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A Green Beret's gripping memoir of American Special Forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.   

In 1970, on his second tour to Vietnam, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. Officially, it was known as the Studies and Observations group. In fact, this Special Forces squad, which Brokhausen calls "an unwashed, profane, ribald, joyously alive fraternity", undertook some of the most dangerous and suicidal reconnaissance missions ever in the enemy-controlled territory of Cambodia and Laos. 

But they didn't infiltrate the jungles alone. They fought alongside the Montagnards - oppressed minorities from the mountain highlands, trained by the US military in guerrilla tactics, armed, accustomed to the wild, and fully engaged in a war against the North Vietnamese. 

Together, this small unit formed the backbone of ground reconnaissance in the Republic of Vietnam, racking up medals for valor - but at a terrible cost.

©2018 Casemate Publishers and Nick Brokhausen (P)2018 Tantor

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Is there such a thing as funny war genre ??

I couldn't stop laughing until I realized that he was writing about death, mayhem and general anarchy. The book had a unique perspective that is not typical in this genre. It was the funniest book I have read in some time, not the subject matter, but the authors internal monologue is exactly what you would expect some super badass Green Beret 's attitude to be.

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Excellent action, very funny

Reminds me of my top ‘Nam book Go to Go by Harry Constance. Tons of bloody action, jokes, pranks, and serious notes about lives lost. I loved it and I read every enlisted war memoir that comes out.

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Great SOG memoir, possibly the only one in audio.

One thing SOG biographers don't do is put content in audio format. The Secret Wars in Southeast Asia are officially still secret. Nick Brokhausen put it in audio. I think he's the only one to do this.

When you get into SOG memoirs, you feel things differently. It's about taking the fight to the enemy in ways not acknowledged by our government. The only thing like SOG memoirs is Marine Recon memoirs, particularly Silent Heroes, by Rick Greenberg. SEAL memoirs are more individual than these, so I don't put them in the same group as Marine Recon and SOG. I believe there's a pent up demand for SOG memoirs and Marine Recon memoirs.

Brokhausen transmits some interesting emotions, and his book made me think of Goodbye Darkness, by William Manchester. You can get Goodbye Darkness for free using Audible Channels. Manchester's Marines unit was filled with smart rejects. Brokhausen and his SOG buddies existed outside the regular Army and were always at odds with military police. They were half Army commandos and half career criminals in terms of their approach.

It's not a perfect book the way Silent Heroes is, in my opinion. Where Brokhausen messes up is in his reconstruction of conversations. To be blunt, he's consistently long-winded. Listeners should hang in there and understand it's a flaw of an otherwise excellent book. Brokhausen communicates what he experienced and what SOG was, and he's so good at it that I overlooked the shortcoming mentioned above. You see, I don't even talk about the book's shortcoming.

One understands after listening to this seminal memoir why it's never easy for a country to have special operators. This class of soldier is highly creative and can't fit in with standard approaches. Further, they give military police quit a lot of headaches and everybody's scared of them. They're vicious almost beyond description. They can only be controlled by their own kind. Nobody wants them with open arms except if there's a war.

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Sad to be finished with this audiobook

I loved the way the author tells this story. With a masterful sarcastic wit he lets us off the hook over and over when the realities of extremely harrowing combat and other dangers threaten to become uncomfortably oppressive. The bond that is formed between men who fight and play in these kinds of conditions is a common theme in almost every soldier narrative. Nick wisely doesn’t try to make you understand this intellectually but he makes you feel and envy it. He also mercifully spares the reader most of the heartbreak and dark despair that hides in the space between sentences, paragraphs and chapters, but not all. The finally chapter is a haunting and painfully beautiful reality check. There is also some fascinating technical and operational information that won’t be dry or boring to even those who may not generally find that interesting. I am already looking forward to starting the audiobook again - thank you Mr. Brokhausen for your service and this book.

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fantastic.

i love the authors recounts of events and his attitudes towards other military personnel. thank you for your service.

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A [MACV SOG] must listen/read.

A great audio book about MACV SOG operators was a long time coming. I hope more of this quality content will be available soon.

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excellent

this is a must read,May be one of the best written booksI have ever read. This was the war as it was for most of us that really were there at the time!!

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best SF book on the market

amazing book stay to finish I hope we get another book out of nick we could have another John plaster on are hands

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Great stories here.

I understood how these guys felt they had nothing to lose after surviving the experiences they had.I thoroughly enjoyed it but if I had any frivolous complaints,it would be that the ending was rather abrupt. I do recommend giving it a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Ended to soon

First the narrator was not very good he kept pronouncing words wrong. The other thing I did not like is the story just ended while he was still in Vietnam. Personally I like to know what happened to the men and women when they came home.

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  • dax
  • 11-04-18

Is there such a thing as funny war genre ??

I couldn't stop laughing until I realized that he was writing about death, mayhem and general anarchy. The book had a unique perspective that is not typical in this genre. It was the funniest book I have read in some time, not the subject matter, but the authors internal monologue is exactly what you would expect some super badass Green Beret 's attitude to be.

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  • David Ginaitis
  • 11-05-18

Excellent action, very funny

Reminds me of my top ‘Nam book Go to Go by Harry Constance. Tons of bloody action, jokes, pranks, and serious notes about lives lost. I loved it and I read every enlisted war memoir that comes out.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jaccred
  • 12-21-18

Great SOG memoir, possibly the only one in audio.

One thing SOG biographers don't do is put content in audio format. The Secret Wars in Southeast Asia are officially still secret. Nick Brokhausen put it in audio. I think he's the only one to do this.

When you get into SOG memoirs, you feel things differently. It's about taking the fight to the enemy in ways not acknowledged by our government. The only thing like SOG memoirs is Marine Recon memoirs, particularly Silent Heroes, by Rick Greenberg. SEAL memoirs are more individual than these, so I don't put them in the same group as Marine Recon and SOG. I believe there's a pent up demand for SOG memoirs and Marine Recon memoirs.

Brokhausen transmits some interesting emotions, and his book made me think of Goodbye Darkness, by William Manchester. You can get Goodbye Darkness for free using Audible Channels. Manchester's Marines unit was filled with smart rejects. Brokhausen and his SOG buddies existed outside the regular Army and were always at odds with military police. They were half Army commandos and half career criminals in terms of their approach.

It's not a perfect book the way Silent Heroes is, in my opinion. Where Brokhausen messes up is in his reconstruction of conversations. To be blunt, he's consistently long-winded. Listeners should hang in there and understand it's a flaw of an otherwise excellent book. Brokhausen communicates what he experienced and what SOG was, and he's so good at it that I overlooked the shortcoming mentioned above. You see, I don't even talk about the book's shortcoming.

One understands after listening to this seminal memoir why it's never easy for a country to have special operators. This class of soldier is highly creative and can't fit in with standard approaches. Further, they give military police quit a lot of headaches and everybody's scared of them. They're vicious almost beyond description. They can only be controlled by their own kind. Nobody wants them with open arms except if there's a war.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennece P. Cossey
  • 12-20-18

Sad to be finished with this audiobook

I loved the way the author tells this story. With a masterful sarcastic wit he lets us off the hook over and over when the realities of extremely harrowing combat and other dangers threaten to become uncomfortably oppressive. The bond that is formed between men who fight and play in these kinds of conditions is a common theme in almost every soldier narrative. Nick wisely doesn’t try to make you understand this intellectually but he makes you feel and envy it. He also mercifully spares the reader most of the heartbreak and dark despair that hides in the space between sentences, paragraphs and chapters, but not all. The finally chapter is a haunting and painfully beautiful reality check. There is also some fascinating technical and operational information that won’t be dry or boring to even those who may not generally find that interesting. I am already looking forward to starting the audiobook again - thank you Mr. Brokhausen for your service and this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-20-18

fantastic.

i love the authors recounts of events and his attitudes towards other military personnel. thank you for your service.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-19-18

A [MACV SOG] must listen/read.

A great audio book about MACV SOG operators was a long time coming. I hope more of this quality content will be available soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Carol Haines
  • 12-03-18

excellent

this is a must read,May be one of the best written booksI have ever read. This was the war as it was for most of us that really were there at the time!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-26-18

best SF book on the market

amazing book stay to finish I hope we get another book out of nick we could have another John plaster on are hands

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tracey Barr
  • 11-20-18

Great stories here.

I understood how these guys felt they had nothing to lose after surviving the experiences they had.I thoroughly enjoyed it but if I had any frivolous complaints,it would be that the ending was rather abrupt. I do recommend giving it a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Faceman27
  • 12-06-18

Ended to soon

First the narrator was not very good he kept pronouncing words wrong. The other thing I did not like is the story just ended while he was still in Vietnam. Personally I like to know what happened to the men and women when they came home.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • dax
  • 11-04-18

Is there such a thing as funny war genre ??

I couldn't stop laughing until I realized that he was writing about death, mayhem and general anarchy. The book had a unique perspective that is not typical in this genre. It was the funniest book I have read in some time, not the subject matter, but the authors internal monologue is exactly what you would expect some super badass Green Beret 's attitude to be.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • David Ginaitis
  • 11-05-18

Excellent action, very funny

Reminds me of my top ‘Nam book Go to Go by Harry Constance. Tons of bloody action, jokes, pranks, and serious notes about lives lost. I loved it and I read every enlisted war memoir that comes out.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jaccred
  • 12-21-18

Great SOG memoir, possibly the only one in audio.

One thing SOG biographers don't do is put content in audio format. The Secret Wars in Southeast Asia are officially still secret. Nick Brokhausen put it in audio. I think he's the only one to do this.

When you get into SOG memoirs, you feel things differently. It's about taking the fight to the enemy in ways not acknowledged by our government. The only thing like SOG memoirs is Marine Recon memoirs, particularly Silent Heroes, by Rick Greenberg. SEAL memoirs are more individual than these, so I don't put them in the same group as Marine Recon and SOG. I believe there's a pent up demand for SOG memoirs and Marine Recon memoirs.

Brokhausen transmits some interesting emotions, and his book made me think of Goodbye Darkness, by William Manchester. You can get Goodbye Darkness for free using Audible Channels. Manchester's Marines unit was filled with smart rejects. Brokhausen and his SOG buddies existed outside the regular Army and were always at odds with military police. They were half Army commandos and half career criminals in terms of their approach.

It's not a perfect book the way Silent Heroes is, in my opinion. Where Brokhausen messes up is in his reconstruction of conversations. To be blunt, he's consistently long-winded. Listeners should hang in there and understand it's a flaw of an otherwise excellent book. Brokhausen communicates what he experienced and what SOG was, and he's so good at it that I overlooked the shortcoming mentioned above. You see, I don't even talk about the book's shortcoming.

One understands after listening to this seminal memoir why it's never easy for a country to have special operators. This class of soldier is highly creative and can't fit in with standard approaches. Further, they give military police quit a lot of headaches and everybody's scared of them. They're vicious almost beyond description. They can only be controlled by their own kind. Nobody wants them with open arms except if there's a war.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennece P. Cossey
  • 12-20-18

Sad to be finished with this audiobook

I loved the way the author tells this story. With a masterful sarcastic wit he lets us off the hook over and over when the realities of extremely harrowing combat and other dangers threaten to become uncomfortably oppressive. The bond that is formed between men who fight and play in these kinds of conditions is a common theme in almost every soldier narrative. Nick wisely doesn’t try to make you understand this intellectually but he makes you feel and envy it. He also mercifully spares the reader most of the heartbreak and dark despair that hides in the space between sentences, paragraphs and chapters, but not all. The finally chapter is a haunting and painfully beautiful reality check. There is also some fascinating technical and operational information that won’t be dry or boring to even those who may not generally find that interesting. I am already looking forward to starting the audiobook again - thank you Mr. Brokhausen for your service and this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-20-18

fantastic.

i love the authors recounts of events and his attitudes towards other military personnel. thank you for your service.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-19-18

A [MACV SOG] must listen/read.

A great audio book about MACV SOG operators was a long time coming. I hope more of this quality content will be available soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Carol Haines
  • 12-03-18

excellent

this is a must read,May be one of the best written booksI have ever read. This was the war as it was for most of us that really were there at the time!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-26-18

best SF book on the market

amazing book stay to finish I hope we get another book out of nick we could have another John plaster on are hands

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tracey Barr
  • 11-20-18

Great stories here.

I understood how these guys felt they had nothing to lose after surviving the experiences they had.I thoroughly enjoyed it but if I had any frivolous complaints,it would be that the ending was rather abrupt. I do recommend giving it a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Faceman27
  • 12-06-18

Ended to soon

First the narrator was not very good he kept pronouncing words wrong. The other thing I did not like is the story just ended while he was still in Vietnam. Personally I like to know what happened to the men and women when they came home.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful