of the enemy for which he was unprepared.
While in Washington at their infamous Tuesday luncheons, President Lyndon Johnson and his Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, pick not only the targets but set restrictive rules of engagement that ensure Air Force, Navy, and Marine pilots will be shot down as they try to perform their mission. Johnson and McNamara do not permit any military presence at these luncheons as they are convinced they know best. Note that neither ever had any combat experience.
From the Pentagon, Air Force General “Whitey” Whisenand lays his stars on the line as he attempts to convince Johnson that if we must fight in Vietnam, there is a much better way.
Rolling Thunder is an explosive portrait of men at war and the politicians who make critical decisions that place them in extreme danger. It is so authentic and powerful, only a veteran pilot could have written it.
It is the first of the five-book Wings of War series. Next are Steel Tiger, Phantom Leader, Eagle Station, and Storm Flight.