Because it's a novel, the truth can be told. Because it's the truth, you'll never forget it....
Gene Wentz's Men in Green Faces is the classic novel of Vietnam that inspired a generation of SEALs. Here is the story of a good soldier trained to be part of an elite team of warriors - and of the killing grounds where he was forever changed.
Gene Michaels carries an M-60, 800 rounds, and a Bible. The ultimate SEAL, he also carries a murderous grudge against a bloodthirsty colonel who was once one of their own. To bring him in, Michaels and his men will go behind the lines, where they'll take on 5,000 NVA in the fight of their lives. In this stunning novel, former SEAL Gene Wentz brings to life what it was like to be a SEAL in Vietnam, running an endless tour of top-secret, death-defying operations deep in enemy territory. From the camaraderie to the harrowing recons, from brutal interrogations to incredible, toe-to-toe firefights, here are America's most feared warriors as you've never seen them before.
©1992 Gene Wentz and Betty Abell Jurus (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
"Full of ambushes and firefights.... From page one I knew I wanted to be a SEAL. The more I read, the more I wanted to see if I could measure up." (Mark Owen, number-one New York Times best-selling author of No Easy Day)
This is set in the Mekong delta and portrays the riverine activities of the 'brown river navy'.
It is written in the 3rd person, presumably as Wentz is a SEAL not a writer. This is OK, but i found myself wondering how much of the action was 100% accurate as a result.
It's written like most of these books in a mix of hoo-rah chest beating and God and country ideals. Normally I don't find this as distracting, but here it grates a little. Perhaps due to the 3rd person?
Overall it's a good addition to the genre, but not the best about the SEALs in Vietnam (SOG: the secret wars of America's commandos in Vietnam is a good recommendation, but not available from Audible).
"Wow, wot a book, or audio book. The book is truly amazing an to have it read to you makes it all the more interesting. I've heard this book umpteen times an it never fails to have me griped. Any one interested in this subject will appreciate this book or story.
a must listen or read. "If you choose any book on the Vietnam, this should be in the top five. Two other great books are "W.T.F, whiskey Tango Foxtrot. An A field of innocence. The latter by Jack Estes, the former by Lynn m black. Truly worth the listen or read...
Ok so listening to the intro this book had so much potential in store yet I found this a very disappointing book. I found myself lost between scenes and unfortunately quite detached for the main character. So I generally found it hard to stick with. The overall setting and its missions were good however also were the descriptions of the weapons used that why ive given the performance a higher score.
"Too much like a Hollywood movie..."
Had the privilege of knowing a few seals in Viet Nam one of whom was captured,mutilated,castrated (told they did not want anymore like him) and left for dead only to be retrieved buy his buddies later. As I read his DD214 Tears welled up in my eyes and I saluted Him! GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS
"Realistic views of Viet Nam missions"
Once I started this book, it was hard to "put it down"
The characters came alive, the realism of the situations was right on, and the sensativity of Gene Wentz was portrayed well. Not everyone was a bad guy, not everyone was a good guy, that was the V.N. war.
I have not. His vocal, however, was a near-perfect read, not too gruff, not too soft.
These situations made me appreciate what our armed forces do for us every day of every year. They put themselves in harm's way; we need to appreciate them more!
Any one who was over there or knew of someone who served there would probably enjoy this read.
great book. probably the best ive read yet. just operation after opetation which never stops. no extended boring places. all action. gives an insight into what it wad really like as a seal during vietnam
"The best read in a long time!"
Yes, this was an intense and very satisfying book
The fight between Gene and Nguyen
The portrayal of the characters emotions and reactions
When Gene found out his best friend Willy was dead and his reaction.
"The real thing."
This well narrated story takes you as close to combat as you'd ever want to be.
A great listen, to a great story, about a great man.
"AMAZING! All Seniors in High School need this!"
I couldn't put it down. Hands down one of the best books I have ever encountered. Simply Amazing story. Read this book!
"Killing, Revenge, and Pabst Blue Ribbon!"
I have stopped buying print versions of novels in which I am interested, so I must admit that the audio edition of "Men in Green Faces" stands as my favorite by default.
Willie was my favorite character because, like my affinity for Arthur Dent in Douglas Adams's "The Restaurant at the end of the Universe," he brought a bit of humanity to the war in Vietnam for Gene. When he died and Gene started to unravel into a homicidal maniac bent on revenge, the truth of war being hell became vivid.
I have not listened to any of Jeff Gurner's other performances before, but I look forward to listening to another.
Blood. Rain. Killing. Loss. The endless cycle of war in Vietnam.
I have no additional comments.
Not horrible but definitely playing to every stereotype of SEALs. If you are going to play up the hero.... maybe you leave out the betrayal of his wife, not very heroic.
Absolutely insane and incredible book. The narrator was the best Iv listened to. If you like military books this is a must and a classic. I'd give it 10 stars if I could.
"very good story of inside Vietnam!"
The training, the guts, the will to see justice in spit of the risks make this a great listen!
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