Frank Camper

AMAZON.COM Customer Reviews of LRRP (The Professional)

     Great writing about first hand experience with facts & flair Reviewer: A reader from Carmel, California August 19, 1999 As a fellow writer about life in the military, this is the first time I have enjoyed such colorful yet exacting descriptions. Camper gives the reader all the sights, sounds and smells of this conflict without bitterness or false heroics. After having read Robert Hemphill's "Platoon, Bravo Company", one man's account of the war behind the lines with no color, Dennis Marvicsin's "Maverick" co-written by Jerold Greenfield, a bad mix of WAR and ROSES, this is the best written work by a front liner. Camper's graphic depiction is the story of a young boy who becomes a Vet in a short time. His pictures are exciting without being poetic, thrilling without being melodramatic and personal without being elitist. Unlike Tim O'Brien's "If I Die in a Combat Zone", LRRP chronicles a soldier's life with clarity about his thoughts without the drudgery of the everyday minutiae. And unlike O'Brien, Camper tells a home coming that leaves you wanting to read the next book instead of glad that you finished this one.

     Read it twice. Enjoyed it both times Reviewer: A reader from Baltimore November 17, 1998 A must have for those interested in infantry combat skills. Camper breaks up his accounts into one and two page diary entries that make for quick and easy reading.

     Excellent first person account of one man's tour in Vietnam. Reviewer: from Houston, Texas March 6, 1998 This is an excellent account of one man's transformation to hardcore warrior. The author volunteers for the LRRP's (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol)to fight the war on his own personal terms. He sees first hand the heavy casualties inflicted on the large noisy maneuver line units by the NVA, and the disproportianate casualties inflicted by the LRRPs on the enemy. To increase the chances of his own survival he chooses to rely on his own skills and those of his team members in small four man recon teams as they patrol deep in enemy territory. The author brings to the reader the frustration of fighting both the enemy and the rear echelon bureaucrats,the confusion and terror of combat and commeraderie of men relying on one another in dire circumstances. Note: The author went on to become an international mercenary, covert operator and security specialist and has written other books on his post-vietnam experiences.