Book Notes - Echo Among Warriors: Close Combat in the Jungle of Vietnam

Another Riveting War Narrative from Author & Marine, Richard Camp

Writer Dick Camp combines authentic characters, honest dialogue, and explosive action to create a vivid and harrowing account of combat, and a realistic narrative of what it was like to be a Marine in Vietnam.

Traversing three days of deadly encounters between Lima Company Marines and a North Vietnamese Army platoon holding a bunker complex near the Khe Sanh Combat Base - and seamlessly shifting between the perspective of U.S. troops and enemy fighters - Echo Among Warriors is an intense, brutal, poignant, and haunting ride.

The story's central theme is succinctly conveyed in the Author's Note: "War veterans know that words are insufficient to describe the destructive power of weaponry and the resulting, horrific wounds, the pain of a lost comrade, and the sudden realization that it could have been him. War causes a visceral, emotional impact on those who fight it. Combat is not for the faint of heart... and neither is this book!"


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In war, every action has a beginning and an end. Echo Among Warriors is a story of close combat between two opposing, equally committed adversaries. The powerful narrative immerses the reader in both sides of the battle, playing and replaying the same battle sequence from alternating viewpoints—through the eyes of the Marines and through the eyes of the North Vietnamese. The bullet fired from a Marine’s M-16 at a silhouetted enemy solider crouched on the jungle path will in the next chapter tear into the flesh of that crouched NVA trooper. The story—unfolding from the initial contact to the final horrific ending—represents just one of perhaps thousands of deadly encounters that reflect the reality of battle—a mind-numbing, intensely personal experience that forever changes the participant.

Book review by Laura Cross. Laura wrote and produced the audio documentary series Battlefield Fallujah, based on Dick Camp's book "Operation Phantom Fury".