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About the Author

Peter Haran, Vietnam vet and bestselling author (Trackers), presents this compelling book that shows what it was like for Australians fighting in Vietnam

Product Details

  • File Size: 1697 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers (September 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PSUOFI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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I've watched a lot of videos by Youtuber Brady Haran. I've also listed to a couple dozen episodes of his podcast with CPG Grey, Hello Internet. In fact in was in one of these podcasts that he talked about going to Vietnam with his father, Peter, to visit some of the places that his father fought in during the Vietnam War. What I found interesting is 1) there were Australian troops in Vietnam (I always thought it was a strictly American war) and 2) Peter was there as a dog handler for a tracking dog. When Brady mentioned that his father had written a book about his experiences, I was intrigued. I got the Kindle edition. Peter uses an interesting format for his writing. He provides an overarching narrative separated with short vignettes of interesting occurrences. The writing feels very honest and it's not too hard to keep track of the people involved, even though there are a decent number of them. Overall, it was an enjoyable read that found interesting and informative.

Plot: Fighting during the Vietnam war was characterized by hit and run attacks in the middle of the sweltering jungle. It was not uncommon for the enemy to simply disappear after firing on U.S. or Australian troops. In order to try to eliminate as many enemy fighters as possible tracking dogs were trained and sent over with the troops. Their job was to try to find the enemy so they could be eliminated, or their bases or strongholds destroyed. Peter Haran was an 18 year old soldier who broke the first rule of military service and volunteered for the tracking wing. After going through a year of training with two different dogs he was shipped to Vietnam and spent a year watching the hindquarters of a mutt like his life depended on it, because it did.
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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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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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By M.K. on January 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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