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The Brave Ones Audiobook

The Brave Ones: A Memoir of Hope, Pride, and Military Service

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Publisher's Summary

How does the US Army mold a video-game generation with its thumbs on the joystick into a proud fighting force with its fingers on the trigger - and lives on the line - in America's War on Terror? Michael J. MacLeod, already an accomplished professional photographer and journalist, decided to find out the hard way: by enlisting in the armed forces at age forty-one. What he observed and experienced as an embedded reporter and a serving soldier makes for an unflinching and inspiring portrait of endurance, sacrifice, discipline, and courage.

From the trials of basic training on the home front to the ranks of the legendary 82nd Airborne Division to taking fire in the hot zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, MacLeod chronicles the soldier's evolution as only one who's been in those boots can. Candid, wise, and powerful, his memoir takes listeners on an unforgettable journey through war and allows them to witness bravery firsthand.

©2015 Michael J. MacLeod (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    "A real story of war."

    enjoyed the narrator, story was well written I would find myself laughing at times then wanting to cry, I like how nothing seemed to be sugar coated it was real. As a veteran myself I salute you Michael McCloud.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Hovenas Stockholm, Sweden 02-11-16
    Charlie Hovenas Stockholm, Sweden 02-11-16 Member Since 2011

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    "mature account of war and it's warfighters."

    From the view of a 40+ man who joined the 82nd as a enlisted journalist. Probably the best account I've read or listened to, expertly narrated.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 03-14-16
    Robert 03-14-16
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    "Best modern military book I've listened to lately."

    Outstanding story that was written and performed outstandingly well. A win, win, win! Trifecta! Bravo!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Katie New Ulm, TX, United States 06-02-16
    Katie New Ulm, TX, United States 06-02-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent !"

    Events extremely well written and
    Patrick Lawlor brings them to life.
    Unable to put it down.

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 07-10-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 07-10-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Utterly fascinating US Army memoir"

    In 2008 Michael McLeod, a 41 year old husband, father, and Montana native with no military experience, decided to join the US Army as a buck private. He hoped to become a military journalist and photographer. This is his story of his 5 years as an enlisted man beginning with boot camp and including a tour without combat in Iraq and a tour with heavy combat in Afghanistan. The perspective of a well educated 40+ year old is fascinating and even humorous at times. McLeod was old enough to be the father of most of his peers and even many of his superiors,so his perceptions are certainly different than others.

    I recommend The Brave Ones without reservation to all. It is a wonderful and well narrated audiobook!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    R. Denton 07-04-16
    R. Denton 07-04-16 Member Since 2014

    Audiobooks help me hold on to the few wits I have left.

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    "Snarky Public Affairs soldier shocked at profanity"
    Would you try another book from Michael J. MacLeod and/or Patrick Lawlor?

    Probably not. Maybe the narrator, but definitely not this author. The author operates from the mistaken impression that he is a spectacular writer and that apparently there are no other books, films, etc. that relate the experiences of boot camp, jump school, war zone, etc. Way too much attitude from a REMF Fobbit, who's not in combat arms or even combat support, but only went through jump school because he was assigned 82nd Airborne (public affairs).


    What was most disappointing about Michael J. MacLeod’s story?

    Mostly his snarky attitude about pretty much everything from boot camp, drill sergeants, jump school, and being a fobbit, while real soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines were actually risking it all on a daily basis.
    I'm very disappointed that the publisher made this appear like it was a first-person experience of one of our airborne troops, while it was actually just the incessant whining of a middle-age guy who, probably from lack of work, enlisted in the US Army thinking it would be a great experience for the book he knew was within him. But rather than going for infantry, armor, artillery or something that actually contributes, he gets guaranteed "military journalist."There are too many real first-person accounts from all sorts of men and women in this and past wars who actually did "see the elephant" and survive for this spoiled child's account of mostly hearsay and third-person stories to matter a whit. A good editor could have salvaged this by removing most of the snarky, superior tone of voice and deleting about half the stuff that does a poor job of re-telling boot camp, jump school, etc. Good thing he picked PA, he would never have made it in the Grunts, much less Rangers.


    What didn’t you like about Patrick Lawlor’s performance?

    His high whiny voice just exacerbated the whiny, snarky tone of the author's words.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Mostly it sparked disgust. There are quite a few really good narratives by people of all sorts who have gone through the US military experience in war and peace, in all sorts of jobs, in all sorts of places. I cannot imagine how this even got published, unless it was self-published or specifically targeted to an audience that thinks being a fobbit who coincidentally has jump wings merits a "self-esteem" award for being sort of close to "there."


    Any additional comments?

    For a polar opposite of this piece of junk, try "Goodbye Darkness" by William Manchester. This is how a skilled writer tells the tale of his personal experience in war.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Nashville, TN 08-20-16
    Jeff Nashville, TN 08-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed this one"

    Probably the best modern day representation of life in the 82nd. It brought back a lot of memories of my time there in the early 90s. Not much has changed. Really good narrator too.

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    "Outstanding"

    This was an outstanding book! I am a veteran of 25 years of active duty with the US Army and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It is authentic, detailed, and written with an air of patriotism as well as respect for the members of our armed forces and their families.
    In my opinion,what really made this a great book was the fact that it was written by a soldier who not only observed what was happening, but was able to tell the story from the perspective of a soldier. The author kept a detailed record of his experiences from basic training throughout his period of service.

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    Shayne 07-26-16
    Shayne 07-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    Very entertaining and informative. The author really shows you with his story how the News industry puts their own spin on things. I am glad; I listened to this. The narrator does an awesome job as well.

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    Mitchell Padgett 07-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Thank you!"

    Someone does understand!! So thank you for writing this book! As an medically discharged Infantryman 11c/ scout 19d, you have put down in words that No one else has! I still have the dreams but they are getting better! And I thank you for your sacrifice and this book!

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