COUNTERS by Tony Taylor

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Set during the turbulent era of the Vietnam War, Counters is a quirky, thrilling story of
air combat and of the young fighter pilots who blend the harsh reality of war with
youth's untamed urges.
As the pilot of a sleek F-4C Phantom II, self-doubting Lieutenant Steve Mylder fights
for his life in the skies above Vietnam in 1967 but battles for his soul against the
Red Baron of his imagination. His cocky friend Avery-womanizer and master of
the art of combat seduction-thunders fifty feet over a North Vietnamese beach, looks
down, locks eyes with an improbable woman, and falls into hopeless love.
Steve and Avery count their missions, hoping against the odds that they'll make it back
home alive instead of in a body bag. But liberating the recklessness in their souls is
sometimes the only way to deal with the unknown, and the two friends soon realize
that growing up is a lot harder than they thought.
In Counters, humor and whimsy counteract with authentic details of air combat brought
to life by former air force pilot Tony Taylor, illuminating a brooding yet fanciful look
at the hormones and ""warmones"" that impel young men to war and stupidity.

About Tony Taylor

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Tony Taylor is director of the National Centre for History Education and an associate professor at Monash University. He is the author of numerous publications in the areas of higher education policy, regional and rural education, professional development for teachers, and history education.
Published November 2, 2008 by iUniverse. 239 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, War, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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In Taylor's debut novel, the skies over Vietnam become a rite of passage for an American soldier.

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