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Publisher's Summary

From award-winning journalist and combat veteran Michael Hirsh comes the thrilling inside story of the Air Force's pararescue operations in Afghanistan. The first journalist to be embedded with an Air Force combat unit in the war on terrorism, Hirsh flew from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, with the 71st Rescue Squadron to their expeditionary headquarters at a secret location in Central Asia.
Unparalleled access to the pararescue jumpers - or PJs - as well as to the courageous men and women who fly them where they have to go, often under enemy fire, allowed Michael Hirsh to uncover incredible stories of courage. Among them: the drama of a plane crash at 10,000 feet in the Hindu Kush mountains, where PJs climb with 100-pound packs through chest-deep snow to rescue the crew; the tension of an unprecedented nighttime combat parachute jump into the middle of an Afghan minefield; and the heartbreak during Operation Anaconda, when seven American fighting men die, including the first PJ killed in combat since Vietnam.
©2003 Michael Hirsh (P)2013 Tantor
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By Anonymous User on 02-21-18

Great Book

SrA Jason D. Cunningham will be remembered by one more person. I'd gone into this book wanting to learn more about the missions carried on by the PJs and I'd received much more than I asked for. Awesome book.

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By Brian on 10-07-15

Good but not Great

I really wanted this book to be great and kept listening to it with the expectation that it was going to get great. . . unfortunately that was never realized. There is almost an equal amount about aviation and flying than there was about the PJ's. while the men and women who make up S.O.A.R., this book was promised to be about the PJ's...not an all encompassing account of CSAR.

It was written well and I like the author's style, but I was really disappointed with the subject matter which included far too much "fly-boy Stuff" aka aviation and thus not nearly enough about the PJ's. . . supposedly THE subject of the book.

Narrator's performance was very good and I appreciated his familiarity and ease at reading a book about the military complete with volumes of "Military-ese"

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