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Publisher's Summary

“We live together under the thick canopy, each searching for the other; the same leeches and mosquitoes that feed on our blood feed on his blood.” 

John Edmund Delezen felt a kinship with the people he was instructed to kill in Vietnam; they were all at the mercy of the land. His memoir begins when he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was sent to Vietnam in March of 1967. He volunteered for the Third Force Recon Company, whose job it was to locate and infiltrate enemy lines undetected and map their locations and learn details of their status. The duty was often painful both physically and mentally. He was stricken with malaria in November of 1967, wounded by a grenade in February of 1968, and hit by a bullet later that summer. He remained in Vietnam until December, 1968. 

Delezen writes of Vietnam as a man humbled by a mysterious country and horrified by acts of brutality. The land was his enemy as much as the Vietnamese soldiers. He vividly describes the three-canopy jungle with birds and monkeys overhead that could be heard but not seen, venomous snakes hiding in trees and relentless bugs that fed on men. He recalls stumbling onto a pit of rotting Vietnamese bodies left behind by American forces, and days when fierce hunger made a bag of plasma seem like an enticing meal. He writes of his fallen comrades and the images of war that still pervade his dreams.

©2015 John Edmund Delezen (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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a bit flowery for combat stories

This book was okay but the author seemed to be unable to determine if he was a poet, a historian. or a combat storyteller. Plainer language and less grasping for literary prose would have been more preferable for the subject matter.

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With feeling

The author really makes you feel like you’re with him. Excellent feeling, very vivid descriptions. The reader can almost “feel” what the recon men had to endure.

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Inspiring

A war story. A good one. From the guy on the ground. Nothing less, nothing more. Recommended.

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Among Marines!

This is a very accurate depiction of " the boonies " in Vietnam. A very visceral account of Marines making their way through a mission and finding a way to complete it. Nothing glamorous or appealing about the task at hand. It certainly doesn't push the reader in any type of fervor making you wish you were there in the jungle. I don't know what else to say accept it's well worth a read or listen.

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Not engaging, no mention, no backstory

an honorable man worthy of our gratitude but the writing style plus monotone reader was difficult to get through. I prefer Ed Kugler's book to this one.

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good book

was a bit different then I expected but still good would recommend it good read

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A great story of the boots on the ground!

I found this book in the "Included" section with no fee or credit required.
I have had bad experiences with the free books. But this one was a pleasant exception!
Having studied the Vietnam conflict, I was drawn into the story immediately.
The narrator did a wonderful job telling the story!

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A Great Listen

Delezen does an excellent job putting the listener into his muddy, water logged boots. Informative and enjoyable. Well done sir.

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Extraordinary. A “should read.”

You should read this. Your kids should read this. History teachers should read this. The story of war boils down to the man on the ground (or the female pilot in the air in the air in this case). The writing takes you into the jungle of Viet Nam and vividly displays the war from the eyes of the essential recon soldier. The war on the ground and the war within as one sees and feels the battle inside the brain to control and use the fear to survive. Survive bloody battles, hunger, death of comrades and so much more. I’m awed by the author and his ability to graphically put into words his story which is the story of his “brothers,” as I profoundly feed. Excellent read. Thank you, sir.

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lacking the professionalism of other recon stories

the author would take a carton of smokes on a recon patrol, they also heated rations with c4. smoking on patrol is not a good way to survive.