This book illuminates the fact that this country STILL produces great YOUNG citizens and warriors, despite not being considered the Greatest generation, etc. From my foxhole, this young leader and his Soldiers ARE the best generation, because what they are doing is relevant. My only complaint is that non-infantry Soldiers were characterized as lazy and unexposed to regular danger. Perhaps this is true, to some extent, but I know more than a few non combat arms soldiers what have been seriously injured or killed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the taliban has little sympathy for anyone wearing an American flag; moreover, when they are killed, they are just as dead as our infantry, armor, and artillery brothers
Book Lover/Info Seeker
Enjoyable is not a word I would use in the experience of listening to this book as it is so compelling.
The whole story itself. The way the author told the story of himself and his men and how much they gave and gave up in the battle for our country. I feel that folks who do not read or listen to these stories have absolutely no idea what these men and women go through each and every day they are 'in country'.
By the end our hearts were broken. My husband is a wounded Viet Nam vet so he actually knows how terrible the whole situation is.
At this point, I'm actively seeking out war memoirs that are narrated by Ray Porter. The quality of his reading is fantastic. As far as the book itself goes, the writing style is on point and the book easy pulls you in and forces you to feel excited, tense, or angry along with the Rangers as events unfold. This book definitely stands in a class of its own.
If you see a BMW motorcycle cruising down the road, you can be assured I'm listening to a book from Audible!
One of the better military history books I've listened to, ever. The performance was well done, other than a couple of mispronounced military jargon words, storyline was fast paced and the book really kept my attention. Normally I only listen while commuting to work, but I found myself plugging in my earphones around the house to listen. Get the book, you won't be disappointed.
Parnell's account should be required reading in college level courses, especially courses geared toward political science and history. The narrative is constructed with keen attention to the physical, psychological and emotional side effects of battle, while illuminating a complex situation/culture in the Middle East. Without the injection of distracting politics and bias, this is one of the best non-fiction novels I have read that outlines the scope of national security bureaucracy from a soldier's honest experience. All Americans should read this book, or listen to Ray Porter's EXCELLENT and engaging narration of the text. Bravo Parnell
I only write reviews of military non-fiction when the book is superb. This one is a must read, one of the best I've read in years.
Absolutely. No-stop action and gut wrenching story.
Perhaps No Easy Day? Not sure if one really compares. Perhaps Lone Survivor?
The main character is narrated beautifully, and Staff Sergeant Greg Greeson as well. Ray Porter has a way of portraying characters with enough color to really give the story life and a cinematic quality without over doing it.
In some parts, especially toward the end Ray Porter seems to be moved by the story himself as he is reading. His voice chokes a bit and I don't think it was acting. His emotional response to the story, as the main character is experiencing it added another level of authenticity and emotion to the story. It is as if you are experiencing what the author was, but also experiencing what Ray Porter is experiencing. I haven't been moved by an audio book the way this book moved me.
Buy it and listen. Prepare for a wild ride.