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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have read numerous books about war dogs. This is by far my favorite. I was totally engrossed from beginning to end. The book will make you laugh and a few pages later make you cry. Mr. Haran's accounts of his experiences in training tracker dogs for Vietnam, and doing two tours as a dog handler in the "J" (jungle), really bring home the effectiveness of man-dog teams and illustrate the deep bonds that develop between the two forged under fire. I can't say enough good things about this book. If you are a dog lover, or if you're interested in war dogs at all, you should read this book. You won't be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2003
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wonderfully written book of the australian involvement of tracker dog teams in vietnam...thousands of allied lives were saved through the relationship built by the tracker dogs and handlers, together with the scout, sentry, mine, tunnel, booby trap, and other military working dog teams...over 4,000 dogs and in excess of 10,000 handlers kept our troops safe....the lives of our allied military forces depended on the trust built between handler and dog....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2004
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What a fantastic book! I had no idea dogs played a role like this in the war. Whether your interested in war, working dogs or just want to read a great story i would recommend this book. Pete describes perfectly the innocent nature of a dog even in these extreme circumstances. I can't say enough good things about Tracker's so just pick it up and enjoy.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2009
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I first read this book a few weeks before I joined the Australian Defence Force as a dog handler. I found that I couldn't put it down once I started. The story is a firsthand account of what it was like for Aussie trackers and their dogs during the Vietnam war. The bond a dog and handler share is one of the strongest. The book unearthed many emotions and cemented my decision to take up this wonderful career. I have read it many times since, and loaned my copy to many others, every time the same feelings as the first time I read it - happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, excitement, the list goes on ... only now I can imagine how I would feel if my dog and I were in Vietnam during the war. READ IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2009
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Peter Haran has the knack of writing in an warm way that engages the reader, easily drawing them into his story. I hadn't know anything about the Australian dogs in Vietnam before I picked up this book and the honest story of a man and his madcap companion is brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
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Trackers, by Peter Haran is a book that describes how dogs were used on the ground in combat. The stage is 1967, in the Corps III area, southern most Vietnam. He is an Austrailian soldier deployed with his Aussie batallion. I bought this book after reading several other reviews describing what dog handler's did in the Vietnam war.

First off, the I wasn't prepared for the style and vocabulary Aussie's use. No offense, but trying to understand the terms and words Aussie's use in their normal conversation was difficult. Because of this, it slowed reading down a bit while I tried to understand. However the book does describe the training between dog and handler, the partnership in combat and how dog teams were used in war time Vietnam.

The Author does convey a sense of honor which is enjoyable and tasteful. However I felt that he also interjected too much personal dialogue throughout the book. At times it was overwhelming forcing me to skip pass it. Once pass this, he does describe several field skirmishes where he and his dog do very fine job, safely tracking down the enemy. The battle scenes he describes throughout the book are not too gory or offensive, rather light when compared to other battle harden memoirs by other authors.

I rated this book three stars because the book only enlightened me. The book really didn't' have a wow impact. Towards the end, the author focused a bit too much on PTSD. I know post traumatic syndrome is a terrible thing, and I respect the lives ruined by it. I personally think it was interesting the book just a tad too much distraction though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2010
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If you like the ability of dogs and information concerning the Vietnam war, this book is for you. Loved this book. Didn't know the Australians were this involved in helping us Americans in the war effort. Thank you Australia.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2001
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I love books written by people who have been in the working dog field with dogs such as Service Dogs of the Police,Military working roles. I personally find books written on the obedience trailling and Schuzhund competitions basically repetitive and in the main, boring.
Service work and associated training to me, is the real world of dog training, I enjoy competition and encourage people to compete.But I get tired of the never ending waffle of the best way to train involving food, toys, clickers, working in drives etc.
This book is excellent taking one into the real world of extreme dangers of the Vietnam war. Well written, reviting, and refreshing after the waffle of other dog books.Well done Peter. ...
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on February 5, 2013
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What a book!! Once I started, I was unable to put it down until I had finished it, with tears and mixed emotions. Tears for the dogs, tears for the handlers, amazement of our government at the time (and disagreement), and all sorts of differing veiws on the issues of animals serving in war. The fact that some of these dogs had to do 2 or 3 Tours of Duty astounds me. Would thoroughly recommend to any animal lover, History nut, or genuine interest of people. Written by someone who was there and doesnt mince his words, I take my hat off to all those soldiers & animals who have served and were not sent home. Lest we forget.
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on June 5, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
It took me a short while to get into the story because I had to get past some of the different words in the Aussy language and the swear words. It was an excellent story about the dogs, especially Caesar.
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