The preface is read by the author, Jimmy Blackmon.
Pale Horse is the remarkable never-before-told true story of an army aviation task force during combat in the Afghan War, told by the commanding officer who was there. Set in the very valleys where the attacks of 9/11 were conceived and where 10 Medals of Honor have been earned since that fateful day the war began, the narrative races from ferocious firefights and bravery in battle to the quiet moments where the courageous men and women of Task Force Pale Horse catch their breath before they take to the skies again.
Jimmy F. Blackmon writes with a power and hard-hitting honesty that leap out of the audio. He has the respect of the men and women of his brigade and a command of the narrative to tell their story. From pilots of lethal Apache attack helicopters who strike fear in their enemies to the medevac soldiers who risk their lives daily, these are warriors from a variety of backgrounds who learned selflessness and found the closest brotherhood they ever knew through the crucible of war.
Pale Horse both honors and commemorates the service of this elite task force from the unique vantage point of the commander who led them in battle.
©2016 Jimmy Blackmon (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
Truthful, Real, Necessary
The members of TF Pale Horse, TF Destroyer, everyone who left a piece of themselves in the N2KL!
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I thought this book was great
the story was solid and not meandering. it didn't loose me in too much inconsequential back story or side notes. he pretty much gives a summed up experience of the pre deployment and deployment highlights of the busy days ,key players, and big fights during his time in Afghanistan. He sounds like a solid leader who trusted his soldiers to make life and death decisions without micromanagement from his command. I thought he did a great job calling out and giving credit to the soldiers on the ground and in the air who were in his story. the book didn't seem like it was written from the point of view of a selfish person looking to make all the successes his and the failures someone else's. only thing that would have made the book even better would have been for each of the air crews flying the gun ships and medivacs to have told the story of the individual battles and occurrences in their own words but The author does a good job telling their side. you can tell he has done some pretty extensive interviews with them to get the detail be brings to this book. I enjoyed the narration as well. so much of a good audio book depends on it. the best story with a crap narrator is not even listenable for me whereas even a mediocre story with a great voice who puts emotion and inflection into his words can make for an excellent listen. fortunately this audio book has both a compelling story and very good narrator telling it. I've listened to it twice already.
Jimmy's account is amazingly accurate as viewed thru the eyes of a present-day combat commander.
The author blends wonderful story-telling with personal accounts of the men and women who served with him
Good job Brian!
...and death rides a Pale Horse
As a former cavalry commander, I found Jimmy's account to be amazingly accurate, smooth and thrilling. The men and women of today's Cavalry truly exemplify what is the absolute best about the character of our nation. I wish all our citizens had the Cav guts and panache revealed in this account. Jimmy finds the right balance between describing present-day combat and the character behind the aviator cavalrymen who fight to support our soldiers.
Jimmy Blackmon introduces us to some of our Nation’s finest sons and daughters as he gives a glimpse into the realities of battle. Although the subject is combat, the lessons are about strength of character, and camaraderie, and leadership, and the incredible spirit of our American Soldiers.
This is an action-packed account of helicopter assaults and resupply missions in the thin-air mountains of Afghanistan where ground troops were stationed at remote outposts. The combat seemed to take place mostly at night.
I liked the narration and I felt the fear due to the fact that some of the forward operating bases were almost completely inaccessible by road and existed in areas that lack infrastructure such as electricity. Any kind of accident, malfunction or damage to the aircraft would lead to the most desperate kind of situation.
Meanwhile I learned how the U.S. Army’s diverse types of helicopters work together tactically in support of ground troops. This is technically rich and interesting. One can see how far the military has come in terms of rotary wing engineering and tactics.
I loved the way our guys were there for each other over and over again, always at great personal risk. It made me proud.
At the same time, I felt distressed to hear throughout Blackmon’s account of his tour how much this excellent teamwork was reactive to what the enemy was doing. I felt that the enemy had the initiative even if they lost a lot of fighters. I believe the enemy deliberately traded its fighters in return for driving up our total expenditures in its effort to break our will to continue.
The aviation team and even the ground troops appeared to me to be in permanent response mode due to what may have been a strategy problem on top of the unprecedented logistics problem. It was a matter of getting attacked and then repelling the attackers with a whole lot of grit aided by superior technology and materiel. In matters of courage our side never came up short.
Just an amazing account of the struggles in Afghanistan from a different perspective. The tenacious resolve of these pilots is truly inspiring.
I purchased this book thinking that it would be a first-hand account of helicopter combat from the cockpit, but this is not actually how this book is structured. Commander Blackman tells an interesting story of the difficulties and challenges of commanding and aerial battle force. Even commander Blackburns first hand experiences are relayed in this book through him telling his associates stories of them. Well written, well written and impressive, just not quite what I was looking for.
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