From award-winning journalist and combat veteran Michael Hirsh comes the thrilling inside story of the Air Force's pararescue operations in Afghanistan. The first journalist to be embedded with an Air Force combat unit in the war on terrorism, Hirsh flew from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, with the 71st Rescue Squadron to their expeditionary headquarters at a secret location in Central Asia.
Unparalleled access to the pararescue jumpers - or PJs - as well as to the courageous men and women who fly them where they have to go, often under enemy fire, allowed Michael Hirsh to uncover incredible stories of courage. Among them: the drama of a plane crash at 10,000 feet in the Hindu Kush mountains, where PJs climb with 100-pound packs through chest-deep snow to rescue the crew; the tension of an unprecedented nighttime combat parachute jump into the middle of an Afghan minefield; and the heartbreak during Operation Anaconda, when seven American fighting men die, including the first PJ killed in combat since Vietnam.
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Counselor, Captain, Medic and Dad are things I'm called. I like military, legal, medical and science reads both fictional and not.
I really wanted this book to be great and kept listening to it with the expectation that it was going to get great. . . unfortunately that was never realized. There is almost an equal amount about aviation and flying than there was about the PJ's. while the men and women who make up S.O.A.R., this book was promised to be about the PJ's...not an all encompassing account of CSAR.
It was written well and I like the author's style, but I was really disappointed with the subject matter which included far too much "fly-boy Stuff" aka aviation and thus not nearly enough about the PJ's. . . supposedly THE subject of the book.
Narrator's performance was very good and I appreciated his familiarity and ease at reading a book about the military complete with volumes of "Military-ese"
I didn't have any expectations but once the action started to pick up, it got really good. The narrator helped add in some of the suspense which is very important. Overall awesome book. Hooyah.
Truely brave men - A must read!
All the PJ's work, eat and sleep in the same units which leads to fantastic rescues and infiltrations/ex-filtrations of gravely injured persons (not just military) as well as some lighter moments when the PJ's are on the ground that will give you a few laughs.
Did not notice anything about the narrator - So I guess you can't beat that.
Great stories of selflessness from the PJ community. There are a lot of really awesome stories contained in this book. You get an appreciation for these men and what they are capable of doing.
That Others May Live
Hirsh humanizes the soldiers and Snow brings their humanity to life
Jason Cunningham for always thinking of others
When a PJ trainer goes to the extreme of rappelling down a building to catch trainees talking.
The pain of a family having to bury their loved one.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys story about people whose job it is to save others, for people who are interested in real military accounts, and for people who find helicopters interesting, Nothing is over-explained, everything is relevant, and there are no "boring parts." The narrator has the right timbre for the subject matter and does a great job giving the people life - the very reason we buy audiobooks.
I did not get the sense that the author respected the military and wrote the book as a reporter covering a news story.
The title of this book does not fit the book. The book is just a collection of brief stories from a reporter who happened to interview some of the participants. Based on the stories I am not sure if the PJ's interviewed held back, or if the author just didn't do a good job. After I completed the book I felt that I had wanted more. I am not often critical, but in this case there are many other books that cover our bravest warriors that you may want to consider before you pick this one up.
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