Hostage of Paradox by John Rixey Moore
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Few people then or now know about the clandestine war that the CIA ran in Vietnam, using the Green Berets for secret operations throughout Southeast Asia. This was not the Vietnam War of the newsreels, the body counts, rice paddy footage, and men smoking cigarettes on the sandbag bunkers. This was a shadow directive of deep-penetration interdiction, reconnaissance, and assassination missions conducted by a selected few Special Forces teams, usually consisting of only two Americans and a handful of Chinese mercenaries, called Nungs. These specialized units deployed quietly from forward operations bases to prowl through agendas that, for security reasons, were seldom completely understood by the men themselves. Hostage of Paradox is the first-hand account by one of these elite team leaders. Moore is a highly decorated former Green Beret sergeant whose operations led him and a few Chinese, with whom he could barely communicate by hand signals alone, through a labyrinth of excruciating close calls and multiple woundings, miles deep in the jungles of enemy-controlled wilderness. His descriptions of these little-known missions crackle with fearful immediacy and the vivid imagery that only someone who has lived the experience can summon. To read his words is to be transported to the shadows of a small, murky corner in military history.
 

About John Rixey Moore

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John Rixey Moore is a veteran actor for television ( Falcon Crest; One Life to Live; The Young and The Restless; The Bold and, The Beautiful), feature films (Clear and Present Danger; A Home of Our Own; Executive Decision) and has been the on-camera announcer in some 500 network commercials. He competed internationally for several years in the 1980s on the US Bobsled team, served as boat tune-up crew and sail advisor for the America's Cup races in the '70s and has flown his Beech Bonanza across the US some twenty-three times.
 
Published August 14, 2012 by Bettie Youngs Book Publishers. 505 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, War, History. Non-fiction

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A former Green Beret sergeant recalls at length and in vivid language how he survived the Vietnam War against heavy odds.

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