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Men in Green Faces: A Novel of U.S. Navy SEALs [Kindle Edition]

Gene Wentz , B. Abell Jurus
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Book Description

“Full of ambushes and firefights…From page one I knew I wanted to be a SEAL. The more I read, the more I wanted to see if I could measure up.” —Mark Owen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of No Easy Day

Because it’s a novel, the truth can be told. Because it’s the truth, you’ll never forget it...

Gene Wentz's Men in Green Faces is the classic novel of Vietnam that inspired a generation of SEALs. Here is the story of a good soldier trained to be part of an elite team of warriors—and of the killing grounds where he was forever changed.


Gene Michaels carries an M-60, eight hundred rounds, and a Bible. The ultimate SEAL, he also carries a murderous grudge against a bloodthirsty colonel who was once one of their own. To bring him in, Michaels and his men will go behind the lines, where they’ll take on 5,000 NVA in the fight of their lives.

In this stunning novel, former SEAL Gene Wentz brings to life what it was like to be a SEAL in Vietnam, running an endless tour of top-secret, death-defying operations deep in enemy territory. From the camaraderie to the harrowing recons, from brutal interrogations to incredible, toe-to-toe firefights, here are America’s most feared warriors as you’ve never seen them before.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

With just weeks remaining in his 180-day tour of Vietnam, Navy SEAL Gene Michaels hopes he will live to see his pregnant wife again, but he thrives on his dangerous missions. In fact, he feels his service will be incomplete if he does not eliminate a North Vietnamese Army "enforcer," one Col. Nguyen, who has brought terror to South Vietnamese villages. His determination redoubles after his best friend dies in a Nguyen-led ambush. Intensifying Michaels's despair is the likelihood that the team was sold out by a Vietnamese interrogator whom he had offended. But finding Nguyen, while a high priority for the U.S. war effort, does not postpone any other missions. Michaels and his team are "inserted and extracted" literally every day, entering impenetrable jungles and engaging numerically superior forces. In what is to be their final mission, for example, Michaels leads his team of seven against Nguyen and a division of 5000 North Vietnamese regulars. But even this explosive "op" does not prove as deadly as the mission Michaels volunteers to join a day before his tour is up. With neither the Bible-reading Michaels nor anyone else reflecting on the war itself, the players are rather thinly developed, and the plot, nominally the search for Nguyen, is weaker as a result. But personalities inexorably emerge, and it is hard not to root for individual SEALs. Wentz fought in Vietnam as a Navy SEAL and freelance writer Jurus is director of the Southern California Writers' Conference.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Vietnam veteran Wentz draws on his own wartime experience with the Navy's toughest commandos for an exciting, unnerving, no-frills war novel. Working in small, tight, self-contained units, the Navy's SEAL (SEa, Air, Land) commandos took on dangerous, dirty little jobs requiring stealth, strength, and flawless cooperation. Wentz and Jurus successfully re-create the manic intensity that characterized SEAL operations at their height during the Vietnam war. They follow Seaman Gene Michaels through a dozen or so operations as he serves the latter half of his first hitch in the war zone. Deeply religious, married, and soon to become a father, Gene is seen as something of a good-luck charm by the rest of his unit. As long as he has been with them, they have made it out of every hair-raising operation unscathed. Gene credits God with the safe deliveries- -until his faith is tested with the death in battle of his best friend. Popping amphetamines, the young commando goes on a sleepless 12-day hunt for the North Vietnamese colonel he holds responsible for his friend's death. The title refers to the SEALs' practice of painting their faces before their sorties, providing camouflage and scaring the wits out of anyone unfortunate enough to tangle with them. All war, no politics. Grim but well done. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • File Size: 433 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312950527
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 15, 1993)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009E67A40
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gene Wentz- A Real Seal September 20, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My first statement is that this book is one of the best War novels ever written. I would gladly read another novel by Mr. Wentz. I would also like to say that Gene Wentz was a real navy SEAL (believe it or not)! His book is a great one. I could smell, taste, and invision every single moment of this book. It is the most dicriptive book yet it isn't boring so it keeps your attention the whole time. If you even only kinda like war novels Buy This One!
Note: Stephin King actually asked Mr. Wentz to make this book into a film but Gene turned it down because Mr. King wanted it to be Rambo style and Gene wanted to respect the men he fought besides! What a crazy guy!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book helps the reader to "be there." June 10, 2004
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Only those who experience the life style of elite fighting men and women truly know what happens in the hell holes of war. This book, written by a Navy SEAL, shows the darkest battles that are not fought in the newspapers, television, or other communication media.
War is not "pretty," it is filled with subterfuge in order to win. Many people are offended by what must be done to protect freedom, but they are generally the ones who have never been on the front lines.
This scenario is real. If you want to know even a little of what really happens in war, then this is a good example. If you want the political gloss, watch TV.
I give it five stars. I've been there.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The War In Men March 21, 2001
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From its hauntingly beautiful opening scene forward, MEN IN GREEN FACES mesmerizes. The story of Navy SEALs operating in the Mekong Delta during the war in Vietnam, I had expected this book to be just another formulaic genre account of soldiers in action. GREEN FACES proves to be far superior, both in solid, substantive storytelling and just plain gut-splitting emotion.
No doubt based in part on the real-life experiences of one of its authors, a highly-decorated former Navy SEAL, GREEN FACES features a layered cast of vibrant heroes unflaggingly determined to ply their trade--in all its lethal fury--while somehow retaining some semblance of humanity. Given the brutal, often mind-numbing conditions in which they operate, doing so proves a challenge that is never far beneath the surface. Page after page, along with each of these thoughtful young men I, too, ached and sweated and prayed for them; that they might somehow emerge unscathed from the dank heart of darkness that is jungle warfare, with all its deadly denizens--both human and not.
More than a story of men in war, MEN IN GREEN FACES is a bracing, very human story of the war in men.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind-the-Scenes Reality March 22, 2001
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Even for those who grew up watching the Vietnam War played out daily on television, this story of Navy SEALs in action provides a zoom-lens camera eye on jungle warfare. While fascinating details reveal how individual men transform into a single, deadly unit with seemingly superhuman powers, this book also takes the reader into the heart of one man who is all too human. The authors of Men in Green Faces walk an unusual path as they neither villify nor glorify war, but simply and effectively tell it like it was. And "like it was" is nothing like you imagined unless you were there. For those who only saw the media's version of the fighting in Vietnam, this novel drops you into the jungle and stands you in the middle of an elite and heroic unit called SEALs. It's an experience you won't soon forget.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman's Opinion February 27, 2001
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Wanted to add a female perspective on this well-written, fascinating book about Navy SEALs in Vietnam. Even if you don't usually read in the military genre, this story has something for everyone. The accurate details and realistic characters give this novel something many others lack ... a clear portrait of what these courageous men did (and still do) for their country and those of us who take our freedom and safety for granted. We owe a tremendous debt to those who serve, and gratitude to Gene Wentz and Betty Abell Jurus for giving us a valuable glimpse from behind the scenes. The Hollywood versions simply don't cut it. If you want a dose of reality, read this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good April 21, 2005
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I knew Gene Wentz as I was going through all four years of high school, and he is really nice, honest, and thoughtful person (so is his family). He wanted to sign my book for me because I was a family friend. This book is a wonderful recolection of his tour in Vietnam. This is HIS story of things no one will ever see or hear about otherwise. Once you pick it up, you'll never want to set it down. A must-read for any military fanatic or history buff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best June 23, 2000
By A Customer
Very good book. Keeps your attention from start to finish. Beats Marchinko in content, quality. People would enjoy reading this book far better. Gene Michaels comes across as a real human being. Not a Mr. Macho sold on himself. I met the author years ago. A very nice man.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God-blessed Account of a True American Hero July 7, 1999
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Gene Wentz ansered the call. He was there. His story is as real as the small bible and the M-60 machine gun he carried with him into combat. Both provided protection, for him, and for his SEAL Team.
Always out-manned and out-gunned, this action-packed thriller gives readers a priveledged view of the lives and operations of SEAL Team Delta. As a former Green Beret in Vietnam, I could sense with amazing accuracy what would become of those who fought together - Jim, Gene, Eagle, Doc, Brian, Tong, and, of course, Willie - and whose lives in the bush were inseperable, in both good times and bad.
Men in Green Faces paints a clear picture of SEAL Team operations that will leave you thinking about Vietnam for a long time. How young boys became men within an environment of death and destruction.
For young SEALs and Green Berets, there's lots to learn. From those of us who are closely-wrapped in freedom's grasp, there's lot's about which to be thankful.
Thanks, Gene. Welcome Home, Brother. Yed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book, like the Kindle version
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Published 15 days ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars True Stories about great people
I have so much respect for these guys, it's a privilege to read their stories. God Bless them and God Help America
Published 28 days ago by Mich Yooper
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing story
This book was great... The idea of a man going into battle day and night not for a country that asked him, but because a brother in arms was KIA and that's what brothers do. Read more
Published 1 month ago by trebeck
5.0 out of 5 stars pulls you in and never lets you go
A great read, the pace never lets up, thanks for trying to put the impossible story of battle into words!
Published 1 month ago by nabzgeo
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
By far the best book I've read. It's totally action packed!! Would recommend to any one that likes books about the wars or SEALS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son said this was a great read. Very interesting book.
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Lindamood
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I really think that this is one of the best Navy seal stories ever written I just wish the author would've wrote another story.
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I wasn't even aware until the end of the book this was a work of fiction. An excellent, action packed book, that makes you feel like you're really there. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
I read this book since it was recommended in No Easy Day (a great book) as the inspiration for the author becoming a seal. Read more
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