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 Review

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 the infamous Hoa Lo prison--nicknamed the "Hanoi Hilton." Harris was the sixth American POW captured in the air war over North Vietnam, and for the next eight years, Smitty and hundreds of other American POWs--including John McCain and George "Bud" Day--suffered torture, solitary confinement, and abuse. 

Their dignity was taken, their wills were challenged, and their bodies were bruised and battered. But in the midst of the struggle, Smitty remembered once learning the Tap Code--an old, long-unused World War II method of communication through tapping on a common water pipe. He covertly taught the code to many POWs, and in turn they taught others. 

Simple and effective, the Tap Code quickly spread throughout the prison and became one of the most covert ways for POWs to communicate without their captors' knowledge. It became a lifeline during their internment--a morale booster, a vehicle of unity, and a way to communicate the chain of command--and was instrumental in helping them prevail over a brutal enemy. 

Back home, meanwhile, Harris's wife, Louise, raised their three children alone, unsure of her husband's fate. One of the first POW wives of the Vietnam War, she became a role model for many wives, advocating for herself and her children in her husband's absence. 

Told through both Smitty's and Louise's voices, Tap Code shares a riveting true story of ingenuity under pressure, strength and dignity in the face of the enemy, the love of family, and the hope, faith, and resolve necessary to endure even the darkest circumstances.

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  • 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...

  • 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, fai...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Erick

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

  • Mary Reagan Richardson (mary_reagans_books)

    This is my #1 nonfiction novel of the year! This book tells the amazing story of Captain Smitty Harris's 8 year long imprisonment in a variety of POW camps in North Vietnam. This book is breathtaking ...

  • 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 o...

  • 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 po...

  • 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 so...

  • Patricia Wright

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