A Hard Place: A Sergeant's Tale

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Ground pounding action with a small group called a "Mike Force." A story of intense combat in Vietnam. Operations outside the "main stream" of the Army. "Danger Close" bush missions.
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Overview

Ground pounding action with a small group called a "Mike Force." A story of intense combat in Vietnam. Operations outside the "main stream" of the Army. "Danger Close" bush missions.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781425131777
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 540
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.09 (d)

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  • Posted December 6, 2008

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    Raw, gritty and as real as it gets

    "A Hard Place" is a first person view of Sergeant Peterson's third tour in Vietnam, at the tail-end of the war. It tells how Peterson led his small special operations unit through over a year of hunting down North Vietnamese Colonel Tranh, a particularly sadistic-minded terrorist and killer. <BR/><BR/>The Sergeant is a hard-boiled, honorable, caring, tough-as-nails, lead-from-the-front badass. He takes his men on hair-raising patrols, sets up ambushes, comes under plenty of fire, works the army system, and even has some fun. And we get to experience it first-hand: hoping he makes it, cheering him on through the slogs through the jungle to find Tranh, smelling his ham and eggs C rations, tensing up when his convoy crests the hill, mourning the deaths of his men. <BR/><BR/>"A Hard Place" is intense, direct, and unvarnished. It's filled with Peterson's overwhelming interpretation of what honor, comradeship, and courage under fire is like. If you want to experience life in the Vietnam war, told from the viewpoint of an NCO on the ground, this is the book for you. You'll gain a whole new perspective on (and a new level of respect for) what it means to serve your country... I know I did.

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  • Posted November 8, 2008

    One heck of a ride!

    Jacamo Peterson takes us on one heck of a ride through the jungles, hills, and the unbearable heat in the ¿hard places¿ of Viet Nam during the war years ¿ and what a ride it is!<BR/>He and his small special ops unit go on many details, most of them dangerous, even though, officially they do not exist. In fact, they aren¿t even there in South Viet Nam, Republic of; and no reports are ever made.<BR/>This author places us right in the midst of battles with the blasts of firearms, grenades, and other artillery of war, making us want to run for cover beneath dripping trees and wipe the sweat out of our eyes, breathing hard, seeking an unseen enemy.<BR/>What a book this is! Highly recommended for avid readers of thrillers with a high adrenalin rush!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    Vietnam, Republic of, a war story

    ¿A Vietnam War story told from the perspective of the Joe¿s and their NCO¿s¿. This passage from the back cover sets the tone for A Hard Place, a Sergeant¿s Tale. The book opens through the eyes of a seasoned Army sergeant who gets tasked with forming and leading a Special Ops team. This is framed from the perspective of the down in the dirt Army Joe and his reality of the Vietnam War and the politics that created it. This action adventure is graphically detailed. The language used, habits, people and description of the equipment brings the reader into that time and place. A vivid picture brings you into the world of the soldier, form combat action to the everyday mundane rituals. I enjoyed the tale of Rock, his team and the missions they accomplished. This is a very good book that grabs your interest from the start and holds it until the end, leaving you wanting more. We would definitely suggest reading A Hard Place if you are looking for an action packed adventure of Vietnam, told as only a good story teller can. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    Were You There?

    This book honors the service and sacrifice of all Vietnam Veterans,Yes that includes me! To all members of all the Armed Forces who were there,whether Volunteer or Draftee who served with Honor and Distinction this book is dedicated to you. Let us never forget our fallen and lost Brothers. Our cause was just,Our Service was Honorable. Well I loved it. It really is an accurate accounting of some of the 'adventures' of the Hellhounds.It tells the story from the eyes of a professional soldier.I have read too many BS tales about super hero John Wayne wannabe's and seen TOO many movies about American forces in Vietnam,portraying the soldiers as anti-war draftees who hated the military.That was not the case,over 95% of american soldiers,marines,airmen and sailors served with honor and distinction.We did NOT lose the Vietnam War,We were pulled from the field. Read the book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2008

    As real as it gets

    Most war books are written by some lofty elitist officer pontificating from his memoirs trying to recapture the spirit of Grant or Jackson or just trying to rewrite the red badge of courage. This book is an in the mud of the jungle, straight up as real as it gets, tale of special operations soldiers told from a real soldiers point of view. A sergeant. This book is great because it doesnt pull any punches from the foul mouthed humor so normal to every day life as a joe to the reality of life in a combat platoon. If books must be PC for you to read them, then this one isnt for you. Finally someone wrote a book from a 'Joe's' perspective, especially since were the ones doing all the work and all the fighting. Jacamo does a fantastic job of painting a picture with his words so that you as the reader can really imagine all the details of his story. It could only feel more real if were it on the big screen, which I really hope it makes it there cause this would be one heck of a movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2008

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    This is one of the best 'War Stories' I have ever read. It is written in a way that made me feel like I was right there with them. I felt drawn in to the story and feel I know the characters. This story tells about Viet Nam in a way that is not like the others. It is written from the point of view of someone who was really there. Each time the writer takes a hit you feel wounded as well!

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

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    Excellent Vietnam War Story. A Thriller with lots of Action!

    Posted 11/07/10: "A Hard Place" The story of combat in South Vietnam,Republic of, with the men of a small unit known as a Mobile Reaction or "Mike Force". They operated out of Chu Lai base camp on the coast of South Vietnam, home to the 23rd Infantry Division (Americal) and the 75th Rangers. Their missions took place in the northern provinces, which were dubbed by the military as the 1st Combat Tactical Zone (1CTZ).From Rosemary's Point at Chu Lai, to Da Nang, to the Tuy Lon River and the White Mountains, across the Hai Van Pass to Phu Bai, Quang Tri and on to the DMZ They were both a recon and a striker unit, sometimes just looking for intell, sometimes attacking and sometimes being attacked. Often deployed to reinforce a small camp or firebase. Sometimes workng as convoy security.Mostly it was just HOT! Life for them was either base camp boring, or "boonie rat" intense in full "battle rattle" sweat soaked sneakin in the bush. Sometimes assigned missions to locate or capture specific targets. All of their missions were both classified and clandestine. Even their existence was denied. As much as possible their movements were hidden or camouflaged within larger unit operations and movements. Their operations were usually conducted with niether back-up, nor support readily available. They were required to move and survive on their bush skills, to adapt, over come, improvise, or if that failed E&E (escape and evade) back to a pick-up or rendezvous point for extraction. This story is about serving in Vietnam as professional soldiers in a "No Such Unit Exists" status. Part of the "other" Army in - South Vietnam, Republic of "A HARD PLACE." . From the Author Edit I believe I have written a rollicking good, rough and tumble war story about Vietnam. This is niether a history book nor an "After Action Report". It is a story about soldiers. If you like war stories you will like this book. Enjoy! It is based upon my service in Vietnam as an NCO during the period 1970-72. JacamoP

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

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    Excellent War Story Reading,Thrilling and intense.Not a history book or after action report.

    "A Hard Place" The story of combat in South Vietnam,Republic of, with the men of a small unit known as a Mobile Reaction or "Mike Force". They operated out of Chu Lai base camp on the coast of South Vietnam, home to the 23rd Infantry Division (Americal) and the 75th Rangers. Their missions took place in the northern provinces, which were dubbed by the military as the 1st Combat Tactical Zone (1CTZ).From Rosemary's Point at Chu Lai, to Da Nang, to the Tuy Lon River and the White Mountains, across the Hai Van Pass to Phu Bai, Quang Tri and on to the DMZ They were both a recon and a striker unit, sometimes just looking for intell, sometimes attacking and sometimes being attacked. Often deployed to reinforce a small camp or firebase. Sometimes workng as convoy security.Mostly it was just HOT! Life for them was either base camp boring, or "boonie rat" intense in full "battle rattle" sweat soaked sneakin in the bush. Sometimes assigned missions to locate or capture specific targets. All of their missions were both classified and clandestine. Even their existence was denied. As much as possible their movements were hidden or camouflaged within larger unit operations and movements. Their operations were usually conducted with niether back-up, nor support readily available. They were required to move and survive on their bush skills, to adapt, over come, improvise, or if that failed E&E (escape and evade) back to a pick-up or rendezvous point for extraction. This story is about serving in Vietnam as professional soldiers in a "No Such Unit Exists" status. Part of the "other" Army in - South Vietnam, Republic of "A HARD PLACE." . From the Author Edit I believe I have written a rollicking good, rough and tumble war story about Vietnam. This is niether a history book nor an "After Action Report". It is a story about soldiers. If you like war stories you will like this book. Enjoy! It is based upon my service in Vietnam as an NCO during the period 1970-72. JacamoP

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