Very poignant and emotional. This book made me realize the toll it takes on a soldier and his family to be involved with war. I really do have much respect for all military but especially for infantry after listening to this book. Ray porter reads the book with great emotion and draws you in. Well done!
This is the story Americans need to hear...this is a true epic tale of what our soldiers face. The peek inside a warriors mind and heart are impacting. Now I know WHY my son feels so strongly about being a soldier even at the cost of time away from his family. He too will come home to us all and I pray all our men and women who are still in the fight know we love them and thank them all! HOOAH!!
SSG Bellavia's account and incredibly descriptive and vivid recollection of his experiences in Iraq was intense and gut wrenching. Better than any movie I've ever seen. I could picture every bit of the landscape and the battles. Grateful for his service and that he chose to share his story!
As a 7 year Army Combat Veteran...
this book opened my mind and heart to a few of my own personal battles with leaving the Military to be a father and how horribly my civilian life has crashed upon my feet. helping to move on with my life the way I need to on more levels then I can express. God Bless my BROTHERS who didn't make it back. UNIT WE WE REGROUP. I'LL TAKE THIS WATCH.
RIP SGT Kelly Lacey 1st KIA Afghanistan 2014.
Say something about yourself!
Like many great stories of combat, this is one that strikes with emotional truth as well as the details of war that need to shock us. We need to be reminded of what we send our soldiers to do. We all share the responsibility for what happens in this book. I compare this to both the the great novel, "All Quiet On The Western Front" or "The 13th Valley of or a memoir like "The Things They Carried" or "Band Of Brothers"
I'm Irish and proud of it! Father of three beautiful girls, USAF veteran, 25 years in Social Services! Carpe Diem
Yes, I've read both. Hearing the descriptive tale was better than reading
This soldier came full circle from a soldier to a journalist. His insight and approach to this story was superb.
The human factor, emotions, disappointments and the struggle of men in combat
The story from front to back was enlightening on many levels
This was a great ride, very well done, a great definition of what a true NCO goes through for the men under his command. This helped me understand that it is ok to be human, and a soldier, Thank you SSG Bellavia to you and your courageous men. You and the men you fought with made me proud to wear the blue cord.