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The untold story of the most important rescue mission not just of the Vietnam War, but the entire Cold War: one American aviator who knew our most important secrets crashed behind enemy lines and was sought by the entire North Vietnamese and Russian military machines. One Navy SEAL and his Vietnamese partner had to sneak past them all to save him.  

At the height of the Vietnam War, few American airmen are more valuable than Lt. Colonel Gene Hambleton. His memory is filled with highly classified information, and he knows secrets about cutting-edge missile technology the Soviets and North Vietnamese badly want. When Hambleton is shot down behind enemy lines in the midst of North Vietnam's Easter Offensive, US forces place the entire war on hold to save a single man hiding among 30,000 enemy troops and tanks. Airborne rescue missions fail, killing 11 Americans. 

Finally, Navy SEAL Thomas Norris and his Vietnamese guide, Nguyen Van Kiet, volunteer to go after him on foot. Gliding past hundreds of enemy soldiers, it takes them days to reach a starving Hambleton, who, guided toward his rescuers via improvised radio code, is barely alive, starved, and hallucinating after 11 days on the run.  

In this deeply researched untold story, award-winning author Stephan Talty describes the extraordinary mission that led Hambleton to safety. Drawing from dozens of interviews and access to unpublished papers, Saving Bravo is the riveting story of one of the greatest rescue missions in the history of the Special Forces.  

©2018 Stephan Talty (P)2018 Recorded Books

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this book is a must-read. I'm glad I listened to this book instead of only watching the Hollywood movie bat 21. The movie I personally believe that the desgrace to the men and women who risk their lives to rescue Gene hambleton.

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Harrowing story and heroic people!

If you have read the book Lone Survivor or know about it than this book Saving Bravo reminded me of that in so many ways expect in this book we have Airmen down behind enemy lines and at times more than one in Vietnam.

This is a captavating read one you will not want to put down it's one of those you lose sleep over. The only strange thing is throughout the book the authors occasionally use of the word "dudes" I didn't care for that it took me out of the story I suggest authors not use it the way it was used here in a military history novel but was a small thing over all. The narrator was new to me but he fit the tone of the book and flowed well so narration was great. Highly recommend

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Great story

this book is a must-read. I'm glad I listened to this book instead of only watching the Hollywood movie bat 21. The movie I personally believe that the desgrace to the men and women who risk their lives to rescue Gene hambleton.

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  • Jason
  • 10-31-18

Harrowing story and heroic people!

If you have read the book Lone Survivor or know about it than this book Saving Bravo reminded me of that in so many ways expect in this book we have Airmen down behind enemy lines and at times more than one in Vietnam.

This is a captavating read one you will not want to put down it's one of those you lose sleep over. The only strange thing is throughout the book the authors occasionally use of the word "dudes" I didn't care for that it took me out of the story I suggest authors not use it the way it was used here in a military history novel but was a small thing over all. The narrator was new to me but he fit the tone of the book and flowed well so narration was great. Highly recommend

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Great story

this book is a must-read. I'm glad I listened to this book instead of only watching the Hollywood movie bat 21. The movie I personally believe that the desgrace to the men and women who risk their lives to rescue Gene hambleton.

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  • Jason
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Harrowing story and heroic people!

If you have read the book Lone Survivor or know about it than this book Saving Bravo reminded me of that in so many ways expect in this book we have Airmen down behind enemy lines and at times more than one in Vietnam.

This is a captavating read one you will not want to put down it's one of those you lose sleep over. The only strange thing is throughout the book the authors occasionally use of the word "dudes" I didn't care for that it took me out of the story I suggest authors not use it the way it was used here in a military history novel but was a small thing over all. The narrator was new to me but he fit the tone of the book and flowed well so narration was great. Highly recommend