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Men in Green Faces Audiobook

Men in Green Faces: A Novel of U.S. Navy SEALs

Gene Wentz's Men in Green Faces is the classic novel of Vietnam that inspired a generation of SEALs. Here is the story of a good soldier trained to be part of an elite team of warriors - and of the killing grounds where he was forever changed. Gene Michaels carries an M-60, 800 rounds, and a Bible. The ultimate SEAL, he also carries a murderous grudge against a bloodthirsty colonel who was once one of their own.
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Because it’s a novel, the truth can be told. Because it’s the truth, you’ll never forget it....

Gene Wentz's Men in Green Faces is the classic novel of Vietnam that inspired a generation of SEALs. Here is the story of a good soldier trained to be part of an elite team of warriors - and of the killing grounds where he was forever changed.

Gene Michaels carries an M-60, 800 rounds, and a Bible. The ultimate SEAL, he also carries a murderous grudge against a bloodthirsty colonel who was once one of their own. To bring him in, Michaels and his men will go behind the lines, where they’ll take on 5,000 NVA in the fight of their lives. In this stunning novel, former SEAL Gene Wentz brings to life what it was like to be a SEAL in Vietnam, running an endless tour of top-secret, death-defying operations deep in enemy territory. From the camaraderie to the harrowing recons, from brutal interrogations to incredible, toe-to-toe firefights, here are America’s most feared warriors as you’ve never seen them before.

©1992 Gene Wentz and Betty Abell Jurus (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Full of ambushes and firefights.… From page one I knew I wanted to be a SEAL. The more I read, the more I wanted to see if I could measure up." (Mark Owen, number-one New York Times best-selling author of No Easy Day)

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    Oldthaiger Missoula, MT USA 02-23-15
    Oldthaiger Missoula, MT USA 02-23-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Too much like a Hollywood movie..."
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    Had the privilege of knowing a few seals in Viet Nam one of whom was captured,mutilated,castrated (told they did not want anymore like him) and left for dead only to be retrieved buy his buddies later. As I read his DD214 Tears welled up in my eyes and I saluted Him! GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shere Salinas, US, Canada 03-11-13
    Shere Salinas, US, Canada 03-11-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Realistic views of Viet Nam missions"
    Where does Men in Green Faces rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Once I started this book, it was hard to "put it down"


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters came alive, the realism of the situations was right on, and the sensativity of Gene Wentz was portrayed well. Not everyone was a bad guy, not everyone was a good guy, that was the V.N. war.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. His vocal, however, was a near-perfect read, not too gruff, not too soft.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    These situations made me appreciate what our armed forces do for us every day of every year. They put themselves in harm's way; we need to appreciate them more!


    Any additional comments?

    Any one who was over there or knew of someone who served there would probably enjoy this read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Marker Alexandria, VA, United States 01-02-13
    Jonathan Marker Alexandria, VA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2014

    I haven't seen this many disappointed faces since my wife first introduced me to her friends.

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    "Killing, Revenge, and Pabst Blue Ribbon!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Men in Green Faces to be better than the print version?

    I have stopped buying print versions of novels in which I am interested, so I must admit that the audio edition of "Men in Green Faces" stands as my favorite by default.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Willie was my favorite character because, like my affinity for Arthur Dent in Douglas Adams's "The Restaurant at the end of the Universe," he brought a bit of humanity to the war in Vietnam for Gene. When he died and Gene started to unravel into a homicidal maniac bent on revenge, the truth of war being hell became vivid.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of Jeff Gurner's other performances before, but I look forward to listening to another.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Blood. Rain. Killing. Loss. The endless cycle of war in Vietnam.


    Any additional comments?

    I have no additional comments.

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    tony 01-05-15
    tony 01-05-15
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    "excellent"

    great book. probably the best ive read yet. just operation after opetation which never stops. no extended boring places. all action. gives an insight into what it wad really like as a seal during vietnam

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    Jean Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada 04-16-13
    Jean Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada 04-16-13
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    "The best read in a long time!"
    Would you listen to Men in Green Faces again? Why?

    Yes, this was an intense and very satisfying book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Men in Green Faces?

    The fight between Gene and Nguyen


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    The portrayal of the characters emotions and reactions


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Gene found out his best friend Willy was dead and his reaction.


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    Roger 03-24-16
    Roger 03-24-16
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    "Amazing!"

    Outstanding. It is well written and well told. Very gripping. Once you start you won't put it down.

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    Angie 03-18-16
    Angie 03-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    Heroes, straight heroes. Very well written first hand accounts. It just amazing, all I can say.

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    supermann 02-12-16
    supermann 02-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best"

    Great performance of one of the best books out there. Doesn't get any better than this one

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    Thomas 10-29-15
    Thomas 10-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Have done so already- Inspiring and humbling.


    What other book might you compare Men in Green Faces to and why?

    Lone Survivor, Red Circle.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

    I do not recall. Listened to it a few months ago.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very intrigued.


    Any additional comments?

    Cheers to the author for detailing the history and commitment of this elite force. You are America's ALL PRO Team!

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    Moises Lopez 08-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A bit misleading..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would definitely not. The story is pretty campy to be honest. If you have seen Commando or any 80's military action flick...you have pretty much read this book. The main character is very one-dimensional and the characters in the story did not remind me of ANY SEALs I read about in actual non-fiction books.


    If you’ve listened to books by Gene Wentz and B. Abell Jurus before, how does this one compare?

    I don't think I have....sorry!


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

    None really. Too large a portion of the cast of characters seemed like they were walking stereotypes of some bad movie.


    Was Men in Green Faces worth the listening time?

    I really don't think so. I rolled my eyes in disgust a good amount of times regarding cliche after cliche used in the novel. As I have stated before, there are far better spec ops books out there.


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah, if you ever write a book, don't ever use your real first name to be the main character of a fictional novel. I equate it to posting photos of yourself all over your own house.

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    4/15/16
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    ""gripping""

    "Wow, wot a book, or audio book. The book is truly amazing an to have it read to you makes it all the more interesting. I've heard this book umpteen times an it never fails to have me griped. Any one interested in this subject will appreciate this book or story.

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  • Danny
    Stevenage, United Kingdom
    5/12/14
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    "Sorry what was this about again?"

    Ok so listening to the intro this book had so much potential in store yet I found this a very disappointing book. I found myself lost between scenes and unfortunately quite detached for the main character. So I generally found it hard to stick with. The overall setting and its missions were good however also were the descriptions of the weapons used that why ive given the performance a higher score.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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