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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 1999
My hat's off to Mr. Linderer, who I know gives the average reader not familiar with Vietnam Spec Ops a front row seat in the down and dirty business of taking war to the enemy. Though not as famous as the SEALS or Green Berets, the members of the Long Range Recon Patrol played an important part in the fighting doctrine that is used today by more modern soldiers--including me, an ex-1990's Lurp myself (needless to say I joined the Lurps just because of knowing their incredible history!)
This book would make an INCREDIBLE movie. And not starring that fantazoid Stallone either! The heroics portrayed in this book are absolutely overwhelming. The missions that Linderer pulled are very well described--from the boring details that every soldier is familiar with, to the in-your-face terror of shooting at an enemy a few feet away from you. Definately one of the best books on Vietnam ever written by someone who was there. Forget the sorry biographies by the media types that "served" with some units in the field. THIS is the book to get! Well done, Mr. Linderer, and to all of the other books you've written!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Gary Linderer has written this book about his time in F company (LRP) 101 Airborne, being the eyes off the Eagle.
Gary Linderer is a true american hero, He voulentered for airborne, he voulentered to go to F company 101 abn.
Six man partrols behind enemy lines with only rifles and radios for support in case anything went wrong.
Too me that already make these men heros.
Gary Linderer was involed in the 20 Nov battle that saw 4 of his team mates dead and the rest, including himself woundet.
But also a fight that saw some amazing act of bravery, off which
at least one of them should have resultet in the medal of honor.
Gery Linderer recovered, went back to his unit and "showed what those Missisipi boys are made off" ( I stole this frase from John Burford,,, Sorry John), Gary Linderer was also decorated for his performance on 20 nov.
Gary Linderer's book is well written, funny at times and I realy enjoyed the part about Capt Shepard and CID, many of the single events in this book are already well documentet in other books, so How Mr Linderer tell it, is how it was, I can highly recomed this book to anyone who wants to read about "Lurps" in Vietnam
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 1998
This writer discribes the jungle, his friends, the battles and the partols with such expertise you are almost there with them. "Eyes Of The Eagle" and the sequel "Eyes Behind The Lines" offer a rare and long overdue look into the everyday life of the LRPs/LRRPs.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2002
Considering the only insight I've had to the vietnam war is watching Oliver Stones movie "platoon" and various other films and documentaries about it, I felt compelled to read someones own account of his tour in "Nam." Like an N.V.A soldier who had unwittingly walked into an ambush I was "blown away" by the authors vivid account of his time in the 101st Airborne from basic training to combat.The book(s) acts as a diary of Mr. Linderers tour of duty and after reading another readers review I decided not to read this book until I purchased the other two books in the trilogy (Eyes behind the lines and Six silent men.)I read them all in a week! I found it almost impossible to put them down.I found it hard to believe that the author was only 21 when he was sent into the jungle as a Team Leader! To be responsible for the lives of other men at that age must have terrifying. As I read about some of the missions I could feel my heart pounding in my chest. Take my advice if you have any interest in the truth about the Vietnam War or the sheer bravery of young men who fought in it and buy this book in fact buy all three!! You won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 1998
This book is pure GOLD! Yes indeed, reading this book will make you feel like you've hit the "mother load". Mr. Linderer brings being on a long range reconnaissance patrol to life. He spares you long and boring details of life at boot camp, telling you only what's necessary to set the stage. You are almost immediately touching down on the hot tarmac at Bien Hoa Air Base, Republic of Vietnam and from there, the adventure begins!
This book is so good, it reads like a novel, but it is all true. Mr. Linderer modestly tells of some of the most awesome and thrilling combat accounts I have ever read, (and I have read HUNDREDS!) What makes this book stand out above all the rest are the details. Not the boring, equipment-cleaning-manual kind of details; but the kind that takes you to war, puts you in the steamy vegetation on the side of a high-speed trail ready to spring an ambush. The brilliant and compelling pictures he paints can give you nightmares.
If you treat yourself to this book you might as well order his second book, "Eyes Behind the Lines", which tells of his last six months in Vietnam. Hard to believe, but it is as good or better than this one. He is an accomplished writer and has managed to turn what could have been totally devastating experiences into good. His story puts faces and personalities to some of the names on "The Wall", and he HONORS those men that our contry neglected to, by telling accounts of heroism and bravery that Hollywood couldn't dream of duplicating. In true Ranger fashion he has helped and encouraged other Rangers in his unit to write their stories. (You will recognize authors names upon reading Gary's books.) He continues in his good-deed-doing by publishing a magazine called "Behing the Lines" that retells stories from WWII through Desert Storm and current reports from troops stationed all over the world. It has regular columns by some of the finest military authors, (Linderer, Miller and Jorgenson to name a few) and it features contributing aritcles by many other fine authors too numerous to name here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a good book and written in chronological order, day by day. it is the first six months of the authors tour of nam in 1968. it is written through his eyes and details the missions he goes out on. One criticism i would ad is that the first half of his tour does not see as much as the second half, and you have to buy eyes behind the lines to read about the last six months. Other than that small criticism the book is fine, not too much jargon or pap, you find yourself not wanting to put it down when the teams go out on missions.
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on 10 July 2012
At first I was worried that the book would be a sort of list of chronological events in the early career of Linderer. I was pleasantly surprised that the format did not bother me at all. Linderer wrote rather well. He describes things from a very balanced perspective, compared with other authors in this genre: his is neither too "gung-ho" nor is he overly cynical about everything in Vietnam (people, culture). Actually, he is one of the few authors (again, in this genre) that actually seems like a nice guy. He writes about his girlfriend occasionally, and doesn't get drunk and/or visit a prostitute on every other page. The book instead describes intense combat, and does so well.

There isn't a lot that would improve this book...I am actually a bit disappointed that I have finished it!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2008
Perhaps the previous reviewers should read a little about the author and his claims; it appears that his stories run contrary to official records - he apparently received no purple hearts and no silver stars. If this is true - and he refuses to (can't) prove otherwise - then his books should be filed under the genre of fiction.
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on 24 December 2014
Loved this book.,have read it twice back to back.This is just one of a series of lurp/ sog memoirs that need to be recounted to our generation. The description of the overunning of murderers lurp team and his subsequent wounding is by the nature of small team insertion a forerunner of the story of Marcus luttrels lone survivor. However ,linderers generation were I believe, tougher,better trained without all the modern coms,weapons and cas that modern,pampered special forces have at their disposal today.
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on 15 September 2014
Amazing read. Non fiction tells it like it was. The high adrenaline suspense to the mind numbing boredom. This is the first of two books by Linderer of his time in Vietnam. This book is completely about his tour and does not contain chapters about him dealing with emotional problems like many modern military books.
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