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Publisher's Summary

In Level Zero Heroes, Michael Golembesky follows the members of U.S. Marine Special Operations Team 8222 on their assignment to the remote and isolated Taliban stronghold known as Bala Murghab as they conduct special operations in an effort to break the Taliban’s grip on the Valley.

What started out as a routine mission changed when two 82nd Airborne Paratroopers tragically drowned in the Bala Murghab River while trying to retrieve vital supplies from an air drop that had gone terribly wrong. In this one moment, the focus and purpose of the friendly forces at Forward Operating Base Todd, where Team 8222 was assigned, was forever altered as a massive clearing operation was initiated to break the Taliban’s stranglehold on the valley and recover the bodies.

From close-quarters firefights in Afghan villages to capturing key terrain from the Taliban in the unforgiving Afghan winter, this intense and personal story depicts the brave actions and sacrifices of MSOT 8222. Listeners will understand the hopelessness of being pinned down under a hail of enemy gunfire and the quake of the earth as a 2000 lb. guided bomb levels a fortified Taliban fighting position. A powerful and moving story of Marine Operators doing what they do best, Level Zero Heroes brings to life the mission of these selected few that fought side-by-side in Afghanistan, in a narrative as action-acked and emotional as anything to emerge from the Special Operations community contribution to the Afghan War.

©2014 Michael Golembesky and John R. Bruning (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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Worst narrator ever

This is such a great story but the narrator killed it. Way over acted with his tough guy talk. I had to buy the hard copy since I couldn't listen to this D Bag narrator anymore. This would be five stars if it weren't for him.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Glenn
  • Caboolture, Australia
  • 05-20-15

Disappointingly hard to listen to

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Somebody who hasn't read much of this genre

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something narrated by Scott Brick

What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

The "good old boy"is overdone and robs the story of credibility

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Level Zero Heroes?

12 minute prologue, Nevada Desert. I.e. Everything I have read so far

Any additional comments?

It is probably a great story but the narration is a turn off

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Book, Alright Narrator

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

I'm not sure who would have been a better narrator, but Peter Berkrot, while very into the story, made the main character sound far too whiney. At times when the character was making observations in relatively benign circumstances, Peter made him sound as though the world was crashing down. This definitely took away from the instances of real legitimate complaint and danger.I will give him credit for very few errors (later edited sentences). Great voice and dictator, just the wrong voice for this novel.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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JFO who works w/ JTACs 2 put warheads on foreheads

The narrator pronounced some military terms wrong here and there, such as "5.56" as "five fifty-six" as opposed to "five five six", "ANA" is just read as an acronym not "Anna". He said "50 millimeter" instead of "50 cal" at one point which I chuckled at because that is almost the size of a mortar round. I'm just being picky though and most civilians and even many service members wouldn't have picked up on some of these things. Overall, phenomenal book though. I have already recommended it to many of my brothers in arms and would recommend it to anyone with interest in modern US military history. If you happen to be a fister, a JFO, Fire Supporter, JTAC, TACP, CCT, etc. then this is definitely a great book for you. It provides a lot of valuable lessons that can be applied on the battlefield.

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Compelling story, read by Duke Nukem

What was a gripping and gritty account of the realities of modern warfare was significantly undermined by the narration. The exaggerated Duke Nukem voice was distracting and frankly made listening to this book difficult.

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Great story, bad reading.

The performance was lackluster at best. He clearly didn’t know any of the acronyms or bothered asking someone who did. Things that should have been spelled out weren’t and things that shouldn’t have been, were. It takes a little effort to make this book reading good, the story is already great.

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Poorly narrated

This story is great. I just wish I had read the book, as opposed to listening to the audio version. Of the countless books I've listened to about various wars, this narration was far and away the worst. Why on earth does this guy need to hammer us with tough guy talk during even the most mundane situations? I kept waiting, at the beginning, for him to use a normal voice. Be prepared, because it doesn't happen. Do yourself a favor and get the text version of this book.

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Great story but narrator kind of ruined it. ''xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx zxxxx xxx xxxx xxxxx xxxx xxxx

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Breathtaking

This book brought me back to a time where moon dust and terrible humor that helped us forget about the country we were in and the people that didn't like us as someone who is having issues conforming to the civilian world it's nice to be able to read this book for the fourth time and dagger 22 the sequel to bring myself back and escape life's every day challenges thank you so much raider from an 03 11 Semper Fi

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deep imprtant messeges, themes and tones thrughout

the story was perfect from cover to cover, but Berkot used is "badass" voice throught: in the beginning, through calm spots and jokes that have the farthest vocal tone from that. That didn't bother me TOO much, so I let it slide by, cause the words matter. Otherwise, it's was a turkey intense b book, almost without breaks. it's really opened my eyes to what I, and/or servisemen worldwide, will have to deal with (fix) in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-17

Hard to listen to

Narrator seemed to lack Knowledge of terms used such as A.N.A he used the name Anna instead which was frustrating to listen to. Also seemed over emphasised in parts of the book.


Overall good story just the narrator didn't do it justice

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  • Justin
  • 04-14-17

yup.. ☆☆☆☆☆

going for the sequel now.. DAGGER 22
this book is really nice.. interesting life of a JTAC.

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  • Joshua
  • 07-05-16

a bit short

great e book, a bit short only covered part of his deployment. I understand part two will be released soon, but feel it could have been one book.