The first of three parts seemed repetitious, predictable (it is). The more personal information we learn about a soldier, the more we know he's going to be killed or injured in short order. (It's like the movie cliche where the guy shows a picture of his girlfriend, talks about what he's going to do after the war....) This is a flaw. I almost stopped listening, but.... Second part, a bit more of the same, but there's a build up of my commitment to these soldiers.
By the third part, when the inevitable attack finally came, the only reason I'd pause might be to punch a politician or general.
This is such an interesting topic. I wanted to like the book so much. I deeply respect the brave soldiers whose ordeals were relayed in this book. The book needed to do them more justice. It seemed to drag. The part where the base was overrun with Taliban fighters was a great piece of story telling. I could not imagine what it would have been like to been there. I only wish that Mr. Tapper could have made this story tighter. Americans need to know about these episodes of success within failure as well. A better book would make this story better circulated. One day we will be speaking to our children and grandchildren about these wars and our decisions to send our children overseas to fight and die in them.
No Easy Day
Sadness at the loss of life. Unfortunate decisions that are not well grounded end up being defended with blood and life. I am in full support of the military. I would hope that their decisions would consider future implications. I would feel Angry if I had a son lose a life at this base, it seemed senseless. These soldiers are so brave, it makes me feel very proud to be an American.
Very powerful story. Tragedy and courage. Duty and service.
What a tremendous story. It is so sad that not more Americans know about what happened.
Good author, very detailed explaination of the units involved, etc.
Definitely a great choice.
Exceptional War Book
This book ranks alongside the best war books of all time. The kind that treats you to an insight only being there, could surpass and then rips your heart out with the realities of war. You leave with a profound feeling of respect for those who would fight to protect your freedoms, even though they will never know you.
Professional, nearly flawless and without a "performance".
Say what you will about Jake Tapper, he can write one hell of a book. This book will put a lump in your throat and a fire in your heart.
You know going into this book that the outcome is bad. You know you won't enjoy hearing about it, but you cannot help but listen to it. I Think I listened over the course of two days...I just couldn't stop. Without a doubt, it's among the best, most detailed and interesting accounts of a wartime conflict.
An excellent treatment of FOB Keating's history and those that served their.
The coverage of the history of the FOB form founding to the last big fight.
Why it was placed in the low ground and not the high ground.
Absolutely and plan to. True Army story put forth in a very real interpretation.
There were many that me proud to be a fellow Cavalry Scout.
Dont think Ive listened to his other books. I would prefer a professional narrator to understand how to accurately say the terms, slang and names that were important for the portrayal.
Any military person could tell him that a POG is pronounced like POUGE and not Pog. Or correct pronounciation of Soldier's names especially those who are well known for having received the Medal of Honor for the very actions your describing.
All in all not bad just some little things that easily could and should have been fixed.
Anytime a Soldier dies for their country. Also when Soldiers embody the Warrior Spirit bring the fight to the enemy
Great for veterans, active duty, civilians, historians etc
I would not buy another Tapper book, but would listen to another performance by Mr. Shapiro.
The strength of the Army is the diversity of the backgrounds, education, politics and points-of-view of its enlisted soldiers. Picking a side, then piling on the minutia to make your point, gets old fast. It would have been nice to have learned as much about the Afghan troops as the Americans. Also, I would have liked to have learned the reasoning that lead to the decisions made by "higher headquarters" that are critized in the book so I could make up my own mind.
This gives you a good idea what life was like in the worst of the Afghanistan war and the various personal and logistical challenges there. It's also about the heros no one really ever hears about. It gave me a much greater appreciation for the complexities of this war, and the men who were thrown into the middle of it. If that's what you are looking for, this is the book for you.
Now for the bad; Keep in mind that this is the story of the base itself, so all the characters are in passing. You begin connecting with the main characters, then they are suddenly replaced. Not everyone dies, but by the end of the book I found myself thinking that this book could be summed up with "This solder was a great person, and then he died. He was replaced by this solder who was a really great person, then he got killed....". But I guess that's the cold, hard truth about war. Good people die daily. But if you are looking for something that reads like a novel, this isn't it.
First of all, please don't take my 3-star rating as a negative. This was an EXCELLENT book. An incredible and eye-opening view into the life of a soldier as well as the real story of what's going on in Afghanistan. I have much respect for our soldiers, but serious questions about the military leadership. In their defense, there is an ingrained culture where questions aren't asked and top brass is always right. It's very difficult to change that. But, as this book points out, that culture is causing our military and our country hundreds of lives and billions of dollars. Politics have taken over and it's quite frightening. What's even worse is how, after giving their lives to keep us safe, our soldiers are literally dismissed when they come home.
So why the 3 stars? Well for one, this is a long book describing battle after battle. For some it might be slow and boring, for others quite upsetting and for others still it can be exciting and suspenseful. Since we know what happens in the end, you really have to commit to the story. But what you're actually doing is committing to hear the soldiers' stories. If we don't listen to them, who will?
Jake Tapper rocks. Good performance. Great telling of a tale that needs to be told. Thanks to those on the sharp end and thanks to Tapper for getting their story out.