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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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worth it

written and spoken just how it should be. nothing fancy or over your head and action packed

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GOTTA GIVIT 2 THUMBS UP!!!

As a Grunt Marine with a brother with the 173rd we was always comparing who was better. Listening to this though it sounds like we got more in common than we do different. Consider that high praise coming from a proud & rightfully arrogant Jarhead who lived to “prove it” everyday! These guys have it! “It” being that special something that brings out the Warrior within. I would be proud to slay bodies with these killers any day! This book does a great job of describing the insane monotony that is war. He lays out the average mindset of the soldier when morale is high and when it is so low you cant even find the self determination to hate yourself for signing that friggin contract. He perfectly

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Charlie Mike brother...

As a paratrooper, jumpmaster, Rakkasan, Red Devil medic, this brought back memories both good and bad. The hours upon hours of shear boredom and insane moments of of sure death, your body taking control without being told what to do, like shuffling to the door and that black abyss the nights sky. The fear of death, numbness, acceptance, guilt, immense sadness, wishing it was over, counting down the days, only to wish you were back once again with your friend. Shadex's account of the wild ride of emotions were spot on, being medevac ed out of Bagram and theater felt as if I had been robbed, not being able to be with my friends and family. God bless you Shadex, A co., B co. and C Co. charlie mike brother.

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Great Listen

first person account, Amazed by what the men went through in the Korengal. Also shows the stupidity of REMFs. Rear Echelon mother F.

Great listen to the day to day life of foot soldier

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A tale of war

A great insight in to the Afghan war. Would recommended this book to anyone. A thrilling listen.

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Excellent Book

If you want to know what its like to be infantry, in a war this is an excellent account. Well written and well narrated. A birds eye view of being an infantryman in the hottest spot in Afghanistan at that time. One of the best accounts I have ever read on this war from a foxhole point of view. As a retired Army Infantryman myself I can relate to this book well and tell you that he gives you a very good inside look at what its like, the hardships, the insanity, the comradeship and much more. Highly recommend.

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Excellent !

Excellent account of what was going on in Afghanistan while the Iraq "Surge" was finishing.

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Excellent

Narrator did an amazing job of describing life and conditions in combat. A good followup to the book of Chosen Company's experience in the same region.

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  • 05-11-21

a bit off

I read this book and I thought it was a good read, but listening to it is a bit hard he comes off as a bit up on himself.

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  • 02-14-19

great read and absolutely fantastic book.

funny, yet serious and very true account told by someone who is be scared of being honest. fantastic read. one of the best Afghan accounts I have read.