Level Zero Heroes, Michael Golembesky's best-selling account of Marine Special Operations Team 8222 in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, was just the beginning for these now battle-hardened special operations warriors.
The unforgiving Afghan winter settled upon the 22 men of Marine Special Operations Team 8222, call sign Dagger 22, in the remote and hostile river valley of Bala Murghab, Afghanistan. The Taliban fighters in the region would have liked nothing more than to once again go dormant and rest until the new spring fighting season began. No chance of that - this winter would be different.
Along with Afghan and International Security Forces (NATO), the marines of Dagger 22 continued their fight throughout the harsh winter to shape the battlefield before the Afghan ground began to thaw. From one firefight to the next, the noose began to tighten around the village of Daneh Pasab and the Taliban command cell operating there. On April 6, 2010, a ground force consisting of US Army Special Forces, Afghan commandos, and Marine Corps special operations conducted a night assault to destroy the heavily entrenched Taliban force, breaking their grip on the valley and stopping the spring offensive before it even began.
But nothing in Bala Murghab comes easily, and combat operations wear on the operators of Dagger 22 as they lean on each other once again in order to complete their mission in one of the most brutal environments on earth.
©2016 Michael Golembesky (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
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"Good Story, but..."
The story was good, but I had a hard time getting past the reading style of the narrator.
Narrator was an over actor, mis pronounced military acronyms, story dragged on and on with no highs and tons of lows, takes major endurance to make it through... don't waste your money
"Decent book over the top performance"
Story was good. unfortunately the over the top performance and annunciations make it almost unbearable.
"Great book and great story. SF"
It ranks pretty high on my list, the story is great and reminds me of my time in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The narrator is one of the worst ones I have heard. His voice is super annoying and almost made me stop listening. He tried too hard to add gruff to his voice.
I've seen YouTube of these fights and match account perfectly good story telling and facts
"Another terrible narrator"
I've had a run of bad luck with narrators lately ... No one I know speaks like Peter Berkrot ... he really makes a great story hard to get through .
The story is pretty weak, the writing is poor, and the narrator is ridiculously dramatic.
"Narration very annoying"
I've read about 10 books on Iraq and Afghanistan military action. This narrator was so contrived and forced I found it hard to listen to the story. The emotion sounded completely fake. For me, it detracted from the story.
don't quite understand the 4.0 plus rating on this book. It's an okay story and I'm glad the author got to tell his Triumph and his frustrations. However, I've read countless War novels and this would rank in the lower half
"true Battlefield Warriors and heroes"
great example of how Battlefield Warriors Rose above all the red tape and political handcuffs we faced in Afghanistan to get the mission done the battle not only lies with the Taliban but in cases directly with our Commanders dagger 22 operators we're heroes because they defeated both the Taliban and the red tape placed on them
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