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
"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)
Audio Book Girl
Once I started this book, it was hard to "put it down"
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.
I have not. His vocal, however, was a near-perfect read, not too gruff, not too soft.
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 one who was over there or knew of someone who served there would probably enjoy this read.
Author of Spyder Sylk
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.
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.
I have not listened to any of Jeff Gurner's other performances before, but I look forward to listening to another.
Blood. Rain. Killing. Loss. The endless cycle of war in Vietnam.
I have no additional comments.
Yes, this was an intense and very satisfying book
The fight between Gene and Nguyen
The portrayal of the characters emotions and reactions
When Gene found out his best friend Willy was dead and his reaction.
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.
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
One of the best books in this genre I have ever listened to. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys a great military story.
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The SEALs were fighting in Vietnam and before leaving on any mission, they smeared their faces with a green paste so that they could blend in with the foliage around them. There were two groups of SEALs which consisted of 7 members each. These men were fighting in the Mekong Delta.
This book told the story of one of those group of 7. There is a Vietnamese SEAL that had turned and betrayed the SEALs. He became the leader of a large group of the enemy who were consistently killing American soldier's. It became the mission of Gene, a member of the SEALs, to find Colonel Win and destroy him.
My favorite character was Doc. He was the only corp man available but he had not completed the full regimen to become a SEAL. Doc had not never gone through HELL week. The men went on many missions and Doc was always the last man in the line. He complained and cursed every time that he was included in a mission. He would always end each tirade saying, "I'm not even a SEAL.
Brian was short, 5'3" and was perfect as the front man. The other SEALs were always told to follow Brian. He would find a way to maneuver through the jungles of Vietnam with a skill
that no other man would challenge. At times, Brian would stop them, using a hand signal, arm extended straight up, with a fist, stop, look, listen, and he would go ahead, find an exit and lead them through. The men all used and knew the hand signals, therefore, there was no noise.
Jim would usually be the platoon leader and Gene would follow behind him. Gene was considered to be their lucky charm. Each battle that Gene was in and the men that went with him, were not killed. Gene would tuck his bible in his shirt pocket before he left on a mission. The other members were Roland, Alex and Cruise. The SEALs all carried a pill that was to be swallowed if there was a chance of capture.
The book was filled with lots of action and suspense. The battles were described so well that you would be able to envision the battle through the author's words. The character's were well developed. The book definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. The narrator, Jeff Gurner, did an excellent job. He made the book an easy listen. If you enjoy reading about Vietnam and the SEALs participation, with only 7 men against many, purchase, Men in Green Faces, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
"Inspiring and easy to listen to"
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.
No Easy Day as this inspired that author.
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.
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.
Fantastic book. Would compliment anyone's library.
"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.
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