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Summary

On his second combat tour, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. This unit was part of MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group), or Studies and Observations Group as it was innocuously called. The small recon companies that were the center of its activities conducted some of the most dangerous missions of the war, infiltrating areas controlled by the North Vietnamese in Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The companies never exceeded more than thirty Americans, yet they were the best source for the enemy's disposition and were key to the US military being able to take the war to the enemy. This was accomplished by utilizing both new and innovative technology, and tactics dating back to the French and Indian Wars.

This small unit racked up one of the most impressive records of awards for valor of any unit in the history of the United States Army. It came at a terrible price, however; the number of wounded and killed in action was incredibly high. Those missions today seem suicidal. In 1970 they seemed equally so, yet these men went out day after day with their indigenous allies - Montagnard tribesmen, Vietnamese, and Chinese Nungs - and faced the challenges with courage and resolve.

Whispers in the Tall Grass is the second volume of Nick's riveting memoir of his time with MACV-SOG.

©2019 Nick Brokhausen (P)2019 Tantor

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Outstanding

This is the second book and equally as outstanding in every way as the first
If you want a no holes barred with wit account of this war look no further
Just simply outstanding

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Long forgotten war

Read both books by Nick. loved the content and the harrowing tales of those brave young men of CCN.

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Wish it was longer!

Listened to the first and second book multiple times now. These books have everything the story, the humour, the action all described hilariously.

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one of the best books ever written

we few and this book is the best vietnam books hands down and probably the best war books in general

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A great follow up to "We Few"

A great second book, not quite as good as the first but still very enjoyable, full of drama and detail. As with the first book, the mix of harrowing and thought provoking events alongside the crazy antics used as a diversion from the horror produces a great listen.

Full marks to the narrator to how does the same excellent and transparent job of just telling the story.

What these guys went through is really impossible to comprehend or understand without being there but this is probably the next best thing.

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outstanding

like it's sister book...its hilarious then harrowing...then hilarious again. these guys are some of the bravest to ever go into combat anywhere ever... a fascinating recounting of a man's adventure in Vietnam.

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First rate!

A 1st rate record of SF Vietnam Ops. an excellent story with plenty of missions narrated.

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amazing book, truely

this book and its sister book "we few" are really amazing, they almost read like fiction as the stories really are unbelievable but the depth and harsh truth of them all make for a very compelling listen. I would recommend this book to anyone

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Fantastic listening!!!

Great book. Following on from We Few more of the same about fighting, drinking and brotherhood. I listened to this in two sittings. Cannot recommend highly enough for anyone interested in Vietnam or just wants a good laugh. 👍

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A classic.

I feel guilty enjoying this book so much. This account feels more genuine than many others that tend to go overboard on the more spooky aspects of SOG. Nick really has a way with words. Well written, exciting, fascinating, funny and moving all at the same time. Rare achievement I’d say.

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  • 21-12-19

OUTSTANDING

U S Marine here. Great book. I felt as I was there with you. I felt your pain and sorrow. my war was is the desert but combat is the same. Thank you brother for sharing part of your life with us.

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  • 09-01-20

Excellent

Both the book and the performance are absolutely perfect. An excellent, brutally honest look into SOG in Vietnam and Laos. The incredible feats of these men and their montanyards and their Chinese nung. It’s amazing that any of them ever survived. My respect for these men boils over.

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  • 14-04-21

outstanding!

As a Marine and a major history fan this is one of the best told stories on Vietnam I've heard. I've read about 13 and listened to 5 books on Vietnam and this is the one I already have recommend to a friend. God bless those warriors who fought and died in the jungle. The stories of their heroism should to heard by every American

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  • D. Webster Martin
  • 21-05-20

hyperbole filled good shtuff

great balance of mission and character development.. looking for similar books like, "across the fence"

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  • William R. Todd-Mancillas (Name includes hyphen and camptalized M)
  • 11-01-20

Poignant Vietnam Memoir

Narration: a bit sing song, needs more variation in inflection and rate of speech.

Story: Humorous and sad at the same time.

Better than average and recommended.

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  • 04-01-20

awesome, powerful sequel to "We Few"

This combination of story, author, and voice actor is once again superlative... very informative and entertaining reading / listening for an accurate historical boots on the ground portrayal of life in SOG in Vietnam in the 70s

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  • Thomas E. Last
  • 27-02-21

Fond memories

I enjoyed this book. The narrator had a pleasant voice and spoke clearly. I enjoyed the side stories. They reminded me of good times during my time in the Navy Intel corp

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  • Ron
  • 22-10-21

Excellent read

Not quite as good as the first but still TOTALLY worth the read. Starts we're the last book ended and keeps going.

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  • MGP
  • 15-10-21

Excellent stories of life in the war zone

Some of the writing is a little over the top, but excellent storytelling of some truly harrowing situations.
The men of SOG, and the air crews who supported them, were extraordinary.

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  • Kelly J. Robinson
  • 09-10-21

Superb

I’m listened to and read over 100 books on this subject and these are in my top five.

Nick eloquently brings to life the humor of soldier under constant duress.

My review is probably not going to do it justice. I will just say listen to this book it is 100% recommended!

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