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Summary

For eight years, far beyond the battlefields of Vietnam and the glare of media distortions, American Green Berets fought a deadly secret war in Laos and Cambodia under the aegis of the top secret Military Assistance Command Vietnam - Studies and Observations Group, or SOG.

Go deep into the jungle with five SOG warriors surrounded by 10,000 enemy troops as they stack up the dead to build a human buttress for protection. Witness a Green Beret, shot in the back four times and left for dead, who survives to fight savagely against incredible odds to complete his missions.

Shudder as an enemy soldier touches a Green Beret’s boot in the dark of night. Cringe as a Sergeant on SOG Spike Team Louisiana calls in an air strike on his team to break an enemy’s wave attack. A team member dies instantly, and a Green Beret has an out-of-body experience as he watches his leg get blown off.

©2011 John Stryker Meyer (P)2019 John Stryker Meyer

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“As the commander of SOG, I can say that “Across the Fence” accurately reflects why the secret war was hazardous for our troops and so deadly for the enemy. (Major General John K. Singlaub - U. S. Army Ret.) 

"Black Ops told with the terrifying clarity that only one who was there can tell it." (W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV)

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Riveting account of top secret operations during the Vietnam war.

Absolutely fantastic story. One of those rare books you don’t want to end. The author made it through some incredibly dangerous missions. The author also narrates his book. Whilst narrating audiobooks is clearly not his day job, not as ‘slick’ as a professional, I warmed to the idea of hearing him tell his own experiences. I played the narration on x1.2 speed. His personality really comes through after a few minutes of listening. It’s also essential to check out the author John Stryker Meyer on Jocko podcast. After finishing the audiobook I’m truly glad I listened to this incredible account read by the man who experienced incredible events.

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outstanding

if you're a fan of soldiering and tactical fieldwork... this is a must.... a mine of experience and warfighting that should be relevant to any small team even now...

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Authors don’t always make good narrators

Great book, amazing story, incredible courage and heroic men, unfortunately the author’s narration doesn’t do it justice..

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terrible narration

I know its a good book because I have read the hard copy but the narration is hands down the worst I have heard on audiable. It's a shame. This guys story deserves better.

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Amazing

Very good book. The narration was hard going at first but I soon got into it. Total respect to all members if SOG. All those gone but not forgotten.

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Amazing stories

Brilliant when the author reads there own book, the first few chapters are slow reading the words. however if you can get passed that the stories are incredible

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Very average

If you've read quite a few books about The Vietnam War this one won't stand out that much. Also the narration isn't great. An ok read/listen.

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great listen

Loved the stories but was hard at times as the timeline of events was not clear for me.

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can't actually listen to it

this may be a great book. I'll never know. it's poorly read. it genuinely sounds like it's being read by someone who is learning to read. it's so poorly read that I can't actually listen to it. shame, really.

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"unbelievable".......❗

I've read the book many times, especially 'Lynne Black Jnr's book, 'Whisky Tango Foxtrot', his account of chapter 5, 'You shot me 3times', both of them are great reads. it was nice to have it read to you, the narrator is good. If your interested in SOG missions you will find this book very interesting indeed. There is a second book to go with this, but unfortunately it's not on audible. Listen, you won't be disappointed.....❗

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  • Stuta
  • 26-02-20

Great Great Great

Some people may bash John Stryker Meyer for how this is read but it’s great to have a hero read his own book. I’ve listened to this twice and respect him for doing this. Outstanding stories of survival.

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  • 03-01-20

Great!

Narrator flubs a few lines but I’ll take a hero reading his own story any day over a voice actor. What a story tons of action and harrowing times way way way behind enemy lines it’s amazing he came out alive! Highly recommended!

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  • Alder Springs Ranch
  • 27-01-20

Terrible Performance

It was so difficult to listen to this book. Read by the author, the cadence is TERRIBLE. Listen on 1.5x speed to make it more bearable. It’s a shame that what could have been a good book was so poorly read.

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  • Anonymous
  • 07-02-20

Fascinating Stuff

Updated Review Regarding Narration: The latest Audible update lets you play it at 1.2x speed, a huge improvement. I’ve listened to the author give several interviews (the Jocko podcasts are incredible- you’ve got a Navy Seal with his jaw on the floor at the stories he’s being told) and he is very well spoken. I think the sound people coached him poorly, telling him to talk slower or enunciate differently. If he had narrated it the way he normally talks, it would have been spellbinding. Hopefully he will narrate more naturally with his other books. The material is great. The stories are interesting, well told, and well paced. It’s incredible that no one has done a movie, or movies, about the exploits of guys like Meyer, Lynne Black, Nick Brokhausen, etc. The October 5 exploits of ST Alabama are a blockbuster waiting to happen. My only complaint is the narration. There is a lot to be said for authors reading their own books, but it doesn’t always work. The narration was awkward, but the material more than makes up for it.

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  • Jesse
  • 29-01-20

The reading was awful. Could have been a much better experience if read by someone who knew what they were doing.

The information was good, except for the large amount of repetition the story was decent. The reading of it made it almost unbearable at points.

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  • Big Pink
  • 18-02-20

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These are MEN! Incredibly true stories that will have you in awe of the capacity that lies dormant in 99.9% of people. All people have it, but very few embrace it. Here is a story of those who dared. Those who fought their deepest fears and became the stuff of night terrors to their enemies. These are true heroes. Gentlemen, I salute you!

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  • cyndie b.
  • 23-01-21

Absolutely incredible book

Some of the reviews say that the narration isn’t great. I could see how people think John speaks a little slow. I encourage everyone to listen to it at 1.2X. At 1.2X it’s one of the best narrations I’ve ever heard. On par with Audible’s War and Peace. This is my favorite audiobook, hands down. Don’t let the sample or reviews steer you away, at 1.2X the narration is perfect.

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  • Thomas E. Last
  • 20-01-21

A lot of talk that sounded like an advanced traini

I thought it seemed like I was in a advance training at Fort Hood. I enjoyed the stories about the missions and I'm sure all the named members on each mission were happy to hear their names mentioned but it seemed to get boring after a few chapters. The last chapter 16 when you mentioned your web gear really was way to classroom.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-01-21

Tilt the Legend

JSM is a legend and listening to these stories through his voice is extremely powerful. God Bless our indig & MACV SOG operators.

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  • R. Hart
  • 04-01-21

Good, but

This is a good story of men at war and the special job of the LRRP’s in Vietnam, but the narrator was absolutely terrible. Every other word was mispronounced and apparently no one felt it important to correct them. The story also ended abruptly one moment we are in the jungle and the next we are talking about which member retired in which state.