Between 1981 and 1986, Star published 4 books in the Gunships series. The author was Jack Hamilton Teed. The setting is Vietnam circa 1970 and the main character is Colonel John Hardin of US Special Forces. He puts together a rag-tag bunch of misfits who take the battle to the NVA and VC. There is an ex-mafia hit-man, a pot-smoking medic and jive-talking Afro-American chopper pilot amongst the group. The first novel details the individual back stories of the group, and how they came together. As this is Vietnam, there is a lot of double-dealing by senior officers in cahoots with the enemy and/or aiding in smuggling drugs, so Hardin is never quite sure who can be trusted. Each book is short enough not to outstay its welcome, though I wouldn't say there was really that much to distinguish it from other men's adventure series set during the Vietnam War. The 4 books in the series are:
1. The Killing Zone (1981) 2. Fire Force (1982) 3. Needlepoint (1984) 4. Sky Fire (1986)
I was wondering about Jack Hamilton Teed. Wasn't there a writer of Sexton Blake stories named George Hamilton Teed? I wondered if Jack was a relative, unrelated, or the name was just a pen-name.