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Daniel

Fond du Lac, WI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Black Hawk Down

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Joe Morton
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces - and puts you in the middle of the most intense firefight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam War.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incomparable - The Best Modern War Story Available"
    "Forget the movie"
    Overall

    The movie almost disgraces the book. The story is well told and great for those with basic understanding of military ops.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sean Parnell, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (508)

    At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

    Chris says: "Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!"
    "More than your average account..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There is no way you can not have this book in your collection. Sean Parnell and team are who I will direct my children to when they ask what a hero looks like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten 500

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gregory A. Freeman
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (213)

    Here is the astonishing, never-before-told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II: when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines. During a bombing campaign, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian villagers risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers, and for months the airmen lived in hiding, waiting for rescue.

    Ron says: "an amazing tale"
    "Thrilling adventure and very amazing story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I asked my grandparents (grandfather served in WWII) if they remember anything about these events. They do not. The story is thrilling and exciting, the information very palatable, and the impact on your knowledge of WWII history undeniable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Steve Fainaru
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    A parallel army lives on the margins of the Iraq war - nearly 100,000 armed men, invisible yet in plain sight, doing jobs the overstretched and understaffed military can't or won't do. The U.S. media call them "security contractors." They call themselves "mercs," and they operate under their own rules. Washington Post reporter Steve Fainaru traveled with several groups of security contractors to find out what motivates them to put their lives in danger every day.

    Joe says: "A must read...."
    "More a journalists notebook than a tactical book."
    Overall

    This is a good book in general, but the author too often crosses the line into his personal commentary. He seems to be no fan of the war, but I enjoyed it completely even though I am a strong proponent of both the Iraq war and the (albeit imperfect) use of private contractors. I would have enjoyed a book with more tactical details and war stories. This is more a notebook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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