Riveting Stories of Helicopter Combat in Vietnam

" Clearly the best account of the Vietnam war that I have ever read." -Amazon Reviewer

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Produced by Tantor Media, the Number One Audio Book publisher in the business and read by award winner David Colacci, this audio version of "19 Minutes To Live - Helicopter Combat in Vietnam" provides more than 10 hours of listening enjoyment.


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More About The Audio Book

Read By David Colacci

David Colacci has been an actor and a director for over thirty years, performing coast-to-coast in lead roles of plays by a variety of playwrights, from Shakespeare to Sam Shepard to Steve Martin. He has worked as a narrator for over fifteen years, during which time he has read the works of such authors as Jules Verne, Henry Adams, John Irving, Michael Chabon, and John Lescroart. He has won AudioFile Earphones Awards, earned Audie nominations, and been included in Best of the Year lists by such publications as Publishers Weekly, AudioFile magazine, and Library Journal. David was a resident actor/director with the Cleveland Play House for eight years and has been artistic director of the Hope Summer Rep Theater since 1992. He currently lives in New York with his wife, narrator and actress Susan Ericksen, and his children, Mario and Elena.


More About This Book and Author

"19 Minutes to Live" has nearly 400 pages and over 80 pictures that vividly describe the incredible courage and determination of helicopter pilots and crews supporting their heroes that carried a rucksack and a rifle in Vietnam. Over 12,000 helicopters were used in the Vietnam War and nearly half, 5,086, were lost. Helicopter pilots and crews accounted for nearly 10 percent of all the US casualties with nearly 5,000 killed and an untold number of wounded.

Lew Jennings is a retired Army officer, former airline pilot and business executive who flew over 700 Air Cavalry Cobra Gunship Helicopter missions and received Three Distinguished Flying Crosses for Valor. 

This Vietnam war memoir describes first-hand the harrowing experiences of pilots and crews in helicopter combat operations, from the far South to the DMZ, including the infamous A Shau Valley, Hamburger Hill, LZ Airborne and others.

5-Star reviews continue coming in from across the country and around the world.

"Non Stop! I couldn't put this book down!" - D. Norris

"One of the best combat memoirs I've read" - T.B. Forbes

"Heart stopping and informative" - Snowguy2

"Keeps you turning the page" - M. Corley 

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Latest News!

More Speaking Engagements November and December

 Enjoyed a fabulous turn-out for the Ashland, Ohio Vietnam Veterans Reunion Celebration! Thank you to Robert DeSanto for inviting me and to all the volunteers for your efforts in bringing Vietnam veterans together!! We have more speaking engagements scheduled for November and December here in California. Please see the "Speaking Engagements" section below for details. -Lew 

Wings Over Houston Airshow 20-21 October

The Wings Over Houston Airshow, sponsored by the Houston Chapter of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), was a huge success with thousands of attendees, performances by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and aerobatic legend Sean D. Tucker, and displays of priceless classic war birds. A huge thank you to John Simmons, event coordinator, for inviting me to join honorees in the Legends & Heroes Autograph Tent to meet and mingle hundreds of Air Show enthusiasts. A special thanks to the U.S. Air Force 111th Attack Squadron who hosted us at Family Day and allowed Air Force Legend Bob Pardo (Pardo's Push) and myself to fly the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle simulator. Great fun! -Lew

Staying In Touch, Contacting the Author

 Have a question? Want an autographed copy with a personal note from the author? Just want to reach out with a comment? I would love to hear from you! Email me at  lew@19minutestolive.com

Speaking Engagements

Keynote Address Veterans Day 2017

"History of Vertical Flight", "Vietnam - The Helicopter War", "19 Minutes To Live" and more

I love telling stories about the magic of vertical flight and the daring escapades of our courageous helicopter pilots and crews. Whether in combat or as first responders in communities across the country and around the world they save lives every day. I've done literally dozens of presentations to groups young and old; high school classes, air museums, aviation associations, veterans groups and keynote speaker addresses.  If you would like to have me speak with your group, please e-mail me at lew@19minutestolive.com

Here is some you tube video from a presentation titled '19 Minutes To Live' at an Old Bold Pilots Association meeting back in 2015.


Wings of History Museum Members Meeting, San Jose, 11/8/18

An evening talking helicopters with members of the Wings of History Museum. The meeting location has changed and will now be held at Emperor Norton's Restaurant, 7058 Santa Teresa Blvd, San Jose at 6pm. http://www.wingsofhistory.org

Watsonville Rotary, 12:30pm, Elks Lodge, 11/14/18

Watsonville Rotary Luncheon presentation of "Vietnam - The Helicopter War", 12:30pm, Elks Lodge, 121 Martinelli Street, Watsonville.

Experimental Aircraft Association, Livermore, 12/6/18

An evening presentation of "Vietnam - The Helicopter War" to members of the Livermore Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. The meeting will be at the Five Rivers Aviation FBO, 700 Terminal Circle, Livermore Airport at 7pm.

Palm Springs Air Museum, 1pm, 3/30/19

"Vietnam - The Helicopter War". Always a treat to present at the renowned Palm Springs Air Museum. This presentation follows a day after National Vietnam War Veterans' Day on the 29th. Lots of wonderful aircraft and helicopters to see and all things aviation. PSAM is located on the northeast side of the Palm Springs Airport at 745 N. Gene Autry Trail. www.PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org