Two years before the action in Lone Survivor, a team of Green Berets conducted a very different successful mission in Afghanistan's notorious Pech Valley. Led by Captain Ronald Fry, Hammerhead Six applied the principles of unconventional warfare to "win hearts and minds" and fight against the terrorist insurgency.
In 2003, the Special Forces soldiers entered an area later called "the most dangerous place in Afghanistan". Here, where the line between civilians and armed zealots was indistinct, they illustrated the Afghan proverb "I destroy my enemy by making him my friend." Fry recounts how they were seen as welcome guests rather than invaders. Soon after their deployment ended, the Pech Valley reverted to turmoil. Their success was never replicated.
Hammerhead Six finally reveals how cultural respect and hard work (and the occasional machine-gun burst) were more than a match for the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
©2016 Ronald Fry (P)2016 Hachette Audio
One of the very best books I have read. Having read what the Red Bearded Commander managed to accomplish through care and protection over against gung-ho bravado it was not surprising that the follow up tours were more of the usual bullets, collateral damage and resentment, that's what the politicians want, it pays the bills. Awesome accomplishments from the professionals though and what they achieved. Brilliantly written with humility.
It was great to here how a group of Green Berets when in country and WORKED with the locals to provide a working relationship and safe haven to live in.
What they accomplished in there time in country. The Special forces did a great job
"Captain Ron Fry, thanks for sharing these lessons."
Hammerhead Six was blessed to have you in command. We thank you for your story.
Absolutely Fantastic! Of the many, many, many afghanistan war memoirs i've read/ listened to, this was among the best.
Thank you Ron, for everything you, your team and your family sacrificed for us!!!
"A compelling read from start to finish"
Great on so many levels. As an interesting, inside look at special forces activities in in a remote and dangerous part of Afghanistan - everything I expected. As an opportunity to understand the mind of the commander as he is forced to make tough decisions on a daily basis in sitations that were uprecedented and not in the training manual - perfect. I have listened to a book every two to three weeks for the past five years and and would put this book in my top 10 for holding my interest to the degree that I never liked having to pause and always looked forward to pressing play.
One thing I didn't expect from this book was to feel emotion for the soldiers or the Afghan people - as in happiness, anger, frustration or even the tear-jerk kind of emotion. I found this throughout the book and particularly during two interaction; one of them extremely heart-wrenching. I don't want to spoil anything by providing details.
For a biographical style non-fiction, I always prefer to listen to the writer tell their own story - if they do a decent job with the narration. Ron was excellent at narration and sounded just like the military officer I subconsciously expected to hear.
Yes, If I could I would have listened to it straight through. It took me four days, with each day looking forward to the next opportunity to listen.
"Good story, I wonder if it's true."
The story was almost unbelievable.
I would look for other books from this author he he also narrates.
Normal I avoid author narrated books.
"This Will Renew Your Faith in Sanity"
This was quite simply one of the best audio books I've ever listened to. Being read by the author makes it even better. Really renews my faith in mankind in these days of seemingly insane politicians and military planners. Listen to this audio book. You will not be sorry.
"Not Just Another War Story"
This is not another war story, this is a human story. It tells the story of how a team of special forces went into one of the most dangerous places in the world and "killed" the enemies with kindness. Now of course they still has to defend themselves with guns, but the main objective was to win over the people, so that no matter what their enemies said about them, they would be above reproach. I have struggled to figure out what a Christian's role in war should be. To me this is the clearest example I have seen of what that role should be. I feel like Ron and his team embraced the concept of the Sermon on the mount. Love your enemies and through this they will know that you are His disciples. Ron and his team put a value on each life, even the enemies. Instead of turning away suspected enemies from getting medical help, they gave them medical help in hopes that they would bring back the good news that the Americans were here to help. It's one thing to say you are here to help, it's another to prove it through action. Yes there may be times for more aggressive tactics, but if we fought our wars with this as an example, the world would be a lot better off.
Great Book!!! One of the best stories about the war in Afghanistan. I listened to the book in 1 day while I was at work.
"A Terrific Twist on the Typical "War" Story!"
Yes, I would definitely recommend this to any military-literature fan. I have read countless titles about the exploits of elite military units from WWII to Afghanistan, and this was the rare glimpse into how an unconventional war SHOULD be fought and won.
The crisis brought on by the collateral damage that occurred toward the end of the story. I don't want to ruin it by saying much more.
No, I haven't. He could slow down his speech to make it more enjoyable to listen to. At the beginning of the story he seems rushed in an attempt to not appear lethargic. No need. Toward the end, his pace slows slightly and listening is much easier.
No idea. It is broken up into various situations and events, so it is easy to listen to one chapter, break away to do something else (like when you are listening while driving and you arrive at your destination) and when you pick back up again, it is a different chapter about a different subject.
If you like reading stories like "No Easy Day" and "House to House", etc. then read this one too. It will give you a different and balancing perspective on the capabilities of U.S. Special Forces and what they can achieve if that is actually the mission they are assigned.
I've listened to over 100 audible books. This is tops on my list. This story is not about how to win a war, but in how to connect with people and their community.
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