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On a dark night in the Mekong Delta, young platoon sergeant Edgar Eaton's courage and self-sacrifice would mean the difference between life and death for his wounded comrades. This is the story of Ed the sniper.
Ed doesn't plan on serving as a sniper; the small-town Oregon boy hopes to become a combat medic when he enlists at age 19. Instead, he finds himself an infantryman in the unique Army / Navy Riverine Force in the Mekong Delta. Quickly rising to the rank of platoon sergeant, Ed becomes one of the first members of the US Army to be specifically trained to be a sniper.
While Ed's actions on the night of April 3, 1969, have been celebrated in magazines, books, and a History Channel presentation, the full story of his combat service has never been told. Ed describes recollecting the events described in Mekong Mud Dogs as one of the toughest tasks he ever faced. Be glad he did. His acts of bravery and fortitude under fire are an inspiration and a reminder of other courageous acts by his brothers-in-arms, many of whose stories will never be told.
More information about Ed and his military service is available at edthesniper.com.
#2 rated on Amazon in Vietnam War catagory. This is 4 Star Clarion Review book.
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The reason I wrote this review is that other listeners did not like the narrator. I though he absolutely nailed it.
And aside from enjoying the narration, I can say:
The author's combat memoirs are told in an original colloquial style. There are interesting details and insightful comments. I liked the way he explained the technical details simply for those who don't have a clue (like me).
Two big positives for me
1. The horrors are dealt with in a matter of fact manner. He tells you straight leaves it at that.
2. Ed does not feel the need for deep introspection and grand statements on philosophy or politics. But he gives you plenty to chew on for yourself.
For me the closing chapters are brilliant as the narrative changes tack and there's plenty of black comedy.
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a good listen, if you can get on with the narrator
A good book. you can really follow the author's journey, and almost change in attitude as his tour goes on. the performance is strange, there seems to be out takes and mistakes included. but it doesn't distract from the story, and to be honest I found it entertaining, and a good good performance.... particularly Snoopy the gunship