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)
Probably based on a true story and starts OK, but it gets increasingly profane and the author gets very self absorbed trying to pose as a tough M* F* from hell. Also a number of technical errors like 'Author lighting a thermite grenade and white phosphorous dripping out.." - This makes me believe that the co-author has had a very heavy influence, dramatizing the book.
A good idea and storyline spoiled by profanity, obsession with gore and dramatizing.
Unquestionably brave men doing heroic things - unfortunately devalued by the author's immediate jump into the age-old trap of solipsism. Within five minutes of the opening, the narrator claims his group and those like him were the only real soldiers wearing uniforms in this conflict. Others were to be "despised". I make no personal claim one way or the other, but I can say I was directly involved with a number of these "non-warrior" soldiers who acted every bit as bravely, who bled to death just as their more "warrior-like" brothers did, and who were to be missed by their families every bit as much.
Yes I would. One of the top non-fictional war books (audio) I've read.
No, it was spread between several days
Two? Yes Two. I recently read this account of the taking of Fallujah and some months back I read " No True Glory". Since they both deal with the same event in this war I thought it only fair to make a short comparision. With this book my main complaint was the narrarator. The pitch of his voice was just not appealing to my ears and his delievery at times was harsh and rapid. A good narrator gives his listener time to fully understand what he has just said! As for as the stories both are good. Both books are well written. Having said all that, In my opnion are far as description and depth of feeling No True Glory would have to come in #1
Everybody should listen to this book before deciding on how they feel about the war on terror.
Beginning to End
David Bellavia for Congress!!!!
Whatever your feelings about the war in Iraq, you will find this book compelling, horrible, heartbreaking, and uplifting, all at once. Bellavia is (seemingly) completely honest, utterly introspective and self aware, and, it turns out, a damn fine writer. The narrative is, for the most part, tight and taught; the book well edited. Porter does a fantastic job narrating this book. I recommend it to everyone, conservative and liberal alike.
In the Top Ten War Stories!
The Solider involed in the Hand to Hand fight to the Death!
Any Good Narrator would have been good with that material!
Just to know what it was like to see a man die by your own hand up close and personal!
It just was another GREAT Book about the latest War of America and How it affects the Young Men we send to fight and die in it!
I have listened to this audio book two times and I will likely listen again. Ray Porter provides an EXCELLENT read for a book filled with suspense, tension and emotion. Staff Sergeant David Bellavia is truly an American hero!
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