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)
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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.
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
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
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.
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.
I don't think I have....sorry!
None really. Too large a portion of the cast of characters seemed like they were walking stereotypes of some bad movie.
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.
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.
"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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