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"A thrilling action ride of a book" (The New York Times Book Review) - from Jerry Bruckheimer in theaters everywhere January 19, 2018 - the New York Times best-selling, true-life account of a US Special Forces team deployed to dangerous, war-ridden Afghanistan in the weeks following 9/11.
Previously published as Horse Soldiers, 12 Strong is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered 40 to one, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators as they rode into the city. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn.
During a surrender of 600 Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers were ambushed by the would-be POWs. Dangerously overpowered, they fought for their lives in the city's immense fortress, Qala-i-Janghi, or the House of War. At risk were the military gains of the entire campaign: if the soldiers perished or were captured, the entire effort to outmaneuver the Taliban was likely doomed.
"A riveting story of the brave and resourceful American warriors who rode into Afghanistan after 9/11 and waged war against Al Qaeda" (Tom Brokaw), Doug Stanton's account touches the mythic. The soldiers on horses combined ancient strategies of cavalry warfare with 21st-century aerial bombardment technology to perform a seemingly impossible feat. Moreover, their careful effort to win the hearts of local townspeople proved a valuable lesson for America's ongoing efforts in Afghanistan. With "spellbinding...action packed prose...The book reads more like a novel than a military history...the Horse Soldier's secret mission remains the US military's finest moment in what has since arguably been a muddled war" (USA TODAY).
If you could sum up Horse Soldiers in three words, what would they be?
Detailed, riveting, and exciting
What was one of the most memorable moments of Horse Soldiers?
SF and CIA agents being blown up by their own ordinance and surviving the blast that threw them more than 60 yards from their original position.
What does Jack Garrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Great emphasis in just the right spots of the story that make you feel as if you really know the people and their families.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
When the flintstones met the Jetsons.
Any additional comments?
Really terrific and detailed account of the initial surge into Afghanistan. The topic is very politically charged and the book is not overbearing in one political view or another. The acts of heroism on the battlefield are incredible and a testament to what these organizations can do with just a little support.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
I can not even imagin riding those mountain trails and then into battle. I thought this book was very well written and well read. Today when we think of Cavalry it's usually 1st Air Cav sweeping in to save the day not men on actual horses. Warfare on a horse seems like it would be something those who put together this engagement would have to go back a 150 years or so and relearn. It was a good thing in this book to see the modern American Soldier and a Afgan man and his horses come together for a common purpose. I thank Mr. Stanton for doing this book otherwise these men and their story might have been lost to us. I was not familiar with this narrator but I thought he did a great read and I would enjoy hearing more from him.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Great book. What these men went through is amazing. I can't imagine what America would be like without men like this
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Horse Soldiers?
Fantastic Story! Great read, check it out.
What about Jack Garrett’s performance did you like?
I hated Jack Garretts performance. He sounded like he belongs in a Michael Bay movie. His attempt at a gritty dramatic dialog reminded me of the most cliche 80's action drama. It was so stupid it actually detracted from the story; which is a bummer since the story is very well written.
Any additional comments?
I hope Jack Garrett gets trampled by the the wildebeest with strep throat that he was trying to sound like.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is an awesome story of the courage, determination, and humanity of the U.S. Special Operations. If you take nothing more from this review, then know this is an amazing story.
Unfortunately, the author's writing style of bouncing between the teams and back-and-forth to their pre-deployment life was difficult for me to follow. There were so many characters that I found myself asking, "Wait. Was that the same guy as...?" As a result, there were portions to which I had to listen and re-listen only to become confused again two or three chapters later. This made it difficult (for me) to form any emotional connection with the characters. Without that connection, the book was a disappointment.
As for the narrator, with so many characters and with so few spoken words, there is very little voice acting to be performed. The book is written as a simple narration. In my oponion, the narrator neither added to nor took away from my enjoyment of the book. The narration is a reflection of the writing. The writing is dull, therefore the narration is dull.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
My heart goes out every time to the boys that have fought to keep our country free....at any cost and thank you to these brave horseman who willing answered the call. If you want to know anything about who has helped to make this country great.....don't hesitate to read this book.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
This is an excellent book that everyone must read. It finally tells a story of extremely brave men that stepped up to protect the US when the US was at its weakest and most vulnerable. There are very few stories the grip you from the beginning and don't let you go until the very end. trust me you will read the last sentence and then just sit there in disbelief that it is over. I understand that there is a movie coming out about this soon. Please read the book prior to that. there is so much of this story that the movie won't be able to cover or flat out won't be able to explain because it's too time consuming.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
I really looked forward to this book. I had wanted to pick it up in hardback, but found it here on audible and had credit. I regret downloading it because Jack Garrett did a terrible job reading . He plays it up like he's narrating some overly dramatic film trailer, which ruins the book. The story speaks for itself; just read like a normal human being.
The book is incredibly slow and long-winded repeats itself many times and the action elements are very boring.
The narrator is incredibly slow and the voices to the characters are poorly done.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
How many of us understand this new world we live in? A primer on a new way of seeing.
In modern conflict, our choice must be to enable those that we believe in our hearts should win, to win.
This group of individuals exemplifies this sentiment and deserve to be admired and supported for their personal sacrifice.
When policy is decided, someone needs to make it happen.
I Thank you all.
This was a fantastic read - well written and with complete empathy for the main characters. The author captured the essence of these incredibly able and brave men and accurately showed their intelligence which often one assumes is not high in the military lexicon - but for Special Forces personnel and the missions they undertook, intelligence is a pre-requisite in addition to the awesome physical endurance