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Regardless of his background or who might be helping him along, no man becomes a Marine until he has successfully completed Marine Corps Recruit Training. Then, if he makes it, life doesn't get easier - he gets tougher. He may get to do the toughest job around: combat infantry. And in 1966, he will almost certainly end up in Vietnam. 

Frank Evans is a Navy sailor willing to do whatever is necessary to become a Marine. He's tough enough - and he has a general interested in his success. But success is measured in many ways. Frank finds out combat and the Marine Corps' definition of success change a man. Some of the changes are a matter of pride. Others - well, you learn to live with them.

©2011 Raymond Hunter Pyle (P)2019 Tantor

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I did not realize it was fiction.....

Well written but fiction about the war is a complete waste of time. I see no point in creating a fictional super hero. What needs to be told is the true story of sacrifice. And don’t criticize me for this review. I was there so F off if you don’t like it.

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OK but

As a veteran who was at Khe Sanh I found it kind of over the top. The parts about what happened to the base were true, but a lot about the gunny was pretty much unbelievable. All of the things he did on his own would never be done by a company gunny,unless he was recon .

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Excellent story

I have read quite a few books the the Vietnam war this was one of the best so far. I found myself riding around just to keep listening. I thought Eric Martin dis a great job narrating this book. I would recommend this read to anyone interested in the Vietnam war

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good story

a little to gung ho and unplausable. But fun story. Ending could have been better but overall very entertaining.

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great read/listen

To start, I am biased this is my uncle's novel. Besides that point, it was a very intriguing and addictive read. So in-depth you feel like your main character. Great book there Uncle Butch maybe you'll see this review.

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The Best of the Best

I enjoy this book from the start to finish. This is an epic story and i can tell the author is passionate about his work. I have read many Vietnam war books/memoirs but this one stole my heart.

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Enjoyable

Interesting,intertaning ,good mixture of historical facts and fiction. They do I say fiction because it doesn’t say otherwise! Out standing and in the realm of possibilities.

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Very good Vietnam Memoir ??

Narration: A bit like the narrator of Twilight Zone...speech pattern about the same. Takes some getting used to but not all that hackneyed after a while.

Story: Aside from love interest, one exciting recounting (?) after another. I can't determine how much of this is based on actual recounting, but it is in any event exciting and many parts of it informative.

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One of the best stories I have experienced..

I found myself still listening to this story at 3 AM.. Mr. Pyle did a great job on this book. Wish I could find more of his work on Audible.