Criminal defense Lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read mostly non-fiction.....history, science, military biography. My quirky side likes Zombie Books? Will also pick up a fiction bestseller once in a while. Favorite movie: Being There
I've listened to many books on the war in Iraq. This is probably the best one. Most people tend to concentrate on the Navy SEAL narratives, and that's ok. But this book is about the Army grunts who did most of the fighting, and that made all the difference to me. It's gripping, intense, no holds barred. It should be required reading for anyone thinking of becoming an infantryman/woman. It contains one of the most excruciatingly real narratives of a hand to hand fight to the death of any war book I've ever read. Thank you, Sgt. Bellavia. And thanks to all the men who are memorialized in the book. Simply excellent.
Ray porter does a first class job as the narrator.
Yes. Exciting, poignant, informative.
The simple prose impregnated with sophisticated vocabulary.
Yes. I did. All night long.
A MUST READ...This book was so well written and read/performed that I felt the guilt of a voyeur unworthy of its author's truth, patriotism, sacrifice, commitment and bared soul. I am truly privileged to have been allowed access to the sanctity of Staff Sergeant David Bellavia's experience. His story hit me like a sledge hammer! I am not worthy of him but I am thankful for him and countless other soldiers like him. On behalf of a grateful nation, WELL DONE SERGEANT!
His voice, tone and cadence perfectly match the tone of the book.
My respect for true combat veterans (not REMFs) grows with each book by one who was there.
Such a thrilling and engaging story. Gives a "realistic" idea of what life as an infantry man is like. So much respect to men and women in these positions. I will say however that there is a chapter, I believe chapter 21 that isn't for the weak stomach. I admired the detail and vivid images Bellavia put into that chapter and the book as a whole. Porter's reading was superb as well.
This book will open your eyes to what it means to de a hero. A true story that will give you a look at what it takes to be a hero and make you wonder "what would I do ?".
SSG. Bellavia, does a phenomenal work, and no bars held at painting the vividness of war. Through his detailed accounts of his engagements, to the humorous moments,and the powerful emotions, this book captures it all.
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!