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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: Bing West, Dakota Meyer Narrator: Zach McLarty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Derek Nelson | 1/28/2014

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

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