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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,871 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Fick Narrator: Nathaniel Fick Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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If the Marines are "the few, the proud," Recon Marines are the fewest and the proudest. Only one Marine in a hundred qualifies for Recon, charged with working clandestinely, often behind enemy lines. Fick's training begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth, and advances to the pinnacle -- Recon -- four years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. Along the way, he learns to shoot a man a mile away, stays awake for seventy-two hours straight, endures interrogation and torture at the secretive SERE course, learns to swim with Navy SEALs, masters the Eleven Principles of Leadership, and much more.

His vast skill set puts him in front of the front lines, leading twenty-two Marines into the deadliest conflict since Vietnam. He vows he will bring all his men home safely, and to do so he'll need more than his top-flight education. He'll need luck and an increasingly clear vision of the limitations of his superiors and the missions they assign him. Fick unveils the process that makes Marine officers such legendary leaders. One Bullet Away never shrinks from blunt truths, but it is an ultimately inspiring account of mastering the art of war. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling and exciting memoir of military service, swift in its pacing and sure in its details. The courage, selflessness, and skill of Marines are intensely portrayed here and are—in the highest and rarest praise for a military memoir—unmistakably authentic.” 

    Senator John McCain 

  • “Harrowing…deserves close reading and serious discussion.” 

    Washington Post 

  • “Provides a close-up and often harrowing look at [his] service both in Iraq and Afghanistan.” 

    U.S. News & World Report 

  • “What One Bullet Away accomplishes, in a way all the blather on cable television never will, is to give readers real insights into the modern war and its warriors.”

    Rocky Mountain News 

  • Winner of the 2006 Colby Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison | 2/14/2014

    " I read this book as research. It's a compelling read about the training and deployment of a Recon Marine at the start of the Iraq war "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tristanb18 | 2/3/2014

    " I thought this book was great before I joined the Marines. Now, I can't believe some of the things said in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leesa | 1/31/2014

    " i liked this book but it took forever to read. for me. (now granted, i'm also writing my own book and revising another, but still.) it doesn't usually take me this long to read a book like this. i liked generation kill by evan wright more, but i look @ them together since they're both re: the same deal, as well as the awesome-i-love-it-so-much hbo miniseries. once again, idk how i feel abt the starring system. i liked it and almost loved it, but three stars seems low. so maybe i'd give it three and a half if i could. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by B. | 1/26/2014

    " Gift from Inday (thanks Day). I admit, I was already inclined to like this book because I love the show, which is the best I've seen in a while. Fortunately I was not disappointed. Great to know the un-Hollywood-ized story from an actual insider. Fick is an engaging narrator who tells his tale well, without going into cheesy and preachy territory. Almost makes me want to be a recon Marine, and I'm not even American (or male, for that matter). "

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