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Rules of Engagement: A Novel (Anglais) Broché – 11 mars 2013

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From the New York Times best-selling author Joe Weber comes a thrilling novel of the Vietnam War.

Marine pilot Brad Austin and his carrier-based F-4 Phantom group fly into the heart of enemy territory daily without fear, but the rules of engagement hinder them nearly as much as the North Vietnamese. Restricted from attacking the enemy's MiG bases, Austin and the other American pilots are vulnerable to attack without the ability to retaliate, a weakness that tragically leads to the death of Austin's wingman. Consumed by the need to avenge his comrade, Austin goes one-on-one with the enemy in a battle that ultimately proves in war there can be no rules.

In a fast-paced, thrilling look into the life of a Vietnam War fighter pilot, Joe Weber takes us high into the flack-filled skies above Hanoi and shows us the air war as only a veteran fighter pilot can.

"Exciting and controversial. A powerful novel of the rules of war—and a man who broke them."—W.E.B. Griffin

Joe Weber "does an admirable job of evoking in such readers a visceral understanding of the restrictions that precluded victory in Vietnam. In Rules of Engagement, Weber's political points will hit close to home, and they will strengthen the resolve of many, such as myself, who are determined never to allow the mistakes of Vietnam to be repeated."—Senator John McCain

"Weber's writing has a great deal of panache. His knowledge of military hardware is impressive, and his edge-of-the-seat scenes are thrilling."—The Book Reader

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  • Broché: 448 pages
  • Editeur : Ignition Books (11 mars 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1937868206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937868208
  • Dimensions du produit: 14 x 2,9 x 21,6 cm
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Un roman assez classique sur la guerre du Vietnam vue par un pilote de la Navy, entre routine des missions dangereuses, rancoeur envers les politiciens et histoire d'amour glamour, similaire par bien des aspects à ce que Stephen Coonts a pu (mieux) écrire et que l'on a pu voir dans divers films.
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Great action sequences, technical details, but... 10 avril 2002
Par Mark J. Oehl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
While the obvious knowledge and attention to detail given to the writing of "Rules of Engagement" is admirable, there were several patterns that lessened the enjoyment for the reader.
It's clear the author has ample experience with flying, Navy jargon, and the military life. His careful descriptions allow the reader an interesting glimpse at the day to day life on an aircraft carrier. At the same time, this precision and careful wordcraft enters into the dialog, with not nearly so positive a result. With declaratives like "The colonel is a nice guy, and we had a cordial chat.", the reader finds great difficulty empathizing with and believing in the characters in the book.
Similarly, the expected intimate discussions between the protagonist and his love interest come across as stilted, formal, and difficult to comprehend. While seeing things from a female perspective is technically beyond this reviewer's experience, it seems that the attitude and reactions of said amorous companion occasionally depart farther from reality than could be easily accepted. For example, it seems she (and perhaps the author) is more concerned about our hero's perception of her father than his attitude and intentions toward her.
The least disturbing of these oddities is the slight tendency the author has to telegraph impending disaster. While not tragic, and probably not universally noticable, this reviewer occasionally felt mild disappointment that the surprise had been blunted by some sort of narrative drift that foreshadowed the events.
All that being said, "Rules of Engagement" has many things that can captivate the reader. The combat descriptions are excellent and exciting, and the plot developments keep the story flowing. Also, while the writing tends to be politically heavy-handed, it is not hard to sympathize with the pilots who put their lives at risk for trivial or non-existent strategic gain.
If you find enjoyment in cleverly written dialog and deep character development, you might steer clear of this one. On the other hand, if you like detailed aerial combat descriptions and realistic narrative of Vietnam era tactical operations, you'll find much to enjoy in "Rules of Engagement".
Exciting, but too political 18 septembre 2014
Par ripplemaker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The flight descriptions were fantastic and the action nearly non-stop. The primary reason for just 3 stars was the seemingly endless commentary on the author's disagreement with how the Viet Nam was was managed from the White House. Fairly early in the book, it became obvious that Mr. Weber was in disagreement with President Johnson and Secretary of Defense McNamara. While I agree with him, I didn't think it was necessary for him to repeat his opinion so often. It was distracting for me, as a reader. I worked for the Secretary of the Air Force in the Pentagon during that time, so it was interesting to see his point of view, but not quite so often. I will be reading one more of Joe's books and then decide if I want to stick with his series, or move on to something else.
Great Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground scenes! 29 janvier 2015
Par foxtrotoscar - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This story is a real grabber, with exciting, detailed accounts of the air war in Route Pack Six. The author puts the reader right in the cockpit as the aircrews fight the North Vietnamese defenses. On top of this is added the sweat of bringing a damaged fighter back on board the carrier. However, half way through the book the main thrust of the plot shifts to handwringing about the over management of the war by the White House and the DoD. This seems to take on a life of its own among the aircrews, and their viewpoint toward the war. The main protagonist's life is further complicated by meeting a girl and falling completely in love. But, things eventually work out for all concerned. The only other problem with the book was the many typos throughout.
Rules of Engagement - a review of the tension between military and political goals 28 octobre 2014
Par Geoff - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Rules of Engagement is a fast paced air combat novel written in the time period of the Vietnam War. On the surface it is another war story yet underneath there are a number of themes including the political control over the military and the limitation civilian politicians place on those waging war on their behalf.

When you delve into the background of this story the reader begins to understand the juxtaposition of military desires and capability and the political desire for popularity and good press. It also tells of the disaster that eventuates when an obvious course of action is truncated by political ambition.

All in all a very good read and worthy of the readers time.
Decent redux of FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER 4 novembre 1997
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
As far as action goes, this was a good book. However, it is almost exactly like Stephen Coonts' FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER: a carrier pilot goes flying where he shouldn't during the Vietnam War after losing his second crewman, catches hell for it, and is barely saved by an act of Congress. The only differences are that with RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, he's a Marine fighter jock instead of a Navy attack driver, and it happens near the beginning of the war instead of the end.
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