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Product Details

  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (September 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425131778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425131777
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,202,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rock, do you believe in this war?" "Jim, this isn't a war. this is an exercise in stupidity and no I don't believe in it. I believe in us. The Americans."
Bravo Jacamo! --Ellen George

Hang on to your seat..a great ride!
A HARD PLACE/A SERGEANTS TALE:vivid picture of what it was like to live and fight in the dense jungles of Vietnam as told with authority and authenticity of one who has been there and lived through it.
--Paul Byers

End to end,war in the eyes of a Sergeant,as it should be.This book isn't PC,no crusade on the morals of war,good story about what soldiers do when BS ends and action begins.Makes you feel you can actually see, hear, smell, and feel Vietnam
--Xantasm

From the Author

After many,many years of contemplation and much urging from Family and Friends! I believe that I have written a rollicking good, rough and tumble war story about Vietnam. This is neither a history book nor an "After Action Report". This is not a story about serving in a line unit. It was and is a story about special soldiers in a "Hard Place". If you like war stories you will like this book. Enjoy! It is based upon my third tour in Vietnam as an NCO during the period 1970-72.  
Update 2 feb 2011 The Second Edition (Kindle Version) just published is a rewrite and edit of the Revised Edition with some added material.After many comments about spelling and punctuation in the original versions.This edition is a bit longer and formatted better for the reader.The base story has not been changed.It is still an exciting and thrilling story about the Vietnam War,and serving as shadow soldiers in "A Hard Place". The papaerback second edition will follow as soon as I find a publisher for it.  Jacamo

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I am from Galveston Texas, I currently reside in Las Vegas Nevada.

During my career, I spent 13 years overseas in Asia and Europe, two years in the Aleutian Islands and a year in Anchorage AK. Also a year as Security Manager at Glacier Park Resort Montana. In the Army I was in Combat Arms Operations, Physical Security, Logistics, Data Processing, Operations, Procurement, and Recruiting.

After retiring from the Army, I was a Law Enforcement Officer, Security Manager, Private Investigator, Firefighter Lieutenant, Veterans Counselor, Corporate Director, Security Consultant. And now I am retired and an Author.
I am a Freemason(Past Master),Scottish Rite and Shriner, an active political advocate for Veterans Affairs and Second Ammendment Rights. I am a graduate of Columbia College. An avid reader myself, I believe that reading is fundamental.Even for Dummies!!

I enjoy writing about many subjects."I love a good adventure" along with good cigars and very old brandy!
I have published three books "A Hard Place/A Sergeants Tale"(Second Edition Kindle 03/11) A Vietnam War story about small unit Special Operations. "Blademaster of Norda"(Revised Edition Kindle 09/10) a Dragons,Swords and Sorcery Fantasy. "Archaeology 501/The Field Trip" (Second Edition Kindle 03/11) a Horror Novella about an Archaeology expedition to the jungle gone real bad wrong. All three of these works are available here on Amazon, in both paperback and e-book format

Customer Reviews

Not a bad book, but this issue pretty much ruined it for me.
Ferol J Partin
"A Hard Place" by Jacamo Peterson is the best Viet Nam Special Operations book I have ever read.
Fred Fisher
I am so glad I got my KINDLE FIRE and this is one of the first books for me to read on it.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Old Grunt on June 2, 2010
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As a Vietnam Vet who spent my year in the bush, I think this book came out of Mr. Peterson's imagination of what he would liked to have done during the war.
I went on LRRP missions and know the reality of what it was like to be out among the enemy with a small group for days at a time. You certainly don't start firefights with only 6 men.

The US Army has NO units that are operated independently by Sergeants like he claims in this books. Do you think that rank crazed officers are going to let some E5 or E6 Sergeant grab all the glory? Certainly not in Vietnam.

We worked with the Phoenix program folks for a short period and I have seen how the clandestine intel types operate and this book is nothing like what I observed.

It was entertaining to read but super soldiers like this did not exist. The Vietnam War was fought by ordinary soldiers displaying amazing bravery in the most trying of circumstances.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Heathen Reader on February 11, 2010
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I didn't think that my 1st. review would be to slam somebody's work but.......I brought this book thinking that I was buying a true account or non-fiction. This book has all the feel of REMF fantasy.

We are attacting you to a unit of truck drivers and your unit does't exsist. Really? We are giving you a badge that identifies you as CID. Really? You don't have to make after action reports. Really? You are this super-secret spy hunter but everyone knows who you are (Wink Wink) and all your past exploits. Really? You can operate in anyones AO. Really? We have this super secret spy room that can only be accessed by going though a secret panel in a barracks. Really? He even made the hookers moan. ETC. ETC. ETC.

Even as a work of fiction this is a poorly written. Needed a proof reader.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By RZAosu on May 19, 2010
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Putting aside the abhorrent grammar and spelling, this book smacks of fantasy. The entire premise of a super-secret Mike force that apparently everyone knows about is hard to believe. Moreover, I've never read a war memoir where the author switches back and forth from meters to yards to feet to kilometers to miles. Maybe an author will stray from meters to compare an LZ to a football field, but this guy is all over the map. Also, the author vacillated back and forth from Tranh to Trahn -- seems like you would know how to spell his name if he was the main focus of your job for months. Too hard to believe. Check out the LRRP books if you want something similar that is also authentic and reasonably well-written.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By reviewer on February 2, 2010
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I doubt that he was ever there. By way of foundation, I spent 32 months in country (and as a result I am 100% disabled) and in the areas he professes to have been deployed. As a corpsman with the Marines, I made the beach landing at Chu Lai and served in operation Starlight to clear the area. When it was secured and safe, we turned it over to the Army. His first visit to the village at Chu Lai is in his imagination. I stayed there as the village Bac Si or doctor for several months with just two ARVN soldiers for company. I would frequently walk back to the base from there alone and armed only with my gov't issued colt 1911 45 cal. There were no VC or NVA in the area by then. He came later and they were swarming?

His loud mouth bravado about taking lives is pure REMF imagination. No one ever claimed a kill for themselves. It was always "I don't know, I was pointing in that direction so maybe." Someone else made the confirmation..."Yeah, I saw Max take that one out." A death on either side took a little bit of your soul. The only rejoicing was that you were still alive. Yes, a few FNG's took a scalp or and ear but it was always someone elses kill. They soon (if they survived) learned the disgust that comes with death.

I've been on LRPs and 6 man patrols as well as large operations. I served in Da Nang, Chu Lai, Kai Ha and An Hai. I served with MAG 12, 16 and 36. I generally served with MAGs (marine air groups) and helicopters. The way he tells of injuries or deaths tells me he has never held a friend with a sucking chest wound and had his face covered with a spray of blood from the hole when the dying man coughed. He has never seen a bullet hole, the damage a toe popper or bouncing betty does.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Been tehere , did that. on October 20, 2010
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I am an avid reader of US history and a VN vet 69-71. I thought, based on the books description, that I was purchasing a fact based work of non-fiction. Nope, this is war as it would have been if written by "Rambo". Amusing but with no basis in reality at all. But I only paid $2.97 for it, and that is what it is worth as a comic book read. UPDATE: Forced myself to finish it. Sorry I did.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Xantasm on November 1, 2007
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Way too many books out there are some kind of introspective from some officer trying to rewrite the red badge of courage while singing their academy alma mater. This one is gritty and real all the way from the jokes to the feel of the jungle at night on patrol. From begining to end its war through the eyes of a Sergeant which is the way it should be. This book isnt for the PC and it doesnt try to crusade about some moral plight of war. Its straight up non stop good reading about what real soldiers do when the BS ends and the action begins. Very few books make you feel like you can actually see, hear, smell, and feel all of the details within the story and this one of them. If you wanna know what the real Green Berets of Vietnam were like, this is a must read. Every NCO in the Army should read this book and probably every officer too. A great read, and I really hope this one gets made into a movie. What a fantastic story it would make for the big screen.
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