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The Element of Surprise: Navy Seals in Vietnam
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2000
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This is about the best book I have read on SEALs in Vietnam. It rings true and does not have a bunch of filler and B.S. This guy and men like him are national treasures. A good solid read and well worth the money. 5 BIG Stars.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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A friend referred me to this book who served with the Author in Vietnam. As a former Marine sniper from Nam myself this book is the real deal. The Author gives a little more detail on weapons than I care for but I can overlook that when you read a first person account that takes you there. He gives you the language of the time and his personal feelings in an honest way that most authors dont. If you want a first person account of Navy Seals and the crazy role they play in our wars then this book takes you there and then some. Loved it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 1999
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This book tells it all, and it took real testicles to go there. Some items were probably best not to be put into print, but Daryl Young had the guts to spill it all out and let you decide. You're left wanting more information when you finish. You're also left with the question: what do men like these do for fun now?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2013
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A well written book. Took me back 45 years. Worth the price.
It was really erie to be taken back there again after so long.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2000
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I liked the language the author used to write his story of being a SEAL in Vietnam. However, I found that he went into detail about the same type of mission over and over again. I understand the fact that many of the missions were similar and maybe even the same, but he could have gone into less detail for the second or third time a similar mission came up in the story. Overall a good story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2013
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One of the best Navy Seals books I have read. Non stop action and a high level of detail. Not polished or over edited.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 1999
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Darryl Young has brought the true horrors of war and life experiences of the Seal Teams to those of us that were kids growing up during the Viet Nam war. It tells it all and with out the "sugar coating" I usually do not read this type of subject and was given this book by a friend, I was totally blown away at the grit and heroism that these men had. I deffinately will be reading all the rest of Mr. Youngs books and have renewed my respect for all veterans of foreign wars. It's a required read for my teenagers. A deffinate MUST read for all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2014
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It didn't take long to tumble to the fact that I was reading the same thing over and over again, the only difference was the chapter number. The first few chapters are what you would expect from a piece of non- fiction about Viet Nam. But, after those first few chapters it's just the same thing over and over again. I kept hoping things would change, but it did not. Then, I figured that I had too much invested in the book to give it up. Don't waste your time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 1999
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This was a very good read. A personal account of a USN Seal in action in Veitnam. Everything from near death escapes to aldolecent behavour. Gives insight into what it takes to be a Seal and what it takes to stay alive in a battle zone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2008
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Darryl Young writes this book with a lot of detail. Sometimes books that are heavy in detail tend to bog you down, like the mud in the author's boots as he trudged along on patrol in Vietnam. However, in this book the detail is such that it makes you feel like you are actually there with him.

The author's writing is very readable and moves along at a good pace. He mixes action with tedium, the way it appears to have been as a SEAL in Vietnam.

The politically correct may have trouble with some of the adjectives used in describing the Vietnamese, but the author stresses in the Author's Note at the back of the book that that is how they talked back then to help them deal with the danger that they were in.
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