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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read, 7 Dec. 2000
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Linderer is a gifted writer. In this book he recounts the first part of his tour in Vietnam with a skill often lacking in other writers about the war - he writes clearly, with little military jargon but not so little that it takes on a condescending tone.
The book is written as a diary, starting at his first day but recounting how he came to be in such a position. Much as one wants to read only a day each day you will find yourself reading the whole book at once and regretting not having the second part to hand (Eyes of the Eagle).
Linderer doesn't hold back on the details - he isn't too proud to talk about how scared he was at certain times. I felt honoured that he shared his grief at the death of a close friend in such a way as he would telling his friends.
Of all the endless books on the Vietnam conflict he books written by former Lurps have come across as being up there with the best.
Linderer doesn't exhaust all his writing abilities in this book - his other books carry the same reading joy. Eyes of the Eagle (mentioned above) is the second part of this story and really should be read just after this one to keep the story flowing. Also advised is his book Six Silent Men - Book Three. But read the first two to get a rounded story.
Linderer has a real talent (other than Lurping) that was great to explore. And mercifully his books are not a masked slander of the US involvement in Vietnam.
A hearty and well-deserved five stars. JB
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes you behind the lines, 24 Jan. 2012
A superb book whether you're after a general read or looking for a good piece of reference on the Vietnam book, Linderers books are right up there with the books written by Kregg Jorgenson. The writing is so vivid you are almost transported to the action, he doesn't linger on cliches and uses the book to tell a very honest and compelling text which will make you immediately buy his other publications.

If you only buy one book regarding the 101st Airborne buy this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, accurate depiction of war as fought by LRRPs, 7 Jun. 1998
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Excellent book, as was his first one, Eyes of the Eagle. He takes the reader into an entirely different world from that of the hard-working infantry in conventional "line" units. His description of Lurp tactics and their use of the substantial air and artillery assets which were "on-call" and at the disposal of Lurp teams, illustrates how the Lurps could be so effective, virtually assuming the role of well-armed guerillas against more "conventional" NVA units. In most other contacts, it was the NVA who generally initiated the fight--with Lurps it was usually the NVA who were placed in the reactive mode. As a former Lurp in the 1st Inf. Div in 1968, I can testify to the authenticity of Lederer's writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for people intrested on spec ops., 10 Jan. 1999
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This is a great book for anybody intrested in either the Army, or special operations in the US military. Gary Linderer takes you on a full blown tour of Vietnam as a LRP in the 101st Airborne. The book leaves you in suspense and makes you get a craving for more. The whole book turns the war around and puts it in a perspective from not the usual line GI's point of view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HIghly recommended, Thank you Gary., 7 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Eyes Behind the Lines: L Company Rangers in Vietnam, 1969 (Kindle Edition)
After reading the "Six Silent Men" books, "Recondo", "LRRP Taam Leader" by John Burford, and Gary Linderer's two books on his time in the Lurps (this is one of them), I almost feel that I have come to know well the different characters of this group of men - I didn't intend to do this amount of reading on one unit - it is entirely due to the vaguaries of how Kindle recommends linked books, but I am glad it worked out this way.
It has been a great experience, and has been fascinating to see the same incidents as viewed/interpreted by different men.
I recommend Gary's two books to anyone with an interest in Vietnam, or in military matters in general - he writes in a very human and personal style, which allows the reader to feel involved and immersed, giving an emotional understanding or emotional link which in my experience of war memoirs, is often difficult for a writer to achieve.
Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Linderer, 11 April 2013
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If you havent read any of Gary Linderer's books then do so! Vietnam's horror comes alive behind the lines with these brave soldiers. Each one of his books and his collaborations are a must read. I really enjoyed them just a pity there isnt more!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leprechaun, 15 Mar. 2014
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A very good book which again highlights the difference between the brass and the men on the ground.
I always thought that long range recon troops stayed out for months at a time but this book gives the impression that the para troopers did this.
Also this book gives the impression that the Rangers did not know about American activity in Laos maybe they should read Ravens about the CIA .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good for those with a military interest., 15 Sept. 2014
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Very well written. Non fiction. Fantastic read. Perfect for boys own escapism or military history buffs as well.
This is part of two books the other being eyes of the eagle.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Linderer does it again, 8 May 1998
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I thought his first book, Eyes Of The Eagle, was outstanding. Now he comes back with this one and blows me away again!! Being a big fan of LRRP/LRP/Ranger operations I follow these brave men through all their trials and tribulations. Linderer is both funny and bold, his stories reflect the comradarie he and his fellow team mates had. They had courage and daring. Our country should be proud of them. A must read by a brave man!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars vietnam experiences, 28 May 2014
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thoroughly enjoyed reading of the authors and the others exploits in a war that nobody apparently didn't want ,great stuff
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