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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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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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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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outstanding!

As a Marine and a major history fan this is one of the best told stories on Vietnam I've heard. I've read about 13 and listened to 5 books on Vietnam and this is the one I already have recommend to a friend. God bless those warriors who fought and died in the jungle. The stories of their heroism should to heard by every American

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hyperbole filled good shtuff

great balance of mission and character development.. looking for similar books like, "across the fence"

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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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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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Fond memories

I enjoyed this book. The narrator had a pleasant voice and spoke clearly. I enjoyed the side stories. They reminded me of good times during my time in the Navy Intel corp

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Agreat read (or listen)

I thoroughly enjoyed this story about a part of the Viet Nam War of which I had little knowledge

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Really well worth reading

great book as was the 1st one. brought back a lot of memories, realities ,

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Amazing

Best book I’ve heard so far. Great history and a amazing story line All about true story’s.

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  • Wayne bates
  • 05-12-21

Outstanding

This is the second book and equally as outstanding in every way as the first
If you want a no holes barred with wit account of this war look no further
Just simply outstanding

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  • Paul
  • 03-05-21

Long forgotten war

Read both books by Nick. loved the content and the harrowing tales of those brave young men of CCN.

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  • sean mitchell
  • 03-01-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-22

Super interesting and also really entertaining

Amazing exploits, and an intelligent perspective on the war effort and SF. Hilarious at times and inspriring how they worked as a tight knit unit with indigenous forces.

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  • Joshua
  • 02-08-22

Corking book

A very good insight into the small SF Recon units in Vietnam, well worth a read.
But ensure you listen to the 1st book afew men.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-28-21

one of the best books ever written

we few and this book is the best vietnam books hands down and probably the best war books in general

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  • 11-17-21

A great follow up to "We Few"

A great second book, not quite as good as the first but still very enjoyable, full of drama and detail. As with the first book, the mix of harrowing and thought provoking events alongside the crazy antics used as a diversion from the horror produces a great listen.

Full marks to the narrator to how does the same excellent and transparent job of just telling the story.

What these guys went through is really impossible to comprehend or understand without being there but this is probably the next best thing.

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  • andrew
  • 10-28-21

outstanding

like it's sister book...its hilarious then harrowing...then hilarious again. these guys are some of the bravest to ever go into combat anywhere ever... a fascinating recounting of a man's adventure in Vietnam.

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  • rory
  • 06-10-21

First rate!

A 1st rate record of SF Vietnam Ops. an excellent story with plenty of missions narrated.

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  • Dean
  • 04-21-21

amazing book, truely

this book and its sister book "we few" are really amazing, they almost read like fiction as the stories really are unbelievable but the depth and harsh truth of them all make for a very compelling listen. I would recommend this book to anyone

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-21

dirty whore.........got your attention??

struggled to get into the first book but glad I persevered, I would thoroughly recommend this to who understand the military humor and mischief antics that others frown at or don't understand.

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  • Si Goddard
  • 04-27-21

Great book

Great book. Excellent narrator. Represents the black humour of the forces well in my opinion. Can’t imagine what these guys went through.

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  • 07-01-22

tops

great book. one of the best insights into the day to day of a Veitnam era Green beret .
100% reccomend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-22

Beautiful

Haunting, funny as hell, poignant.
I hope Nick and Bong meet each other again on the other side.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-29-22

excellent

loved this book. bloody funny and very serious at the same time. Hope more books come out like this one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-22

Fantastic book

It is a great book and I really enjoyed it. Its real and I recommend it to anyone who wants hear this amazing and very human telling of this amazing story.

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  • 12-10-21

Gripping reality at its best

I have listened to both of Nick's books, as a veteran of later conflict and from a different Nation, the only common denominator is that I was taught and trained by our Nations Vietnam Veterans. For that I owe them everything. Now a victim of severe PTSD myself I am unable to enjoy reading and have found audio books. So, to Nick's books... I felt that I was transposed to each situation he explained so much so that I could imagine the heat, humidity and smells. The fear of being found, running firefights, and relief at extraction and out of the range of rockets. Maybe it was because of my own experiences, but my minds eye saw Vietnamese and jungle, Montagnards and the cities mentioned. I too had friends and relatives in the Nam. People do not associate red dirt and dust with Vietnam, but in the sand pit they do not think we saw snow or lush green alleys either. No war is ever a just cause and far too many innocent people have been justified as collateral damage both in this period and mine. It was interesting to see the attitudes of the MACVSOG group fron Nick's perspective. To me it seem like they did their job extremely well but they did not care for the way the war was being run and the politics of it all. Again I can relate 100% to this in our AO... Al's, nothing has changed just the weapons. I am very grateful that I never had to perform any missions like Nick had done, and I have no idea if I could stand up under that type of pressure, but there again, well trained and disciplined soldiers flip a switch and react first... Shit later... protect your team, your mates, your family and see them safe.
I think these two books "We Few" plus "Whispers in the Tall Grass", read in that order by any person will give them the most intimate experience of life in a hard working unit in the South East Asian conflict, but if you are like me, or it is just way more convenient to use audio books then these would be rated in the top three in my honest opinion. They not only tell of the hard hitting stuff, but the off time, the way they let off steam as only these men could. No, it is not about wrecking everything in sight, but rather how they dealt with the pressure of the constant mission flow without downtime, practical jokes and irreverent lack of rank acknowledgement. Something that could get the senior officer killed by enemy snipers. Yet they managed to make use of it in true artistic forms.
Might be that I was in the Army and had friends and relatives who were in the SVN conflict that makes me a little biased, but there again it might be these are just damned good reading from a person who cares enough about the people he left behind. I too know that feeling. These are outstanding books no matter the format and I thank Nick for sharing them with us or me. I had no adverse experiences after listening other than a new found respect for a particular unit of American's. No bragging, no we are the best etc, by these two books alone you know that they were.
The audio book was brilliant, but I must confess I wondered at the choice of reader in the first book. His voice reminded me of a cartoon character my children watched in the 90s, but later I couldn't imagine anyone else reading it. When this book *Whispers in the Tall Grass" was available, I checked to see if it was the same reader, thankfully it was! Having my phone Linked to my car audio system I would listen to the book almost every trip I have driven. Much better than the usual political game of pass the Covid dosage please and close the border.
Memory eludes me asi only remember the book Characters, but a big thank you to all those who were involved in the making of this audio book and to Ni k Brockhuasen for sharing his stories with us.

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  • Jasmine
  • 08-10-21

I'll listen to it again, and again.

Hair raising combat stories, written by a comedian. Excellent, military humour from the life of a legend.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-09-21

Brilliant story.

Loved every minute of this story. It had everything, triumph and tragedy and a,real sense of a mans love for his brothers.

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  • Davo
  • 01-21-21

Great Read

Listen from start to finish in a single hit. Followed by We Few, both are great reads.