Great book with lots of facts about real people and great story-telling. As another reviewer said, "like a modern 'Band of Brothers' narrative". First hand accounts from an officer who was in the field and in the thick of the action and characters that you will dislike and some who will endear you. Great book. I recommend it to anyone interested military history books - Ambrose and WW2 first hand narrative lovers will feel right at home. Will not disappoint.
This is a very personal story. The things that the soldiers go through become very real to the listener. You can feel the authors emotions, and ray Porter does a great job of narrating.
Audio is all I have read.
I liked that Sean Parnell was a regular American with hopes and fears who gave all he had to defend our country.
Again, I have only heard the audio.
Ray is a very good reader and you will enjoy his narration.
No extreme reaction.
I just enjoyed reading a very good book.
Go ahead and use the credit.
It's well worth it.
The book describes the war in a way we usually don't see in media, both the good and ugly side of it.
The war is seen through the author's eyes and he is the person the reader gets the best picture of.
Ray Porter s a good narrator and he has the capacity to bring life to the caracters in a way that you hardly get when you read in your own.
This is a book you can listen to in on sitting without problems.
I don't think most people fully understand what is going on in Afghanistan and how cruel it is. The almost hopeless situation combating talibans that can move in and out of Pakistan makes me wonder if there is ever an end to it. It certainly boosts my respect for the soldiers we have over there.
This book has been written from the heart, with the emotion of someone who was there and didn't come home the same way he went. A very realistic tale of the horrors of war with a good insight into the way the 'good guys' play war compared to those on the other side.
If you have a week stomach some of the verbal graphics may be a bit confronting, but not a patch on the hell that these guys endured. On the down side, this was a bit of a 'Ra Ra USA is the best' type story, that could have benefited from a bit of information from the other perspective. Although it is acknowledged that it was the writer's perspective, and he would not have been interested in the other perspective, hence the war.
This story brought home the intense and constant dangers faced by a small unit (24 men) of US soldiers near the Afghanistan / Pakistan border in 2007. It is a gritty tale of the war from the rocky ground of Eastern Afghanistan. I liked the details in this book: the key personalities in the platoon, relationships with the locals, and the tactical explanations of the battles. It is a focused and well written book, so much so that I felt truly scared just hearing about these savage battles years later.
Before this book, I really did not understand the bewildering challenges and near constant threat of attack faced by our soldiers in Afghanistan. Now I have a great appreciation for these outnumbered, exhausted soldiers who managed to thrive in such a hostile environment.
Great book. Definitely worth the read. Occasionally a little contrived but overall very very good.
I believe the story came from the heart. The author needs a little polish, I don't know if he is a future writer or if he just wanted to tell his story. I am glad I bought the audio version of this story, it touched me so that I bought it on my kindle as well.
It angered me at times reading about how some didn't give as much as others but the good thing is that part of the story was glossed over, the author didn't want to really shame anyone unless they really had it coming. I cried at times, especially at the end, when the unnecessarily rotten things happened to the boys.
I am proud of those boys.
Absolutely. The narrator did an amazing job with this book. As I listened, I believed I was listening to the author tell of his personal story rather than hearing someone read another's words. It made the listen a much better experience than reading the book would have been.
It's hard to point to a single thing I liked most about this book. The drama portrayed was intense and demonstrated the ability of men to persevere and succeed in the face of unfathomable adversity. You see in this book the kind of stuff that tries men's souls. Parnell also did a great job in showing the unique bond that can develop between men who face battle together along with the dedication to their brothers that few can understand.
I can't imagine a better narration than that provided by Porter. I felt as if I was in the middle of the story.
The effect of Parnell's service on his family, particularly his father, was a side of military life we don't often see. Parnell showed us a glimpse of what families of combat troops must endure. This book did such a good job describing the men in the platoon, when any of them were injured or killed, I felt as though it was someone I actually knew.
It is rare for me to write a review even though I have listened to Audible books for years but I felt obliged to let you know that this truly is a great book. I have listened to, or read, scores of books on military history. This just became my favorite.
Lots of driving has drove me to fall in love with audiobooks.
I read a lot of books about soldiers, and this book is top three with No Easy Day and Lone Survivor. The voice of the reader was perfect for the story. A great look at the reality of this war.
The voice brought the grit and fortitude that story
His voice is perfect for this part. The personalization you feel with the gruff voice draws more out of the story. You believe you are sitting there with the soldier.
The reality of an American soldier operating on the battlefield near the Pakistan-Afghan border.
This book is phenomenal, and I plan on listening to it more than once.