Hostage of Paradox

  • by John Rixey Moore
  • Narrated by Dan Orders
  • 25 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Few people then or now know about the clandestine war that the CIA ran in Vietnam, using the Green Berets for secret operations throughout Southeast Asia. This was not the Vietnam War of the newsreels - the body counts, rice paddy footage, and men smoking cigarettes on the sandbag bunkers. This was a shadow directive of deep-penetration interdiction, reconnaissance, and assassination missions conducted by a select few Special Forces teams, usually consisting of only two Americans and a handful of Chinese mercenaries called Nungs. These specialized units deployed quietly from forward operations bases to prowl through agendas that, for security reasons, were seldom completely understood by the men themselves.
Hostage of Paradox is a firsthand account by one of these elite team leaders. Moore is a highly decorated former Green Beret sergeant whose operations led him and a few Chinese, with whom he could barely communicate by hand signals alone, through a labyrinth of excruciatingly close calls and multiple woundings, miles deep in the jungles of enemy-controlled wilderness. His descriptions of these little-known missions crackle with fearful immediacy and the vivid imagery that only someone who has lived the experience can summon. To listen to his words is to be transported to the shadows of a small, murky corner of military history.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

An interesting read

Would you listen to Hostage of Paradox again? Why?

No, I don't reread books


Who was your favorite character and why?

It's not the character, it's the story


What about Dan Orders’s performance did you like?

He made it through a long book


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. It kept me reading.


Any additional comments?

Good presentation of the late 60's and early 70's, military life and the effects of the Vietnam war on Americans.

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- robert

This Guy Is A Documented Fraud

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who'd like to read the overly verbose fictional/fraudulent account of a "Special Forces" soldier in Vietnam.


What could John Rixey Moore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not be a fraud.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator actually read/performed very well. It's just a shame that almost every word that he read was bullshit.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Trying not to go on a rant, so here's the short version. To say that he's guilty of embellishment is an understatement. He never graduated Ranger School. He only served 5 months total in SE Asia. He was awarded 1 Purple Heart & 1 Bronze Star, not the many other decorations including a DSC, that he claims. Basically 90%+ of this book is bunk. I've purchased over 40 audible titles and this is my first review. I was so disgusted by this mans lies that I felt I had to post a review. Please research this man and his book. Then do as I've done and contact Audible.com and ask them to remove this title. This book is a slap in the face to all the Special Forces Soldiers who served in SE Asia as well as before and beyond.


Any additional comments?

Trying not to go on a rant, so here's the short version. To say that he's guilty of embellishment is an understatement. He never graduated Ranger School. He only served 5 months total in SE Asia. He was awarded 1 Purple Heart & 1 Bronze Star, not the many other decorations including a DSC, that he claims. Basically 90%+ of this book is bunk. I've purchased over 40 audible titles and this is my first review. I was so disgusted by this mans lies that I felt I had to post a review. Please research this man and his book. Then do as I've done and contact Audible.com and ask them to remove this title. This book is a slap in the face to all the Special Forces Soldiers who served in SE Asia as well as before and beyond.

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- Brewer Richardson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-23-2016
  • Publisher: Bettie Youngs Book Publishers Co., Inc.