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In 2007, the US Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade posted to northeastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province. Battle Company, the best within the Brigade, was assigned the toughest Area of Operations. It was called the Korengal Valley. During their 15-month tour, Battle Company saw more combat than any unit since Vietnam. Raw and unapologetic, To Quell the Korengal is a first-hand account of life on the front lines. Written by a grunt on the ground, it is rife with gun fights, grueling foot patrols, a villainous company commander, the austere routines of the American soldier, and the kind of humor only found in war.

Though equally appealing to combat-hardened listeners, the story is told in a manner any civilian can comprehend. It was the author's wish that the book could serve as a bridge of understanding for a veteran's wife or mom, or anyone curious about the conflict and sacrifices of our nation's troops.

©2015 Darren Shadix (P)2017 Tantor

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truest form of grunt-speak here

A good rendition of been there, done that. Nicely put in Real World Language not sugar-coated or sanitized.

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Great war memoir

I don’t think this is as excellent as House to House Outlaw Platoon or The Outpost, and there has been a decent amount written/documented about Restrepo (the medic, the base)....BUT that said this is a great memoir, good amount of action although I could use more dialogue even if it is only a guess (because no one wrote down exactly what they said in this battle, or that meeting with an elder). I could read every one of these books when they are written this well. Above avg narrator too. It sparks in me what every one felt on Sept 12, 2001 and why some took up the call to fight overseas.

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A solid story, surrounded by mystery.

A great memoir of the Korengal, and Rock Avalanche. Although down played, the author has a great perspective. His CO seems like the cookie cutter ladder climber, which must have been aggravating. I can appreciate his sacrifice, and thank him for his service.

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