Extended Audio Sample

Download Flying through Midnight: A Pilot’s Dramatic Story of His Secret Missions over Laos During the Vietnam War Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Flying through Midnight: A Pilot’s Dramatic Story of His Secret Missions over Laos During the Vietnam War, by John T. Halliday Click for printable size audiobook cover
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (51 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John T. Halliday Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $22.49 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Like Jarhead, We Were Soldiers Once…, and Young, John T. Halliday’s combat memoir is gripping, novelistic, and startlingly candid, taking readers through the devastating trials and hard-won victories of flying in the Vietnam War.

The year is 1970, and John T. Halliday has just landed in the middle of the Vietnam War, primed to begin his assignment with the 606 Special Operations Squadron. But there’s a catch: He’s stationed in a kind of no-man’s-land. No one on his base flies with ID, patches, or rank. Even as Richard Nixon firmly denies reporters’ charges that the United States has forces in Laos, Halliday realizes that from his base in Thailand, he will be flying top-secret black ops night missions over the Laotian Ho Chi Minh Trail.

A naive yet thoughtful twenty-four-year-old, Halliday is utterly unprepared for the horrors of war. On his first mission, Halliday’s aircraft dodges more than a thousand anti-aircraft shells. Nothing is as he expected—not the operations, not the way his shell-shocked fellow pilots look and act, and certainly not the squadron’s daredevil, seat-of-one’s-pants approach to piloting. But before long, Halliday has become one of those seasoned and shell-shocked pilots and finds himself in a desperate search for a way to elude certain death.

A powerhouse fusion of pathos and humor, brutal realism and intimate reflection, Flying Through Midnight is a landmark contribution to Vietnam War literature, revealing previously top-secret intelligence on the 606’ s night missions. Fast-paced, thrilling, and bitingly intelligent, Halliday’s writing illuminates it all: the heart-pounding air battles, the close friendships, the crippling fear, and the astonishing final escape that made the telling of it possible.

Download and start listening now!

bdgl

Quotes & Awards

  • “A riveting first-person account of a pilot and his crew flying night missions in a C-123 over Laos during the Vietnam War.”

    Bob Kerrey, Medal of Honor recipient and former US senator

  • "A no-holds-barred account of the secret air war over Laos. John Halliday paints a compelling cockpit view of the action, but he also immerses his readers in layer upon layer of sensations and emotions associated with those dangerous nighttime missions.”

    Col. Tom Yarborough, author of Da Nang Diary: A Forward Air Controller’s Gunsight View of Combat in Vietnam

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jared | 3/6/2013

    " Great book!!! I love memoirs especially ones about pilots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gabriel | 4/13/2009

    " Excellent book covering the activities that "never happened" over Laos during the Vietnam War. A must-read for any Vietnam buff. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author

John T. Halliday served in the military for twenty-six years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. A decorated war hero, he logged more than eight hundred hours of combat time in Southeast Asia and the Gulf War. Halliday lives in Northern California and is a retired Boeing 767 captain.