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  • The Giant Killer

  • American Hero, Mercenary, Spy... The Incredible True Story of the Smallest Man to Serve in the U.S. Military - Green Beret Captain Richard J. Flaherty
  • By: David A. Yuzuk
  • Narrated by: Steven Wenger
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, Military & War
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

At 4' 9" 97 lbs, Richard J. Flaherty is believed to be the smallest man to ever serve in the US military. Needing a congressional waiver just to join the army, he achieved the impossible by becoming a Green Beret captain and a Vietnam vet war hero, earning the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts - 101st Airborne and 3rd Special Forces Group.

Author and police officer David Yuzuk befriended Richard J. Flaherty in 1999, when Flaherty was living homeless on the streets of Miami. Flaherty warned Yuzuk that asking too many questions about his secretive life could be bad for Yuzuk’s career and dangerous to his own health. Sure enough, eight hours after Yuzuk made a call to confirm Flaherty’s identity, Flaherty was killed in a hit-and-run and that set the stage for a bewildering plummet down a rabbit hole of CIA conspiracies and shadow governments. It would be the last investigation in Yuzuk's 20-year police career, stretching from the bloody jungles of Vietnam to the dangerous streets of Iraq and Venezuela.

In riveting rifle, rucksack style author David Yuzuk takes you deep into the jungles of Vietnam to walk in the combat boots of America’s smallest soldier, Richard Flaherty. Starting with the bloody Tet Offensive, Flaherty and his units are engaged in harrowing, nonstop action. Written with extensive access to surviving members of the 101st Airborne and 3rd Special Forces Group, on-the-ground eyewitnesses, family members, and friends, as well as archival and declassified military records, Yuzuk has created a gripping narrative of Richard Flaherty’s inspiring life and career. Yuzuk also releases never published information of a covert operation Flaherty worked in order to locate and recover a recently declassified stolen weapon of mass destruction (Project Green Light).

Number one New York Times best seller.

"Giant Killers are among us - author David Yuzuk walked with one and returned with this tale.” (Doug Stanton, author)

©2020 David Yuzuk (P)2020 David Yuzuk

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The Giant Killer

I started the book with a slight bit of trepidation, that was quickly abated. The main Character is one very tough Man. Like a lot of Veterans he became introverted and insular, eeking out an existence by himself, trusting no one. His deeds in the service of his Country are amazing. An excellent book, researched extraordinary well considering the limitations. Recommended to all.

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  • collin williams
  • 12-08-2021

Well done!

This was a well written and interesting story! Very touching. NOT too long like one reviewer said.

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  • Ed
  • 02-03-2021

l had to make a choice.

struggled to finish.
l got interested in other subjects.
I t was not the subject.

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  • Janice Matthews
  • 10-12-2020

Too many coincidences but...

then again his girlfriend crashed her car at an excessive rate of speed on a sunny day with no road obstructions to cause a crash witnessed by an undercover cop.

He was killed by an electric car (quiet) just hours after a phone call was made when asked not to, due to safety.

The Prius sustained major damage to the Driver's side, yet no charges and told to drop it.

His last night, he never showed up when he was expected to, a helicopter overhead agitates him and then he's run over, checked on and left for dead and again the following morning, with car insurance as the mindset.

He was looking to become comfortable again with a condo purchase and his Life story finally being told.

He was beat up previously and he acknowledged that Suffering is worse than Death.

Strangely the only photo taken was on a Police issued phone where he slept and hours later ....

Don't forget the analysis said he was close to Genius and Sound of Mind-all the while traveling the World to non vacation areas, a few years before his death.

And Epstein killed himself....





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