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A Hard Place: A Sergeant's Tale Paperback – September 17, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
interesting narrative of an unfortunate part of American history. He carries a good narrative and keeps the reader interested. It's worth a read.Published 4 months ago by B. P. McSherry
A good read for Vietnam fiction. Too many errors for it to be true. As an example, the author refers to the 1st Ranger Battalion being in VN. That never occurred! Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Doc Burns
Bloody good read, if a little gung ho. Well described situations and plenty of action as it's written in the first person there are times when the reader could be in on the action. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chris
This Vietnam real life account of a Sergeant who cared only about helping his men live thru their experiencing their own hell on earth wondering who will get wounded or killed... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stephen Brand
The book is an interesting read but inevitably boomerangs back to the political decision making of this purposeless war. A good read.Published 12 months ago by Joseph G. Gouzd
Real, authentic , vivid, riveting, recommend
Takes you along on his exciting behind the lines tour in Vietnam with a real warrior