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Back in the Fight: The Explosive Memoir of a Special Operator Who Never Gave Up | [Joseph Kapacziewski, Charles W. Sasser]

Back in the Fight: The Explosive Memoir of a Special Operator Who Never Gave Up

On October 3, 2005, Kapacziewski and his soldiers were coming to the end of their tour in Northern Iraq when their convoy was attacked by enemy fighters. A grenade fell through the gunner’s hatch and exploded, shattering Kapacziewski’s right leg below the knee, damaging his right hip, and severing a nerve and artery in his right arm. He endured more than forty surgeries, but his right leg still wasn’t healing as he had hoped, so in March 2007, Kapacziewski chose to have it amputated.
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Publisher's Summary

On October 3, 2005, Kapacziewski and his soldiers were coming to the end of their tour in Northern Iraq when their convoy was attacked by enemy fighters. A grenade fell through the gunner’s hatch and exploded, shattering Kapacziewski’s right leg below the knee, damaging his right hip, and severing a nerve and artery in his right arm.

He endured more than forty surgeries, but his right leg still wasn’t healing as he had hoped, so in March 2007, Kapacziewski chose to have it amputated with one goal in mind: to return to the line and serve alongside his fellow Rangers. One year after his surgery, Kapacziewski accomplished his goal: he was put back on the line, as a squad leader of his Army Ranger Regiment.

On April 19, 2010, during his ninth combat deployment (and fifth after losing his leg), Kapacziewski’s patrol ran into an ambush outside a village in eastern Afghanistan. After a fellow Ranger fell to withering enemy fire, shot through the belly, Sergeant Kap and another soldier dragged him seventy-five yards to safety and administered first aid that saved his life while heavy machineguns tried to kill them. His actions earned him an Army Commendation Medal with “V” for Valor. He had previously been awarded a Bronze Star for Valor—and a total of three Purple Hearts for combat wounds.

Back in the Fight is an inspiring and thrilling tale listeners will never forget. The inspiring and thrilling combat memoir of the only Army Ranger serving in direct combat operations with a prosthetic limb.

Includes a bonus interview with Sergeant Joseph Kapacziewski and his editor, Marc Resnick.

©2013 Sergeant Joseph Kapacziewski and Charles W. Sasser (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Military buffs will relish this fast-paced account of youthful yearnings for military service, brutal Ranger training, and page after page of camaraderie, horseplay, grim humor, and vivid nuts-and-bolts action. Even readers lukewarm to military memoirs will admire the fierce dedication required to be the first Ranger to go to war with a prosthetic limb." (Publisher's Weekly Review)

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    Stan Greensboro, NC, United States 03-19-14
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    "Great story about another American Hero"
    What did you love best about Back in the Fight?

    The timeline of a rise, fall and recovery of a soldier.


    What other book might you compare Back in the Fight to and why?

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    Have you listened to any of Johnny Heller and Jo Anna Perrin ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Once he decided that he needed a new plan, his determination to return to the Rangers grew and drove him to accomplish his new "mission".


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    Martin Adams, NE, United States 07-19-13
    Martin Adams, NE, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story - Too short"
    Would you listen to Back in the Fight again? Why?

    Probably not, since the story is unique first time you lkisten to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Back in the Fight?

    I would say the recovery phase, which could have been described more in detail, and should have had more room in the book.


    What does Johnny Heller and Jo Anna Perrin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An experience of hearing the actual people speaking.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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    Any additional comments?

    Good story, which should have been longer and filled with more stories from his deployments.
    The amputation and the recovery afterwards was too short in my opinion, and should have contained more wins and defeats.
    But besides that a good and warm book, that I finished in no time.

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