this book is written from a career soldiers perspective and as such, there is not a lot of action. the guy writes long descriptions about individuals he encounters as if to try and pad the book out. he has chapters dedicated to things which are obviously interesting and amusing to himself - such as him aquiring a jeep or a set of diving gear- but nobody else. he tries to make a lot of of what little action he saw. there are possibly 2 chapters in this book worth reading and i was bored with it. if you want a better acount of the vietnam special operations, from the actual soldiers on the ground read the book SOG you wont be able to put it down. or an alternative, is dear mom the sniper book, although it is not special forces. overall this book is ok for passing the time if you can get it cheap or second hand but dont pay full price for it.