The Beast: Vietnam 1969

The Beast: Vietnam 1969

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The Beast, Raymond Hunter Pyle’s fourth and final novel featuring Marines in Vietnam tells a story about a small outpost during the final months before the Third Marine Division was pulled out of combat in Vietnam. For Marines, the Vietnam conflict was different in I-Corps along the DMZ, different and more massively deadly than the conflict in other parts of the country. That’s not to say the Army and other Marine units didn’t have a deadly time further south, but in northern I-Corps along the Z, south to Khe Sanh and the A-Shau valley, east to Cua Viet and west to Laos, and all of the combat and fire support bases in Leatherneck Square and on the ridges and in the valleys to the west, the war was constant and especially vicious. This was the area most easily supplied from the Ho Chi Minh Trail. This was the area where Ho Chi Minh sent his troops in division strength to challenge the Americans. This area was known as The Meat Grinder, and for the Grunts, combat here was called The Beast. The Grunts and Cannon Cockers on FSB Russell and FSB Neville sitting alone on ridges just south of Mutters Ridge near the DMZ had to face The Beast every day, and one squad from Echo Company 2/4, stuck on a small hill outpost about five klicks south of FSB Russell, would come to know and embrace The Beast intimately during the month of February, 1969.

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  • Robert Shaw

    Good reading! This book puts you right in the middle of the action and at times, it seems that I was there with them! I have read three other books by this author!It must have been a real hell on eart...

  • David A.

    Best VN I've read in 20 years !!! Pyle is the bestI gave it 5 Stars because the plot was carried through masterfully throughout from beginning to the surprise ending. Every detail kept me on edge till...

  • Edward Poole

    Wow another can't put down till the late of the night. Raymond put you right there in the action and can't put his books down!! Will read all of his books I like them so much!!!...

  • Robert B. Williams

    TThis is the third novel I have read by Pyle. And I intend to read the rest. The book was researched well. Would rec...

  • John Podlaski

    Mr. Pyle has a special gift as a writer, a down to earth writing style brings readers right into his scenes as if they were on of the characters - it is that real! The story is filled with "hold on to...

  • Lesley Manning

    RealA realistic view of the ground war in VietnamI had a hard time putting it down. Well written. Thanks...

  • Nancy Roth

    Wow.From Joe:I would like to know more about the authors personal feelings regarding war, because his characters are as strong in their own beliefs on the matter as they vary. I've never seen combat b...

  • James Winner

    Lived that, '67 thru '69, end '70, part of 71. Swift, Silent, Deadly. 3rd. and 5th. Force Recon. SSGT. J Winn SEMPER FI. (Became a Mustang)I have not watched war movies since Nam (except the Duke, got...

  • Walt Mccluskey

    The beastOne of the best stories about the Vietnam conflict I've read and there have been many. The story of Sgt Brown said so much of the little details the people fighting then went through from the...

  • Cranz

    Back in NamThis was far too accurate ... Dead on describing weapons, tactics and action. A strong editor could make this an award-winner. Too many grammatical and spelling errors for the general publ...