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Inside MACV-SOG

During the Vietnam War, a “secret war” was fought across the fence in Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam, unknown to the media or the public, under the aegis of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam’s top secret Studies and Observations Group. SOG’s chain of command for missions and after-action reports extended to the White House and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Small Green Beret-lead teams ran missions into Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam without assistance from conventional artillery, tank or infantry units. Once on the ground, their sole support was provided by Air Force Tactical Air and helicopter units, US Army and Marine helicopter aviation personnel and aircrews, and from the South Vietnam Air Force’s 219th Special Operations Squadron, code named Kingbees.

In Laos, the communists dedicated 50,000 troops to the Ho Chi Minh Trail, including highly trained sappers from the 305th Sapper Battalion, its sole mission: Attack SOG teams.

©2007, 2017, 2018 John Stryker Meyer (P)2020 John Stryker Meyer
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The audio version was horrible

I could only listen to about 5 min of this book. The audio performance was like listening to someone struggle through a book above their reading level, or someone just learning to read. I’m sure it’s a great story, but don’t get the audio version.

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Ooof the reading is hard to listen to…

- [ ] Let me start by saying I have the absolute utmost respect for Tilt. I’ve listen to just about every podcast he’s been on (thanks Jocko) and purchased all his books. The book is written in his typical first person perspective. It is well written. The breaks down however is the same as his other book, it’s the readings. When you compare it to other MACVSOG books like Uncommon Valor, SOG Medic, We Few, Whispers in the Tall Grass, there is a clear difference is the experience. On the Ground is jarring to listen to. The halting cadence of the read is distracting and the unedited repeats at the start of the book could have easily been edited in post production. It is the audio version of someone using a typewriter, get to the end of the line and use the handle to shift up and back to the left. It’s extremely difficult to listen to. The most a coward part is in Chapter 3 when additional, first-person emphasis is placed on certain folks. This book should take its place alongside the above mentioned SOG titles and perhaps it does in written form. The audio though makes it one I want to listen to more than once but will not because there are better books available. If production costs are the issue, Tilt it would be my honor to cover the costs. Your tireless efforts to memorialize the memory of MACVSOG should have every advantage available. Happy to help.

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Loved the story, But next time Hire a Professional Narrator…. Respectively

Loved the stories, But next time Hire a Professional Narrator…. Man, the awkward pauses in the reading made it hard to listen to. It made it more genuine too, but hard to listen to.

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FREAKING AWESOME!!

Amazing stories... Real Life Rambos!! I found Tilt for Jocko Podcast and have been intrigued since.

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Amazing story

Amazing story by a true American Hero. Some reviews criticize the authors reading style but I enjoy hearing the story from his own voice which adds flavor and realism.

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  • 08-29-21

Absolutely incredible

This book is nothing short of amazing and when I start to feel my trivial problems in life are overwhelming I think about Tilt and the guys from SOG and what they went through and in their early 20s. I appreciate it was read by the man himself and I can’t imagine it any other way, despite other reviews. Thank you Tilt for sharing your stories personally as I’m sure some are painful. Thank you for your service. Read these books people.

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Speed it up a little

Great book read by the man himself, if you need a fancy voice actor to read to you this might not be your book. Though it's read just fine. My guess is that the clear pronunciation and slower pace is from understanding what comes across best for comms. Speed up the reading a little, I think I did 1.5x and you'll be golden. There are some truly remarkable tales you'll not soon forget.

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incredible

Speed up by .2 to help with Mr Meyer's slightly strange cadence. Thankfully he is able to read his own account of this intensely fascinating part of history.

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SOG and their South Vietnamese brothers

These men endured awe-inspiring hardship and peril. Their stories are nothing short of national treasures.

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American Hero

Thanks for sharing your stories, John. I heard about you on Jocko’s podcast and now have three of your books. The stories are excellent, gritty, and sometimes harrowing tales of the extremes a small fraction of our population have had to face.

I only marked down the performance because of a long outtake in the middle of the book where John fumbles a page and starts talking to the producer about it. It seems like no one did a QC check on this book before release, kind of unprofessional.

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  • 06-03-21

Seriously understated classic

The way that John talks about his time in Vietnam is so matter-of-fact at the books full impact doesn’t really hit you until you stop and think about what he is describing. The humour and attention office story with the matter of fact narration makes this not only historical document but also a dam good listen would recommend the series to anyone and hope to have more

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  • Neil C.
  • 04-15-21

amazing

amazing book some of the things these men did is incredible and to be alive at the end is a testament to their skill and bravery as a soldier.
worth listening to and wish it did not finish.

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  • John Redfern
  • 08-14-22

almost too unbelievable to be true

this is a series of stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat

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  • Mrs S H
  • 03-23-22

awesome book BUT...

I've listened to most of John stryker meyer books and podcasts and the guy is a legend with some brilliant stories to tell, but please, please use someone else to narrate and edit the audio books!
awesome SF soldier? without a doubt! Narrator? Not so good. just my opinion.

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  • 07-20-21

Respect

Amazing true stories from the Vietnam war. Unbelievable courage from the men going over the fence. Interesting observations about senior officers failing the bravest of the brave

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-22

Reality of War

Whilst not a US citizen nor Vietnam Veteran, I am a 30 year Army Veteran with Afghanistan combat experience. (2001-2003) So, my background out of the way, why am I reading about something that happened over 50 years ago... My respect for these men of MACSOGV is nothing short of unwavering. I was taught all my basic and E3 E4 courses by our Australian Vietnam Veterans who were still serving. Some had encounters with the MACSOGV recon and hatchet forces and remarked that they were real soldiers, as good as any Australian troops. After reading a number of books (actually listening) thanks to PTSD by many of the names mention by "John Meyer", I have come to the conclusion that it is clear from the accounts thus far, these were by far the gutsiest men in the Vietnam / USA conflict period. This book not only tells of Johns story, but also confirms again, that of many others. The true value of team spirit, irrespective of the national identity of the members.
The sad part of this and any other story is the poor way that leadership is placed upon these men. Six months they may have a great leader who works with them, and then they get someone such as John had at his last posting, no idea of how special operations worked, and causes more and larger problems as he tries to control the teams himself.
The fact that this book was narrated by John himself was especially important, for too many books I have listened to narrators who DO NOT prepare enough and just read words without finding out the correct local or unit speak. AUDIBLE could do well to ay heed to this problem as I have seen as many complaints as I have also written on this one singular issue!
To "John Stryker Meyer", thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience of what was a very harrowing experience in your life.
Comparing my own experiences with yours, I personally find sadness I not knowing what happened to the local people who helped us after I went home, never to return. I think you might feel like that about the indigenous little people who supported you so much. This is also something that is common in most stories from other MACSOGV members.
A great book, worth reading/listening too.

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  • 06-03-22

Incredible

Incredible story told by the man himself .
this and the prior book, across the fence should be read.
provides a clear different perspective on Vietnam and is an unbelievable story .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-21

Mind blowing.

First heard of Meyer on the Jocko podcast. This book is a must read for anyone studying modern military history. These men demonstrate how warfare developed from WW2 to what we know today. Being an integral step in the evolution of the fighting man on the ground. How destruction can be brought upon the enemy with the right team. Akin to a scalpel, surgical and having the desired affect while trying to minimise risk to all involved. While showing how brave and dedicated the enemy the fought against were. Albeit as the crispy critters stacked up. I could almost smell the damp and feel the humidity with the images Meyer's words conjured.
I bought his other title today.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-21

another day in SOG

Tilts story and that of SOG are amazing. it is great to hear it told by Tilt himself, but as an orator and narrator, he makes an amazing SOG operator.