Dear Mom I'm Alive - Letters Home from Black Widow 25

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1960s & '70s

Randolph P. Mains

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A politically naïve but fiercely patriotic young Army helicopter pilot, during the height of the Vietnam War, struggles to make it through his one-year tour with his humor and humanity in tact.


Erotica, Memoir, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama,

Short Summary

One out of every three American helicopter pilots never returned from the bloody chaos of Vietnam. This is the story one of those pilots could not relay in his letters home at the time.

In the wild, unruly fraternity of combat flyers, he learned the meaning of courage and camaraderie...and experienced the gut-wrenching pain of personal loss. But most important, he survived to tell his own personal story of the real war Mom never knew about.


Vietnam War October 68-October 1969

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Randy Mains

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous

Additional Character Details

Name: Joe Sulak

Age: 20

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Decisive, Empathetic, Honorable, Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Tom Shonehour

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Confident, Heroic, Adventurous

Additional Character Details

Name: Henny Schrode

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Charming, Confident, Educated, Romantic, Adventurous

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Avon Books

Year Published: 1992

Hard Copy Available



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