Taking Fire

The True Story of a Decorated Chopper Pilot

Ron Alexander and Charles W. Sasser

St. Martin's Press

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Nicknamed "Mini-Man" for his diminutive stature, a mere five-foot-three and 125 pounds in his flight boots, chopper pilot Ron Alexander proved to be a giant in the eyes of the men he rescued from the jungles and paddies of Vietnam. With an unswerving concern for every American soldier trapped by enemy fire, and a fearlessness that became legendary, Ron Alexander earned enough official praise to become the second most decorated helicopter pilot of the Vietnam era. Yet, for Ron, the real reward came from plucking his fellow soldiers from harm's way, giving them another chance to get home alive.

In Taking Fire, Alexander and acclaimed military writer Charles Sasser transport you right into the cramped cockpit of a Huey on patrol, offering a bird's eye view of the Vietnam conflict. Packed with riveting action and gritty "you-are-there" dialogue, this outstanding book celebrates the everyday heroism of the chopper pilots of Vietnam.

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"Some of the best action writing in the field... electrifying."--W.E.B. Griffin, bestselling author of The Corps

"A gripping combat memoir...honest and exciting...a rousing tale, full of sharp details and told in the harsh language of soldiers baptized in fire."--Kirkus Reviews

"Everybody who survive ground combat in Vietnam had his life saved at one time or another by helicopter crews. We were in awe of them. You will be too after reading Taking Fire."--Jim Morris, author of War Story and The Devil's Secret Name

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Ron Alexander and Charles W. Sasser

Ron Alexander lives and teaches in Oklahoma. This is his first book.

Charles Sasser is a combat veteran with time in Vietnam and Central America as a war correspondant. He has been a full-time freelance writer/journalist since 1979 and has over 30 published books to his name. He lives in Oklahoma.

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Taking Fire
The True Story of a Decorated Chopper Pilot
Ron Alexander and Charles W. Sasser

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St. Martin's Press
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429970143
ISBN10: 1429970146
320 pages
$7.99
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