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Whispers in the Tall Grass

Written by: Nick Brokhausen
Narrated by: George Spelvin
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
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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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  • James
  • 2019-12-21

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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  • D. Webster Martin
  • 2020-05-21

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)
  • 2020-01-11

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-09

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-04

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-27

Captain Underpants Goes To War

I bought this due to its high rating. But the writing is childish, The author is I sense intelligent enough. But lacks the technical writing skill to present a story well. If he'd hired a ghost writer it would have helped.

More fundamentally, however, the author seems to lack the emotional maturity to distinguish the meaningful from the pedestrian, or the emotional honesty to talk about it. So the book reads like a series of grade-school fart jokes - Captain Underpants Goes to Vietnam. Thus, the characters come off as cardboard figures, not real people. So it's difficult to care much about them one way or the other.

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  • Jonn Bloyd
  • 2020-08-25

Great Read!

As with the first book 'We Few' this book was a real page turner. I listened to it pretty much non stop. What a warrior this guy was.... I'm a vet but didn't know that this was the ordeal that MACV-SOG went through. The narration was top notch!

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  • John
  • 2020-08-14

Animal House meets MASH

Worst book on Vietnam that I have read or listened to. It is a combination of Animal House and MASH. There are a LOT better books out there, Eye of the Eagle would be one of my first recommendations.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-08-12

Fun Read

not sure if the author served but his sense of humor matches those of many of my SF brothers. I highly recommend this book if you are looking to capture the stories of those of the unsung heros of Vietnam.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-05

Perfect

Nick nails it again with this on the ground account of SOG history from the Vietnam war. A thrill ride of a story with humour and grim reality. I strongly recommend both books.

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