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After setting a new years resolution to read more this is the second title by Eric Blehm I have read in the past month. His work seems to be incredibly well researched and dedicated to telling the story accurately. Was truly captivated by this book and couldn't recommend it enough. The story will inspire all and if ur into tales of modern warfare this is a MUST READ.
This book basically takes the memoir of Special Forces Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez (called, "The Three Wars of Roy Benavidez") and fills in the gaps; providing a more detailed account of the actual combat missions. If you just read the MSG Benavidez' memoir and stop there you can still get a powerful story. But many details are left out as I believe at the time of writing many of the classified information referenced in it could not be published.
However, the author of this book really did a lot of heavy research and it seems like he had the freedom to publish information that was previously considered classified. It really takes you deep into the technical aspects of how extremely dangerous and complex missions are run in the special operations communities.
The book does get a bit heavy at times with the timelines of the missions. I had to write names down on a separate piece of paper, so that I could keep up with the many players and aspects of the missions; who was who, who did what, etc. The provided maps are really needed for the reader to understand the information the author presents, which can be overwhelming and dense from a technical standpoint.
It is really an excellent book. Quite frankly I am surprised this story has not being picked up for a movie. It is extremely moving from a personal point of view and it provides an incredible amount of light about many aspects of the Vietnam war that many people are probably still unaware of after so many decades.
I’m barely two thirds of the way through the book and I’m speechless. The author does a great job with almost minimalist simplicity in describing Benevides’ formative early years, and especially in describing the brutality of the combat - the latter with almost striking matteroffactness in its lack of the gratuitous inflection and cadence and dramatization usually found in similar non fiction books. Fascinating glossy pictures as well. I found myself choking back tears when Wright was killed; when the CIDG were killed but continuously peppered with automatic fire; when Craig said ‘Oh my God, my parents’ with his last words. And I’m barely scratching the surface of the Daniel Boon TAC-E. A great service was done by this fine author. All the other innumerable lost and shattered American military lives this one story make you aware of.
The author has an easy to read and very clear writing style. The story of Roy Benevidez is truly remarkable. From the depths of poverty to his ascension through the ranks, is amazing. He was not a goody goody soldier, either, an enviable quality which I admire.
America is lucky to have heroes like Roy Benevidiz. As a Marine combat engineer and Vietnam veteran, I proudly salute this MOH winner which was certainly deserved.
I enjoyed the book and was impressed that Sargent Benavidez made some important changes in his life which ultimately allowed him to move forward in his career. He was one hell of a warrior and one you could count on when the going got tough. He was completely committed to his fellow soldiers and a great leader. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the war in Vietnam. An important time in our history.
Utmost respect for Sgt Roy Benavidez and his heroic actions to save others behind enemy lines in Cambodia. Read this book in two days, simply amazing what this man did for his fellow soldiers in the most dire of circumstances.
Alot of young people in this country need to read this book and see what really matters in life.
if you have read "Fearless" and "The only thing worth dying for" by Eric Blehm, you will know this authors work is excellent, and I had been biting at the bit to read "Legend".
If I could I would give 4.99 stars. I didn't give 5 for one reason, the beginning of the book you start to understand Roy B, his up-bringing, the hardwork and true warrior in the making, it was a steady buildup.
A few chapters in I got off track in the introduction of the Huey pilots, gunners and crew, I just got lost for a little bit and for me it lost the continuity even though these heroes introduction is important I found myself checking the book to see when Roy was going to make an appearance again.
The last third of the book, is amazing, just fascinating. You cannot stop reading it and you finish having the greatest admiration for these men....Hereos..No, Legends.