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A Hard Place:A Sergeants Tale,Revised Edition
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Publisher:  Createspace Ind. Pub. Platform ISBN-10:  1477595252 Type: 


Copyright:  Jun 4,2012 ISBN-13:  9781477595251

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The Vietnam War up close and personal with a small "Mike Force" Unit. Operating outside of the normal parameters.

This is the revised and lengthened story of combat in South Vietnam, Republic of, with the soldiers of a small unit known as a Mobile Reaction or "Mike Force". Operating out of the Chu Lai base camp on the coast of Vietnam, between Quang Tri to the north and Cam Rhon Bay to the south. Home of the 23rd Infantry Division (Americal) the 75th Inf.(Rangers) and other combat support units. Their missions took place in the northern provinces, dubbed by the Army as the 1st Combat Tactical Zone (1CTZ). From Rosemary's Point at Chu Lai, to Da Nang, to the Tuy Lon River and the White Mountains, across the Hai Van Pass to Phu Bai, Quang Tri City and on to the DMZ

They were both a recon and a striker unit, sometimes just snooping, looking for intell. Sometimes attacking and sometimes being attacked. Often deployed to reinforce a small camp or firebase. Often workng as convoy security. Mostly, it was just HOT! Life for them was either base camp boring, or "boonie rat" intense, in full "battle rattle" sweat soaked and sneakin in the bush. Living on salt pills,nasty tasting water and even worse tasting rations.

Often assigned missions to locate or capture specific targets. All of their missions were both classified and clandestine. Even their existence was denied. As much as possible their movements were hidden or camouflaged within larger unit operations and movements.

Their operations were conducted with out back-up, and support was not readily available. They were required to move and survive on their bush skills, to adapt, over come, improvise, and if that failed, E&E (escape and evade) back to a pick-up or rendezvous point for extraction.

This story is about serving in Vietnam as professional soldiers in "No Such Unit Exists" status. Part of the "other" Army, the one not circumscribed by line unit regimentation, order of battle movement, or rules of engagement, in - South Vietnam, Republic of "A HARD PLACE." .

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Reviewed by John Podlaski 8/5/2012
I have to admit that when reading books, I am usually lucky enough to find at least one overlooked typo someplace in the book. In Jacamo Peterson's book, A Hard Place, I found my first one only a couple of pages into the book and then continued to find additional errors as I continued to read. They appeared randomly and seemed deliberate, as if they were intended to be in the script so I accepted that and moved on. The story, itself, was a wonderful read! On a few nights, I found myself staying up late into the to see how this group of soldiers were going to get out of the pickle they found themselves in. It was gritty, very descriptive and made me feel like I was right there with the author and his team.

Halfway through the book, I chose to visit the review section on Amazon - something I did not do before purchasing the book. The description was enough to draw me in. It was disappointing to see so many reviews criticize the author and challenge the authenticity of many things in the book, including the typos and grammar errors. I soon came to a post by the author himself who wrote to address those critics. The book was a fictional Vietnam War story and the errors within the book were there on purpose. I thought he gave a good rebuttal, it also allowed me to look at this novel in a different perspective. The story was still an adventure and could not have been told this way without the author having been in Vietnam himself. Too many things happened during the story or were said in dialogue that could not have been conjured up by a lay person. Were many of the experiences in the story realistic? Hell yes! Did they really happen? Who cares, it was a great read and that's why the author classified it as fiction!

When I returned to A Hard Place, I often found myself chuckling when encountering the typo's and grammar errors, it added a new flair to the story and made it more enjoyable than it already was.

John Podlaski
Author, Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel
Reviewed by Jacamo Peterson 8/3/2012
Well! After a lot of input from readers which ran very favorable in the majority, and after Amazon deleting 4 of my five star revues for no apparent reason. I have republished the book with Createspace as an extended version in large print. I believe it to be an excellent war story, and it is based on my last tour in Vietnam. I did three total. I also wish to note that some of the detractors of the story are obviously 'ONE TOUR WONDERS" "WANNABES" or people who were not there at all! Some folks just didn't like the book, I have no problem with that. There are many books which I just do not like. "A Hard Place" is a war story about Vietnam and should be read as such. Enjoy the action and the characters, it is not a poltical diatribe nor an after action report. All that from a retired Senior NCO who was there!

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