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Publisher's Summary

Level Zero Heroes, Michael Golembesky's best-selling account of Marine Special Operations Team 8222 in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, was just the beginning for these now battle-hardened special operations warriors.

The unforgiving Afghan winter settled upon the 22 men of Marine Special Operations Team 8222, call sign Dagger 22, in the remote and hostile river valley of Bala Murghab, Afghanistan. The Taliban fighters in the region would have liked nothing more than to once again go dormant and rest until the new spring fighting season began. No chance of that - this winter would be different.

Along with Afghan and International Security Forces (NATO), the marines of Dagger 22 continued their fight throughout the harsh winter to shape the battlefield before the Afghan ground began to thaw. From one firefight to the next, the noose began to tighten around the village of Daneh Pasab and the Taliban command cell operating there. On April 6, 2010, a ground force consisting of US Army Special Forces, Afghan commandos, and Marine Corps special operations conducted a night assault to destroy the heavily entrenched Taliban force, breaking their grip on the valley and stopping the spring offensive before it even began.

But nothing in Bala Murghab comes easily, and combat operations wear on the operators of Dagger 22 as they lean on each other once again in order to complete their mission in one of the most brutal environments on earth.

©2016 Michael Golembesky (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Good Story, but...

The story was good, but I had a hard time getting past the reading style of the narrator.

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Sucked

Narrator was an over actor, mis pronounced military acronyms, story dragged on and on with no highs and tons of lows, takes major endurance to make it through... don't waste your money

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Decent book over the top performance

Story was good. unfortunately the over the top performance and annunciations make it almost unbearable.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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a dud

This probably would be a much better book if read rather than listened to. I will be certain to not listen to another book read by this guy, as his reading made this book a huge dud. Awful job of reading!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Narration very annoying

I've read about 10 books on Iraq and Afghanistan military action. This narrator was so contrived and forced I found it hard to listen to the story. The emotion sounded completely fake. For me, it detracted from the story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great book and great story. SF

Where does Dagger 22 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks pretty high on my list, the story is great and reminds me of my time in Iraq and Afghanistan.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is one of the worst ones I have heard. His voice is super annoying and almost made me stop listening. He tried too hard to add gruff to his voice.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Damn. I loved this book. So Moto.

this book was a great read in my opinion so much more polished than his first book there is more combat and more of the human element about their contacts and the men they lost on this deployment

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Narrator should not be allowed to narrate

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator.

What was most disappointing about Michael Golembesky’s story?

The over exaggerations of the narrator and his ridiculous intonations.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His intonations and the way he dramatized everything.

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

Disappointment!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Finshed what he started.<br />

Yet anther account of Men fighting for each other and standing against evil. The story gives a no bullshit point of view to modern warfare where every General can watch Men on the ground and arm chair Quarterback without reguard to the people they control.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Another terrible narrator

I've had a run of bad luck with narrators lately ... No one I know speaks like Peter Berkrot ... he really makes a great story hard to get through .

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • John Gray
  • 01-26-18

Alright but annoying yank accent

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yeah he never said what happened to the fricken dog.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

How pointless there mission was.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Been slightly less southern american.

Was Dagger 22 worth the listening time?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Fine if your really into these books, but much better examples are around. ‘‘Twas okay’.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Rockeyes
  • 09-10-17

Seriously?

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can not think of anyone

Has Dagger 22 put you off other books in this genre?

No not really.

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

Tiredness.

Any additional comments?

The story is simply about a soldier and his experiences, which I'm sure are true and harsh. However the story told is bloated, repetitive and the narrators huge effort to make the book sound interesting made it sound like a never ending hammy intro to a B movie. Try the sample before purchasing. This is no reflection at all about the solder, but I am saddened how his effort to share his experiences have been let down by the poor content and narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-27-17

Good Listen - Eventually

Really struggled with the narrator for the first 3rd of the book. Kept over emphasising final words in sentences. Suspect he was trying to add atmosphere but nearly put me off enough to stop listenin. Thankfully he improves until he tries the female voice. Did take away from what would have been a much better story and listen

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-16-17

"Dagger 22"

Interesting book, a good follow-up from the last. What these guys had to do an deal with where quite exceptional. Any one interested in this subject will appreciate this work. Well read, wish there where more title's like that....!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-14-17

Brilliant book

this is a brilliant book. well read and written. recommended it to those who like true stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-27-18

Far out his accent shits me

Good story and so on but the fricking narrator has a US accent on second and Australian next.
With UK

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  • Justin
  • 04-23-17

this awesome sequel

yes.. this indeeed is a carry on.. from the first book. its is twice exciting. .n turly.. at the edge of the seat type story line... thank you halo14.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful