Young American pilots feel the weight of destiny as they are tasked with shutting down the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos.
1970—the height of the Vietnam War. A group of young Forward Air Controllers based in Thailand is assigned with supporting the Truck War and the People's War in southern Laos, where the fate of the Vietnam War, and Laos' very future, is being decided.
Tasked with shutting down the Ho Chi Minh Trail—the North Vietnamese supply lines running into South Vietnam—literally stopping the constant stream of trucks in their tracks, these American airmen, call sign "Nail," fly missions 24 hours a day.
Daily, they run the gauntlet of intense anti-aircraft fire to bring in accurate attacks by American fighter bombers. At night, streams of red tracers scream up from the ground, seeking the metallic flesh of their fragile craft. During the day, they search the skies for the telltale black puffs of smoke that reveal the self-destructive warheads of the North Vietnamese gunners. Even when tragedy befalls the group, they persevere with their mission. But will courage and dedication be enough?
"...an interesting, exciting, and educating book." ~The VVA Veteran
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"You gain an inkling of what it was like to pull yourself into a cockpit day after day, or night after night, trying to stem the flow of men and material from north to south." ~Historical Miniatures Gaming Society