Mark Berent 


Mark Berent's first four books present stories based around flying the F-4 Phantom during the Vietnam war, a subject to which he obviously brings a wealth of personal experience. There are great descriptions of Forward Air Control missions, Wild Weasel and Special Ops on the ground. I enjoy his books and often read the passages relating to air action over and over. There is also a wealth of tactical information here for sim buffs.

Phantom Leader

Berent's USAF characters go from FACing (Forward Air Controlling) in the 0-1 Birddog and the 0-2 Oscar Pig to night fast FACing in the F-4 Phantom over the murderous on the Ho Chi Minh Trail where if the big guns don't get you, the karst will. Mark Berent's third novel has plenty to delight sim pilots.
I have read and enjoyed the book several times.
Climb, CLIMB, Toby yelled, and pushed forward again on the throttles.... He heard tinks and thuds as slugs tore into the skin and frame of his airplane.

Eagle Station

As well as some classic MiG vs. Phantom encounters Berent describes the hazardous work of the ParaJumpers, who lower themselves into the jungle from a helicopter to rescue downed pilots.
I can't recommend this book highly enough for air combat fans, get the whole series.
"Phantom Leader, this is Zero Three, go. You want a MiG, get on over here."


A crashing jet fighter breaks up in different ways, depending on its speed, its angle of impact, and the topography of the ground it strikes... usually they burn.
These are the thoughts running through the mind of USAF Capt. Court Bannister as he nurses his shot - up F-100D Super Sabre homeward.
They set the tempo for an intense novel. Later we meet Toby Parker, a Forward Air Controller, and Wolf Lochert from Special Forces. Their lives and fates intertwine throughout this series.

Steel Tiger

Set in Vietnam 1967, our heroes are back to do battle with the demons within and without! I've read this 4 or 5 times, an air combat classic.
He would kill the American. Secure in the cockpit of his MiG-21 jet fighter, Lt. Colonel Vladimir N. Chernov of the Soviet Air Force stalked the lone F-4 Phantom 6,000 feet below.
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