Where There Were No Innocents
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Where There Were No Innocents

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Mack Brinson is a Green Beret Captain in Vietnam at the height of the war, 1967. He’s been selected to serve on the staff of MACV-SOG, the premier covert operations unit in Southeast Asia. He is a lonely man, and his wife’s lawyer serves him with a divorce notice. His assignments so far, have proven less than exhilarating and he has just been handed one more mundane chore....more
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Henry Brown
This novel offers an officer's perspective on SOG during US involvement in Vietnam. I understand this is a prequel to another book, but this was my introduction to the author and character.

Mack Brinson is the type of officer every good soldier wishes was in charge. Though his duties in MACV-SOG seem rather nebulous, he voluntarily tags along with SOG teams that go behind the fence, and earns enough respect to be invited to the one-zero table more than once after a mission.

No Innocents provides a...more
Rich Weatherly
Vietnam through the eyes of a US Army Special Ops Captain

Tension builds from the moment Green Beret Captain Mark Brinson’s plane lands in South Viet Nam for a one-year tour of duty. In my opinion, the story offers a superior representation of combat operations than readers will find in most of the popular literature on the subject, especially literature about Vietnam. The soldiers are presented as the professionals they are. Special Ops teams are the best of the best. Team members meld skills an...more
It's been a few years since I read a war novel and I wasn't quite sure I'd get into it. But Thomas Drinkard's masterful storytelling drew me in right away. What turned me off to war novels in the past was what I call the "Rambo Syndrome." That's where unbelievable numbers of enemy troops get killed every few pages by a larger than life character who either skates through unscathed, or is critically injured in one chapter and back to full speed in the next. Drinkard's protagonist, Mack Brinson, i...more
Keith McArdle
Wow! I ploughed through this book in quick time and thoroughly enjoyed the journey! I had to keep reminding myself that this is a fictional book, because it reads like a well written autobiography. The characters are three dimensional and well developed. The action is realistic and places you firmly on the ground with the soldiers during the fighting. I highly recommend this book for any war fiction or Vietnam War fans, because the man who wrote this book is not only a Vietnam Vet, but a former...more
Vanda Bromwich
I enjoyed this book. I was in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos earlier this year and have visited some of the places mentioned. I also went to the Killing Fields and some of the war memorials and saw the underground tunnels in the fields between the villages where the Viet Cong hid out.The atrocities they carried out on the Americans and the Vietnamese soldiers were horrific, the descriptions in this book were mild.
Baxter Trautman
Vietnam war buffs will like this, lots of detail. Written more like a memoir than a thriller. Kept waiting for the pace to pick up but it never did.
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