Son of Thunder

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Newly revised (Nov. 2010) edition, for ebooks only: His country won’t let him win. His friends think he’s crazy. The woman he loves gives him an ultimatum. But his swept wing supersonic lover makes no demands beyond a smooth hand. Only Ho Chi Minh’s AAA can stop this Top Gun. A love story inside a war story wrapped in redemption. Read reviews at

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Words: 111,840
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452330808
About JD Wetterling

JD Wetterling is the author of Son of Thunder, a novel based on his experience as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, "No one...," a gospel presentation for everyman, No Time To Waste, a true story of amazing grace, and Grace in the Growing Season, a memoir. He's had over 250 op-ed columns and essays published in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the St. Petersburg Times, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and numerous other periodicals.

He flew 268 combat missions in an F-100 in the Vietnam War, earning two Distinguished Flying Crosses, fourteen Air Medals, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He was top gun in every fighter squadron in which he served in the U.S. Air Force.

JD has addressed audiences in all walks of life in all parts of America. His motivational messages cover current affairs, business, history, patriotic themes and eternal truths.

His roots go back to a farm in western Illinois and a one-room country schoolhouse where he was the only student in his class all eight years of grade school. On that foundation he built a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois, an MBA from the University of Utah, summa cum laude, and a career as a fighter pilot, businessman, speaker, and writer. He's an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).

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Review by: Sam Morgan on March 01, 2011 : (no rating)
I enjoyed the book. The missions were well described, I could sense the action. It brought back memories of those times. I was an O-1 pilot on the Mekong Delta in 62, flew F-105 strikes in the south in 64 & 65, an F-105 100-Mission tour over the north in 67 & 68, and spent a year at Udorn with the F-4 in 1975. Now I wish I had gone back for an F-100 tour, I would have been a good Misty FAC. I liked the book.
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