This now-classic tale of SEAL combat action in Vietnam marked Dick Couch's debut as a novelist in 1990 and sold more than 100,000 copies. Hailed for its authenticity, it was the first novel about Navy SEALs to be written by one of their own. Couch, a SEAL platoon leader in the Mekong Delta from 1970 to 1971, includes gripping descriptions of ...
This now-classic tale of SEAL combat action in Vietnam marked Dick Couch's debut as a novelist in 1990 and sold more than 100,000 copies. Hailed for its authenticity, it was the first novel about Navy SEALs to be written by one of their own. Couch, a SEAL platoon leader in the Mekong Delta from 1970 to 1971, includes gripping descriptions of dangerous operations that continue to attract a broad audience, with many bestselling authors calling his book a sensational story they can't put down. This new paperback edition features a foreword by the former head of the Naval Special Warfare Command.
Publishers Weekly, 1991-05-10 The Vietnam portrayed in this violence-glorifying first novel is unlike the real Vietnam. It is a Vietnam full of gung-ho soldiers who are almost all white and completely drug-free. Lieutenant James McConnell, the leader of the elite Navy SEAL Team One, has the outlook of a teenage boy, and he is the old man in his platoon: ``The SEALs were consistently the wildest and probably the raunchiest of the bunch. What tied this collection of officers and hooligans together was a seemingly inexhaustible supply of women.'' We follow McConnell from his boyhood as an ace marksman in skeet club through his signing up to be a frogman, the standard basic-training-is-hell, and his deployment to a Vietnam he knows nothing about. Despite the earnestness with which McConnell questions his purpose theree.g. p. 153 (Couch was a SEAL commander), the tale is rife with racist and misogynist comments, and the dialogue and ``humor'' detract from any possible moral seriousness. One of McConnell's drunken boys says to him: ``Yuh know, Lootenant, yer not such a bad guy fer an ossifer.'' (June)
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