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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 30, 2022
The actual combat event was a very small part of the book. That section was stimulating. The majority of the book dealt with Roy's biography and that of the other participants. For me it was a bit slow and I skipped over parts. However, the acts of bravery by the people involved was truly heroic.
A great story about true American heroes. Very well told and it was very believable, to include the detailed descriptions of what is commonly referred to as the "fog of war." No doubt, all the planning and training in the world can't change the fact that most military plans go out the window upon contact with the enemy. Always been that way, and it always will. This story is a little unique in the need for the operation to be done covertly, which results in really no official documentation or after-action reports to rely on. In some respects having to rely on first-hand accounts only is likely why the author has some very good detail about the engagement. I gave the book only 4 stars because the book is half about SSgt Benavidez and half about the operation and the other brave men he fought with that day. Anytime you combine two things, you tend to get just a little less than the whole of either one - thus 4 and not 5 stars. I highly recommend this book. Easy to read and a great story for anyone of almost any age. War is hell. Post war life is hell for our combat veterans. This book is about both.
A well researched story about Roy Benavidez and his selfless acts of heroism. He is one determined man who, even after a crippling injury from his first tour, worked excruciatingly hard to be able to reenlist.
It was confusing to try to keep track of the various soldiers mentioned in the book, but, what made the book good, are Roy's background history, and his role in the rescue of a small group of men trapped under intense fire. It is nothing short of what Hollywood could conjure up. Not only Roy's heroics, but also the brave men on the ground, who kept fighting even with severe injuries, and the amazing pilots who flew the helicopters in while taking fire. Absolutely incredible.
Many thanks to ALL who have answered the call to serve their country, and to the heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
How do we define a hero? In this book, one will find and/or learn the definition of a HERO. I learned that a HERO is humble, quiet, professional, and always helping the needy; but most importantly, does not advertise his heroism. This book is about a Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team who were Caught and Outnumbered behind the enemy lines. Green Beret Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez exemplified the real soldier. I am sure there are other heroes out there whose heroism we have not heard about. I hope someday an author will discover these heroes and write their stories so that we can, somehow, thank them for their courage and sacrifices.
This book is meant to be read over and over again but when I read mine, I purposely left it in the breakfast/reception area of our hotel when I was visiting New Orleans in June 2015, My intention was to pass this book on to someone and hoping that someone will learn from it and goes on to pass this book to someone else.
if you have read "Fearless" and "The only thing worth dying for" by Eric Blehm, you will know this authors work is excellent, and I had been biting at the bit to read "Legend".
If I could I would give 4.99 stars. I didn't give 5 for one reason, the beginning of the book you start to understand Roy B, his up-bringing, the hardwork and true warrior in the making, it was a steady buildup.
A few chapters in I got off track in the introduction of the Huey pilots, gunners and crew, I just got lost for a little bit and for me it lost the continuity even though these heroes introduction is important I found myself checking the book to see when Roy was going to make an appearance again.
The last third of the book, is amazing, just fascinating. You cannot stop reading it and you finish having the greatest admiration for these men....Hereos..No, Legends.
This is a great story of an amazing man. It tracks the process of the elite throughout Vietnam leading up to the engagement that won him the MOH. The book does skip around as he tries to keep the timelines as accurate as possible and makes it a little hard to follow. This is a great book though.
Well written. One of the few books that tells the unvarnished truth of what really happened in places the US 'wasn't there'. Excellent story of an everyday guy whose bravery and selfless service are unparelelled. A good read for both a soldier or someone who never served. If you want to read accurate account of real people in real conditions, this is it.
A history of MACV-SOG operations in Cambodia frames the life story of MSG Benavides whose courage on one fateful day reached incomprehensible levels. Will provide new information even to readers well versed in SF history.