Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything

Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything

Tap Code shares never-before-told details of underground operations during the Vietnam War while weaving in an inspiring story of true love, honor, and courage as husband and wife endured the hardest circumstances they had ever faced.When Air Force pilot Captain Carlyle "Smitty" Harris was shot down over Vietnam on April 4, 1965, he had no idea what horrors awaited him in...

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Title:Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything
Author:Carlyle S. Harris
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  • Patricia Wright

    Great book! Very detailed. I recommend it to everyone. Unbelievable torture, patriotism, friendship, love ,hope and faith.

  • Paul Wilson

    I love personal survival stories - UNBROKEN was one of my favs, and this book did not disappoint! Smitty Harris is a true American hero - what he survived while a POW for 8 years is unbelievable. Writer Sara Berry did an amazing job of capturing all of the emotions - before, during and after his imprisonment. I honestly did not know much about the Vietnam War - I was just a young kid unaware of what was going on - I do remember the POW MIA bracelets and it was cool to see how that is a part of

    I love personal survival stories - UNBROKEN was one of my favs, and this book did not disappoint! Smitty Harris is a true American hero - what he survived while a POW for 8 years is unbelievable. Writer Sara Berry did an amazing job of capturing all of the emotions - before, during and after his imprisonment. I honestly did not know much about the Vietnam War - I was just a young kid unaware of what was going on - I do remember the POW MIA bracelets and it was cool to see how that is a part of Smitty's story. The tap code is fascinating: what a covert way to communicate to the other prisoners. What I found especially fascinating was how Smitty's wife, and family stayed strong during this 8 years, their marriage survived and thrived after he came home. Louise was a force to be reckoned with - what a character: she took on the DOD multiple times in an effort to be treated fairly and with civility. I can't stop talking about this book to anyone who asks "what's your favorite book you've read lately" - this book is it!

  • Robin

    This is my parents story.... our family lived it. Sara W Berry, did an amazing job weaving this story together. It’s a heart -tugging, page turner.... full of messages of struggle, perseverance, faith, and family and love for our Country!!! May God use this book in mighty ways... as an instrument of healing in our broken world.

  • Sara Berry

    In full disclosure, I am the co-author of this book. This also means I know first-hand the powerful true story of Col. Smitty Harris' 8 years as a POW in Vietnam. It is a beautiful story of resilience, love, and the power of the human spirit.

  • Steve

    Thank you to Good reads for this advance readers' copy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and what a tremendous testimony of courage by Col. Carlyle Smith "Smitty" Harris and for his military service in the Air Force and in Vietnam. I have seen documentaries of Vietnam POW's and the use of the Tap Code and reading about it in this book was very interesting. Despite the beatings and cruel treatment, I admire and respect the courage these men faced. One fascinating fact I forgot to add and didn't

    Thank you to Good reads for this advance readers' copy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and what a tremendous testimony of courage by Col. Carlyle Smith "Smitty" Harris and for his military service in the Air Force and in Vietnam. I have seen documentaries of Vietnam POW's and the use of the Tap Code and reading about it in this book was very interesting. Despite the beatings and cruel treatment, I admire and respect the courage these men faced. One fascinating fact I forgot to add and didn't know this until I read the book was Col. Harris spent time in eight different prison camps, including the infamous Hanoi Hilton.

  • Joy Kellum

    Excellent read and beautifully written story of two amazing Americans. I knew something about the torture our POWs endured but learned so much more about the importance of communication between our soldiers. Also loved reading about the strength of Smitty’s wife back home raising three children. I highly recommend this book!

  • Ken

    Great book and much more than a story of survival, this is a story of enduring commitment to fellow soldiers not only survive but thrive in the worst of circumstances. The real story is told from 2 points of view, from Smiitty’s as a POW and from his wife Louise back home she made life normal for her family. Sara Berry does a fabulous job of weaving together 2 storylines, one of endurance and survival and one of a couple who never lost hope and love for one another. Must read this!

  • Ron

    “I am convinced that there is a reason for all of this. Whatever the reason, I am sure we can use this time to become emotionally and spiritually stronger.” Excerpted from Smitty’s first letter to reach Louise, Sep 1965.

    Ruminations on the nature of integrity and struggle. Starting with the moment “Smitty" Harris was shot down on April 5, 1965, he and his wife Louise take the reader moment by moment through eight years of combat of a different sort than either imagines they would fight. Treated

    “I am convinced that there is a reason for all of this. Whatever the reason, I am sure we can use this time to become emotionally and spiritually stronger.” Excerpted from Smitty’s first letter to reach Louise, Sep 1965.

    Ruminations on the nature of integrity and struggle. Starting with the moment “Smitty" Harris was shot down on April 5, 1965, he and his wife Louise take the reader moment by moment through eight years of combat of a different sort than either imagines they would fight. Treated as criminals instead of prisoners of war, Harris and hundreds of other POWs (including Vietnamese and Thais) suffered starvation, deprivation, and intense psychological and physical abuse, though their captors tried to not inflict obvious wounds.

    “If Smitty can do what he is doing right now, I can do this.” Louise

    A compelling and well-told history. Told in a conversation voice. Folded timeline confuses. Digressions inside digressions. Needed on more proofreading by a new set of eyes. Some paragraphs restate themselves, suggesting multiple edits. References to Claude Watkins repeat background many times.

    “I knew not one atheist among the POWs, for in the midst of our troubles we sought the mercy of the One higher than we are, and as a whole we were gifted with a measure of grace.” Smitty

    Smitty and Louise are unapologetic Christians and patriots. They demonstrated how people of faith are equipped to cope, even when they don’t recognize it at the time.

    “You will never be tested beyond your power to endure.” Louise

    The tap code is explained and how Harris knew it, taught it, used it, and passed it on. Through it and countless other ingenious methods the POWs communicated and supported each other.

    “We must remember it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped with the flag. And it is the soldier who allows the protestor to burn the flag.” Smitty, April 11, 2002, Tupelo, MS.

    “Tap tap, tap tap. Tap, tap tap. Tap tap tap tap, tap tap tap tap tap.” GBU, God bless you.

  • Manny

    I received a free advanced readers copy of this novel as a part of a goodreads giveaway!

    I have mixed feelings about this book. While I love the story, I do not think it was very well written and the organization at points was a little confusing. To be honest, I found it hard to get through.

    The later parts of the book got better, but at first I felt like I was reading a bullet point list of Smitty's life and it got monotonous fast. I am a big fan of the show don't tell writing style, and the

    I received a free advanced readers copy of this novel as a part of a goodreads giveaway!

    I have mixed feelings about this book. While I love the story, I do not think it was very well written and the organization at points was a little confusing. To be honest, I found it hard to get through.

    The later parts of the book got better, but at first I felt like I was reading a bullet point list of Smitty's life and it got monotonous fast. I am a big fan of the show don't tell writing style, and the first bit was all telling, no showing. Additionally, I think it is funny how the authors explained a couple of times what MIA was, but did not find the need to say what things like beriberi were.

    The last thing negative I have to say was the jumping back and forth in time was a little confusing. Early on, Smitty says a man named Owl told him about the birth of his son in May 1965. A few chapters later in September 1965, he said word soon came to him that his son was born by squadron mates. I was really confused about this.

    One good thing I found is I am more familiar with the Japanese and Korean point of view on the Vietnam War, so it was nice to see an American perspective. Also, I did not like Jane Fonda before, and after reading this I really don't like her.

    Overall, I would give it a 1 star for writing, although the story is good. It detracts from the message too much, making it hard to read.

  • Erick

    Trump should read this, oh wait can Trump even read? Mr. Bone Spur.

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