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 of the best war books that I have listened. Very exciting book full of modern battlefield experiences in its grim reality. War is hell.
Ok, firstly I want to address the folks who have complained about the foul language: this is how our service members talk to one-another. I have worked with soldiers and marines alike, and can promise you that this language does not result from a lack of vocabulary nor does it stem from a simple mind. This is just how these guys talk to each other, and I believe that the author was trying to allow the reader/listener to feel like they are standing next to these guys, as real as possible. And as for the gore, this is a war story, what would you expect?! Now ranting aside, this was an amazing story and I found myself listening for hours at a time, not wanting to leave the car. An emotional story that brought tears to my eyes a few times. I appreciate the way this man opened himself within the story and told it just how he saw it, with no sugar on top. Well worth the credit, GET IT!
Once I got started, I couldn't stop; but if I had known how profane the language was going to be, I would have never started. Gripping story. The language was probably real, not just put in for the story, but still very, very rough.
Truly, one of the best listens in a long time. If you don't shed a few tears along the way you have no feelings left inside. An open and honest look at the war from someone who lived and survived it. I recommend this book to anyone who supports our troops in any conflict.
The author's down-to-earth while engaging and detailed style made this one of my favorite recent listens. Sure made two long drives fly right past. Gave me a much different perspective on things 'over there' than all other media sources have. Just a warning - quite a bit of front-line infantry style profanity than a more traditional documentary format so might be better to avoid if that is going to offend you. I found myself laughing out loud frequently though.
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