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Publisher's Summary

The platoon included four pairs of best friends. Each of the four would lose a best friend forever. Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima Company's 1st Platoon became one of the first American forces to enter Fallujah, where they encountered some of the most intense hand-to-hand combat since World War II. Civilians were used as human shields or as bait to lure soldiers into buildings rigged with explosives; suicide bombers approached from every corner hoping to die and take Americans with them; radical insurgents, high on adrenaline, fought to the death.
Award-winning author and historian Patrick O'Donnell stood shoulder to shoulder with Lima Company's 1st Platoon as they fought through the streets of Fallujah, their casualties mounting. This is their story.
©2006 Patrick K. O'Donnell (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Clearly reflects valor and courage." (Kirkus Reviews)
"This is, being real, a more than harrowing tale." (Roanoke Times)
"[O'Donnell's] most important accomplishment among many is to put a human face on the troops....[An] excellent book." (New York Post)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Douglas on 06-29-07

An important story

At first I felt as though this was an overly long 'newsweek' article.

I soon grew attached to the men who were going through an expereince I can't even imagine.

This book has stuck with me and has reminded me of the importance of the fight these men are engaged in.

It has also reminded me of how lucky I am to live in the United States and how important it is to 'live well'.

Some of the accents the reader attempts are terrible. It would have been better if he had just read the words. It would have been great if Blackstone audio could have produced it with a full cast.

If you're interested in a first hand account (by an author who was actually with the soldiers he writes about) then I can't recommend this book highly enough.

I learned as much from this as I did from 'One Bullet Away'.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 06-17-07

Very Proud

A very moving account of the incredible job that our troops are doing in Iraq. I had no idea about how well the guys are trained and the level of dedication, self sacrifice, and brotherhood in the marines. It made me very proud of the incredible job that our troops are doing under almost impossible odds. It also make me even more proud to be an American.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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