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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Pass on this one

Black Hawk Down was far more urgent and dire than this account. The main theme for this story was, it's a wonder anything gets done with all the turf battles and chain of command conflicts. Special Forces are indeed well trained and hard charging and while these guys were in fact outnumbered, they had far superior technology. With all the missles and CAS at hand, one team could have handled the situation. Hunker down on the hillside and lob pin point, high tech ordinance at the enemy. The friendly fire caused more death and havoc than the Iraqis did. Overall the writing was dry, repetitive and uninvolving. While any battlefront is inherently dangerous, picture multiple news crews trying to interview the soldiers in Mogadishu. This was work to listen to.
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- Doug Group

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

Book Details

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