Trackers Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading Always Faithful by William Putney I was looking for another similar book and found Trackers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by KosieZ
I have read 4 of Peter Harans books and enjoyed them all imensly.
Trackers was my first, and have now re read it another 3 times. Read more
This book is written by an Australian soldier who served with a Tracker dog named Marcus. Another angle to a stupid "war" similar to the stupid ones we are in now, sigh, "Those... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Shirley Bubel
Great insight into the war from a different perspective
It is a moving account of the challenges faced by dog and man and how on returning home the battle with the thoughts... Read more
I was at Battle Wing in 1967-1968 and saw first hand the training of the tracker dogs then. I later served with the Royal Australian Regiment and in 2006 became founder and curator... Read morePublished 20 months ago by BRIAN WILLIAM BATTLE
Thank you for explaining the life of such a wonderful hero. I really enjoyed it.Published 21 months ago by Elizabeth Barron
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. Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by Judy Farnham
I liked the book and greatly enjoyed the Australian dialect included in the dialog and descriptions. Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by Penn Name