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Bullets and Bandages is inspired by the true stories of a US army field medic during the Vietnam war between 1968 and 1969. Through those stories, the author gives listeners the unique insight into the bullets and bandages of war. Parts of this audiobook are also about the author's own experiences and that time period in our history.

The trails and victories of Rob and his comrades pull you into a world of survival through willpower, tenacity, and wit. Bullets and Bandages is a story of love, faith, friendship, and humanity. What was it like for our military and their time of war as they fought together to survive in the jungles of Vietnam. 

Chapter One: Excerpt

Some memories exist because they are etched into one’s mind with fire and anguish of true experience, not by choice. From my tour of duty in Vietnam, I am filled with the experiences that cannot be wiped away. I can recall the events, the names, and the faces as if they had been in front of me only a short time ago. 

To this day, I thank the Lord in my prayers for helping me survive. Sometimes, I dream of the tranquil rice fields or of the hot steamy jungles - very quiet and peaceful. Occasionally, the dreams are of the men that I could not save and of the ghastly shadows of my enemies. These images are a contradictory and discordant collage of the real horror of war.

I have no misgivings about what was done; I was a soldier doing my duty for my country, in a war far away from my home. It was a war where our forces could not fully engage the enemy. The army could not move on a strategic offensive and take the ground war into Hanoi or Cambodia.

I had to learn a new type of warfare or would not have survived. After some time, I began to know the enemy and anticipate his movements. My unit traveled the jungles in platoons of heavy infantry in search of Charlie. Our nerves were constantly on edge. It was a guerrilla war, and I learned to adapt.

With a little time, my platoon began to work together. We learned to think like the enemy and use our instincts to fight together as a team. When the enemy would stand and fight, we fought back until they ran. Unfortunately, I knew before long those same troops would try to sneak up on us again.

©2013 Robert Saniscalchi (P)2019 Robert Saniscalchi

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  • 11-06-2020

The author has provided us with a very high impact

As a psychologist who has worked with Vietnam vets, I believe that Mr. Saniscalchi has given readers a good insight into what our soldiers went through and the emotional trauma they encountered. No wonder many vets don't talk about their time in Vietnam.

Through the eyes of his brother, the author tells of his time in Nam. No one, not even our soldiers could ever imagine the hell they were getting into. From watching your friends get killed, to being afraid of small children and wondering each day if it was your "day" young soldiers put their life on the line to try to win a war that they didn't understand.

The impact of serving in this war was devastating to many - not only did our soldiers die or become severely wounded, they were rejected by society when they came home. They didn't get heroes welcome like soldiers in Afghanistan are getting today. No wonder they don't talk about what happened in Nam or what it is like to relive it everyday of their life. How can one explain what they saw or experienced? Who would believe them? These are demons that are hidden in their mind. Some are lucky in that they are able to talk about their tour of duty, like the author's brother.

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  • 27-06-2020

this is a great story

this is a great story within a wonderful family. The writer gave good detail of how things went for these soldiers and WHY they were changed when they came home from war. We should honor all military , past and present. They go through hell to keep our freedom safe . God Bless America and our troops. Thank you Robert for bringing this story to us. I look forward to your next book. God Bless you.

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  • 11-06-2020

A Realistic Portrayal of The Vietnam War

Rarely, if ever, can non-veterans write and create any kind of realistic tale about combat and capture the subtleness and the fullness of the emotional and spiritual chaos related to battle. Author Robert Saniscalchi is certainly one of the exceptions and he apparently listened very well (Not only with his ears and mind but with his heart!) to his brother's stories about his tour in Nam. This is a first rate tale as seen from the point of view of his leading character, who is a combat medic. We are treated to a moving fictional account of what it was really like in Vietnam. The book "Bullets And Bandages" has already created some good "buzz" from those who have read it.

The author opens and closes his storyline with a visit by his main character to his best friend's father to talk about his son's death and what life was like for them in Vietnam. He fills the in-between pages with a riveting account that is at times graphic, horrific, even loving. The storyline moves well from cover to cover and is really a well thought out listen book.

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  • 11-06-2020

True Stories from the Veitnam Field from a Medic

The author, Robert Saniscalchi, writes about Vietnam from a perspective that really places the reader inside a young soldier's mind. The fact that the narrator is based on a real true story really makes the story a standout among so many Vietman stories. The book contain enough technical military background on Vietnam warfare to maintain credibility without alienating the reader. I found it compelling, heart-warming, and action-packed.

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  • 11-06-2020

Bullets and Bandages by Robert J. Saniscalchi

The whole story is based on true events from the field, based as a medic in Vietnam during 1968-1969. It is well written and you feel like you are on the front with our men/women. It's a story about survival, adventure, horror, suspense. There are some moving & sad parts as well as happy memories. If you enjoy war stories or anything that comes from true events you will definitely need to add this to your list to listen.

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  • 11-06-2020

It’s War

My significant other and I are the two vets yet I was fortunate to pass up battle. He returned changed after his visit. My dad was the one in particular who could contact him since he toured in Nam. I was prepared to concentrate on the mission and being a frightened human isn't a piece of the mission. It was a decent perused.

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  • 07-06-2020

Awesome Audio book

It's not much different know, the country is falling apart, politics and money and greed have divided us into two classes rich and poor, the veterans are disposable as far as the government is concerned.The Old Marine's and Corpsman buddies and myself will just fade away into dust and be forgotten. Semper Fi!!!

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  • 07-06-2020

Excellent Audio book

While it’s fiction it still resonates as a believable and wrenching story of the suffering, shared difficulties of our soldiers and marines in a hard fought war. Their ability to overcome their trials and tribulations in a terrible war under the worst conditions is a tribute to the resilience and training of these youthful men. Enjoyable reading, action packed. A great accounting of the siege of Con Thieu.

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  • 07-06-2020

Good Audio book

I really enjoyed this audio book. It really portrays the life of a Marine grunt in Northern I-Corps Vietnam in 1967. It was well written and describes what is deployed by both sides in battle. Tells a great story about the hardship of serving with much challenge against a tough enemy. It may be a bit of a stretch concerning decisions at times but it is mostly believable. People must remember that this is a novel. I enjoyed this and Master Guns. I would recommend it for a good Listen . If you are looking for facts then go elsewhere but if you are looking for a good story this is a good place to be.

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  • 07-06-2020

Great Audio book

Yet another great read from Robert Satanical. I have read three Audio books by this author now and each Audio book has not failed to please. He packs in so much detail that you feel the tension as if you were there. Well worth a read if you like Vietnam war Audio books.

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  • 28-06-2020

What an extraordinary audio-book.

Having Listen several different novels surrounding the Vietnam War, I found Bullets and Bandages by Robert Saniscalchi, to be the most realistic, indeed, horribly so. It is quite simply a fictional account of a young man's tour of duty in Vietnam, based upon true events as told to him by his brother. Because the author did not hold back on either his own fear or the actual events he learned of, the novel becomes very realistic, and the characters are those that you would expect to find in a war that nobody wanted.

The book opens and closes in an unforgettable scene as Rob Marrino, our main character, sits with the father of Sergeant Green, who had become his best friend, and who had been killed just a few weeks before he was to leave the service and come home. Green's father asks Rob to tell him about his son and to tell him what they have been involved in so that he might remember his last few years of life.

So Rob starts to talk . . .

When there is a war going on, if you are the right age, all of your friends are talking about whether to "join up." Or so it was at the time of the Vietnam War. Rob Marrino's friends were joining; he needed only the courage to talk with his parents about it. His father took it the best and told him that he would be proud to have his son serve his country, as he had, adding that he hoped that it would be the army that he joined.

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  • 28-06-2020

Like listening to tell his story!

Bullets and Bandages was written as if you were sitting in someone's living room listening to their stories of their time in Vietnam. Great insight into the personal feelings of the soldiers as they fought in a war that some people didn't believe in, and their struggles throughout that time. Worth reading if you like military history or just want to capture some of the insights of the soldiers who went through hell in Vietnam.

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A Realistic Portrayal of The Vietnam War !

Rarely, if ever, can non-veterans write and create any kind of realistic tale about combat and capture the subtleness and the fullness of the emotional and spiritual chaos related to battle. Author Robert Saniscalchi is certainly one of the exceptions and he apparently listened very well (Not only with his ears and mind but with his heart!) to his brother's stories about his tour in Nam. This is a first rate tale as seen from the point of view of his leading character, who is a combat medic. We are treated to a moving fictional account of what it was really like in Vietnam. The book "Bullets And Bandages" has already created some good "buzz" from those who have read it.

The author opens and closes his storyline with a visit by his main character to his best friend's father to talk about his son's death and what life was like for them in Vietnam. He fills the in-between pages with a riveting account that is at times graphic, horrific, even loving. The storyline moves well from cover to cover and is really a well thought out book.

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  • 30-05-2020

I am going to rave about this audiobook in this re

I apologize in advance if this comes across as being overly enthusiastic, but I really don't care! I started listen this audiobook with no expectations inasmuch as I knew absolutely nothing about the audiobook. This audiobook may come off as melodramatic to those of you who never spent time in Vietnam, but for those who did, you know how quickly your life could be turned upside down right up to the Freedom Bird breaking ground bound for the World.



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  • 28-06-2020

A Must Listen

The author has provided us with a very high impact and emotional view of a soldier's journey during the Vietnam War. As a psychologist who has worked with Vietnam vets, I believe that Mr. Saniscalchi has given readers a good insight into what our soldiers went through and the emotional trauma they encountered. No wonder many vets don't talk about their time in Vietnam.

Through the eyes of his brother, the author tells of his time in Nam. No one, not even our soldiers could ever imagine the hell they were getting into. From watching your friends get killed, to being afraid of small children and wondering each day if it was your "day" young soldiers put their life on the line to try to win a war that they didn't understand.

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  • 24-07-2020

Bullets + Bandages, by Robert Saniscalchi

It's very little extraordinary know, the nation is self-destructing, legislative issues and cash and insatiability have separated us into two classes rich and poor, the veterans are dispensable to the extent the legislature is concerned.The Old Marine's and Corpsman pals and myself will simply blur away into tidy and it slipped be's mind. Semper Fi!!!

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  • 24-07-2020

Bullets and Bandages

I truly delighted in this book recording. It truly depicts the life of a Marine snort in Northern I-Corps Vietnam in 1967. It was elegantly composed and depicts what is conveyed by the two sides in fight. Recounts to an extraordinary anecdote about the difficulty of presenting with much test against an extreme adversary. It might be somewhat of a stretch concerning choices on occasion however it is generally conceivable. Individuals must recollect this is a novel. I appreciated this and Master Guns. I would suggest it for a decent Listen . In the event that you are searching for realities, at that point go somewhere else however on the off chance that you are searching for a decent story this is a decent spot to be.

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  • 24-07-2020

Great Audiobook

Projectiles and Bandages is motivated by the genuine accounts of a US armed force field surgeon during the Vietnam war somewhere in the range of 1968 and 1969. Through those accounts, the creator gives audience members the exceptional knowledge into the projectiles and gauzes of war. Portions of this book recording are likewise about the writer's own encounters and that timespan in our history.

The path and triumphs of Rob and his companions maneuver you into a universe of endurance through self control, determination, and mind. Projectiles and Bandages is an account of adoration, confidence, companionship, and mankind. What was it like for our military and their season of war as they battled together to get by in the wildernesses of Vietnam.

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  • 28-06-2020

I love the way the book

Bullets and Bandages is inspired by the true stories of a US army field medic during the Vietnam war between 1968 and 1969. Through those stories, the author gives listeners the unique insight into the bullets and bandages of war. Parts of this audiobook are also about the author's own experiences and that time period in our history.

The trails and victories of Rob and his comrades pull you into a world of survival through willpower, tenacity, and wit. Bullets and Bandages is a story of love, faith, friendship, and humanity. What was it like for our military and their time of war as they fought together to survive in the jungles of Vietnam.

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  • 28-06-2020

bullets and bandages,. what a story!!

I love the way the book starts off and ends in the same unforgetable scene. Once I got into the story, I could'nt put the book down.

The combat stories in this book are very intense and make you feel as if you are in the book living the adventures as they unfold

The story gave me a sense of pride in our mititary and all those Vietnam Veterans who fought so bravely.

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