Eyes Behind the Lines: L Company Rangers in Vietnam, 1969 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In mid-December 1968, after recovering from wounds sustained in a murderous mission, Gary Linderer returned to Phu Bai to complete his tour of duty as a LRP. His job was to find the enemy, observe him, or kill him - all the while behind enemy lines, where success could be as dangerous as discovery.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 13 minutes|
|Author||Gary A. Linderer|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 10, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #39,216 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#22 in Southeast Asian History
#24 in Vietnam War Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
#46 in Vietnam War
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This book is first and foremost easy to follow as the author provides the reader with dates; almost as though this is a journal accounting of daily activities. This, the personal historical accounting of the last half of Mr. Linderer’ tour in RVN flows smoothly, is written well and in particular what I liked about this book was the refreshing honest view of putting his human and unpolished (in grunt format) accounting for his readers. To some level a person who has a military background will find this book easier to read than will a non-military type; however, Mr. Linderer goes to wonderful lengths to understand that his audience may not have a military background – it is here where he places in the most simplest of terms events, acronyms, and other jargon that is common place among the LRP’s.
Personally, I was quite captivated by the terrific description of the rappelling; the description was so well written it seemed choreographed for the written pages within. The humor on pages 154 and 155 stand true to themselves – it was good to read of the occasional laughter amongst the LRP’s as they confronted garbage on a daily basis. By the time Mr. Linderer had passed up on the opportunity to become Second Lieutenant Linderer (as opposed to Sergeant) I was quite happy – I was also exhausted myself in reading the many operations within the pages. Slicks moving everywhere all the time – I felt as though I were “there” in reading the pages. It is apparent when reading this book of the link the Rangers had with one another – leaving RVN life would never be the same of course for these gentlemen who knew Mr. Linderer and Mr. Linderer himself acknowledges this; I believed this to be a most admirable quality in recognizing the pain associated with this sort of Military experiences and combat as a whole. The History of the “Grunt” in all forms continues – to me, it is all interrelated throughout the course of time – regardless of era.
Thank you Vietnam Veterans for your service – I am grateful that you did what you believed at the time you had to do. Welcome Home!
Top reviews from other countries
I must have read about 12 of this style of Vietnam books recently, it all started by me realizing that such good books existed. It is often said that 'He that wields a sword rarely wields a pen' This does not seem to be the case with the American boys of the Vietnam era, there are some excellent books to be read; this one by Gary Linderer is among the best of them. I like his style of writing and his ability to have you right there in the jungle 'looking at the action over his shoulder' I will criticize the author for dwelling a little too much on sentiment and deep personal feelings.He does go on a bit in that respect! As an infantry soldier myself and involved in two of Britain's jungle wars and a desert war, I know there was very little time for that. I would though congratulate Gary on his good descriptive writing of the war in general, also his 'pen pictures' of his comrades are quite superb, I began to feel that I actually knew them. The involvement and tactical use of
helicopters is very well described, so is the feeling of fear of that was felt by crews and passengers alike on arriving or leaving a 'Hot LZ'
The description of 'life after the action' when back home and in the quiet of the night, which brings on the demons is beautifully written and without using too many words to do so, the author's description of these feelings has 'impact'! So much so that it reminded me of my own, and brought a little of it right back to me. A well written book and well deserving of five stars.
It has been a great experience, and has been fascinating to see the same incidents as viewed/interpreted by different men.
I recommend Gary's two books to anyone with an interest in Vietnam, or in military matters in general - he writes in a very human and personal style, which allows the reader to feel involved and immersed, giving an emotional understanding or emotional link which in my experience of war memoirs, is often difficult for a writer to achieve.
I always thought that long range recon troops stayed out for months at a time but this book gives the impression that the para troopers did this.
Also this book gives the impression that the Rangers did not know about American activity in Laos maybe they should read Ravens about the CIA .