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  • 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
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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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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Horror and heros

Takes you directly to the hell of the Vietnam conflict.
an absorbing, sobering view on war.

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A Harrowing No Frills Account

This isn't Hollywood. This is real life. Seasoned with historical research, this Vietnam war memoir is a bloody, muddy, frightened and frightening account of the tour of duty of a marine and his comrades.
I can't imagine surviving the deprivations they endured, but it's a story which needs telling to those of us lucky enough never to go to war.

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  • 19-08-22

A Raw dialogue of War

As if you were speaking with a Veteran of the War in Vietnam relaying vivid personal experiences. An engaging expression of War with no frills. Recommended.

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Well worth a listen

very honest and up front account of his experience in a war zone, worth a listen

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Insightful

Very good story, up there with Forgotten Soldier
I hope this helped him exercise the ghosts.

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Gritty real life horror story

An incredibly well written look into the life of a forward recon operative in Vietnam. It sure does teach us with our comfy lives the terrors these poor chaps endured and still do to this day in their nightmares. The Eye of The Tiger part was a spiritual awakening. Hats off to you poor guys who had to endure these horrors. You all have my deepest respect. Such a well written book from the heart. Very well told. Peace.

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really good account of LRRPs

no "I left college in the year.." just straight in to each mission. also liked the short bits of history about the area. 5 stars

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A very enjoyable listen. Some hairy moments described that had me listening intently. Would definitely recommend it to others.

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Riveting

I thought the narration was a little flat to begin with, however, the narrator’s voice really allowed the story and the super tense life of a recon marine to shine through. Thoroughly recommended.

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Brutal, bloody, but at times brilliant

It's a shame the book is so short, The author is clearly highly intelligent, and his prose is on a par with Stephen King at times.
As it is, this is well written and offers a rare insight into the conflict.

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  • 18-06-20

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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  • Chris S.
  • 08-06-20

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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  • Skip Drake
  • 16-01-20

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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  • Even Gjengstø
  • 23-10-20

Inspiring

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

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  • PNW Prime
  • 30-05-21

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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  • Dodger
  • 21-10-20

good book

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

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  • David
  • 13-10-20

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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  • peter brumlik
  • 23-05-21

Pedantic and without form

The writing is pedantic, repetitive and without form. Nothing can relate to the authors experience because there are no descriptions other than a stream of consciousness.

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  • E. Ronakov
  • 17-09-20

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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  • Michael L Thode
  • 23-09-22

Outstanding

The best auto/biography war book I ever read. The author is so completely different then the normal stereotypical testosterone oozing special forces book (note everyone of those testosterone oozing special forces guys deserve the nations respect and are better men then I could ever be). My intent is not to degrade them but put this guy on a new level. He really connected with the land and people of Viet Nam. He was empathetic and poetic but still had nail biting combat scenes. This is definitely recommended for anyone. Loved it, couldn’t stop listening.