Now, more than three decades later, those hastily written pages offer a rare look at the daily operations of one of the most courageous units that waged war in Vietnam. Johnson served in I Corps in northern South Vietnam, where combat was furious and the events he recounts emerge, stark and compelling: walking point in the A Shau Valley, braving enemy fire to rescue a downed comrade, surviving days and nights of relentless tension that suddenly exploded in the blinding fury of an NVA attack.
Undimmed and unmuddied by the passing of years, Johnson's account is unique in the annals of Vietnam literature. Moreover, it is a timeless testimony to the sacrifice and heroism of the LRRPs who dared to risk it all.
©2000 Frank Johnson; (P)2001 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Random House, Inc.
Narrator is good but the writing is really, really bad. Cant tell if its because it is so incredibly abridged. Only two hours of audio book here. The writing is about at seventh grade level. I like gritty military stuff but this is just bad. The main characters diary "entries" are often just a couple of sentences. Very little in the way of a cohesive storyline, lacks much action. There is a little bit of action and fun in here, so if you get it cheap and you don't mind the cheese factor you might enjoy it.
Great voice, nice pacing. He is a great narrator, but the material he was working with was not that great.
More bored than engaged (apologies to the author!)
I was asigned to a Recon Team in Viet Nam. Some of this was a little hard to believe, and an awful lot of Killing. That was not what recon teams were for, and when the shit hit the fan they were extracted. Hard to believe, but I will give him the benefit of the doubt. Read it, and judge for yourself.
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