Roughneck Nine-One

  • by Frank Antenori, Hans Halberstadt
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On April 6, 2003, 26 Green Berets, including those of Sergeant First Class Frank Antenori's Special Forces A-Team (call sign Roughneck Nine One), fought a vastly superior force at a remote crossroads near the village of Debecka, Iraq. The enemy unit had battle tanks and 150 well-trained, well-equipped, and well-commanded soldiers. The Green Berets stopped the enemy advance, then fought them until only a handful of Iraqi survivors finally fled the battlefield. In the process, the Nine One encountered hordes of members of the news media. And at the peak of the fight, a US Navy F-14 dropped a 500-pound bomb into the middle of a group of supporting Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, killing and wounding dozens. Roughneck Nine One is the never-before-told, unsanitized story of the fight for the crossroads at Debecka, and a unique inside look at a Special Forces A-team as it recruits and organizes, trains for combat, and eventually fights a battle against a huge opposing force.

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What the Critics Say

"...Antenori's memoir offers a gritty inside look at a Special Forces team at war." (Publishers Weekly)
"A notable contribution to the literature on both the Iraq war and the capabilities of special-ops units." (Booklist)

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Excellent First-Hand Accout of SF in Iraq

While I love stories--especially books, but just about all other media--about gung-ho, testosterone-driven SOF missions, I'm always a little suspicious of the content's authenticity; especially when its a first-hand account of some super-secret, confidential, need-to-know operation you've almost never heard of. But the Battle of Debecka Pass is probably one of the most well-known of SOF battles in Iraq, perhaps because--as Antenori explains in the book--his primary job after the fact was to tell his story. And in "Roughneck" he does it extremely well, never veering off into the dubious land of self-mythologizing and John Wayne/Green Beret legend. Instead the book is grounded in innumerable--though interesting--details,and Antenori is just as concerned with telling THE STORY, as he is in telling HIS STORY (if that makes any sense).
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- Tomio

Excellent narrative

I really liked this book. It is, however, a tactical narrative. There's really nothing about human drama or character development and stuff like that. If you want to know what modern combat is like this book is perfect. It's a battle from a Special Forces' unit's perspective, well told, and nothing more. I recommend it if you're interested in learning about warfare.
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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2006
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio