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.
very intense. great narration. Amazing story shows you what war is really like from the perspective of someone who has actually been there. From the battlefield in Iraq to the battlefield at home , a soldiers life is a rollercoaster ride of emotions that no one could ever understand unless you yourself serve and as a veteran i sympathize with the author. I would definitely recommend this audio book/ book to everyone.
Conservative, wars history Iraq, Civil, WW's classics, Twain, Steinbeck, Hemingway, my first audio bk old man and the sea. Addicted to audi
This book is fantastic I have listen to 30 or 40 books on Iraq and Afghanistan and this is in the top five. It is riveting and brutal.
It's hard to remember much of the story due to the overuse of curse words. I get that there are all kinds of people in this world and they are under extreme stress but it adds no value to the story.
Unquestionably brave men doing heroic things - unfortunately devalued by the author's immediate jump into the age-old trap of solipsism. Within five minutes of the opening, the narrator claims his group and those like him were the only real soldiers wearing uniforms in this conflict. Others were to be "despised". I make no personal claim one way or the other, but I can say I was directly involved with a number of these "non-warrior" soldiers who acted every bit as bravely, who bled to death just as their more "warrior-like" brothers did, and who were to be missed by their families every bit as much.
The top 5 of my hundreds of military audibles I've downloaded. I think I'm in the few hundred titles to be exact. Great books but sometimes the narrator can ruin a good listen. Patrick Lawlor to be specific. Great diction, a great reader, but not war stories please. His idea of say a gristled gunnery is painful
Riveting story. Excellent narration. A great testament to the incredible courage and ability to endure of the modern combat infantryman. Also shone a light on the ferocity of the battle of Fallujah. If I had been there, I probably would have been huddled in a corner crying for mommy. Makes me appreciate how much soldiers sacrifice. Highly recommend.