The premise of writing a modern day book detailing the actual life of a Special Forces soldier deployed in Afghanistan isn't anything new and there are quite a few books out there that are just that. While along for a portion of a deployment, the author tells it as he understands it, and does a good job detailing the difficulty the SF team faces: working through cultural differences, lack of supplies, coordinating with conventional Army land owners, and lack of freedom to operate as they desire. The book never really reaches a point where there's a positive upswing, a real "win", rather it just stumbles along the everyday life of the ODA as they try to make the best of things.
Whenever I am reading a book similar to this, I am looking for something to take away from it. What can I learn or gain from it? How is this different from other books, or what makes this stand out? Truthfully, this book gives little if your goal is to read about heroics, gun fights, and the horrors of war. No, this is a book about what the continued war in Afghanistan is from the perspective of a reporter trying to blend in on a Special Forces A team. I thought it comical how concerned the author was with looking the part, growing his beard out, and wearing a seasoned kit with pouches on it. I suppose in a way they seemed to take him in and give a glimpse into what being a member of the team is all about.
Overall, if you are looking for a book about Special Forces deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 on a "slow" deployment, but a very common one, read it. There's just not anything special to stand out besides the accounts of the individuals who were on the deployment serving their country.