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Men in Green Faces: A Novel of U.S. Navy SEALs | [Gene Wentz, B. Abell Jurus]

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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

    Author of Spyder Sylk

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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..."
    Any additional comments?

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada 04-16-13
    Jean Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada 04-16-13 Member Since 2009
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MICHAEL F DINARDO 05-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"

    A must read for any current, future, or aspiring SEAL! You will not put this audio book on pause!

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    Ronald E. Richard 04-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Men with green faces!"

    This was a great book could not put it down from the time I started reading It till the end of the book, very inspirational! A special thanks to all the seals and military personnel who put their lives on the line every day for our freedom!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wallace Holder Georgia, USA 03-11-15
    Wallace Holder Georgia, USA 03-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Must read!"

    if this doesn't motivate you nothing will. Great narrator! Story is action packed with great humor, tragedy, dedication, courage and humility. God bless America!

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    Richard Mcclellan 03-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    Awesome book worth reading. An amazing story of bravery. True seals who fought so well. Get and read this book.

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    Kathryn Holland 01-28-15
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    "Outstanding listen"

    Fantastic listen. Struggled to stop listening. Felt like I was right there. researched c float, and solid anchor. I am cur I us about more history, being a Seabee myself.

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  • Lee
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    "Inspiring and easy to listen to"
    What made the experience of listening to Men in Green Faces the most enjoyable?

    The story is exciting, thrilling and at time heart stopping. There are many moments which you feel apart of the patrol and this book and the reader, Jeff Gurner, really brings the book to life.


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

    No Easy Day as this inspired that author.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I think Jeff made this book come to life. I really felt part of the book and has inspired me to buy more SEAL style books. Really brave men.
    I have read the book also, the audio version is a great compliment to the paperback.


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

    Some parts make you laugh and this book did bring me into Vietnam. You do feel your there on patrol or lying in wait on a ambush.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book. Would compliment anyone's library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danny
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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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