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In the mid-1960s, Harry Constance made a life-altering journey that led him out of Texas and into the jungles of Vietnam. As a young naval officer, he went from UDT training to the U.S. Navy's newly formed SEAL Team Two, then straight into furious action. By 1970, he was already the veteran of 300 combat missions and the recipient of 32 military citations, including three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

Good to Go is Constance's powerful, firsthand account of his three tours of duty as a member of America's most elite, razor-sharp stealth fighting force. It is a breathtaking memoir of harrowing missions and covert special-ops - from the floodplains of the Mekong Delta to the beaches of the South China Sea - that places the listener in the center of bloody ambushes and devastating firefights. But Constance's extraordinary adventure goes even farther - beyond 'Nam - as we accompany Constance and the SEALs on astonishing missions to some of the world's most dangerous hot-spots… and experience close-up the courage, dedication, and unparalleled skill that made the U.S. Navy SEALs legendary.

©1997 Harry Constance and Randall Fuerst (P)2014 Tantor

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"[Harold Constance] tells his story in page-turning style that is as engrossing as any adventure tale." ( Library Journal)

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Unfortunately this book was not "Good to Go"

Oh man, I had to stop listening after 3hrs - couldn't waste any more time. The story reads like a G rated, fiction novel. I never connected emotionally to the characters, maybe due to the narration. The narrator was a cross between Maxwell Smart and a newscaster. The language used did not fit the situation....no seasoned warrior in 1967 would say things like "Things are really dicked up", "I shot nine guys", "there are pissed off people in the tree line". They dropped f-bombs in war and said crude things...they called the enemy gooks. Somebody edited to the point of political correctness.

I just finished Dead Center by Ed Kruger and was hoping for a similar, visceral, emotional experience. A book that easily transports the reader/listener into the story. One I didn't want to end...the narration was unbelievable.

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A truly exceptional read. Sad it's over

I would suggest this to anyone who is a fan of the military memoir genre . This book covers the most amazing story I have read yet . It pulls you in at every turn and does not like go even after it's finished. It shows you how exceptional one soldier and his effect can be. It is also an uplifting story teaching how much perserverence can really get us through.

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Such a Wonderful Listen, Don't Pass This One Up

The Vietnam mantra was that the body count was the measure of success, that was when Harry Constance did his first and second tour in Vietnam. Harry went back to Vietnam for his third tour but the war had become a political quagmire whereby Harry and his best friend, Gallagher, were unable to fight a war to win.

The Tete Offensive was initiated by the NV during the most celebrated day of Vietnam, Tete which could be compared to Christmas Day in the US. There had been a truce between the NV and the SV. The truce was broken by the NV and what followed was the most fierce battles fought in Vietnam.

The men of SEAL Team 2 had to defend the bunk house where the Navy, Army and Marines had all come together, unknowingly, for a much needed respite. The first round of 300 strong NV soldier's pounded the American Compound. Every man present fought hard and were, after 7 very long days, still in control of their designated property.


Both Harry and Gallagher were members of SEAL Team 2. They participated in the Phoenix Program and for them it was a great success. They were able to train and work along with the VC defectors. The men were sincere and capable, when needed to participate in heated one to one combat. There was one female in the group who was the interpreter and was excellent at her job. However, during the ferocious battle she came forward and was able to prove her worth as a warrior. Her entire family had been murdered by the NV and she no longer would bow to their rule.


Both Gallagher and Harry treated the warrior's with equality. When one of the warrior's was in the hospital due to injuries inflicted by war, Harry would give the weekly earnings of the injured to his wife. There was comradeship among the NV who fought with and beside Harry and Gallagher.

The Phoenix Project was another political failure for the United States. Harry and Gallagher were called back and assigned other duties.

The book, Ready to Go, was the best of all the memoir's I've listened to and there are many. I did not want to book to end. Listening to Harry Constance's remembrances of his times in Vietnam were excellent. I was able to gain much more understanding of the war in Vietnam than ever before. Harry told his story with honesty and clarity. The narrator, Todd McLaren, was excellent. I would never have enjoyed reading the memoir more if I had read it instead of listening to it. I was able to feel emotions throughout the book. I did not cry but felt anger, love, disgust and so many other's. I'm sure that I will revisit this book one day and enjoy it more than the first time. There was action, edge of the seat occurrences along with suspense. I am certainly glad that a friend, after listening to Harry's story over time, realized the importance of sharing it with the public. I'm sure if you are interested in a memoir of one of our nation's warriors, this book will be the best choice to select. I can only hope that you are able to gain the knowledge of how a man can tell his life with honesty and clarity.

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I question some of the book....l

Highly trained SEALs yet leave one of their own behind on the first op in the book? Highly trained yet don't understand hand signals. Calls his rifle a gun? Steps in five pundit traps up to his groin in one night without getting stuck. Finds 12 trip wire booby traps in one night and his "highly trained" buddy comes along behind picking them up and trips three of them and all three were duds.........etc etc. I can't quite equate this story with what I knew and did in Vietnam. Sorry. I would say more but......

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Best Vietnam Book I have heard!!!

I loved this book and would love to meet Harry Constance! I am a retired Naval Officer and just loved his story. Thanks Harry for the fantastic book!

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A spirited story of courage and determination

I've read many story's related to the accounts of the highly regarded Navy Seals from the current war on terror in Afghanistan to the early inception of Seals into Vietnam. This is one of the best Listens I've had on the trials a tribulations of Seals and their battle with managing the tight knit brotherhood and family life. This book has everything, heavy Action, a love story, heartache, humor and disappointment from a guy that deserved far better than he got for his service to his country

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Outstanding

Narration was excellent and the story is unrelenting. Exciting very real Detailed patriotic proud holding nothing back good to go

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captivating

Very well written and narrated. The author's retelling of his life as a Navy Seal, both good and bad, grabbed my attention and had me connected to his life during. The narrator helped bring the story to kife

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Incredible!!

This is the best book of personal experiences from the Vietnam war that i have ever read! I have over 30 books from this genre and this one beats them all. Do yourself a favor, read this book! Not only is it a great story but the narrator really brings the action to life. This book is definitely “Good To Go!”

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what an awesome and heart wrenching story

Good to go is probably one of the best books I've listened to in a while. It's gut wrenching and thrilling. I couldn't stop listening.