One Marine's gripping story of the bloody battles, the Surge, and the Awakening of Sunni tribes that changed the tide in Iraq's Anbar province.
Seven minutes into the first patrol a firefight erupts. Quickly, the Marines of Rage Company became acquainted with the nature of counterinsurgency. Every day, more IEDs were planted than the Marines could clear. They avoided taking the same route twice, they never walked out in the open, and they steered clear of roads that hadn't been "swept" in the last hour. They were in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province and one of the deadliest cities in Iraq.
In November 2006, then First Lieutenant Thomas Daly arrived as part of the "surge" in Ramadi, to take part in Operation Squeeze Play, a division-size effort to remove al Qaeda from Anbar province. In this powerful memoir, he describes the successful clearing of southern Ramadi's Second Officer's district, the Qatana, and the uprising of local citizens against al Qaeda on the eastern edge of the city (the result of an unlikely alliance between Daly's company and Thawar al Anbar). From the first patrol to the last in the spring of 2007, he takes you inside the daily successes and struggles of the operation and the stressful challenge of trying to discern who was a terrorist and who was a civilian. He tells the powerful and very human story of a people who want to free their country, yet have no basis on which to trust the American forces in helping them succeed.
A Marine's personal story of fighting an insurgency and overcoming a siege mentality to work with Iraqis to rout a common enemy, Al Qaeda Captain Daly's unique perception of the battlefield has been shaped while operating with units of the United States Army, Navy SEALs, ANGLICO (Air, Naval Gunfire Liaison Company), Iraqi Army and Police Units, and anti-Al Qaeda guerrillas.
Filled with on-the-ground details and insights on military operations and strategy, Rage Company cements the accurate history of the unlikely alliance that redirected the Iraq War and set the course for operations in the future.
©2010 Thomas P. Daly (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
The narrator should have obtained the proper way to pronounce certain acronyms and military terms. Thus is a small issue but, to veterans like myself, makes listening much easier when done correctly. Great book!!!!
I would need to read the print version to know.
The marines difficult job fighting cowards
yes, when the scouts went on the rampage and settled the score while being watched from overhead and the marines did not know it was them. The decision to drop a rocket on them could have been made but was not while the marines thought them to be insurgents only to find out later it was the scouts doing the killing.
It's a memoir, not an action novel so it will appeal to veterans and those more interested in how modern police actions are actually conducted. Personally I felt like I was back in the Marine Corps as Lt. Daly perfectly captured the nuance of platoon life and the bureaucratic nonsense that ultimately caused most Marines to forego reenlisting, while still relishing the time we served.
The only drawback was the narrator. A few words would be excusable but honestly, a professional narrator should know that the "S" is not pronounced in corpsman. And he couldn't pronounce Corregidor correctly and so on. For slang words like Gixxer to be mangled is a little more understandable but it just highlights the disconnect between the author's fine efforts and the publisher's cookie cutter approach to putting it on audio. Have the narrator spend one afternoon with the author, how hard can that be?
Rob Schapiro is another my favorite narrators. I really enjoyed the book, I don't glorify war it's just an interesting subject . That can only be ,told by people who were there ,and by those who actually served our country. It's part of our history and it should not be forgotten.
Excellent account of Rage Companies day to day operations. The personal story and experiences of the Marines painted captured the frustrations of a political war as well as the unsung heroes. Let us not forget our fallen and respect their love of the Corp and our country.
Married (1975), Vietnam-era (not in-country) vet (USN Retired), 4 sons, 11 grandkids, love riding my Harley.
This book is so realistic, you may find yourself sporting tan lines on your.temples from your Oakleys (even if you don't wear Oakleys) from all that time on patrol in the Iraqi scorching desert sun.
Great book. Well written and very informative. I just hate when narrators get military jargon wrong. And I can't say I've listened to a book that's got it right yet. But this guy gets some pretty basics wrong. Otherwise he did a great job
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