In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York State's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross. He has been nominated for the Medal of Honor and for the Army's second-highest combat medal, the Distinguished Service Cross.
©2007 David Bellavia; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"[W]ill satisfy readers who like their testosterone undiluted...a precise, hour-by-hour account of the fighting, featuring repeated heroic feats and brave sacrifice from Americans." (Publishers Weekly)
Yes. Exciting, poignant, informative.
The simple prose impregnated with sophisticated vocabulary.
Yes. I did. All night long.
A MUST READ...This book was so well written and read/performed that I felt the guilt of a voyeur unworthy of its author's truth, patriotism, sacrifice, commitment and bared soul. I am truly privileged to have been allowed access to the sanctity of Staff Sergeant David Bellavia's experience. His story hit me like a sledge hammer! I am not worthy of him but I am thankful for him and countless other soldiers like him. On behalf of a grateful nation, WELL DONE SERGEANT!
His voice, tone and cadence perfectly match the tone of the book.
My respect for true combat veterans (not REMFs) grows with each book by one who was there.
Such a thrilling and engaging story. Gives a "realistic" idea of what life as an infantry man is like. So much respect to men and women in these positions. I will say however that there is a chapter, I believe chapter 21 that isn't for the weak stomach. I admired the detail and vivid images Bellavia put into that chapter and the book as a whole. Porter's reading was superb as well.
This book will open your eyes to what it means to de a hero. A true story that will give you a look at what it takes to be a hero and make you wonder "what would I do ?".
SSG. Bellavia, does a phenomenal work, and no bars held at painting the vividness of war. Through his detailed accounts of his engagements, to the humorous moments,and the powerful emotions, this book captures it all.
Very poignant and emotional. This book made me realize the toll it takes on a soldier and his family to be involved with war. I really do have much respect for all military but especially for infantry after listening to this book. Ray porter reads the book with great emotion and draws you in. Well done!
This is the story Americans need to hear...this is a true epic tale of what our soldiers face. The peek inside a warriors mind and heart are impacting. Now I know WHY my son feels so strongly about being a soldier even at the cost of time away from his family. He too will come home to us all and I pray all our men and women who are still in the fight know we love them and thank them all! HOOAH!!
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