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“The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle.” Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing, U.S. Army Commander of American Forces in World War I I liked this book. Beyond that I think it’s an important story to be told. Even though parts and details have been fictionalized for legal reasons ours and future generations need to know what goes on in “real life”. War is hard and messy and we task (mostly) young men to do it w/o question. Perhaps the toll it takes on participants needs to be more appreciated and acknowledged. Good book.
I could not put this book down! This is a must read for anyone thinking about joining the armed forces. Yes, they will make you physically fit & mentally strong, teach you a trade, or pay for your education, but always know that at the end of the day- your life is as expendable as an empty soda pop can. Many of the reviewers find this book to be a "far fetched" story that is unrealistic & unbelievable. It is a certainty that they have not participated, or been trained in the arts of "black ops", and that if they did serve in the armed forces it was probably behind a desk.
I couldn't wait to see what would happen to the main character next (in Part Two). I thought the writing had the tang of reality so that I bought into the actions & misfortunes & good luck that befell him. I thought the writing was clear and strong; I have to admit I wasn't too wild about Part One, but Part Two was a "gripper". Aiken invented one astounding twist after another. I could see this as a movie.
This book gives an excellent background on U.S. actions prior to the expansion of the Vietnam war. This book will give historians never known facts about a this war that was never reported. A definite read for those who fought in this war and or have studied other revelations on the senseless beginnings of this conflict.
Not a bad story, but glaring errors; for instance, a story about Marines where the Marine Corps is consistently referred to as Marine Corp; without the s. NO Marine would ever, ever make that mistake. Otherwise, it is clear the author is San Francisco left and believes the CIA is a criminal organization