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Whispers in the Tall Grass

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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Great follow up to “We Few”

I’ve read both books and probably rate this 1 higher than “we Few”. Both great books but this is better. Great follow up.

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this and we few are number 1 in my book

Hectic crazy tales from suicide missions to R and R mayhem sessions in town. Truly a different military era of wild times on and off the job. Can not recommend highly enough. listen to Us few first as chronologically this follows on from that.

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  • James
  • 21-12-2019

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
  • 21-05-2020

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)
  • 11-01-2020

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
  • 09-01-2020

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
  • 04-01-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-09-2020

good

it was a good not mind blowing just good, the narrator did a good job of putting you there

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-2020

incredible

such an incredible story. I really wish someone would make these books into movies.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-08-2020

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
  • 25-08-2020

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
  • 14-08-2020

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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  • Strike Freedom
  • 29-09-2020

Great overall, in performance and story.

I served in SOG recon in 1967 FOB 2 And the book brought back memories of long forgotten bits humour and pain. I enjoyed the story as if I was there, as I to was fortunate enough to live through the madness. I got off on the performance, as it reminded me of a one “Rat Wilson”, complete madman, he had your back when it got down and dirty. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get a feel what SOG recon was like. S. Freedom

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  • mark appleton
  • 16-08-2020

Solid

Nice balance between war and life. Not too dry Bit short but still worth a credit

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-06-2020

Perfectly narrated story of camaraderie in war!

A story told with a dry, deadpan type humour fitting for such a life experience one will never forget. George Spelvin seemed to narrate this story perfectly as far as I was concerned. He seemed to perfect the kind of dry, dulcet tones perfectly befitting what I imagine the author to be lime in real life. The bravery of these men who fought in Vietnam under such extreme circumstances is hard to comprehend fully, but what is most certainly not difficult to understand is the bonds they made with their Montagnard brothers. These 'Little People' I cannot begin to do justice to with my lack of intellect and insufficient vocabulary, READ this book and meet a people through one man's story, because it is unlikely you will ever have the privilege of doing so in real life!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-04-2020

Humerous recollection

I've read most of the other accounts of these guys but this gives, in my opinion, the best feel for what they experienced on and off operations. The operational side is not overly in depth and is punctuated with sometimes funny and at others hilarious comments. It's when taking a few days off that you really experience what these guys are about. Most of us will never have anything to compare what they went through on ops, however most of us have been upto no good when out drinking and these guys take it to a new level. Loved every minute of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-04-2020

A story that must be told

The book made me Laugh out loud & cry, probably one of the best books every to come out of Vietnam! You have to read both books in the correct sequence.

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  • Max Powell
  • 04-04-2020

brilliant

like nicks other book brilliant, loved every minute, from a worriers heart, thank you

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  • sean mitchell
  • 01-03-2020

Wish it was longer!

Listened to the first and second book multiple times now. These books have everything the story, the humour, the action all described hilariously.

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  • mr grant mcleod
  • 24-02-2020

Great storyteller

Absolutely loved the way Nick told his story. Excellent narration too! A great war memoir.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-2020

throughly enjoyable and enlightening

an honest, aching, yet often witty account of this man's journey through the Vietnam war. beautifully read, too. I felt transported to each and every situation in a way that only exceedingly high quality writing and performance can do.