• Eye of the Tiger

  • Memoir of a United States Marine, Third Force Recon Company, Vietnam
  • By: John Edmund Delezen
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (798 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

“We live together under the thick canopy, each searching for the other; the same leeches and mosquitoes that feed on our blood feed on his blood.” 

John Edmund Delezen felt a kinship with the people he was instructed to kill in Vietnam; they were all at the mercy of the land. His memoir begins when he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was sent to Vietnam in March of 1967. He volunteered for the Third Force Recon Company, whose job it was to locate and infiltrate enemy lines undetected and map their locations and learn details of their status. The duty was often painful both physically and mentally. He was stricken with malaria in November of 1967, wounded by a grenade in February of 1968, and hit by a bullet later that summer. He remained in Vietnam until December, 1968. 

Delezen writes of Vietnam as a man humbled by a mysterious country and horrified by acts of brutality. The land was his enemy as much as the Vietnamese soldiers. He vividly describes the three-canopy jungle with birds and monkeys overhead that could be heard but not seen, venomous snakes hiding in trees and relentless bugs that fed on men. He recalls stumbling onto a pit of rotting Vietnamese bodies left behind by American forces, and days when fierce hunger made a bag of plasma seem like an enticing meal. He writes of his fallen comrades and the images of war that still pervade his dreams.

©2015 John Edmund Delezen (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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a bit flowery for combat stories

This book was okay but the author seemed to be unable to determine if he was a poet, a historian. or a combat storyteller. Plainer language and less grasping for literary prose would have been more preferable for the subject matter.

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With feeling

The author really makes you feel like you’re with him. Excellent feeling, very vivid descriptions. The reader can almost “feel” what the recon men had to endure.

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Inspiring

A war story. A good one. From the guy on the ground. Nothing less, nothing more. Recommended.

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Among Marines!

This is a very accurate depiction of " the boonies " in Vietnam. A very visceral account of Marines making their way through a mission and finding a way to complete it. Nothing glamorous or appealing about the task at hand. It certainly doesn't push the reader in any type of fervor making you wish you were there in the jungle. I don't know what else to say accept it's well worth a read or listen.

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Not engaging, no mention, no backstory

an honorable man worthy of our gratitude but the writing style plus monotone reader was difficult to get through. I prefer Ed Kugler's book to this one.

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good book

was a bit different then I expected but still good would recommend it good read

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A great story of the boots on the ground!

I found this book in the "Included" section with no fee or credit required.
I have had bad experiences with the free books. But this one was a pleasant exception!
Having studied the Vietnam conflict, I was drawn into the story immediately.
The narrator did a wonderful job telling the story!

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A Great Listen

Delezen does an excellent job putting the listener into his muddy, water logged boots. Informative and enjoyable. Well done sir.

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The narration of the book was not very good. Very monotone. It made it very hard to follow while listening.

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Captivating and poetically descriptive.

An imersive firsthand account. This book stands out among many other harrowing and interesting stories on the subject. The writer is talented and the book reads not only informative, but there is a level of art difficult to achieve for such a seemingly sterile subject as "Military History". Being well read on the subject matter, I can say this is one of the more enthralling pieces, at times dwelling on articulating the horror. Thank you to the author for your service to this country.

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  • 03-09-22

Entertaining but strangely dehumanizing.

I certainly wasn't bored but I was very disturbed by the authour's bizarre politics and incoherent attitude towards the humanity of the Vietnamese and Cambodians.
He understands that Vietnam is a land ravaged by horrific war throughout history but doesn't seem to understand that he was part of a problem rather than a genuine attempt at making the world a better place.
His heart bleeds for the abandoned South Vietnamese capitalists while he shows no regard whatsoever for the carpet bombed North Vietnamese and Cambodian civilians. Or the villagers regularly slaughtered without any good reason.
He shows more regard for the corrupt ultra-nationalist, anti communist idiots who fought against Castro at The Bay Of Pigs.
It really added a sour note to his recollections.

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  • Jason G Cody
  • 03-01-22

great listen

a really well written and articulate book. The author did a great job of conveying the feelings he had.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-24-22

Human spirit and strength

great audio book. amazing what these blokes went through. I have nothing but admiration and respect.
I did find the narrator to be rather mono tone and flat. would have been better with a more in the moment reading style or more inflection or intonation during the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-22

5 Stars

Amazing! It’s an enthralling account that is only boosted by David Marantz’s unique reading style. Highly recommended.

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  • Toby
  • 12-29-21

Captivating

With every word of this encounter I wonder how anyone can dwell on the far left of the political spectrum and how anyone who fought in Vietnam hasn’t eradicated all of the scum that titled them baby killers.

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  • Craig
  • 11-18-21

Semper Fi

Fascinating story from the Vietnam conflict. Those recon marines had huge cojones… a riveting recollection.