Summary

Because it’s a novel, the truth can be told. Because it’s the truth, you’ll never forget it....
Gene Wentz's Men in Green Faces is the classic novel of Vietnam that inspired a generation of SEALs. Here is the story of a good soldier trained to be part of an elite team of warriors - and of the killing grounds where he was forever changed.
Gene Michaels carries an M-60, 800 rounds, and a Bible. The ultimate SEAL, he also carries a murderous grudge against a bloodthirsty colonel who was once one of their own. To bring him in, Michaels and his men will go behind the lines, where they’ll take on 5,000 NVA in the fight of their lives. In this stunning novel, former SEAL Gene Wentz brings to life what it was like to be a SEAL in Vietnam, running an endless tour of top-secret, death-defying operations deep in enemy territory. From the camaraderie to the harrowing recons, from brutal interrogations to incredible, toe-to-toe firefights, here are America’s most feared warriors as you’ve never seen them before.
©1992 Gene Wentz and Betty Abell Jurus (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
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"Full of ambushes and firefights.… From page one I knew I wanted to be a SEAL. The more I read, the more I wanted to see if I could measure up." (Mark Owen, number-one New York Times best-selling author of No Easy Day)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Axel on 03-10-16

Well written

The book really had me from the beginning, well written and the base story was good.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 19-07-16

Vintage SEAL memoir

This is set in the Mekong delta and portrays the riverine activities of the 'brown river navy'.

It is written in the 3rd person, presumably as Wentz is a SEAL not a writer. This is OK, but i found myself wondering how much of the action was 100% accurate as a result.

It's written like most of these books in a mix of hoo-rah chest beating and God and country ideals. Normally I don't find this as distracting, but here it grates a little. Perhaps due to the 3rd person?

Overall it's a good addition to the genre, but not the best about the SEALs in Vietnam (SOG: the secret wars of America's commandos in Vietnam is a good recommendation, but not available from Audible).

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 16-04-13

The best read in a long time!

Would you listen to Men in Green Faces again? Why?

Yes, this was an intense and very satisfying book

What was one of the most memorable moments of Men in Green Faces?

The fight between Gene and Nguyen

What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

The portrayal of the characters emotions and reactions

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Gene found out his best friend Willy was dead and his reaction.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Hangry Bear on 02-01-13

Killing, Revenge, and Pabst Blue Ribbon!

Would you consider the audio edition of Men in Green Faces to be better than the print version?

I have stopped buying print versions of novels in which I am interested, so I must admit that the audio edition of "Men in Green Faces" stands as my favorite by default.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Willie was my favorite character because, like my affinity for Arthur Dent in Douglas Adams's "The Restaurant at the end of the Universe," he brought a bit of humanity to the war in Vietnam for Gene. When he died and Gene started to unravel into a homicidal maniac bent on revenge, the truth of war being hell became vivid.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any of Jeff Gurner's other performances before, but I look forward to listening to another.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Blood. Rain. Killing. Loss. The endless cycle of war in Vietnam.

Any additional comments?

I have no additional comments.

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