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on 11 April 2015
Superb reporting on a tale of heart breaking bravery and sacrifice on the ground and some grim background of hubris arrogance and one right stupidity by senior soldiers.

To chase the oil in Iraq Bush abandoned Afghanistan and left his own forces over stretched and poorly supported. This has yet to come back and bite him but God knows it bit far too many of the men who lived and fought for their country in Afghanistan.
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on 17 June 2016
Much, much better than the blurb would suggest. Well written, and full of detail, the tension builds considerably on more than one occasion. This is the sort of action that should make it to the big screen.
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on 19 May 2015
This was an eye opener of a book. I was rivetted from the very start and in awe of the courage displayed by soldiers who were ordered to hold and work from an ill selected base. Hats off to all of these men.
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on 15 May 2014
This is a very accurate account of what happend. It does show how hardworking and proffesional these guys are. Something missing or not covereed in press/news accounts here. It describes American action only and gives a good insight into their methods.
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on 22 April 2014
The book was excellent it told the true account of the ordinary soldiers who fought and died for an outpost to try and help Afghanis with a better way of life and also the incompetence of people higher up who have never seen or been to war who gave them the orders so that the troops carried out they don't listen to the men on the ground all they do is try to outdo each other till the shot hits the fan then they blame someone else
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on 16 June 2015
A story of valour by ordinary troops despite the insane idea by their high command to place them in the worst possible location where their base was in a deep valley surrounded on all sides by high mountains and where the local Jihadis could look straight down into the base and pour fire at the US troops at will. It was also very difficult to resupply and medevac wounded but the upper echelons of the miltary wanted a presence there and the troops paid for it in blood. Very sad tale but the heroism of ordinary soldiers, cut off and surrounded is a story that needs to be read.
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on 30 August 2014
This book started really slow and almost stopped reading it. I'm glad I kept reading as i got deeper into the story. Some really sad parts drew me in closer. This book just doesn't focus on the outpost but every aspect of warfare surrounding the outpost the wife's, the Apache pilots, the medical staff all have a say. It creates a emotional but excellent account of some of Americas darkest days in afghan.

Just give it a try all the way to the end. Then hunt down a too few too far pretty similar.
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on 26 March 2014
This is a very detailed account of USA soldiers operating in a dangerous area over a period of time. It provides a 'warts and all' look at the strategic approach and the actions of the soldiers on the ground. As a retired professional British soldier, I was very impressed by the 'can do' attitude of those involved and the professional approach combined with outstanding bravery is to be admired. A definite read for anyone currently serving or who has served in the past, but also a valuable insight for anyone who has not served in the military. But be warned, this book is detailed and covers a number of deployments throughout the sad story.
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on 1 February 2014
One of the best and most in depth studies of the war in Afghanistan. I remember seeing a news article about the incident at COP Keating and as a former soldier thought WHO would site a base there! This tells the story of the 3 units that occupied the base in its relatively short existence. It's told in a page turning but very human way, introducing us to the soldiers as individuals. Culminates in the insurgents attempt to capture the base. I tip my steel helmet to the guys who fought and died there.
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on 31 March 2015
Brilliant read, well written great descriptions of the fighting and background to the characters. Gruesome descriptions of the way some of the soldiers died. Very sad in places. What nutter puts a troop base in the bottom of a valley surrounded by hills and mountains in the middle of enemy territory? crazy . Will re read this sometime in the future.
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