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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (475 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dakota Meyer, Bing West Narrator: Zach McLarty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9780449012109
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In the fall of 2009, Taliban insurgents ambushed a patrol of Afghan soldiers and Marine advisors in a mountain village called Ganjigal. Firing from entrenched positions, the enemy was positioned to wipe out one hundred men who were pinned down and were repeatedly refused artillery support. Ordered to remain behind with the vehicles, twenty-one year-old Marine corporal Dakota Meyer disobeyed orders and attacked to rescue his comrades.
 
With a brave driver at the wheel, Meyer stood in the gun turret exposed to withering fire, rallying Afghan troops to follow. Over the course of the five hours, he charged into the valley time and again. Employing a variety of machine guns, rifles, grenade launchers, and even a rock, Meyer repeatedly repulsed enemy attackers, carried wounded Afghan soldiers to safety, and provided cover for dozens of others to escape—supreme acts of valor and determination. In the end, Meyer and four stalwart comrades—an Army captain, an Afghan sergeant major, and two Marines—cleared the battlefield and came to grips with a tragedy they knew could have been avoided. For his actions on that day, Meyer became the first living Marine in three decades to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Into the Fire tells the full story of the chaotic battle of Ganjigal for the first time,  in a compelling, human way that reveals it as a microcosm of our recent wars. Meyer takes us from his upbringing on a farm in Kentucky, through his Marine and sniper training, onto the battlefield, and into the vexed aftermath of his harrowing exploits in a battle that has become the stuff of legend. 
 
Investigations ensued, even as he was pitched back into battle alongside U.S. Army soldiers who embraced him as a fellow grunt. When it was over, he returned to the States to confront living with the loss of his closest friends. This is a tale of American values and upbringing, of stunning heroism, and of adjusting to loss and to civilian life.
 
We see it all through Meyer’s eyes, bullet by bullet, with raw honesty in telling of both the errors that resulted in tragedy and the resolve of American soldiers, U.S.Marines, and Afghan soldiers who’d been abandoned and faced certain death. 
 
Meticulously researched and thrillingly told, with nonstop pace and vivid detail, Into the Fire is the true story of a modern American hero.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 2/9/2014

    " Earnest, but somewhat monotonous. Still a honest combat memoir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 2/4/2014

    " Like most memoirs, it starts out with his personal life before the Marine Corps, which was pretty typical in my experience of a boy growing up in that part of the country...easy to read but pretty slow and boring to start. Once it got going into the parts including Afghanistan and the battle itself it really picked up and is where I started to get more into it. You can tell, especially if you're in the service, how his demeanor isn't exactly the kind that put's his superiors at ease. He was more of a rebellious Marine, definitely not the poster boy type. Good read for sure, quick one too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 2/2/2014

    " This was an interesting and super quick read. Almost too quick actually. The Kindle version actually ended at ~80% with the remainder being references, sources, and such. So, this ended up being a super short book. I certainly can appreciate concise, but this book would have benefited from expansion. Dakota clearly is uncomfortable tooting his own horn, which I admire, but more tooting and more personality could have bumped the book up to 5 stars and maybe even my "loved it" list. Even so, definitely worth reading - especially to better understand just how absurd (and how deadly) many of our rules of engagement are in the Afghan theater. If we're going to put our brave troops in harms way, we should support them with every possible tool to ensure their success! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek Nelson | 1/28/2014

    " Very exciting read. It kept me interested from start to finish. Painted a vivid picture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vic | 1/28/2014

    " Fast read. Fascinating look into combat. A good man trying to serve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peaves | 1/25/2014

    " There were parts of this story that will stick with me-- mostly how hero's actions aren't always looked at the same way from the hero's point of view. It's what makes them stand out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 1/21/2014

    " Honest account of a crazy battle. Kudos to Meyer to being so open about his experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Kounce | 1/19/2014

    " This account of Meyer's experiences in Afghanistan was interesting. Being a winner of the Medal of Honor is not a small thing, so I was interested in reading his first-person account. While the book is interesting, I did find the profanity to detract from the overall story. I would recommend this as a good book to read to understand the conflict in Afghanistan more clearly as it pertains to the men who have the boots on the ground there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linsey Ziebell | 1/16/2014

    " The first half of the book was a little slow, but once I hit the second half I was up all night to finish it. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glen | 12/26/2013

    " This story was at once heartbreaking and terrible to read how unsupported these men were in this fight, and wonderful to feel the courage and character of Dakota. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Woods | 12/20/2013

    " As a Marine wife I just had to read this book! I love it and think it should be on the marine corps reading list! Awesome book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 11/26/2013

    " This was an outstanding book and was told in a straight-forward manner that those not familiar with military terms, tactics, etc can easily understand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noel Burke | 11/15/2013

    " Listened on MP3. Gave a great picture into being a Marine and the battle hardened spirit they obtain going to war. The story was very good and helped me to understand some of the things going on over in Afghanistan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sterling | 9/26/2013

    " The account of an amazing young man, and what one can do when the mind is set. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 9/24/2013

    " A decent personal account of what it was like to fight in Afghanistan by an MOH winner, of the losses this country paid in this war, as well as a critique of some command-level decisions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 6/11/2013

    " Interesting story of the battle. Because of General, Stanley McCrystal's orders there was a lot of confusion and the Afgan army fighting with the Americans did not get the air support they should have received. Several lives were lost as a result. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arthur | 6/5/2013

    " Into the Fire by Dakota Meyer is an excellent account of war in the mountains of Afghanistan. The first bit is a little slow going but after a while it starts to pick up in excitement and pace. The book explains Meyer's fight to rescue his brothers in arms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debi | 4/26/2013

    " Interesting book. Confirms the fact that our soldiers, no matter the armed force they are enlisted in, are fighting for one thing only, our country and their fellow man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Foxwell | 4/17/2013

    " Frustrating, communication problems with higher ups who had no clue during battle. Dakota was very guilty because all of his group died. He tried to commit suicide but bullets were removed from his gun. He won Medal of Honor and also thinks Will Swenson should win the medal too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 1/7/2013

    " This is another disturbing book about how incompetence in the military gets a lot of our soldiers killed. I listened to this book on CD in the car. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luigib | 10/20/2012

    " Good book. A real hero. A little bit too much military jargon for me to follow at points "

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About the Narrator

Zach McLarty is an actor, director, and audiobook narrator. Among his book readings are The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss and The War to End All Wars by Russell Freedman.