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Heaven's Luck
by Harold F. Hester   

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Publisher: ISBN-10:  1585010286 Type: 


Copyright:  August 2001

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This semi-non-fiction novel has blood, sweat, sex, loving, living and dying... and some untold government secrets. Hint: CIA

I have just (Oct 2010) re-published HL with an additional 268 new pictures and images that greatly enhances the readability of this already insightful novel. Heaven's Luck is something we are all born with- given to us by God. Some refer to it as fate, predestination, or even the "luck of the draw." It most likely directed the lives of some and made them the individuals they are today. This is a semi-factual accounting of life in a free-fire combat zone, how the players got there, who they are, and how decisions they made dictated the paths of themselves and others through life. Many Americans and Asians owe their very lives to these crews, and helicopters they flew. Heaven's Luck is a view of two wars, their political ramifications and the "power people" that caused both. The story follows CW4 Roger Whitley and other Military veterans through the trials and tribulations before, during, and after the wars in Vietnam and Kuwait. It is also, for some, an accounting of the unbelievable… GUARDIAN ANGELS! Roger and his buddies felt these Angels beside them, helping where technology and reality couldn't, as they flew assault helicopters in Vietnam, air ambulance missions in Kuwait, and commercial jet aircraft later in life. Do you have a Guardian Angel? Probably! Do you BELIEVE in angels? That's for you to decide. Do YOU believe in "Heaven's Luck"?   

"Everything I ever needed to know
About life, I learned flying Helicopters in Vietnam
And from some oddball friends that will be with me throughout my lifetime"

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Laughing with tears in my eyes
I laughed a lot, and cried a little here and there, but enjoyed it immensely and hated for it to end. Fascinating story for those of us who remember, who ever wondered about what really went on, and especially those of us who lost family there. He did not have a Guardian Angel who could stop as many bullets as Roger did. The Author did a magnificent job of letting us into his world. The love scenes were very well done, tender and touching. Thank you, Harold Hester

Good History Lesson
I really did enjoy reading this book. It was a good story a piece of history and it is definitely worth the buy. The Vets, especially the chopper pilots who read it will say, "Damn, I remember that stuff." Some will laugh, some won't but they will recognize the truth and enjoy the read at the same time.

Although the book is factual it is not dry. The author manages to keep, and share with us the sense of humor that I am sure brought a lot of folks through their year in 'Nam.

The Guardian Angels are a wonderful way of telling another part of the story. I for one have always believed in them and I figue they worked overtime in Vietnam and deserve their time in print also.

With all that is written about those years, Mr. Hester brings to life Roger's year with both fun and sorrow, the way it was.

The Glossary will be a big help to anyone not familiar with military jargon.

Buy the book, read it and learn while you enjoy a very nicely put together piece of history

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Reviewed by S. Thompson 11/27/2004
Heaven's Luck is a different kind of story from most. First off, its said to be a "non-fiction novel".?? That kind of threw me off, not knowing for sure how to take the book. But, then it is a story involving guardian angels, making it a novel. I think the best part of the book was the chapters about Facts & Myths about Viet Nam and FUBIJAR. If you like stories about war & rescue with a side show about angels you might like this book.

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