imho - ymmv
If you expect books on contemporary US military history to be all gung ho and righteous posturing, this book will be a stunning surprise.
Sean Parnell has achieved in this diary something very rarely experienced in military diaries and histories from any era.
With humble eloquence and intelligent self-reflection, he takes us inside the mind and life of a platoon leader during deployment in one of the most hazardous conflict zones in recent history.
We get the privilege of sharing in what is unspoken at the time: the doubts, the bonds of brotherly love, the daily psychological battle that all front line soldiers must face but few ever speak of.
The book brims with insight that civilians and those off the front line would otherwise find impossible to imagine. In a refreshing turn for the genre, it is illuminating to see so much detailed coverage of the non-combat aspects of the mission.
An early passage tells of a first meeting with a local Afghan leader and we experience the clash of cultures at first hand, and the vast gulf of life experience that leaves Sean feeling way out of his depth despite all the 21st century training and equipment.
One cannot read this book without finding a deep respect for the men of the platoon.
There is humor, adrenaline-filled exhilaration, but also intense despair and sadness.
With grit and loyalty, and the moral courage of their leaders, it is clear they served with honor despite the circumstances into which they were thrown.
For any soldiers reading this book, I imagine it must inspire a desire to live up to such high standards.
For civilians, I challenge you not to be thinking: Is there not more we can do
to make the world a better place, so that in this day and age we no longer need such sacrifice?
Retired real estate broker. 66 years old married for 44 years to my high school sweetheart. 2 children and 2 grandchildren. I love to read but because of medical issues I had to turn to audio books and I love them.
Yes. Excellent story of men at war and why we need out of the middle east
What they do too their own people.
all of them
war is hell
The narration was great, his voice and performance worked perfectly with the story. There is alot of emotion in the book, alot of anger, frustration and anguish and he manages to pass that along to the listners.
Great book, great narration. It's action packed from start to finish with great content. You really get a feel for the peoples emotions and their struggles.
Gave me a great appreciation for what our heroes have to endure.
Real life story, not written as self glorification.
Worth the read/listen.
riveting, personable, awesome
this story placed me on the ground,in the fight, the way a good movie or story should do.
all of the above
I have recommended this book several times since finishing it and will probably re-read myself
Married (1975), Vietnam-era (not in-country) vet (USN Retired), 4 sons, 11 grandkids, love riding my Harley.
The story is so real you can almost smell the stench and feel the grime and heat sapping every ounce of energy you have. Welcome home, Brothers!
This is a true account of exactly what our troops are facing in Afghanistan. The day to day life of our soldiers, including truths that you won't hear from the media or our government.
Exposing the facts that our troops are fighting with their hands tied behind their backs.
The main character.
As an ex military this story invokes anger at our government.
Yes. One of the best modern day non-fiction books I have had the pleasure to read or listen to.
Very insightful into the military actions in Afghanistan.
Mr. Porter nailed this one. He is one of the top narrators I have heard. This book was well written to begin with but I think this is one of the few books I can say I probably enjoyed listening to MORE than reading.
Roller Coaster Ride
Voice intonations were excellent. The battle scenes kept you on the edge of your seat. Traveling in the mind of Parnell provided great insight to the challenges and emotional upheaval. The story was concise yet put you thru a range of emotional experiences. Important lessons of life learned thru appropriate responses to adverse circumstances.
Ray Porter did a fantastic job of playing all the characters.
There were many times I "could not put the book down". This book captures you the entire time.
I have listened to several books on the middle east conflict. This book is head and shoulders better than Lone Survivor and American Sniper--actually, there is no comparison. I highly recommend this book.
Yes - It was gripping
I was sorry when this ended - I was held captive by every word. But be prepared for some grim details about the insanity of war.