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)
One rarely finds a book that is so truly honest with itself like this one. A truly inspiring book in a way that pulls the heart strings and gives you a new appreciation for those that fight abroad.
Whatever your politics are, this book will find a place in your library.
Have read many books of this type and this is one of the very best. And the reader Ray Porter, has perfect pitch for this action packed book.. A cliff hanger and un-put-down-able.
Criminal defense Lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read mostly non-fiction.....history, science, military biography. My quirky side likes Zombie Books? Will also pick up a fiction bestseller once in a while. Favorite movie: Being There
I've listened to many books on the war in Iraq. This is probably the best one. Most people tend to concentrate on the Navy SEAL narratives, and that's ok. But this book is about the Army grunts who did most of the fighting, and that made all the difference to me. It's gripping, intense, no holds barred. It should be required reading for anyone thinking of becoming an infantryman/woman. It contains one of the most excruciatingly real narratives of a hand to hand fight to the death of any war book I've ever read. Thank you, Sgt. Bellavia. And thanks to all the men who are memorialized in the book. Simply excellent.
Ray porter does a first class job as the narrator.
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 ?".
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