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Ever Vigilant

It is one of those books you can’t stop reading but don’t want to finish. A really excellent read .


War is carried out by young people trained for the task. It occurs at the edge, or just over the edge, of what passes for civilized behavior. During the Vietnam War, the US military employed heavily-armed high-speed gunboats to intercept and disrupt enemy travel on the rivers and bays of South Vietnam.

In this variant from standard Vietnam War works, Michael Hebert takes the reader along for a ride in this engaging memoir of his year in Vietnam. This light yet quick-witted nautical adventure entertains readers with tales of romance, daring exploits, and abject fear. It is full of mayhem peppered with humorous undertones.

The remote Vung Ro Bay, while an idyllic setting, is not without peril. It is a constant target for snipers, mortar barrages, and full-out perimeter assaults. Hebert’s boat becomes a casualty to a rocket propelled grenade. Their base is wiped out by a super typhoon and they are forced to spend two days in the South China Sea with mountainous swells that threaten to sink the small 32-foot craft.

From start to finish, ‘Ever Vigilant’ is an introduction to a young man’s journey and coming of age in a war zone. While primarily based on his first-hand experience, he deftly weaves sufficient representation to incorporate the difficult life circumstances of the Vietnamese people and the Viet Cong. The motivation for why the enemy fights is a product of the life-hardships they bear. ‘Ever Vigilant’ offers a lively, compulsive read.

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In Ever Vigilant, Tales of The Vietnam War, Mike Hebert tells a unique and enlightening, emotional and descriptive story from a young draftee entering his first tour of duty during the Vietnam war. As a person who isn't familiar with this experience I could feel the fear as he describes leaving his family and going off to a strange place where he might not ever return. You will be acquainted with those Mr Hebert meets along the way from boot camp to life at Vung Ro Bay. Though his stories aren't as gruesome as many Vietnam stories, you will become fully aware of the struggles of war on the Vietnamese people as well as our soldiers, despite finding ways to keep themselves entertained and keep their spirits up. I was on the "edge of my seat" when Hebert described the typhoon and the eventual demise of his patrol boat! Ever Vigilant is an "easy" read though educational while also entertaining with Hebert's humorous style.
Toogie Hines - Amazon Review

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It is one of those books you can’t stop reading but don’t want to finish. A really excellent read .