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!