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Inside MACV-SOG

During the Vietnam War, a “secret war” was fought across the fence in Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam, unknown to the media or the public, under the aegis of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam’s top secret Studies and Observations Group. SOG’s chain of command for missions and after-action reports extended to the White House and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Small Green Beret-lead teams ran missions into Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam without assistance from conventional artillery, tank or infantry units. Once on the ground, their sole support was provided by Air Force Tactical Air and helicopter units, US Army and Marine helicopter aviation personnel and aircrews, and from the South Vietnam Air Force’s 219th Special Operations Squadron, code named Kingbees.

In Laos, the communists dedicated 50,000 troops to the Ho Chi Minh Trail, including highly trained sappers from the 305th Sapper Battalion, its sole mission: Attack SOG teams.

©2007, 2017, 2018 John Stryker Meyer (P)2020 John Stryker Meyer
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The audio version was horrible

I could only listen to about 5 min of this book. The audio performance was like listening to someone struggle through a book above their reading level, or someone just learning to read. I’m sure it’s a great story, but don’t get the audio version.

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Ooof the reading is hard to listen to…

- [ ] Let me start by saying I have the absolute utmost respect for Tilt. I’ve listen to just about every podcast he’s been on (thanks Jocko) and purchased all his books. The book is written in his typical first person perspective. It is well written. The breaks down however is the same as his other book, it’s the readings. When you compare it to other MACVSOG books like Uncommon Valor, SOG Medic, We Few, Whispers in the Tall Grass, there is a clear difference is the experience. On the Ground is jarring to listen to. The halting cadence of the read is distracting and the unedited repeats at the start of the book could have easily been edited in post production. It is the audio version of someone using a typewriter, get to the end of the line and use the handle to shift up and back to the left. It’s extremely difficult to listen to. The most a coward part is in Chapter 3 when additional, first-person emphasis is placed on certain folks. This book should take its place alongside the above mentioned SOG titles and perhaps it does in written form. The audio though makes it one I want to listen to more than once but will not because there are better books available. If production costs are the issue, Tilt it would be my honor to cover the costs. Your tireless efforts to memorialize the memory of MACVSOG should have every advantage available. Happy to help.

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Loved the story, But next time Hire a Professional Narrator…. Respectively

Loved the stories, But next time Hire a Professional Narrator…. Man, the awkward pauses in the reading made it hard to listen to. It made it more genuine too, but hard to listen to.

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FREAKING AWESOME!!

Amazing stories... Real Life Rambos!! I found Tilt for Jocko Podcast and have been intrigued since.

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Amazing story

Amazing story by a true American Hero. Some reviews criticize the authors reading style but I enjoy hearing the story from his own voice which adds flavor and realism.

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  • 08-29-21

Absolutely incredible

This book is nothing short of amazing and when I start to feel my trivial problems in life are overwhelming I think about Tilt and the guys from SOG and what they went through and in their early 20s. I appreciate it was read by the man himself and I can’t imagine it any other way, despite other reviews. Thank you Tilt for sharing your stories personally as I’m sure some are painful. Thank you for your service. Read these books people.

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Speed it up a little

Great book read by the man himself, if you need a fancy voice actor to read to you this might not be your book. Though it's read just fine. My guess is that the clear pronunciation and slower pace is from understanding what comes across best for comms. Speed up the reading a little, I think I did 1.5x and you'll be golden. There are some truly remarkable tales you'll not soon forget.

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incredible

Speed up by .2 to help with Mr Meyer's slightly strange cadence. Thankfully he is able to read his own account of this intensely fascinating part of history.

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GREAT STORIY

Excellent story of a very special person. Brings back pictures in my head of days spent in the Nam. I do believe this audible book would benefit from a professional narrator.

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Break contact and continue mission

What an incredible book. It would really be something to meet John. Incredible stories and service him and all of the other SFs freely gave.

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  • James Sharkey
  • 06-03-21

Seriously understated classic

The way that John talks about his time in Vietnam is so matter-of-fact at the books full impact doesn’t really hit you until you stop and think about what he is describing. The humour and attention office story with the matter of fact narration makes this not only historical document but also a dam good listen would recommend the series to anyone and hope to have more

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  • Neil C.
  • 04-15-21

amazing

amazing book some of the things these men did is incredible and to be alive at the end is a testament to their skill and bravery as a soldier.
worth listening to and wish it did not finish.

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  • Mrs S H
  • 03-23-22

awesome book BUT...

I've listened to most of John stryker meyer books and podcasts and the guy is a legend with some brilliant stories to tell, but please, please use someone else to narrate and edit the audio books!
awesome SF soldier? without a doubt! Narrator? Not so good. just my opinion.

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  • 07-20-21

Respect

Amazing true stories from the Vietnam war. Unbelievable courage from the men going over the fence. Interesting observations about senior officers failing the bravest of the brave

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-21

Mind blowing.

First heard of Meyer on the Jocko podcast. This book is a must read for anyone studying modern military history. These men demonstrate how warfare developed from WW2 to what we know today. Being an integral step in the evolution of the fighting man on the ground. How destruction can be brought upon the enemy with the right team. Akin to a scalpel, surgical and having the desired affect while trying to minimise risk to all involved. While showing how brave and dedicated the enemy the fought against were. Albeit as the crispy critters stacked up. I could almost smell the damp and feel the humidity with the images Meyer's words conjured.
I bought his other title today.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-21

another day in SOG

Tilts story and that of SOG are amazing. it is great to hear it told by Tilt himself, but as an orator and narrator, he makes an amazing SOG operator.