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Publisher's Summary

With over 100 combat missions and 24 years as a Green Beret, Changiz Lahidji is an expert in military operations. Full Battle Rattle is the legendary audiobook memoir of a soldier who served America in every war after Vietnam. 
Master Sergeant Changiz Lahidji served on Special Forces A-teams longer than anyone in history, completing over a hundred combat missions in Afghanistan. Changiz is a Special Forces legend. He also happens to be the first Muslim Green Beret. 
Changiz served this country starting with Operation Eagle Claw in 1980, when he entered Tehran on a one-man mission to spy on Iranian soldiers guarding the US embassy where 52 US diplomats were being held hostage. Three years later he was in Beirut, Lebanon, when a suicide car bomb exploded in front of the US embassy, killing 83 people. Weeks after that he was shot by Hezbollah terrorists on a night mission. 
In Operation Iraqi Freedom, he led a convoy that was ambushed on its way to Fallujah. He was clearing houses in Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993 when a US Black Hawk helicopter was shot down 50 feet away from him in the incident that inspired Black Hawk Down. In 2002 he dressed as a farmer and snuck into eastern Afghanistan and located Osama bin Laden for the CIA. Along the way, Changiz earned numerous commendations, including the Special Forces Legion of Merit, Purple Hearts, and many others. Last year he was nominated for induction in Military Intelligence Hall of Fame and cited as "the finest noncommissioned officer to ever serve in Special Forces".
Written with Ralph Pezzullo, Changiz's story is an amazing audiobook of perseverance and courage, of combat and one man's love for his adopted country. 
©2018 Changiz Lahidji and Ralph Pezzullo (P)2018 Macmillan Audio
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2 out of 5 stars
By Kevin M. Staples on 05-03-18

They need to find a narrator who knows military.

I really wanted to like this book, however it's easy to tell that Mr. Lahidji had a co-writer who took too many liberties.
He added fluff and conversations that just don't happen in any environment such as when hanging out with other operators and picking up women at a local bar. The conversations which were written sounded like a horrible B-movie script. "Go get her Changiz!" Who says that?
When he wrote of radio dialog he added fluff that just doesn't happen on military radios by professionals. No one ever says, "Over and out." Never.

At the beginning of the novel he went to jump school, did he required jumps and got his wings and was immediately awarded his Ranger Tab. Excuse me, WTF??? How would Changiz even allow that to be printed? That's a major flaw and one that every single military veteran who is listening to this book pissed off about.

I wanted so much to like this book, I really did, but the annoying additions by the co-writer were horrible.

The narrator has done a few military books and I recognize his voice. By this time he should have been coached on the proper pronunciation of military terms. It's small, but annoying. No one ever says 'five point five six', we say 'five five six' for small arms ammo or 'one fifty two', but rather 'one five two' when talking about howitzer rounds. Petty, but if you're listening to a military book, you expect military speak to be spot on.

I'm sorry, but pass on this book. I'm struggling to get through it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Justin Lynch on 04-30-18

Great man, not a good book.

I have great respect for Mr. Lahidji. He had an amazing career in the military. I wish he would have written several books about his career rather than try and capture it all in one. This book just was hard to stay interested in because it was so broad and generalized. At times it felt like an acronym dictionary. It seems like a bigger emphasis was on teaching me acronyms than telling me the story of this impressive individual. Thank you for your service Mr. Lahidji.

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