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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 2012

    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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    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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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 11-11-14
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 11-11-14 Member Since 2010

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Find the Traitor"

    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.

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    Cory Amarillo, TX, United States 04-15-13
    Cory Amarillo, TX, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2006

    I spend about 55 hours a week driving and really enjoy having a good book to pass the miles.

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    "Excellent action novel."

    Men in Green Faces kept me interested throughout the entire book. There is not a lot of back story and needless information about the characters to bog you down. It is action from the start and never slows down. It was refreshing to read a novel about the Vietnam war that isn't full of drug use and the liberal slant that you get in books like platoon but being about a SEAL platoon I didn't expect that in the first place. The tactics and weaponry are accurate to the time period. I really enjoyed the characters and would recommend this book for your library.

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    Jose Sneeze 04-09-13
    Jose Sneeze 04-09-13

    Jose

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    "Really made me think about the people of Vietnam"
    Would you listen to Men in Green Faces again? Why?

    Yes, interesting story line and characters. Lots of folks to keep track of so it might deserve another listen.


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

    What was it really like being in Vietnam.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey R. Jury Austin, TX, US 03-14-13
    Jeffrey R. Jury Austin, TX, US 03-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Vietnam War novel that begs the question."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely.
    The reason why I'd recommend this audiobook to a friend is because it's a realistic look about the early days of the Navy SEALs in Vietnam. Throughout listening, it made my ask myself several times: What were we doing in Vietnam to begin with? What bought us to that war?
    It technically wasn't our fight. It was North and South Vietnam's. But that's just me.


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

    No other book I can think of.


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

    Nothing unique, but he does bring an excellent narration and good performances as the characters throughout the book.


    Who was the most memorable character of Men in Green Faces and why?

    It has to be main character Gene Michaels, he's a very competent man and gets hit hard by the losses of innocent people and his friends. Leading him to revenge against the main antagonist. Col. Nguyen, that's what I think makes him interesting.


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    Alexander Malmo, Sweden 04-20-13
    Alexander Malmo, Sweden 04-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    What made the experience of listening to Men in Green Faces the most enjoyable?

    It is a combination of a tense, breath-taking plot and excellent performance of the narrator that makes me want to listen again and again. The story is highly dynamic, it captivates the listener and makes it really hard to pause the narrative just for a little while.


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

    The reconciliation of the main character after his long-awaited vendetta.


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

    Gene Michaels


    If you could rename Men in Green Faces, what would you call it?

    Can't think of a better name.


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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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