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Phantom Warriors: Book I: LRRPs, LRPs, and Rangers in Vietnam: 1

Phantom Warriors: Book I: LRRPs, LRPs, and Rangers in Vietnam: 1 [Kindle Edition]

Gary Linderer
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Here are some of the most courageous missions executed by six-man teams on their own deep behind enemy lines.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2718 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804119988
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (10 Dec 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OM52FQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,791 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantom Warriors Book 1 8 Jan 2010
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Ive never bothered to write a review before but since reading this book I felt it deserved a few words.

This was a totally ingrossing book I just couldnt put it down . I love the style Linderer writes with it feels like you are there with him. These young men did some amazing things and a lot paid with their lives. A real credit to themselves and their country.

This is a real insight into the life of a LRRP in vietnam. Not just the combat scenes ( which are so vividly described ) but the everyday life too.

It made me get the second book straight away

Definately worth a read , rates amongst the all time best books Ive read about the vietnam conflict.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phantom Warriors 27 Aug 2012
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Phantom Warriors,is an excellent collection of Ranger missions,the bravery of young men and the stupidity of their senior officers who dident recognise their true value.I think it also shows how much information got out to the enemy and was used to amambush these fine young men.Not forgetting the bravery they showed in fighting thier way out.A great read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, bit samey 28 Dec 2011
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This is an interesting diversion from other autobiographical accounts as it clinincally examines each account in the same voice. Certain threads appear - the poor understanding of LRRPs by central command being one - but this comes at a certain expense. As these stories have been selected for the excitement of battle -and because LRRPs weren't sent in for the purposes of direct combat - you will read this thinking that firstly something went wrong everytime an LRRP went out and secondly that it always culminated in a firefight. It would be nice to get more explanation of techniques employed, how the equipment was used, etc.

Dont get me wrong, this is enjoyable stuff, and the action is exciting and narrated well but for me it doesnt really stand up against some of the first person accounts which, because they take in more than just firefights and long range stuff, give more of an impression of what it must have been like to be over there (he says, born in 76 and from his armchair).
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Left hanging 24 April 2000
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Instead of a history of the LRRPS, LRPs and Rangers, this book is a collection of a single tale from each unit, but not all tales or all units. While each story is intense and well-written, we are left begging for more. In fact, I felt a bit let down. It was as though I were at a meeting of every living LRRP, LRP and Ranger, but could only have one story from one member of each unit. The result is a great collection of short stories, but not an authoritative history of the subject matter. A good read if you want a taste of the business, but should be retitled "The Best of ...." or something along that line.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WT Grant Eyewitness 10 Aug 2005
By W. T. Grant - Published on
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I have read all of this author's books and found them all well written and captivating in description of the horrors of war, the brotherhood of warriors and the rise of ordinary American young men to heroic deeds in the face of a determined enemy. As an eye witness to some of the events described I find some of those all too captivating in their reality and accuracy. I consider it my extreme good fortune to have known the author both as dedicated warrior and true American patriot, who after leaving the Army has used his experiences in offering a strong hand or a sympathetic shoulder to any other veteran in need. Unfortunately, there is one veteran whose choice was to return that hand with teeth marks in it. This veteran, fancying himself as a modern day Oliver Twist frequently posts reviews laden with inaccurate and irrelevant staff duty logs as evidence that the actions on 20 Nov 68 never happened or are distorted fantasies created Gary Linderer. He often identifies himself as "a reader" or with handles like Mark Twain "Joy", but never his real name and all his facts Oliver Twisted. If Linderer fantasized the action of 20 Nov 68 it surely was a mass hallucination, taking in some 30 pilots, the Company Commander and even Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division all who actually there that day Oliver. The dream was so realistic that team members and reaction force soldiers can still show one the scars inflicted by this author's imagination. It also took in an unknown, but clearly large number of enemy soldiers who spent the better part of ten hours trying to shoot me out of the sky every time I went near that hill. Maybe I just imagined myself in a very large hornets nest, but the difference was that I was there that day and Mr. Reader was not. Reader questions the author's awards, but fails to mention that the U.S. Army saw fit to hand out dozen of valorous awards for that action that included two Distinguished Service Crosses. I visited the author in the hospital the next day so I am convinced that he earned a Purple Heart that day whether it made it into his records or not. Have your mommy read you Mr. Dickens work again, you may discover that Oliver did get what he wanted when he asked for, "More please."
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More please... 31 Mar 2001
By Bob Taylor - Published on
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After having just completed Mr. Linderer's latest book, I must say that the he continues to write with excellent skill and story telling ability. I was once told the difference between a war story and a fairy tale is that a war story starts with, "This ain't no s***." Well PHANTOM WARRIORS "ain't no s***." PHANTOM WARRIORS is a high speed trail through a collection of stories from different units and their operational and geographical contrasts. This ruck sack of stories from other LRRP/Ranger units in Vietnam takes the reader from the Delta to the north end of the Ho Chi Minh trail and each step of the journey is sprinkled with booby traps, incompetent leaders, and fantastic acts of bravery, heroism, and examples of the of the LRRP/Ranger creeds, "Rangers Lead The Way" and "LRRPs Don't Leave LRRPs Behind." When you visit the military history section of your book store DON'T LEAVE PHANTOM WARRIORS BEHIND! The only critisiscm I have is that the book ends all too quickly and I will retract that statement if Mr. Linderer promises that he won't stop with Volume II.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS ONE IS A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE 9 April 2000
By Linda E. Cox - Published on
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I just finished Phantom Warriors, and as with all of Mr. Linderer's books, started reading it again. I am a woman who lost a fiance in Vietnam. Mr. Linderer's first book "Eyes of the Eagle" not only gave me a first hand look at what happened to someone I love, it led me to meeting Gary, becoming friends, and having him introduce me to the man that is now my husband, Riley (Dozer) Cox. Phantom Warriors is a compilation of stories sought out and printed by Gary so that there would be a history of ALL Lrrp, Lrp, and Ranger units left. He and others have written the stories of the 101st Lrrps, Lrps, and Rangers, and now in the spirit of brotherhood, took his time and let us all know of the others that operated in units like his unit. Thank you Gary, not only for your writing, but for the love you show to those you served with, those you didn't, and their families.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Inspiring 22 May 2003
By "madisongang" - Published on
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I have read all of Gary Linderers books and almost all the books still in publish on the 101st Airborne divisons LRRP, LRP, and Ranger units in Vietnam. Everyone I have read by Gary Linderer has been amazing and I have not been able to put them down. This one is no different. I recommend any and all of his books plus books like Recondo by Larry Chambers and the entire Six Silent Men Series.
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