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Ghostrider is a captivating story of a 60’s Generation member who successfully matures. The protagonist, Blakeman, learns that in life as with all relationships, making emotional connection, being open, and making responsible choices brings meaning and sustenance. Learning to love liberty is not a destination, but an exodus through life. Particularly in his friendships, loves, and war time experiences, Blakeman gains the insight of what Churchill called, “failure is rarely fatal, and success is never final.” The worst decision a man can make is to give up.
The writing style is crisp and gripping. A few examples suffice. The description of his Vietnam War role as Weapons Control Officer on a A-130 Gunship is at times heart pounding but proud and patriotic. The description of training and air battles are terrific. The description of the debacle of the President Carter directed and led attempted Iran Hostage Rescue Air operation is worth alone the price of the book. I have read numerous historical reviews of that Air Rescue Operation, and none is so searing as Ghostrider author’s quotation from the Operations General upon his return. It will leave you squirming in your seat with relevance to today’s military sequestration and doctrine of leading from behind in the war on terror.
Finally, the description of his best college friend’s success and tragedy is compelling. Unfortunately, narcissism played a significant, negative role for the 60’s Generation and for our Nation from which we still strive to regain our footing.
In short, Ghostrider in the Sky is an unqualified success.
From: HATFLA <HATFLA@aol.com>
To: gbocher <email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 1:45 am
Box, I acquired several copies of the book & passed them out to friends who enjoyed the read, but seemed to think that you were a “tad” cocky & bragged a lot on yourself, to which I replied “IT ISN’T BRAGGING IF YOU CAN DO IT” & you could definitely do it ! ! ! Once the distinction between fact & fiction was made & understood the reader has this pleasant sense of, when is the other shoe going to drop i e how does the child fit in. I think a few more snippets / references to the mystery child should have been made along the way & not “all” saved to the very end. Overall you created an interesting scenario & handled it very well. As far as the “facts” go, you can’t argue with them as I can attest to & it was definitely one heck of an adventure.
To say I enjoyed the read is an understatement, I relived 12 months in South East Asia. I wish that Conrad & Brother Dave (Gordon) could have read it also. The book was an honest depiction of what actually went on & embellished what didn’t make the book. Like what ! ! ! —————— “ Hey Conrad / Brother Dave we had better get on over to the officer’s club & sit on that little shit before he alienates all those other crews by telling them they aren’t as good as Crew # 1″. By the way we all thought you were as good as you thought you were. Conrad / Brother Dave & I logged a lot of time bass fishing together over in one of our many swamps & you can bet we talked about you a lot.
I remember one flight when the bad guys were really watering our eyes & we were herking & jerking all over the sky. I looked over @ you & you took off your brain bucket & reached into your helmet bag & got your BAR MITZVAH beany & put it on under your helmet. I thought OH s–t, The Box is getting ready to meet his maker ! ! ! I don’t know if this incident was on that flight or a similar one, but I looked over @ Brother Dave & he had a lit cigarette in his mouth, another lit cigarette in his hand & a third lit cigarette in the ash tray, “Hey Brother Dave got a cigarette?” !
Stay out of harm’s way,