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Author: Daniel Hendrex, First Sgt. Daniel Hendrex Narrator: Lee Sellars Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9780743555777
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An uplifting story of unlikely friendship and hope during the Iraq War.

After the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, First Sergeant Daniel Hendrex was dispatched along with his unit, Dragon Company, to Husaybah, a small town bordering Syria in the Sunni-dominated Al Anbar Province in Iraq. Their mission was to plug the bottleneck at the border checkpoint, where foreign fighters and weapons smugglers were filtering through daily to join the increasingly menacing insurgency growing rapidly in the region. It was at this checkpoint, amid relentless attacks, that Daniel and his men found the most effective ally of the war effort in the most unlikely of sources.

In December 2003 a skinny Iraqi kid about fourteen years old approached one of the soldiers at the border and said simply, “Arrest me.” Jamil, as he was called, claimed to have valuable information about the insurgency, but First Sergeant Hendrex was skeptical—especially when the boy announced that the man he wanted to turn in was his own father. The story that unfolds is one of heartbreaking tragedy, remarkable courage, and unprecedented resiliency, as this child of the insurgency takes it upon himself to fight back with the help of the US Army...and loses everything in the process—his country, his home, and his family.

But through the power of his own conviction and his finely honed survival skills, Jamil (who was quickly nicknamed Steve-O by the soldiers of Dragon Company) sought refuge with the US military in exchange for information. He risked everything he knew for a chance at freedom—a choice few men, let alone children, have to make in their lifetimes. And after Steve-O helped save countless lives, First Sergeant Hendrex made it his personal mission to repay his debt and get the boy to safety.

A Soldier’s Promise is an incredible story of sacrifice and courage by an Iraqi boy and the US soldiers who protected him from certain death by bringing him to the United States. It’s an astonishing tale of two countries and two very different kinds of people joining together against terror and tyranny, and of the young man who, against all odds, gave Dragon Company what they desperately needed—hope. Download and start listening now!

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  • “[Lee Sellars] speaks with the firm, controlled strength and confidence that an experienced NCO such as Hendrex would possess. He tells the story of a soldier’s life and young boy’s journey to freedom without embellishment or fanfare.” 

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cody | 4/27/2009

    " Steve-O is my hero... and of course, ALL of those who made it possible for him to become my hero. This book distills the complexity of war, opposing nations, ethnic interests, & loyalty down to an adolescent boy and his terrible choice. I could never be as brave as this young man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/5/2009

    " It is good to know more about what's really going on in Iraq and what our soldiers are up against. It's also good to know that there are people there who really need our help in making that country safe for them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 9/16/2008

    " This was a GREAT book...would love to see it filmed for the big screen! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanna | 11/29/2007

    " This book is an amazing true story about the courage and strength of an Iraqi boy and of our soldiers. I am in awe. I highly recommend this book. I'm going to be buying it soon so if you want to borrow it just let me know. "

About the Author

First Sergeant Daniel Hendrex joined the Army in 1990 and has served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, Continue Hope, Intrinsic Action, Joint Forge, Joint Guardian, Noble Eagle, and Iraqi Freedom I and III. He currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife, Christina, and daughter, Sydney. He continues to work in the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson.