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House to House Audiobook

House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

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Publisher's Summary

This is the personal side of battle, where emotion, courage, and strength are stretched to the limits.

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.

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Christina 02-26-16
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    "Raw and Powerful"

    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!!
    Areana Szkola
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    shane 02-17-16
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    "great book"

    loved it was never a bull moment! at times made me feel like I was their with them!

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    Brad L. 01-20-16
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    "Incredibly intense"

    SSG Bellavia's account and incredibly descriptive and vivid recollection of his experiences in Iraq was intense and gut wrenching. Better than any movie I've ever seen. I could picture every bit of the landscape and the battles. Grateful for his service and that he chose to share his story!

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    Nate 01-17-16
    Nate 01-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Talk about in your face"

    This book gives the raw in your face stories of what our troops go through while in Iraq.

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    Adam 12-09-15
    Adam 12-09-15
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    "Outstanding "

    As a 7 year Army Combat Veteran...

    this book opened my mind and heart to a few of my own personal battles with leaving the Military to be a father and how horribly my civilian life has crashed upon my feet. helping to move on with my life the way I need to on more levels then I can express. God Bless my BROTHERS who didn't make it back. UNIT WE WE REGROUP. I'LL TAKE THIS WATCH.

    RIP SGT Kelly Lacey 1st KIA Afghanistan 2014.

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    Richard 11-16-15
    Richard 11-16-15 Member Since 2017

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A Well Written and Courageous Account."

    Like many great stories of combat, this is one that strikes with emotional truth as well as the details of war that need to shock us. We need to be reminded of what we send our soldiers to do. We all share the responsibility for what happens in this book. I compare this to both the the great novel, "All Quiet On The Western Front" or "The 13th Valley of or a memoir like "The Things They Carried" or "Band Of Brothers"
    Highly recommended!
    Thank you.

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    Jeff Kotterman 11-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Gritty, realistic Iraq war novel"

    This book was surprisingly good. Better than I expected. The author has a vivid memory of urban combat in Iraq

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    Wildirishman64 Richmond KY 11-06-15
    Wildirishman64 Richmond KY 11-06-15

    I'm Irish and proud of it! Father of three beautiful girls, USAF veteran, 25 years in Social Services! Carpe Diem

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    "Excellent Story, Could not wait to listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of House to House to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I've read both. Hearing the descriptive tale was better than reading


    What did you like best about this story?

    This soldier came full circle from a soldier to a journalist. His insight and approach to this story was superb.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The human factor, emotions, disappointments and the struggle of men in combat


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Death challenge


    Any additional comments?

    The story from front to back was enlightening on many levels

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    Jeramie 10-01-15
    Jeramie 10-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A True NCO A Real Person"

    This was a great ride, very well done, a great definition of what a true NCO goes through for the men under his command. This helped me understand that it is ok to be human, and a soldier, Thank you SSG Bellavia to you and your courageous men. You and the men you fought with made me proud to wear the blue cord.

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    oscar n alvarez 09-17-15
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    "House to House: An Epic Eemoir of War "

    very intense. great narration. Amazing story shows you what war is really like from the perspective of someone who has actually been there. From the battlefield in Iraq to the battlefield at home , a soldiers life is a rollercoaster ride of emotions that no one could ever understand unless you yourself serve and as a veteran i sympathize with the author. I would definitely recommend this audio book/ book to everyone.

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