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Name: Jose L Perez Ortiz
Date: Sunday July 09, 2006
Time: 08:09:58 PM


I just took a break from your book, I started at 1600 hrs ,and it is 0600 am next day ,Not even in college did I read on and on as I did with your book ,it was super, I remember Old friends (Stanley Mack ) and all the areas at Bragg, Nam and New York, not Brooklyn, Bronx, but I bet Mack would have told you about this Crazy PR who was in the Cav 69-70 who served with him in Nam, 68-69 and Grand Central Station, if not well I did that too .Well I am looking for Book 2, will their be one ? Jim you did good and I salute you, keep up the good writing .

Chico D/16 Armor 68-69,K /B trp 82 Abn .Div 69-70

Name: Jay B.
Date: Thursday May 25, 2006
Time: 12:01:33 PM


Excellent book. It brought back a lot of memories. Jay B. 1/503rd 1970-71

Name: Reviewer: Bill McDonald
Date: Friday May 19, 2006
Time: 03:29:43 PM


The Book is just as the title suggests: Good, Better, Best!

Author James Bradley has crafted a wonderful fictional autobiography which reads like his life. The main character Jim Rooney is both believable and alive with emotion and feelings. In his wonderful coming of age tale of a young man becoming a warrior, “Good, Better, Best – From the Streets of Brooklyn to the Jungles of Vietnam”, Bradley chronicles and fashions a story of rare sensitivity and action. It captures well that time and place in history. The Vietnam War comes alive though the telling of his story.


We follow the young hero as he leaves home and begins his career with the US Army. He ends up in Vietnam and in the thick of combat. The action is equal in strength to the author’s creative treatment of the relationships between the characters in the novel. This is a story not just about war but about the men who were in war. The sensitive insights that flow almost casually in the background of the plot line are a product of intelligent wording and phrasing by the author. He takes the reader on a adventurous journey and continues to hold your attention from the beginning to the last words on the last page.


This is a novel of great merit. It will give the reader an insider look at what the Vietnam War was like for some of those airborne troops serving there at that time of our history. Bradley is obviously a very talent writer who has spun a credible tale about war and people that is well worth your time to read. I personally recommend this book!

Name: Linda Minary
Date: Tuesday April 11, 2006
Time: 12:04:07 PM


I don't like war books - but I loved this book. I saw Brooklyn and Vietnam clearly through Rooney's eyes. The author's description of Rooney's Brooklyn kitchen lying on his linoleum floor listening to his father's stories, to the countryside of Vietnam as he's being airlifted, were so real to me I felt I was there. Superb writing ... no gore... and a wonderful read.

PS, so glad to find out what happened to the general I was wondering about that duffel bag.

Name: Peter L. Burch, Maj, USAR, NC
Date: Saturday February 25, 2006
Time: 10:44:52 AM


I've been in the military 30 years and your book brought back some very old memories.

Name: Richard L. Newell, Commander, U.S.Navy (Ret) - Vietnam Veteran
Date: Thursday February 02, 2006
Time: 08:53:36 AM


A well written and enjoyable read. Provides insight into the world of the "Non-Leg" soldiers who put themselves in harms way to preserve our nation. And since I personally know "Rooney", it made it even more entertaining. "Airborne"!

From: Donald Peters
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006

Time: 14:47:26 -0600

I finished reading your book a few days ago.  You did a great job.  It brought back a lot of things I had forgotten and some places I still don't remember. Thanks for all the effort that had to go into getting this book done.

Name: Frank Reilly
Date: Tuesday January 10, 2006
Time: 03:36:52 PM


Your book flows once you open the cover your hooked and find its difficult to put the book down. I'm looking forward to the sequel. The way your book was written it places the reader there with you. The story of Jim Rooney, would make an excellent movie. Frank

I finished reading your book "Good, Better, Best" last night and loved it.  I'm ready for the next one.  I want to thank you once again for the signed copy.  It will be in my book case for ever.  -- SFC Carl Hardy, US Army (Retired)

Outstanding..... So real were the Nam images, I didn't sleep Thursday night. I was humping the boonies.  --Roger B-4/503rd 1966-1967

After all these years of reading books about young soldiers engaged in an unpopular war, Good, Better, Best  is a special treat. I appreciate Jim Bradley’s positive approach to an accounting of the Vietnam experience. Here is a book that will be read and re-read for years to come.  Chuck Dean, Author (Nam Vet) and National Chaplain Emeritus, Society -173d Airborne Bde

Good, Better, Best  is not your typical Vietnam War story. It is a book that must be read to obtain a better understanding of the Airborne experience and the bond that develops between men. It has something for everyone; wives, sisters and daughters. It is filled with suspense and yet at times I found myself laughing out loud. I couldn’t wait to read the next chapter. Brenda Whiteside, Nurse, Veterans Administration

Good, Better, Best  serves as a portal to another place and time some will remember, while some will learn what it is like to live through the Vietnam War. It is both entertaining and intense writing, a good honest read.  G.K. Stesiak, Author (Raptor’s Prey) & former line medic, 173d Airborne Bde 1966/67

Good, Better, Best  is the story of private Rooney’s journey from youth to manhood, using the war as the backdrop. Jim Bradley has given us a "better" way to look at, or remember, those times -- that place. Bill Klinger, Veteran Service Officer & Combat Infantryman, 173d Airborne Bde 1969/70

I  found  Good, Better, Best to be a "page turner" as I could "hear" my son through airborne training, and could taste, hear and smell all he experienced.  I heartily recommend this book for anyone interested in the U.S. Army.   Esther B. Campbell Gates, Gold Star Mom of Sky Soldier (Sp/4 Keith Allen Campbell)