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Across the Fence: Expanded Edition

The Secret War in Vietnam
Written by: John Stryker Meyer
Narrated by: John Stryker Meyer
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's 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

What the critics say

“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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Eye Opening

This is a great story read by an amazing fellow. It gives the reader the chance to view the Veitnam war through the eyes of the men on the ground away from all the politics and high minded talking points and brings it right down to the reality of things and what the real situation on the ground actually was.

If anything listening to this book keeps the memories alive of all the servicemen of both countries who fought and gave their lives for something they believed in. They should not be forgotten or overlooked.

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It's a struggle...

The struggle is trying to listen to the rest of this. 3hrs in. The narration is a struggle to listen too.

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Author reads book at a grade 8 level. <br /><br />

Wish I would have listened first. Author is a brutal narrator. Sounds like a special ed grade 8 kid . Hire a professional next time.

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Excellent book. Excellent narration.

Unbelievably good. Listening to John read his own book was wonderful. This is the man that lived the story, tell the story, is incredible.

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  • David
  • 2020-01-03

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
  • 2020-01-27

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
  • 2020-02-07

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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  • Stuta
  • 2020-02-26

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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  • Big Pink
  • 2020-02-18

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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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  • A. Persons
  • 2020-02-05

Mr. Meyer is a hero, his narration is horrible.

Really was hard to listen to, in fact couldn't finish it. Why not get a professional to narrate the book? My football coach in grade school was a Vietnam marine combat vet. With the war only a couple of years over in the 70's, he was one of my heroes. Love these guys! But letting the author narrate was as mistake. Too bad...

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  • Lee
  • 2020-02-04

Narration ruined it

Should have hired a professional instead of doing it yourself. It was distracting and frustrating.

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  • Jesse
  • 2020-01-29

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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  • matchking1
  • 2020-01-22

An Amazing Story by an American Hero BUT...

I really can't adequately ever show or describe my sincere appreciation for Mr. Meyer's service and sacrifice. His experiences during the Vietnam War blow my mind how anyone could endure such adversity, day after day. The lessons the SOG guys learned helped train the next generation of SF and their tactics are still being taught today. I am so thankful we have men and women like Mr. Meyer who put themselves on the line for our nation. BUT...I wish one of two things had occurred for this book. 1. Perhaps this book would have been better "talked" about in an open discussion format where Mr. Meyer recounts, in his own words, the stories he lived. Perhaps a glass of scotch and a cigar as well to add the proper amount of color to the tales. The Jocko Willink podcasts 180 and 181 come close to this and are ABSOLUTELY worth listening to so you can hear Mr. Meyer recount his story in a much less forced manner. 2. Another narrator with voice acting training. Mr. Meyer is unquestionably a patriot and an amazing soldier. For all the wonderful things he CAN do, narration isn't something he SHOULD do. It's his story and I'm sure he wanted to tell it but that's just what he should have done:TELL it, not read it. Honesty by those who supported Mr. Meyer's efforts would have gone a long way. Again, no disrespect to Mr. Meyer at all but like everything in life, we need to recognize our limitations. Do what we do best and hire the rest. :) Thank you, Mr. Meyer, for your service and for sharing your story. Honestly, this could be a History Channel series with each episode being a new mission. From the sound of it, there were enough to fill many seasons.

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  • Homegrrl Roberts
  • 2020-01-18

huge fan of Mr. Meyer

PLEASE consider hiring a voice actor. the cadence in which this history has been read on this product, is quite distracting.

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