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Never-before-told details of underground operations during the Vietnam War told through one airman's inspiring story of true love, honor, and courage.

Air Force pilot Captain Carlyle "Smitty" Harris was shot down over Vietnam on April 4, 1965, and taken to the infamous Hoa Lo prison - nicknamed the "Hanoi Hilton". For the next eight years, Smitty and hundreds of other American POWs - including John McCain and George "Bud" Day - suffered torture, solitary confinement, and abuse.

It was there Smitty covertly taught the Tap Code - an old, long-unused World War II method of communication - to many POWs. In turn, they taught others, and it quickly became a way for POWs to communicate without their captors' knowledge. It was a lifeline during their internment - a way to boost morale, stay unified, and communicate the chain of command - as well as an asset in helping them prevail over a brutal enemy.

Back home, meanwhile, Harris' wife, Louise, raised their three children alone, unsure of her husband's fate. One of the first POW wives of the Vietnam War, she became a role model for many wives, advocating for herself and her children in her husband's absence. Told through both Smitty's and Louise's voices, Tap Code shares a riveting true story of ingenuity under pressure, strength and dignity in the face of the enemy, the love of family, and the hope, faith, and resolve necessary to endure even the darkest circumstances. 

©2020 Carlyle S. Harris and Sara W. Berry (P)2020 Zondervan

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so informative

This is a very good true story. It's very hard to comprehend how heartless and cruel people can be. But this shows that as far as anyone that bashes a person serving our country is a perfect example that ignorance is bliss. lm 59 so l do not remember a lot about Vietnam. possibly because l was a kid but more so l believe that it just was not talked about a lot. l thank every person that has served our country. may God continue to bless you. He let us know how inhumane his treatment was without lm sure not giving all of the horrific detail. He is so right, we will never know the extreme torture they went through. His wife was simply amazing.

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A must read!

This book should be read by every American and especially our youth so that they can understand the sacrifices that were made for the lifestyles they enjoy today. So that they can understand honor and the evils of communism. Thank you for writing this story. Thank you for sharing the importance of faith and how it can strengthen a person and help them endure horrific hardships. GBU, Smitty and all our brave POW’s, MIA and those who have and currently serve our nation. God Bless America.

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Must read

Amazing story that captivated both myself and my children. Americans need to hear these stories to get a small glimpse into what our soldiers endure for our freedoms. Yes our moral compass is of as a country and need to get back to the foundations where we started. Patriotism need to mean something again. Thank you to the Harriss family for sharing such a deeply emotional story of your lives.

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Wonderful!

This book was wonderful. It perfectly represented a story that man intended for evil but God used for good. I am grateful to get to learn much ignored history of our country from the Tap Code.

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Heart touching true story!

I don’t remember when I downloaded this book but I am so glad that I listened to it! What an amazing story of survival, patriotism, and faith!

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a great read

Tap Code is a great read for any patriot American who loves God and country.

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I absolutely loved this book!

Incredible story of patience, endurance, suffering, faith and love. It has been a true blessing to be able to hear this well thought-out and brilliantly delivered story.

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informative and moving

excellent, detailed firsthand account by POW and his Spouse of the experience of captivity, survival, and returning home.

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One amazing book

I loved this book and the story of love of family, God and country.
There is no one that can even come close to understanding what the POWs went through.

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wow

Awesome story, I can't imagine what the pows endured. Everyone needs to hear this story.

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