“Recounting two weeks in late 2006 during his third tour in Afghanistan, Operation Medusa, MAJ Bradley, describes in rapid detail, this definitive battle. A Special Forces officer he does a good job of describing the physical and mental toll combat takes. The elite of Army forces, he and his men...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Badly written, full of bizarre bravado. Save yourself the trouble.”Yossarian Pilgrim wrote this review Tuesday, February 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"It is better to live one day as a lion than a hundred as a sheep" - Italian Proverb. I'm so impressed, and humbled, by the bravery, compassion, dedication, intelligence, and skills of our Troopers, as described by Major Rusty Bradley. These experiences described also contain lessons in leadership including the importance of listening, analysis, commitment, and appreciation for the people who surround you. Highly encourage you to read this book. You will be inspired!”Wendy Kendall wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyed this read. If you are into this genre, then I recommend. ”Lucas Skoczkowski wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Recounting two weeks in late 2006 during his third tour in Afghanistan, Operation Medusa, MAJ Bradley, describes in rapid detail, this definitive battle. A Special Forces officer he does a good job of describing the physical and mental toll combat takes. The elite of Army forces, he and his men maintain skill sets which set them above, though he claims himself they are not that special. I disagree. Smart, educated, multi-talented and trained (language/Pashto, communications, medical, intelligence, logistics and tactics), these troops are highly self motivated work well as a team and individually. "A team member must be able to do three vital things in combat, all of them in full equipment (80 lb rucks) and body armor: fight, carry a fully equipped wounded soldier, and carry rucksack uphill. Most of us were Rangers. We 'never' left a fallen comrade on the battlefield, ever." p. 14. Battling fear, fatigue, severe heat in the triple digits, lack of water and ammunition, this force of 50 ANA (Afghanistan National Army) and 30 Special Forces repelled an estimated 800-1000 force of Taliban during Operation Medusa. Out of ammunition and falling back once, they called in numerous flights of CAS (close air support), thankfully receiving it just in time. They were to provide intelligence only and not engage the enemy for the Canadian/NATO forces whose primary it was to secure the area around Sperwhan Gar in southern Afghanistan near Kandahar. It is no wonder these troops return with concussions, hearing loss and PTSD. This was the second time his element had to basically re-take the same ground they had taken in a previous tour. "In the years between 2002 and 2009, there was no centralized national military strategy fro Afghanistan--none...In the absence of strategy, military organizations, especially ones composed of diverse multidimensional and multinational forces such as those in Afghanistan, operated in an unsynchronized fashion, never accomplishing or achieving their intended goals." p. 16. "Since before the war, the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence directorate had had strong ties to the Taliban. The ISI regularly gave them sanctuary and helped them cross the border." p. 102. Another eye opener: Soviet forces left massive amounts of munitions behind when they attacked Afghanistan: "...ordnance, explosives, and bombs from Kandahar Airfield during their hasty departure from Afghanistan...I mean some of the worst kinds, in all sizes, types, and shapes. Fuel bombs, like napalm, and anti-personnel cluster bombs, and massive thousand-and two-thousand pounders." p. 133. The following chapters are specifically worth your time and the book is entirely worth your time, a fast read: Chapters 10 through 22 (The Notebook...Firebase Sperwan Ghar.)”RT wrote this review Wednesday, December 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Historical Topic and Time Period: 21st century Afghanistan.
What I liked: the thing that I liked about my book is there’s a lot of gun fire and there was a lot of action there out the book.
What I didn’t like: I didn’t like all the talking and deciding what to do from one scene to another It should have jumped right in it took way too long to explain why and everything.
Summary: Rusty and his men are sent to Afghanistan to help the other soldiers gain control. They have to stop the Taliban from killing more American soldiers and their own people. The solder’s also had to gain control of the Taliban’s territory. There is a lot of gun fighting threw out the book and some action. Rusty has to talk with his commander and figure out what his next assignments are.
“alsome looks good to read”dustin l wrote this review Friday, November 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No