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One Marine's gripping story of the bloody battles, the Surge, and the Awakening of Sunni tribes that changed the tide in Iraq's Anbar province.

Seven minutes into the first patrol a firefight erupts. Quickly, the Marines of Rage Company became acquainted with the nature of counterinsurgency. Every day, more IEDs were planted than the Marines could clear. They avoided taking the same route twice, they never walked out in the open, and they steered clear of roads that hadn't been "swept" in the last hour. They were in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province and one of the deadliest cities in Iraq.

In November 2006, then First Lieutenant Thomas Daly arrived as part of the "surge" in Ramadi, to take part in Operation Squeeze Play, a division-size effort to remove al Qaeda from Anbar province. In this powerful memoir, he describes the successful clearing of southern Ramadi's Second Officer's district, the Qatana, and the uprising of local citizens against al Qaeda on the eastern edge of the city (the result of an unlikely alliance between Daly's company and Thawar al Anbar). From the first patrol to the last in the spring of 2007, he takes you inside the daily successes and struggles of the operation and the stressful challenge of trying to discern who was a terrorist and who was a civilian. He tells the powerful and very human story of a people who want to free their country, yet have no basis on which to trust the American forces in helping them succeed.

A Marine's personal story of fighting an insurgency and overcoming a siege mentality to work with Iraqis to rout a common enemy, Al Qaeda Captain Daly's unique perception of the battlefield has been shaped while operating with units of the United States Army, Navy SEALs, ANGLICO (Air, Naval Gunfire Liaison Company), Iraqi Army and Police Units, and anti-Al Qaeda guerrillas.

Filled with on-the-ground details and insights on military operations and strategy, Rage Company cements the accurate history of the unlikely alliance that redirected the Iraq War and set the course for operations in the future.

©2010 Thomas P. Daly (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Great Book

It's a memoir, not an action novel so it will appeal to veterans and those more interested in how modern police actions are actually conducted. Personally I felt like I was back in the Marine Corps as Lt. Daly perfectly captured the nuance of platoon life and the bureaucratic nonsense that ultimately caused most Marines to forego reenlisting, while still relishing the time we served.
The only drawback was the narrator. A few words would be excusable but honestly, a professional narrator should know that the "S" is not pronounced in corpsman. And he couldn't pronounce Corregidor correctly and so on. For slang words like Gixxer to be mangled is a little more understandable but it just highlights the disconnect between the author's fine efforts and the publisher's cookie cutter approach to putting it on audio. Have the narrator spend one afternoon with the author, how hard can that be?

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  • Kody
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Recommended despite my disliked items

The narrator should have obtained the proper way to pronounce certain acronyms and military terms. Thus is a small issue but, to veterans like myself, makes listening much easier when done correctly. Great book!!!!

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PathFinder Solider's Review

As a member of "Pathfinder" this story gives a accurate detailed description of the situation surrounding the Anbar Awakening. These Marines were the boots on the ground and offer a unique perspective that was so much different then mine. Ramadi was Hell simply put honest to God Hell, and these Men help put it's fire out.

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  • Jim
  • Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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Smell the cordite and burned powder...

This book is so realistic, you may find yourself sporting tan lines on your.temples from your Oakleys (even if you don't wear Oakleys) from all that time on patrol in the Iraqi scorching desert sun.

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Guaranteed to change you for the better!

Would you consider the audio edition of Rage Company to be better than the print version?

Yes although I have not read the paper edition. audio book seems to bring the characters to life through voice.

What did you like best about this story?

It holds your attention with real life accounts of heroics and brotherhood. However the book as a whole Informs you on how Iraq was won by blood and sacrifice. Even if only until the politics and people at home gave up on it. It just covers everything in regards to combat.

Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro – was your favorite?

Daily

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Guerrilla war blueprint

Any additional comments?

I read seven combat books. With that said i've never seen one book cover so many areas of knowledge, while still making it feel so seamlessly. This book has forever changed the way I regard the iraq war an its outcome.

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Informative, personable, and enticing

The overall story was great. The author depicted the events in great detail and made them relatabke to the listener. The only drawback was the narrator. The narrator was obviously not familiar with military lingo or pronunciations which took away from the storyline.

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Booo boring

There are so many things bad about this book. In fact it’s not a book it a battle report accounting for time spent while in country. Not character development no background. However it is full of military jargon and terms. Pass on this book

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Great book, not so great narrator

Pretty good, but the narrator obviously knows nothing about the Marine Corps. He misused and/or mispronounced countless words throughout the book. I suppose if you've never served you wouldn't notice but for those of us who have, the narrator should have been instructed on the correct way to say basic things like Corpsman (not corpse men) or Hue City (not Hugh City). Overall the book was good.

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A factual, well written and informative account

The authors first hand experience and understanding of the big picture make this one of my favorite accounts of this important turning point in the Anbar province.

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Very consuming story

This book is very well written and very interestin I loved the 1st person accounts.