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PROMIS: Vietnam [Kindle Edition]

Jack Murphy
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  • Length: 49 pages (estimated)
  • Series: PROMIS (Book 1)
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Book Description

Sergeant Sean Deckard has been running recon with America's ultra secret Studies and Observations Group for over a year, taking part in cross border operations into Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam. Coming off a mission that nearly decimates his entire team, Sean is given yet another suicidal task. It is a mission that could end the Vietnam War, a mission that powerful forces will do anything to prevent from happening.

Issue One in an exciting new military fiction series.

Short Story / Approx. 45 pages.

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About the Author

Jack Murphy is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group.

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  • File Size: 152 KB
  • Print Length: 49 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RPTKD2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ugly Secrets in the Bad Old Days March 23, 2011
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This is the first in a series of short stories which comprise the mercenary career of special operator Sean Deckard. In Issue #1,we find Sean Deckard on a SOG team snooping and pooping in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, during the post-Tet chapter of US involvement in the region.

The innocent-sounding "Studies and Observation Group," more widely known by the SOG acronym, is surrounded by far more secrecy than I once assumed: I heard some of the old-timers talking about it (though never in specific detail) when I was a lowly grunt. Now I wonder if those people had any actual knowledge of it, or were just passing on vintage scuttlebutt from the pseudo-mythical CIA operations in southeast Asia.

Both the CIA and Special Forces branched out from Wild Bill Donovan's Office of Strategic Services (OSS) of WWII fame. During the tragic fiasco in Vietnam, the two organizations came full-circle to reunite in the form of SOG. Special operations/unconventional warfare forces are most effective when operating with their own intelligence-gathering capabilities organic to their organization(s). Futile sacrifices of the lives of elite warriors like Pont du Hoc; or just plain wastes of effort and resources like the Son Tay raid demonstrate this principle. SOG, therefore, should have been a force to be reckoned with. Though still shrouded in secrecy, by all accounts, they were. But like the entire Vietnam experience (and, arguably Korea and other military misadventures), tactical success after resounding tactical success all are rendered meaningless, along with their cost in human lives, when the command structure that put our men in harm's way is not committed to achieving strategic victory. Jack Murphy gives us a short glimpse into this insane mess through the eyes of Sean Deckard.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fiction, but... August 12, 2011
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Actually I rather enjoyed this story, even though it had many things wrong in it as it relates to Vietnam and to MACVSOG. I think the author did a credible job of trying to recreate what really happened with the Recon Teams (RT)
and kept the story interesting. The real problem I have with the story is there are so many things wrong with most of the scenerios to make it very unbelieveable to anyone remotely associated with MACVSOG, especially CCN, later TF1AE.
There are many MACVSOG heroes still alive and well with the Special Operations Association, that I can't help but believe a little further research would have made this a really credible work of fiction. I am one of the MACVSOG (CCS/CCC) people and a life member of the Special Operations Association.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Excellent April 10, 2011
By G. Hart
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A well written, well researched exercise that draws you in right away and keeps you there to the very end...and then some. I am very much looking forward to Mr. Murphy's full length novel.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed novel that pulls you in April 3, 2011
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What I noticed first about this short novel is that it jumps right into action, as it should with the following opener:

"Staff Sergeant Sean Deckard spun on his heel, taking a knee in the dense foilage and shouldered his CAR-15 rifle as enemy gunfire cut through the jungle to his side."

I like this because it pulls me into the story and actually makes me feel like I'm right there, a part of the action that is taking place.

And the author has a background in the genre of which he writes, and it shows with all the added information he includes in his writing. It's refreshing to me because I could never grasp for myself what it must be like to be involved in the military or in a foreign and unfamiliar land, and yet, he does a good job with his explanations and allows me to understand what is going on without confusion.

The writing itself is also good. Among the passages I liked most:

"Gunfire ripped across the shooting range."

I was impressed and would recommend this to anyone.

- Cheryl Bradshaw, Author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Fix of Deckard/Murphy August 1, 2012
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The PROMIS series is an on-going issuance of short stories written by Jack Murphy, a United States Army Ranger and Special Forces veteran. It is the background of the author that gives the books their authenticity and feeling of immediacy and intensity.

Sean Deckard is a Studies and Observation Group (SOG) Team Leader, the one-zero of Reconnaissance Team Key West. The book starts (as do most Murphy books) right in the thick of things with a hot extraction of a downed pilot. The mission is going from bad to worse, and several casualties are suffered before success is achieved. This is a hallmark of the PROMIS series, quick hits of action that flow from one to another to build the story. Murphy has a way with violence that reaches closer and closer to Stephen Pressfield and similar masters of the genre.

This is not like Reflexive Fire, which spends pages developing background characters, describing things in detail, outlining the deep plans of other actors. The book focuses entirely on Deckard, and you can feel him running ragged around the edges as he hops from mission to mission, doing his best to win the war single handedly. When he eventually participates in striking a decisive blow, he is sorely disappointed by the reaction, and things close with a bang.

The book is best described as "special operations without cool toys," in that the soldiers are all superb warriors, but do not yet have access to the technology that we so associate with top tier SOF units. It is a quick read, and well worth it. I own a Kindle and could have loaned it out for free, but the product that Jack Murphy produces is well worth paying for.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book. Being a Vietnam Vet I understood the ...
This is a great book. Being a Vietnam Vet I understood the story. Decker is first rate and men in his squad.
Published 1 month ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Great book...Murphy hits the nail on the head with this pulse pounding depiction of life in the Vietnam conflict.. Murphy is a master story teller in this genre.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars visceral action that paints a picture that haunts the mind
The short story introduces the hero as someone who is reluctant to quit and always willing to go to the very end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars I like Jack Murphy's work
I like Jack Murphy's work. He's Been There, Done That, and his literary work keeps improving. Well worth the purchase.
Published 3 months ago by Delta November
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I think the writer did a good job of research and read the same books i did.very good pulp fiction!
Published 9 months ago by Dr. Paulo Alves
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
exactly what a swat cop wannabe spec ops soldier enjoys. well written and not too lengthy. obvious he knows his stuff.
Published 10 months ago by SMac78
5.0 out of 5 stars Promis:Vietnam
The book is excellent. It is a quick and interesting read. I am looking forward to reading more of this series.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Promis: Vietnam
Fast paced, action adventure. Well written, with excellent detail. Have read several other Murphy novels and would recommend to others.
Published 11 months ago by C. Joseph
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
At first I was confused over Deckard being in Vietnam after having read another series with Deckard in Samruk. I finally got it in my thick head who the character was.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars short stories
just about the time they get interesting it is over and they move to another short. not worth the time.
Published 13 months ago by BARBARA SNOW
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More About the Author

Jack Murphy is a Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group.

Murphy is the New York Times Bestselling author of REFLEXIVE FIRE, TARGET DECK, and DIRECT ACTION. He also co-authored the non-fiction work, BENGHAZI: THE DEFINITIVE REPORT which exploded the true story behind what really happened when the US consulate in Libya came under attack.

Having left the military in 2010 after serving three combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, he graduated with a BA in political science from Columbia University. He has penned numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, on national television, and on syndicated radio.

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