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And the Whole Mountain Burned

A War Novel
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
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From four-tour combat veteran and debut author Ray McPadden, And the Whole Mountain Burned is a vivid portrayal of soldiers facing battle, death, and elusive enemies deep in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Sergeant Nick Burch has returned to the crags of tribal Afghanistan seeking vengeance. Burch's platoon has one goal: to capture or kill an elusive insurgent, known as the Egyptian, a leader who is as much myth as he is man, highly revered and guarded by ferocious guerrillas. The soldiers of Burch's platoon look to him for leadership, but as the Egyptian slips farther out of reach, so too does Burch's battle-worn grasp on reality.

Private Danny Shane, the youngest soldier in the platoon, is learning how to survive. For Shane, hunting the Egyptian is secondary. First, he must adapt to the savage conditions of the battlefield: crippling heat, ravenous sand fleas, winds thick with moondust, and a vast mountain range that holds many secrets. Shane is soon chiseled by combat, shackled by loyalty, and unflinchingly marching toward a battle from which there is no return. 

A new enemy has emerged, one who has studied the American soldiers and adapted to their tactics. Known as Habibullah, a teenage son of the people, he stands in brazen defiance of the Ameriki who have come to destroy what his ancestors have built. The American soldiers may be tracking the Egyptian, but Habibullah is tracking them, and he knows these lands far better than they do. 

With guns on full-auto, Shane and Burch trek into the deepest solitude of the Himalayas. Under soaring peaks, dark instinct is laid bare. To survive, Shane and Burch must defeat not just Habibullah's militia, but the beast inside themselves.

And the Whole Mountain Burned reveals, in stunning, ruthless detail, the horrors of war, the courage of soldiers, and the fact that no matter how many enemies we vanquish, there is always another just over the next ridge.

©2018 Ray McPadden (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A riveting, raw, rip-roaring saga of endurance, violence and the quest for redemption. A literary and spiritual achievement on a level with Cormac McCarthy. Destined to be the classic of the Afghan war. Bravo!" (Bing West, author of The Village and One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War)

"A remarkable portrait of the daily human cost of our longest war. If you want to understand the price our troops pay, this book will grip you." (Newt Gingrich, number-one New York Times bestselling author)

"And the Whole Mountain Burned is shocking in its frankness, powerful in its unceremonious honesty. The most important novel you'll read this year." (J.D. Barker, international best-selling author of The Fourth Monkey and Forsaken)

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I loved this book! The narrator was did a wonderful job and the author did a brilliant job of developing the characters. The book was so well written that I fell in love with the characters and ended up wishing I had the courage to be a soldier. The descriptions of the country were beautiful. I really left with my utmost respect for veterans. It also left me wondering if those who serve our country feel the tremendous costs they pay is worth it? I loved the honest real language. I had a little bit of a hard time with the military jargon and if I had been reading it this might have been easier for me to look up or maybe a glossary with terms could be helpful. I believe this is one of those books that is better listened to than read. It felt so real listening to it. I'm sure it is an excellent read too though.