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Pale Horse is the remarkable never-before-told true story of an army aviation task force during combat in the Afghan War, told by the commanding officer who was there. Set in the very valleys where the attacks of 9/11 were conceived and where 10 Medals of Honor have been earned since that fateful day the war began, the narrative races from ferocious firefights and bravery in battle to the quiet moments where the courageous men and women of Task Force Pale Horse catch their breath before they take to the skies again.
Jimmy F. Blackmon writes with a power and hard-hitting honesty that leap out of the audio. He has the respect of the men and women of his brigade and a command of the narrative to tell their story. From pilots of lethal Apache attack helicopters who strike fear in their enemies to the medevac soldiers who risk their lives daily, these are warriors from a variety of backgrounds who learned selflessness and found the closest brotherhood they ever knew through the crucible of war.
Pale Horse both honors and commemorates the service of this elite task force from the unique vantage point of the commander who led them in battle.
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By Jason on 04-04-16
If you could sum up Pale Horse in three words, what would they be?
Truthful, Real, Necessary
Who was your favorite character and why?
The members of TF Pale Horse, TF Destroyer, everyone who left a piece of themselves in the N2KL!
Any additional comments?
Thanks for sharing our story. Death Rides a Pale Horse!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Jason on 06-07-16
I thought this book was great
the story was solid and not meandering. it didn't loose me in too much inconsequential back story or side notes. he pretty much gives a summed up experience of the pre deployment and deployment highlights of the busy days ,key players, and big fights during his time in Afghanistan. He sounds like a solid leader who trusted his soldiers to make life and death decisions without micromanagement from his command. I thought he did a great job calling out and giving credit to the soldiers on the ground and in the air who were in his story. the book didn't seem like it was written from the point of view of a selfish person looking to make all the successes his and the failures someone else's. only thing that would have made the book even better would have been for each of the air crews flying the gun ships and medivacs to have told the story of the individual battles and occurrences in their own words but The author does a good job telling their side. you can tell he has done some pretty extensive interviews with them to get the detail be brings to this book. I enjoyed the narration as well. so much of a good audio book depends on it. the best story with a crap narrator is not even listenable for me whereas even a mediocre story with a great voice who puts emotion and inflection into his words can make for an excellent listen. fortunately this audio book has both a compelling story and very good narrator telling it. I've listened to it twice already.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Jack on 04-05-17
The book starts a little bit slow, but the build up is needed, and it pays off in the end.
Blackmon is generous with his praise of the men and women under his command, and does a fantastic job telling the story through their eyes as well as his own.
A fantastic book that I would recommend to anyone with an interest in Military History or the modern military, particularly aviation.