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Pale Horse Audiobook

Pale Horse: Hunting Terrorists and Commanding Heroes with the 101st Airborne Division

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2016 Jimmy Blackmon (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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    "Pale Horse"
    If you could sum up Pale Horse in three words, what would they be?

    Truthful, Real, Necessary


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The members of TF Pale Horse, TF Destroyer, everyone who left a piece of themselves in the N2KL!


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for sharing our story. Death Rides a Pale Horse!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ernest 07-27-16
    ernest 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very inspirational!"

    undoubtedly the most inspirational story I've read in years. Heroes are not on movies...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Hollywood 06-07-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing Story! A must read (or listen)!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    Jason 06-07-16
    Jason 06-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!"

    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.

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    sms Nashville 06-05-16
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    "An accurate account of today's Cavalrymen"
    What made the experience of listening to Pale Horse the most enjoyable?

    Jimmy's account is amazingly accurate as viewed thru the eyes of a present-day combat commander.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author blends wonderful story-telling with personal accounts of the men and women who served with him


    What about Brian Troxell’s performance did you like?

    Good job Brian!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ...and death rides a Pale Horse


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Landon K. Thorne 04-22-16
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    "Powerful Account of Heroic Professionals"

    Powerful insight into combat flying and military leadership. Well narrated and vividly descriptive. A truly remarkable read.

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    Kevin 05-12-16
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    "An terrific account of our heroes in a war theater"

    Just an amazing account of the struggles in Afghanistan from a different perspective. The tenacious resolve of these pilots is truly inspiring.

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    Tom Ferrara Sonoma, CA, US 09-20-16
    Tom Ferrara Sonoma, CA, US 09-20-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Really well written."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pale Horse to be better than the print version?

    Did not read print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail and the performance.


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

    First one of his I listened.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, both.


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    I was very disappointed that the book ended, I could listen to this author for hours more. One of the most captivating books I've read. I suggest that anyone reading this book immediately read Red Platoon.

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