This is a data-dump from a guy who lived. A lot. * * * * *
This is a memoir. Not a novel, nor is it a historical narrative or chronicle. And, as a memoir, it’s raw, personal and—I suspect—painfully honest. For this reason alone, I give it 5 stars on account of the courage it took to put it all out there for the world, especially on a topic that tends to get a lot of attention.
Also, as a memoir, it covers a life, so there are moments where the reader can be drawn into details that probably don’t matter a whole lot.
There are two facets of this book that make it an excellent read, period: Couch can WRITE and Couch FLEW a lot of combat. If you buy this book on those two aspects alone, you’re in for a good time. Written in short, almost anecdotal form, the book can be picked up and read at virtually any point. The book is divided into 18 “Life Seasons” - each one a container for a host of stories and shorts that rarely go over two pages each. I like this style very much and it lent itself to fast page turning.
I get the impression that Couch is the kind of guy you want to fish with; he writes as he talks…of sorties in an F-100, F-4, flying FAC and self-conscious admissions of PTSD how that’s worked out for him. A day on the boat would seem like an hour and saying good night wouldn’t be a slap on the back and “Hey, see ya” but a sober handshake and a “Thank you, Darrel. Same time next week?”
If there’s one complaint, it’s that Couch uses military jargon with the typical unconscious ease of 99% of military folk. Fortunately, he explains flight and systems with exceptional clarity…but be prepared for a few acronyms.
I’ve already recommended the book to others who are interested in Vietnam ops and have found a number of excellent quotes to forward, too.
"BUY IT.......YOU WILL LOVE IT !!!, October 10, 2014 * * * * *
By Evelyn (Little Rock, AR, United States)
This review is from: I Used To Do That: Darrel Couch (Kindle Edition) "This is a great book !!! Love the seasons Of his life! They are short stories about Flying Jets...this man has a gift that makes a person laugh one minute and Cry another another! You can pick it up And read it in snippets!!"
"Having skimmed my hard copy of Darrel’s book, which is well supported by an abundance of good pictures (many in color), I think it will be hard to put down. But at 400 pages, it might take more than one sitting. At present, this fighter pilot’s book is available in E-book versions for a modest price ($9.99) at Amazon or iTunes. But for more information. I recommend you visit Darrel’s website at http://www.darrelcouch.com/home.html where you can learn more about the book and read some extracts. Originally a self-published hardback, this 8 x 10.5 beauty is available only from the author right now, but would be a wise investment for serious collectors of serious aviation books. Phone: 501-888-7282. Ed."
The Intake – Official Magazine of the Super Sabre Society
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