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Echo Among Warriors: A Novel of Marines In the Vietnam War [Kindle Edition]

Dick Camp
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Book Description

ECHO AMONG WARRIORS
A Novel of Marines In the Vietnam War

by Dick Camp


Echo Among Warriors is a fictional account of gut-level combat as seen through the eyes of American and North Vietnamese participants. The setting is the dense jungle of the Khe Sanh plateau, where the author experienced the brutality of war as a Marine company commander during the North Vietnamese Army’s (NVA) build-up to the 1968 Tet offensive. His company regularly patrolled the grass-covered ridgelines and jungle-canopied valleys surrounding the Khe Sanh Combat Base (KSCB), the western anchor of a series of strongpoints that stretched across northern South Vietnam. The objective of these installations was to close the infiltration routes, but the effort resulted in ceding freedom of movement to the NVA while fixing American troops in position. Khe Sanh was a prime example. It was located on a major infiltration route that ran from the Laotian border east to the Ba Long and Ashau valleys and south to the population-rich coastal lowlands of South Vietnam.

The hills and valleys surrounding KSCB became a vicious, no-holds-barred slug fest, costing hundreds of lives on either side. In the spring of 1967 there were a series of engagements in what became known as the Hill Fights, which were focused on the four major heights northwest of KCSB—Hill 950, Hill 881 North, Hill 881 South, and Hill 861. By the fall of the year, Marines were reporting an increasing concentration of NVA troops and military equipment around the base. Intelligence reports placed the NVA 325C and 304 divisions, a total of approximately twenty thousand men, in the area. Opposing them were three infantry battalions of the 26th Marine Regiment, a battalion of the 9th Marine Regiment, and an Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) Ranger battalion totaling some six thousand men. By the time of this story, September 1967, KSCB had become a tempting target for destruction.

Echo Among Warriors is a story of close combat in a life-and-death struggle between two opposing, equally committed adversaries. It represents just one of perhaps thousands of deadly encounters that reflect the reality of battle—a mind-numbing, intensely personal experience that forever changes the participant. This powerful narrative makes it possible for the reader to experience both sides of the battle. The same battle sequence will roll forward like a movie scene and then be replayed from the opposite viewpoint—through the eyes of the Marines and sequentially through the eyes of the North Vietnamese. The bullet fired from a Marine’s M-16 at a silhouetted enemy solider crouched on the jungle path will in the next chapter tear into the flesh of that crouched NVA trooper. The story unfolds from the initial contact to the final horrific ending. In war, every action has a beginning and an end.

There has been no intention to portray gratuitous violence or profanity. War veterans know that words are insufficient to describe the destructive power of weaponry and the resulting, horrific wounds, the pain of a lost comrade, and the sudden realization that it could have been him. War causes a visceral, emotional impact on those who fight it. Profanity is like combat humor—both an integral part of the real and fictional combat picture. Veterans will already be familiar with war terminology—“Arty, Arty, Arty,” “Shot”, “Corpsman”—the greenhorn can refer to the glossary. Nor has there been any intention to depict any similarity between the characters and any veteran of the war. Each character is a composite from the author’s sometimes fallible memory. They are rather like a kaleidoscope reflecting a million pieces of colored glass—no one in particular, yet everyone together.

Combat is not for the faint of heart . . . and neither is this book!


Editorial Reviews

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Here are two reviews I received for Echo Among Warriors.

Many Vietnam veterans are reluctant to discuss their battlefield experiences. "Echo Among Warriors:A Novel of Marines in the Vietnam War" by Dick Camp obviates the need for a face-to-face discussion and gives one the opportunity to experience the battlefield contestants as well as their strategies and tragedies,presented by Colonel Camp in a fictional mode.The most interesting revelation for me was the fact that the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) possessed and utilized time honored battlefield strategy which is highlighted by Camp's alternating stories of the Marines and the NVA,in sequence. Perceptions of each side for its enemy were stereotypical and familiar. Graphic representations of wounds,illnesses and deaths,although known to us as witnesses to war,were shocking and seemed almost surreal to me,but I've never been in battle. I was intrigued by Camp's characterization of various individuals on both sides,mostly officers, and he has demonstrated effectively that "numbskulls" abound. The United States Marines again emerge,in my mind, as the best fighting force in the world and I am happy that they are on our side. Colonel Camp's book helped me to sort out some of my longstanding confusion about the Vietnam war and I am planning to read more from him as a way to continue my education in this area.

About the Author

Dick is a retired Marine officer with twenty-six years service, including assignments in various command and staff assignments.  He served one tour in Vietnam in 1967-1968 at the height of the war as a company commander in the northern I Corps.  He conducted numerous search and destroy missions along the DMZ and in the Khe Sanh area.  He was at the combat base during the siege before being assigned as the aide de camp to the commanding general of the 3rd Marine Division.  His experiences formed the basis for Echo Among Warriors.

If you enjoy the book I would enjoy hearing from you in the form of a good review.  Semper Fi, Dick

Product Details

  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Publisher: IPS Books (August 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IUQWYK
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encore is called for... February 15, 2012
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Over the past year I have read over 20 books about the Marine Corps. Many have been e-books. The best of them I've also bought in hard cover to display in my library. This is one I wish were available in print...it is that good. As a work of fiction, I rate it better than Matterhorn.

The action is fast paced, the dialog flows naturally, and the battle descriptions captured me and pulled me into the action.

Unique to this work is the presentation of the story from both the Marine and the NVA viewpoints, with the reader experiencing each action with one side and and then the other. What emerges is a picture of two opposing groups of humans experiencing and trying to survive in their mutually created hell.

It is a reviewer cliche that something is so well written that you can't put it down, but it is true for this book. It ended way too soon. I wanted more.

I've read several of the author's non-fiction works and prize them, looking for more. That being said, I also want more of his fiction. He's too damned good at this to just stop at one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars been there, done that December 9, 2011
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I must admit my predjudce when it comes to this book. Then, Capt. Camp was my last company commander when i was a machine gunner in L. Co 3/26. I loved the story; it was well written and very accurate as to detail, other than the mis-print on the rate of fire of an M-60. His characters, while fictional, had a trace of the real Marines I remember; the good, the bad, and the ugly. While the battle was fictional it was similar to several of the engagements we participated in.
For anyone who has the scars of elephant grass cuts, jungle rot, and shrapnel holes on their body and the memories of the terror and adrenaline rush of combat burned into their soul this is a book for you. To those who wonder what combat is like I believe this will give you a taste of it.
Well done Col. Camp, well done Sir.
Semper Fi
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! September 2, 2011
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I have all of Col. Camp's earlier books on Marine Corps history, so I was curious to see how he did at writing a novel. Not surprisingly, he did a great job! I was so caught up in the story of Lima Company during a mission near Khe Sanh prior to the siege that I almost missed my commuter train stop. The action is told not only from the Marines' point of view, but also from that of the NVA opposition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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An Infantryman's account of intense action in combat, from cover to cover. The technique of providing the NAV perspective in battle was extremely effective, especially when developing the human side of the adversary. Tactics deployed were both realistic and believable. The only criticism I can offer, is that there should have been closer attention paid to proofreading and editing, as the mistakes were numerous and distracting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Military History Aficianados February 18, 2013
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Many Vietnam veterans are reluctant to discuss their battlefield experiences. "Echo Among Warriors:A Novel of Marines in the Vietnam War" by Dick Camp obviates the need for a face-to-face discussion and gives one the opportunity to experience the battlefield contestants as well as their strategies and tragedies,presented by Colonel Camp in a fictional mode.The most interesting revelation for me was the fact that the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) possessed and utilized time honored battlefield strategy which is highlighted by Camp's alternating stories of the Marines and the NVA,in sequence. Perceptions of each side for its enemy were stereotypical and familiar. Graphic representations of wounds,illnesses and deaths,although known to us as witnesses to war,were shocking and seemed almost surreal to me,but I've never been in battle. I was intrigued by Camp's characterization of various individuals on both sides,mostly officers, and he has demonstrated effectively that "numbskulls" abound. The United States Marines again emerge,in my mind, as the best fighting force in the world and I am happy that they are on our side. Colonel Camp's book helped me to sort out some of my longstanding confusion about the Vietnam war and I am planning to read more from him as a way to continue my education in this area.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Echo Among Warriors November 4, 2011
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Dick Camp has written several previous books on Marine Corps history but this is his first effort at fiction writing involving Marines. The setting is in Northern I Corps during the Vietnam Conflict. In this effort Dick easily captures the hard fighting of the Marines against a well determined foe. The combat described in the book is similar in nature to that of WW2 in which the Corps faced an equally determined and tenacious foe. This book was difficult to put down and the action described gives way easily to forming word pictures of the involved Marines, the opponent, the dense jungle, and the hardships of combat in that environment. A book well worth reading more than once. I look forward to Dick's next work.

J. Smith, Capt, USMC 1965 -1970
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5.0 out of 5 stars G R I P P I N G save for a quality read November 1, 2011
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Combat is not for the faint of heart . . . and neither is this dramatic story ---- imagine hearing the story from the United States Marine Corps side as well as rotating to the enemy Viet side during the same combat action will take your breath away. . If you like an action story that nevers bores in the tradition of WEB Griffin and Tom Clancy, while keeping the story honest and real - this is a must read.

And can Colonel Camp tell a story why ...because he has been there ... - listen

Suddenly he collapsed in a heap as a high-velocity 7.62mm round tore through the front panel of his flak jacket and shattered a bone in his right shoulder. The explosive power of the steel-jacketed bullet shredded flesh and muscle, and propelled the misshapen slug through the back panel, spraying blood as it exited. The terrific force of the blow lifted Kelly off his feet and knocked him unconscious, face down in the streambed, with tendrils of blood staining the water.

Captain Andy Anderson , a Medal of Honor recipient in Echo Among Warriors, reminds this reviewer of another commanding officer serving in same capacity at Lima 6 a long long time ago.

and is it really true that"navy"is a four letter word? a smiling reviewer

Well done Dick Camp & Semper Fidelis

P T Brent Marine
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Puts you in the midst of the battle.
Having fought with the 26 Marines and engaged in several battles, the last of which sent me home in as treacherous, I could relive the past as I read this realistic book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by james douglas bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding!!
I was there. Brings back memories. Recommend this book highly to those that served as well as to anyone interested in what happened there.
Published 2 months ago by nampics67
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Well written and relates the courageous conduct of a Marine Company in combat. It demonstrates the great leadership that the Corps has and always will.
Published 2 months ago by John O'Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ECHO OF PRIDE AND VALOR
Fantastic story telling, one of the most realistic accounts of combat that I've read in quite some time. I was thoroughly drawn into the story, I felt that I was there. Read more
Published 8 months ago by BubbaBrown
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Story.
Well written,realistic and interesting from both USMC and NVA point of view. The USMC Lt.Col. being a coward was a little far fetched.
Published 10 months ago by Bill s
5.0 out of 5 stars ernest cooney sr
This was a well written book and held my attention without any boredom!!! I recommend this book to all interested in the Vietnam war debacle!!
Published 11 months ago by Ernest Cooney Sr.
4.0 out of 5 stars REAL AND UNBELIEVABLE
Really a good read if you were never in that area of Vietnam. The only knock was when you talked from a NVA standpoint (which I thoroughly enjoyed) it became some what repetitive. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Michael T. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars for my husband
i do not know anything about this book but this is how he starred it. he is not much of a word man.
Published 14 months ago by Cynthia Bolokoski
5.0 out of 5 stars True to Life
Brings back the emotions I experienced while serving in the war. Shows that the front line combatants had more in common with the enemy than with some of their own rear echelon... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Linda Y Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT READ
Excellent read. highly recommend for all who have a great respect for the USMC fighting men in Vietnam. Read more
Published 16 months ago by J. Swenning
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