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Roughneck Nine-One: The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-Team at War | [Frank Antenori, Hans Halberstadt]

Roughneck Nine-One: The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-Team at War

On April 6, 2003, 26 Green Berets, including those of Sergeant First Class Frank Antenori's Special Forces A-Team (call sign Roughneck Nine One), fought a vastly superior force at a remote crossroads near the village of Debecka, Iraq. The enemy unit had battle tanks and 150 well-trained, well-equipped, and well-commanded soldiers. The Green Berets stopped the enemy advance, then fought them until only a handful of Iraqi survivors finally fled the battlefield.
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Publisher's Summary

On April 6, 2003, 26 Green Berets, including those of Sergeant First Class Frank Antenori's Special Forces A-Team (call sign Roughneck Nine One), fought a vastly superior force at a remote crossroads near the village of Debecka, Iraq. The enemy unit had battle tanks and 150 well-trained, well-equipped, and well-commanded soldiers. The Green Berets stopped the enemy advance, then fought them until only a handful of Iraqi survivors finally fled the battlefield.

In the process, the Nine One encountered hordes of members of the news media. And at the peak of the fight, a US Navy F-14 dropped a 500-pound bomb into the middle of a group of supporting Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, killing and wounding dozens.

Roughneck Nine One is the never-before-told, unsanitized story of the fight for the crossroads at Debecka, and a unique inside look at a Special Forces A-team as it recruits and organizes, trains for combat, and eventually fights a battle against a huge opposing force.

©2006 Frank Antenori and Hans Halberstadt; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"...Antenori's memoir offers a gritty inside look at a Special Forces team at war." (Publishers Weekly)
"A notable contribution to the literature on both the Iraq war and the capabilities of special-ops units." (Booklist)

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    Tomio Oakland, CA, USA 10-16-09
    Tomio Oakland, CA, USA 10-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent First-Hand Accout of SF in Iraq"

    While I love stories--especially books, but just about all other media--about gung-ho, testosterone-driven SOF missions, I'm always a little suspicious of the content's authenticity; especially when its a first-hand account of some super-secret, confidential, need-to-know operation you've almost never heard of. But the Battle of Debecka Pass is probably one of the most well-known of SOF battles in Iraq, perhaps because--as Antenori explains in the book--his primary job after the fact was to tell his story. And in "Roughneck" he does it extremely well, never veering off into the dubious land of self-mythologizing and John Wayne/Green Beret legend. Instead the book is grounded in innumerable--though interesting--details,and Antenori is just as concerned with telling THE STORY, as he is in telling HIS STORY (if that makes any sense).

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John Rex, GA, USA 10-07-08
    John Rex, GA, USA 10-07-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent narrative"

    I really liked this book. It is, however, a tactical narrative. There's really nothing about human drama or character development and stuff like that. If you want to know what modern combat is like this book is perfect. It's a battle from a Special Forces' unit's perspective, well told, and nothing more. I recommend it if you're interested in learning about warfare.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dwight Athens, GA, USA 09-24-07
    Dwight Athens, GA, USA 09-24-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Pulls few punches"

    In Roughneck Nine-One Frank pulls few punches. While there are some details that obviously cannot be divulged, Frank does a great job painting vivid images of not only the main battle, but the path leading up to it. His descriptions of events are engrossing and the reader soon finds himself swept up in the pace of battle. The characters are well developed, the action is hot, and the simple objectivity and decisiveness of Frank's character lend great credit to himself and his story-telling.

    This is also a great read for those who know the familiar burden of political BS that somehow runs around bitting people in the ass in the military, and an eye opener to those who do not.
    One would be uninformed to think that even Special Forces teams are immune to red tape and political wrangling.

    All around, a great read! Couldn't put it down.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Las Vegas, NV, USA 03-18-10
    Andrew Las Vegas, NV, USA 03-18-10
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    "Well written - Great Book"

    Frank Antenori puts together a well written narrative. Well written meaning the organization and structure of his thoughts demonstrate real skill in writing. Some books of this genre are written on a Jr. High level. I would like to say thank you to Frank Antenori for having the courage to kill the enemy, not be conflicted about it, and for telling his story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-18-12
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "Enjoyed it!"

    Loved all the modern weapons technology. Enjoyed the plot, characters, and insight into Special Forces challenges with unit commanders, other units-our own and friendly allies, and the enemy. I enjoyed a lot and recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chip Miami Shores, FL, United States 10-14-11
    Chip Miami Shores, FL, United States 10-14-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Outstanding Insight into present day Special Force"
    What did you love best about Roughneck Nine-One?

    Having served in Special Forces during the Vietnam Era, I was particularly interested to see that while some things have changed over the years, the core issues which define U.S. Army Special Forces remain the same. This non-fiction novel offers extraordinary insight into the nature of the


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    Patrick Lawlor's peformance was outstanding. Although initially, I thought his voice to be a bit out of pitch, as the story unfolded, it fit in precisely with SFC Antenori and conveyed a precise image of the persons as well as the events unfolding in the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several moments. Interactions between ranking commanders and team 391 (particularly the all too familiar WPPA candidate Major X), as well as the battlefield leadership scenarios which inspired and encouraged individuals within the teams.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Westminster, CO, United States 10-30-06
    Doug Westminster, CO, United States 10-30-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Pass on this one"

    Black Hawk Down was far more urgent and dire than this account. The main theme for this story was, it's a wonder anything gets done with all the turf battles and chain of command conflicts. Special Forces are indeed well trained and hard charging and while these guys were in fact outnumbered, they had far superior technology. With all the missles and CAS at hand, one team could have handled the situation. Hunker down on the hillside and lob pin point, high tech ordinance at the enemy. The friendly fire caused more death and havoc than the Iraqis did. Overall the writing was dry, repetitive and uninvolving. While any battlefront is inherently dangerous, picture multiple news crews trying to interview the soldiers in Mogadishu. This was work to listen to.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Slatts 05-13-07
    Slatts 05-13-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Great story, bad writing"

    A compelling story. The soldier that wrote the book would have benefited from more guidance by a professional writer.

    The events recounted can stand superbly on their own. Unfortunately, excessive “John Wayne” type comments detracted from the power of the events. I can not overstate the courage and skill of the men involved in the account, but the over the top commentary made the book hard to listen to.

    The narrator is better suited for a different genre. He is good, but his style accentuated the already trite prose.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis ARLINGTON, TN, United States 03-13-14
    Dennis ARLINGTON, TN, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Simply Outstanding"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A definite recommendation! The story is excellent. If you have any military background, you'll recognize the reality in the details, and the narration is the best I've ever heard. Outstanding!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roughneck Nine-One?

    When they realized that they were facing tanks and had to make tracks. Well told!


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I will look for him on others.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    It was ingesting to find that even outcasts like Green Berets have their outcasts, and their independence usually results in outcomes that the conventional military cannot conceive.


    Any additional comments?

    Did I mention that it was outstanding?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    W Craddock Allerton, IL, United States 09-20-11
    W Craddock Allerton, IL, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Roughneck Nine-One"
    What disappointed you about Roughneck Nine-One?

    Geezz; acronym overload. The actual combat story isn’t that bad but the filler in the book is just that; filler; and the self-promotion is annoying. Narration is weak.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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