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I am blessed with interesting and honorable friends.  Among them is Bill Scott.  Bill has an impressive bio:

A senior Fellow at ACD, he is a former USAF flight test engineer, aerospace journalist and author of “The Permit,” a techno-thriller novel based on actual events associated with the murder of his eldest son–Erik Scott–a successful businessman, decorated ex-Army officer, and West Point graduate with an MBA from Duke University.

I met Bill–and his gracious wife Linda (our wives are truly our better halves) through my continuing writings about the murder of his son, Erik Scott, by Las Vegas Metro officers.  The ACD is the American Center for Democracy and the Economic Warfare Institute.  By all means, take the link and acquaint yourself with the ACD/EWI.

In 2018 I reviewed two of Bill’s other books:

In 2007, William B. Scott, Michael J. Coumatos and William J. Birnes published Space Wars: The First Six Hours Of World War III.   It’s a fictional account of the beginning of WW III, the early stages of which will, of necessity, be fought in space as our enemies seek not only to destroy our satellite capabilities, but to use space weapons to wreak mass destruction on Earth.  Our enemies, particularly the Chinese, who are currently engaged in a massive arms build up, have already demonstrated significant anti-satellite capabilities.  Russia, too is working toward those capabilities.  

They followed that work with Counter Space: The Next Hours Of World War III, in 2009.  The two books are not only well written, compelling thrillers, they’re so influential, so technically accurate, and so prescient in their tactical and strategic predictions, Space Wars has been on the Chief Of Staff of The Air Force’s professional development reading list for more than a decade.  In other words, until recently it was considered essential reading for Air Force Officers.  No longer, as author Bill Scott explains (via personal e-mail):

‘Thought you’d find this latest exhibition of PC insanity entertaining:  Our novel, ‘Space Wars: The First Six Hours of World War III,’ has been pulled from the USAF chief-of-staff’s professional reading list—where it’s been for the last 10 years—because a few female snowflakes at the senior ‘space school’ found the techno-thriller ‘offensive’. They supposedly cited passages that they considered to be misogynistic.

They complained to the chief and he caved. The book was pulled from his reading list.’

That’s right, gentle readers, woke lunacy banished two of the most useful and informative books our Space Force warriors could possibly have as the Space Force was being stood up.  As I’m sure you’ve suspected by now, this is a review of Bill’s latest book: Combat Contrails: Vietnam.

The book is a compilation of stories, mostly of the air war in Vietnam.  We are, as I used to tell my students, a story telling species.  They didn’t always believe me, until I told them to pay attention to what all the kids in the school were saying to each other every day.  They were amazed to realize how much of our daily social intercourse was story telling.

The book begins with an essay by best-selling author Stephen Coonts, a Scott buddy.  Following it is the story of Marine Corporal Carl Lippard and his 1965 heroic stand at the Ca De River, with the support of two Navy ships, against hundreds of North Vietnamese and Chinese regular troops.  His Marine contingent numbered only about 20 men, yet the suffered not a single casualty while inflicting .

It’s a virtually unknown story of extraordinary heroism against overwhelming odds.  “Little known” because to this day, our government has covered it up to the point of denying Lippard, his men, and the men who served on those ships, the decorations they deserve.  It’s an uplifting, and infuriating, story.  Why the cover up?  Then and now, our government didn’t want to offend and anger the Chinese.

The book continues with first person accounts of combat in the F4 Phantom, the UH-1 Huey helicopter, the B57G bomber, the F-105 Thunderchief, the A-4 Skyhawk, the F-100 Super Sabre and a variety of other aircraft.  There are light-hearted moments, like the story of a water buffalo running berserk in a C-123K cargo plane, a 1950’s vintage aircraft, as it struggled to land.

The book, like all of Scott’s writings, is well written, engaging and entertaining.  It provides a glimpse of the realities of war, and the spirit of Americans fighting for the freedom of others in America’s most unpopular war.

As you might imagine, gentle readers, I recommend it.  It’s available for $14.99 at North Slope Publications and also through Amazon.  I also recommend you take the North Slope link and buy the book there.  The price is the same and Bill will make a bit more that way.  Most folks don’t realize there aren’t many authors that make a living, let alone a good living, writing.  Every little bit helps.

Get the book.  You’re welcome.