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Michael L Shepherd

Pampa, Texas United States
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

American kids, Marine galantry

This is another tale from the Vietnam war. A tragic tale about young men in a distant land and the terrors of war, including the horrible wounds they observed in their friends and there was nothing they could do. To have to fight all night, until you are out of ammunition, with enemy still just beyond the perimeter.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Enlightening

By the second chapter I was wondering why the USA was still in Afghanistan. Doesn't the War College cover this knowledge along with the rest of the curriculum? By the end of the book I realized that it is the President, V.P., and top staff from DOD to State Dept who should have been fully briefed on this, and maybe our successes would be better assured, the loss of soldiers would be lower, and the cost in dollars and prestige would be manageable. Either we fight smartly, or stop fighting and bring everyone home and let history resolve it's bloody self.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-18

A story you should hear

From the comfort of your favorite chair you should hear this story of service and sacrifice, where young men fought and died in red clay dust or slippery red mud while breathing gunpowder smoke as explosions and gunfire ripped through the air. Some of them wanted to be there, most were there because that's where their unit was assigned. The author does great service to these brave Marines by introducing us by name to a large number of them, telling us what they did and when and how they lost their lives. My comfortable chair was abandoned early on, and I listened to the remainder while standing. Thank you Marines and the author and narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Everyone should read or listen to this

Everyone should read or listen to this, except liberals and leftists who are perpetuating this on America and elsewhere in the world and know about this by heart.
It provides examples backed up with facts which show just how it is that we can provide schools with so much money for teaching our kids to be good citiizens, yet end up with so many dropouts, drug addicts, sexual problems and diseases, and kids who are no longer able to cope with the real world beyond the walls of their socialist school environment. I cannot do this book the just review it deserves, so I say to you, read or listen to this, and thank the authors, not my review.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-17

I really enjoyed this audiobook.

Interesting and enlightening, it is a more humanistic view of another wonder from our shared history than what a person sees on television.you

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-17

History has more than one viewpoint

In the movie patton, patton remarks that he had read your gd book, referring to rommel. I can understand why it is that one must know his enemy to win, this book shows that war is hell no matter which side you are on, and it might allow some to get past old hatreds of all the enemies of the past.
There were good and bad folks on all sides, and there were many who had no business being involved.
Loyalty to ideals is fine, as long as the leaders do not corrupt them, as did his.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-17

Well done.

I have read this book several times, yet this audio version puts the emotional touches in just the right tone to allow us to have a better feel for the implications of possible outcomes. An American like myself might not know or care what goes on in Europe most of the time, and this version helps get past that. It is fiction, but it does touch on history, one best not forgotten.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-17

I really enjoyed this audiobook.

Well done by a charming narrator, interesting old tales from anti
quity, interspersed with an almost unforgettable tune, probably Arabic but seemingly old egyptian. I listened while in the kitchen and it was good fun, to go with the chores.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-17

A tragic battle deliberately blundered into

What made the experience of listening to Hell in a Very Small Place the most enjoyable?

It was a memorable debriefing of a terrible affair, full of facts and tidbits and explanations as well as telling you if a certain point isn't known for certain, or if it is just believed to have happened in a certain way. I understood, witnesses to a massacre are hard to come by.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hell in a Very Small Place?

I would say the most memorable moment for me, was that the USA was being asked to perform interdiction bombing around Dien Bien Phu, and we didn't.
We were the only ones who could have saved this disaster created by the French, and we didn't, and yet look what it cost us in the end.
Our reasons for not doing so seem shortsighted, as if our current politicians never, ever bother to learn from the mistakes that came before.

Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

I can't say which character was my favorite, I was well pleased from start to finish, although the story was deeply troubling whenever inaction or incompetence began to cost lives.

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

It was stated that the soldiers had all along believed that the government of France with all it's resources, would help them defeat the Communists rebels, until the day when they realized they wouldn't.
To be gallant, patriotic and brave is one thing, and to die needlessly is quite another. In the face of one's imminent demise, that is a terrible dose of reality to try to deal with.

Any additional comments?

A tragic tale told without malice, telling of a battle that was deliberately blundered into.

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