Reaper 6

Reaper 6

by Andrewj Rafkin


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A Top Secret Story of Unparalleled Heroism... Staff Sergeant Larry FitzGerald, aka "Reaper 6," of the U.S. Army Special Forces, led a special Black Ops team deployed to Vietnam in 1965. He reported to only two men: General Westmoreland and General Abrams, who were in command of the U.S. Armed Forces. His first assignment-a suicidal mission to assassinate four enemy generals in Laos who were planning the 1967 Tet invasion-was never disclosed to the media or the public. General Westmoreland stated that Sergeant FitzGerald deserved the Medal of Honor, and nine additional Purple Hearts, but unfortunately, most of his missions were conducted across the fence of South Vietnam, in Cambodia, Laos, and North Vietnam. In fact, all of his missions were classified, clandestine, and denied. They have not been disclosed until now. Reaper 6 is the only biography of this extraordinary soldier's life, capturing the very sights, sounds, and smells of the Vietnam War. Today, Larry is the proverbial "last man standing" of 89 souls who went where lesser soldiers shouldn't dare.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478716211
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 02/14/2013
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Customer Reviews

Reaper 6 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
SpecialForcesSoldier More than 1 year ago
This "non-fiction" book, Reaper 6, is based on lies and fraud. Andrew J Rafkin now has the attention of real Green Berets and he knows it. Private First Class Larry Fitzgerald is a fraud, a malicious liar and has recently been exposed on military blogs and Green Beret websites.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. Andrew Rafkin tells the untold stories of the Vietnam War from the perspective of Special Forces Sargent Larry Fitzgerald, an old high school buddy of the author’s. Right from the opening pages we are put in the shoes of young men who are faced with the burden of being forced to put their lives on the line and die for their country, even involuntarily. Larry Fitzgerald is an ordinary man who faces extraordinary situations and is forever changed by them. I thought the details and “war stories” were good, but I felt the real heart of the story was after the war when Larry returned home and what struggles he faced. While it seemed like the bulk of the book focused more on the war experiences, the aftermath seemed really rushed and quickly summed up, almost point-by-point. I wish there could have been a more fleshed-out summation, only because it felt a bit rushed. But a powerful story and one I’d definitely recommend to others.
MichaelG13 More than 1 year ago
My cousin died in the Vietnam War. Most likely it was friendly fire (he more than likely blew himself up with a grenade). Of course my Aunt and Uncle were never officially told this, but it was suspected and then later confirmed by someone who was there. True stories like this make me realize just how much secrecy surrounded this war.  I wanted to write this review to thank the author for telling Larry's story. My cousin wasn't lucky enough to come home, but now I am not sure who the *lucky* ones are....or if anyone is lucky! This book is very well written and will keep you engaged until the end. Actually, it will stick with you long after you read the last page. 
BarbHarrisBH More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a true story about Vietnam, but with a LOT of page turning action then this book is for you. This novel will take you into the world of Larry Fitzgerald. Innocent and very young who was turned into an assassin for the government.  I don't want to give to much away, but I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a very unique look into the Vietnam War from one soldiers prospective. I know I certainly learned plenty! Thanks so much to the author for taking the time to write this untold story. 
SebAbbott More than 1 year ago
Let me first just say that I am a complete sucker for true stories. I love the realness of knowing someone actually went through what I am reading. This is the true story of Larry Fitzgerald. A survivor of a special units force from the Vietnam War. I couldn't put this book down and I finished it in two days. Much to the annoyance of my wife I might add! After reading this I want to go find a local Veteran Hall and shake the hand of every person in the place. Then I shall find another book by this author and devour it as well.
Mellissa90 More than 1 year ago
As someone who has never been a soldier or been to war myself, I have recently set out on a quest to find out what it would be like. This book gave me one man's first hand experience of being in the special forces, and I truly enjoyed every second of this book. When I read reviews I hate all the usual sayings "real page turner" "must read" etc. etc. but this book really is a page turner! It will make you feel like you are on a super secret missions yourself and before you realize it you will be sitting up on the couch reading with bated breath. I really enjoyed it and will be recommending it to friends.
AnnS70 More than 1 year ago
Recently, I have been researching for a history paper and a family friend told me about this book. I am so glad he did! Before reading this I didn't know much about the Vietnam war, or ANY war. Now I know one of the many true stories. The untold story of Larry Fitzgerald. I have never personally known anyone who was in the military. It was making it very difficult to write a compelling paper. After reading this, I feel like I am so much more enlightened about the ravages of war and how it affects people. Thanks to this book I am more than confident I will be able to write a compelling history paper. Thanks for your service Larry!
AvidReader59IK More than 1 year ago
Secret Vietnam War Missions Revealed In Amazing Biography Award winning author, Andrew J. Rafkin's new book, Reaper 6 is the biography of his childhood friend who served in Vietnam. This riveting account of true events and secret missions will keep readers captivated from beginning til end. Staff Sergeant Larry FitzGerald, aka “Reaper 6,” of the U.S. Army Special Forces shares his account of the missions, the sights, sounds, and the action that he still remembers today. Rafkin has done a brilliant job at relaying the story to readers and should consider putting this into screenplay format. It would be a perfect film for the big screen. Better than some suspenseful thrillers and action/adventures on the market today. Highly Recommended!!
-Cale-Owens- More than 1 year ago
There is really so much that happens in this book it’s hard to sum up. But it’s unlike any military book I’ve read before. This is based on true events and many are, but there is one specific man who is telling “his” story, and it is one that hadn’t yet been told. There are many familiar elements involved, of course, but Andrew Rafkin delivers a unique spin in this well-crafted docu-fiction of the last remaining Special Forces Sargent. Guaranteed win for military/action/war enthusiasts.
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
Reaper 6 by Andrew Rafkin tells the story of former special forces operative Larry FitzGerald and his crazy time in Vietnam, how his heroics were all but ignored, and how the United States military treats our returning war heroes worse than the undocumented immigrants that come to this country illegally. It shines a real light on the humanity of those who fought for our country, and the shameful way they are treated upon their return. I hope that more people read this book and realize that something must be done to change the way that wounded vets receive treatment. I’m happy to see that things seemed to be turning around for Larry, but I’m sure there are many others who continue to suffer from our government’s ineptitude. Hats off to Larry FitzGerald and to Andrew Rafkin for telling his story.
JesseThomas More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and exciting, you really feel like you are there in the war as the bullets whiz by your head and your dodging tripwires. Some of the technical jargon and slang went over my head and I liked the glossary of terms that the author put in at the end. It was very helpful. I almost wish I knew it was there earlier or had read it first because it would have made certain parts clearer. Overall a very good book. Well edited and keeps you turning the pages. This is the second book now I’ve read from this author and I’ve been very impressed with them both. Keep em coming.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
First off, I’d like to thank Larry FitzGerald and Andrew Rafkin for their service to our country during the Vietnam War. Although there are plenty of war novels on the market, this one really speaks from the heart of someone who was there and experienced things that most people only see on TV or in the movies. It was enlightening to see through the eyes of a young man, innocent and then controlled by the government to be not only an assassin, but one that “didn’t exist”. A compelling, fast-paced read that I’d definitely recommend to fans of the genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
.Reaper 6 is a true story that tells it like it is during the early days of the Vietnam War.  It isn't your every day book on Vietnam.   It is a book that tells a story of the guys who did covert ops, guys who our government denied existed  because of the nature  of their missions.  The guys who survived became throw aways with severe mental, physical and emotional scars.  Reaper 6 is a real page turner from beginning to end.  I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to an up close look at Vietnam War from a veteran's point of view.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
There are really 2 stories happening in “Reaper 6” by Andrew Rafkin. One is the fighting and all the dirty business of being involved in a war on foreign soil. Then there is the story on how those soldiers are welcomed back home. The government shirks their duty (at least in the case of Larry FitzGerald), and regular people aren’t equipped to deal with the “weirdness” some of the vets bring. Because many suffer from PTSD and TMI (Traumatic brain injury), they are unable to (or have great difficulty) functioning in the real world without great assistance. And what becomes of them if that assistance isn’t available, or is doled out in tiny slivers? Larry Fitzgerald was lucky that he had friends to help him after the government cut his benefits, but I wonder about all the others who aren’t so lucky. I know for me personally this book helped opened my eyes some. I actually think it should be required reading in a college class. I would say high school but there are too many “f-bombs”.
AprilDawn More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Intense. Well-written and educational, Reaper 6 by Andrew Rafkin is a must-read even for people who don’t like these types of books. The way Mr. Rafkin writes it’s like a friend is telling you a story and you just want to listen to whatever he is saying. And then when the story is really interesting and based on true events, it makes it even all the much better. I started reading this thinking I’d only do a few chapters for the night and ended up reading over 60% in one sitting. The story, although written by Mr. Rafkin is told from the first person POV of Larry Fitzgerald, a special forces staff sergeant during the Vietnam War. Of everyone in his group he is the only one still alive today, and his story is nothing short of fascinating. Highly recommend!
SDecker More than 1 year ago
really liked this book, more than I’d expected I would. I have a prejudice that these types of novels are more geared towards men, as I’m generally not all interested in wars and fighting. But I’d read another book by Andrew Rafkin, “Angel’s Gate” and thought it was amazing. So I picked this up and wasn’t disappointed. He has a way of making the story relatable to almost anyone, and I found myself becoming emotionally invested in Mr. FitzGerald’s fate. The author did such a great job of weaving in the facts with the fiction, it was hard to tell where one ended and the other began. I was entirely caught up in this book, and while I did feel like the last 20% or so could have been longer (I would have liked to have been more immersed in Mr. FitzGerald’s life post-war), is gives us enough information to complete the picture. Even if this novel is outside your normal reading genre give it a chance. I’m glad I did. And I hope Mr. FitzGerald is doing well and I send him my blessings.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
When the Vietnam War starts, a group of friends right out of high school have to sign up for the draft. One of these guys is the author, Andrew Rafkin, and the other is Larry FitzGerald. Andrew went off to the Navy, whereas Larry headed to the Army where he became a top secret assassin with exploits detailed in this novel. The War took a brutal toll on Larry, and even when he is reunited with his friend Andrew many years later, he is still in bad shape. But instead of being taken care of with his benefits the government promised him, Larry essentially gets cut off any financial support (at least for a while) and is unable to work due to disability. There are many horrible things about wars, but nothing worse than the shameful treatment our returning soldiers get. It seems to be something that isn’t talked about enough, and I for one am glad that Mr. Rafkin is shedding light on this subject. And the book itself was very interesting, too. Very life-like and addicting. Hard to put down until the end.
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
This was a terrific book and I am really glad I read it, even though it’s not normally the type of book I’m drawn to. I’d read another of Andrew Rafkin’s novels awhile back (Angels Gate) and really, really enjoyed it. So I picked up this one and read it in one night. I really felt like I was transported to another time and place and experienced life during the war through Larry FitzGerald’s eyes. While it was quite an emotional journey with many ups and downs, I liked that ending offered a sense of hope for him, but also still reminding us that we need to do more for our vets.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite Staff Sergeant Larry FitzGerald, code name Reaper 6, was a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier deployed to Vietnam in 1965. As a member of a Special Ops team he reported to only two men: Generals Westmoreland and Abrams, the commanders of all the U.S. Armed Forces. His first assignment, one that lasted many months, was a mission to assassinate four enemy generals in Laos to delay the planning OF the 1967 Tet invasion. This mission was never disclosed to the media or the public. Because of his actions, General Westmoreland said FitzGerald deserved the Medal of Honor, and a large number Purple Hearts. Unfortunately, this mission and most of his later ones were conducted out of South Vietnam, in Cambodia, Laos, and North Vietnam. All his missions during his three tours of duty were classified, covert, and denied. They have not been disclosed until now. "Reaper 6" is the only biography of this extraordinary soldier's life. This is truly an amazing narrative. Although reading somewhat like a documentary at times, it is an incredible account of A long ago war, seen from a different perspective. From the beginning, when FitzGerald began his training, until the end of his third tour, the reader will get insight into things undisclosed so far. As a member of a Special Ops team, FitzGerald and his comrades were subjected to the harshest realities of war. It has been said that war can sometimes be classified as weeks or months of sheer boredom culminating in minutes of sheer terror. This wasn’t the case for FitzGerald and his team. From day one ‘in country’ they were stressed almost beyond belief. And even as amazing as this story is the fact that at the end of his third deadly tour, FitzGerald was only 23 year old.