In combat, there is a fine line between being overly cautious and cowardice. It's Josh Haman's first tour in Vietnam and he's fresh out of the training command - a "nugget" in Naval Aviator parlance. Josh Haman has to figure out on which side of the line the combat search and rescue detachment's officer-in-charge stands. Untested and without a lot of experience, he has to make a career and life and death decision and live with the consequences. Josh gets his first taste of the unpredictability of Naval operations when he is selected to be a pioneer flying helicopters in Naval special operations. He, and Marty Cabot, a Navy SEAL, become pawns in inter-service politics. The two of them are ordered to fly missions that could, if not carried out successfully, have international consequences beyond the war in Vietnam.
"All of Marc Liebman's books are superb and hard to put down once you start to read them, but Cherubs 2 is his finest to date! I could not put it down and read it cover to cover at one sitting! The book takes the reader back to the early 1970's and takes guys like me right back to our youthful combat days flying over North Viet Nam....Those of us who flew combat over North/South Viet Nam knew we stood a 50-50 chance of being picked up if bagged due to the sheer guts of the Big Mother crews! Cherubs 2 is a fast paced, thrilling, accurate novel that you will not be able to put down! It sits in my library right next to Clancy's novels! -- W.W. "Bear" Pickavance, Jr., Rear Admiral (ret) (review refers to an earlier edition)
"...The key to good fiction is character development, no easy feat with this novel's large cast of characters including air crewmen, SEAL team members, Russian and Chinese officials, CINPac and top officials at the Pentagon, and Josh Haman's love interest-just to name a few. This book also includes the historical specifications on the operating Naval ships in the region and their aircraft rosters complete with call signs, during the time frame of the book. Cherubs 2 is a page turner and not easy to put down." -- John Penny, The Aviator, Magazine of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's Association (review refers to an earlier edition)
"This is a fast-paced novel about a junior officer helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. With an engaging plot, realistic flying scenes, and a number of sub plots that keeps things interesting, the latest in the Josh Haman series will make unrestricted naval aviators feel as if they are right there in the helicopter...Any helicopter pilot or crewman will find this book realistic and absorbing and will not want to put it down. Naval veterans of Vietnam will recognize the locations, ships, aircraft and the frustrating progress of the war in Southeast Asia. I highly recommend this thriller to all hands." Cmdr. (ret) John Ball, USN, Rotor Review, Winter 2016. (review refers to an earlier edition)
About the Author
Marc Liebman is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and Naval Aviator who is a combat veteran of Vietnam, the tanker wars of the 1980s and Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He retired as a Captain after twenty-four years in the Navy and a military career that took him all over the world. Marc has worked with the armed forces of Australia, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Republic of Korea, the Philippines and the U.K. He has just under 6,000 hours of pilot-in-command/co-pilot flight time in a variety of tactical military, civilian fixed and rotary wing aircraft. In the business world, he has been the CEO of an aerospace and defense manufacturing firm, an associate editor of a national magazine and a copywriter for an advertising agency as well as a senior executive of a global business process management firm. He retired from the business world in 2015 to become a full-time author. Marc has four other novels in print. Big Mother 40 is loosely based on his experiences flying helicopters on combat search and rescue and special operations missions during the Vietnam War. In June 2013, the readers of books bought on Amazon ranked it as one of the top 100 war novels.