- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Quiet Storm Pub Group (July 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0971429626
- ISBN-13: 978-0971429628
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,514,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Al Sever served for thirty-one months in Viet Nam as a crew- member on various types of helicopters. He served in Viet Nam from the heavy combat days of 1968 to the days of moral and physical disintegration of our forces in 1972. Serving from the Delta to the DMZ, he observed the war in its varied facets as the opposing armies clashed and maneuvered throughout the country. He served in 11 out of the 16 campaigns of the war.
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Speaking of a childhood friend who lost his legs after only eight days there, Sever writes of those sent home early, "Their war was finished quickly and while their bodies were torn, their souls had not been scarred. They had missed the day after day mind numbing fear and brutality of guerrilla warfare that worked as a dull rasp to slowly wear away frivilous civilian emotions and fraudulent morals until nothing was left but harsh truth....Only new guys wondered why so many guys smiled during a firefight."
Xin Loi Vietnam is a riveting, first-hand account of a war we never committed to and the terrible toll that took on the guys who served in it.
Al Sever's Xin Loi Vietnam is a book you won't put down. It has the ring of truth and the sting of reality.
CWO3 CECIL JOHNSON JR
U S ARMY RETIRED
Besides, most of the best war stories have already been told by people who weren't even there. They all seem to remember the gorey details of ambushes and attacks, and they all will admit to being scared, and how they survived by the grace of god and a fighting spirit they didn't know they possessed. These heroes can still smell the odor of burning flesh and remember with graphic detail the missing body parts of their best friends. What they can not ever seem to remember; was the unit they were assigned to, or the fire support base they lived in, let alone what Corps area they were fighting in.
Al Severs book Xin Loi, Viet Nam gives all those "wanna bees" a true and graphic experience of what it was really like in a real unit, with real people, at real places during his tours in Viet Nam.
And for all the real people out there who want to read how somebody else did the same things you did. You'll find this book very moving as you will identify with every page in the book. The author didn't invent the tactics but he relays them through words in a clear and familiar way that you will identify with and remember.
If you weren't there, then this is the last book you will ever have to read about relationships, thoughts and feelings from somebody who has experienced daily combat for much longer than he had to, but not long enough to quell the pure excitement of yearning for one more mission with a team that did not understand the meaning of quit.
THE EMOTIONS THAT AL SEVER IS ABLE TO CONVEY IN THIS BOOK PLACES THE READER IN THE "PETER PILOT" SEAT IN A HUEY AS IT RIPS OVER THE TREE TOPS AT 100 KNOTS WITH MINI-ROCKETS BLASTING.
THE STINGER 96, JIMMY CRISP MENTIONED TOWARDS THE END OF THE BOOK WAS MY COUSIN AND IS STILL MISSED BY US ALL.
JIMMY AND THE OTHER BRAVE MEN THAT FOUGHT THIS NEARLY FORGOTTEN WAR ABOVE THE JUNGLE ARE PAID HOMAGE AND RESPECT BY THIS LITERARY MASTERPIECE.
A MUST READ!!!!
Xin Loi touches your heart whether you know nothing of the experience or whether you were there with him.
Well done, gripping, funny and shocking by turns, and hard to put down. A book not to miss if you want to know what it was like in the Vietnam War from a few hundred feet up.
My gratitude to the author.