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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (560 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Malcolm MacPherson Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781455190850
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For the US Navy’s elite team of SEALs, the mission seemed straightforward enough: take control of a towering, 10,240-foot mountain peak called Takur Ghar, a key post in their plan to smash Taliban al Qaeda in eastern Afghanistan. But the enemy was waiting, and when the Special Forces chopper was shredded by enemy fire, a red-haired SEAL named Neil Roberts was thrown from the aircraft. Roberts’ fellow SEALs were determined to bring him out—no matter what the cost. This harrowing true account captures in dramatic detail their seventeen-hour battle, fought against near-impossible odds, to save one of their own.

This is a gripping you-are-there account based on stunning eyewitness testimony and painstaking research by journalist Malcolm MacPherson.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An impressively detailed account of one heart-wrenching battle in the invasion of Afghanistan. MacPherson gives readers a rare, behind-the-scenes look…A great read.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “[A] harrowing seventeen-hour drama every bit as perilous and courageous as the Rangers’ ill-fated Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia…MacPherson eloquently captures this gripping tale…with aplomb.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Well told and frightening as well as true, this is a book that bridges the breach between the increasingly professional American military and a civilian culture possessing little knowledge or experience of the military.”

    Booklist

  • Roberts Ridge is a reminder that combat, despite America’s huge technological advantages, always boils down to the basics: men, machinery, maps, and mojo…Ultimately, Roberts Ridge is a study in courage and comradeship.”

    Flint Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Speckhard | 2/17/2014

    " Reading SEALs biographies for a research project...this one was a good one, very poignant story, well written, loads of examination of what happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 2/8/2014

    " Alan read this a couple years ago and has been bugging me to read it ever since. It is a true story of Chinooks that got shot down in Afghanistan while inserting troops on a mountain peak. As Alan is a Chinook pilot, and flew past Roberts Ridge all the time while deployed in Afghanistan, this story was especially intriguing for him - he also met one of the guys whose hand got all but blown off. It is an incredible story. I listened to the audio - the narrator needs some pronunciation lessons (for instance, someone should have told him how to pronounce CHINOOK, since he said it about once a minute for the entire book. Bagram was another really bothersome pronunciation. It is only the hugest base in AF - you would think someone would have told him he was pronouncing it wrong!) The audio was kind of hard to follow - I would have to rewind and relisten to parts to picture everything just right. Alan said the book has pictures/maps which would have been extremely helpful! Regardless of the audio issues, the book was an amazingly detailed account of this incredible story. It's just so real - so recent and close to home. It was a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Kearns | 2/4/2014

    " Good stuff on the individual and tactical level, but it never addresses how the whole thing could be seen as a total clusterf**k and asks how in the hell it happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikey Heiser | 1/24/2014

    " This is the best nonfiction war book I've ever read. A heart breaking, but true story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cate | 1/22/2014

    " Great, quick read. Real life heroes. Encouraging, sad, and inspiring all at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CMG | 1/20/2014

    " Good book, true story of dramatic events that happened in the mountains of Afghanistan. The only draw back is that the author uses a bit more technical/military language than thew average civilian is used to. Still a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P.e.lolo | 1/19/2014

    " A story of one mishap after another one. Then a story of not leaving anyone behind and how the special forces work together.Always sad at parts of the story but very brave men to do what they do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 1/11/2014

    " awesome book, will bring tears to your eyes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Carlton | 12/26/2013

    " Good book, reminiscent of Black Hawk Down. Fair details, intense fire fight on a huge mountain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alain Dewitt | 12/4/2013

    " A quick read. Very focused narrative on a tragic accident that turned into a major small arms firefight that cost the lives of seven service members. Not quite 'Black Hawk Down' (which is the gold standard of modern military histories) but a good read nevertheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 5/30/2013

    " Very enjoyable book about close combat special forces in tough conditions. Great true story of modern warfare and the professional soldiers that fight today's fights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron France | 5/10/2013

    " Unique - it spans only 17 hours. SEAL team goes in. SEAL team gets shot up, loses man, chopper falls out of sky. SEAL team breaks contact with enemy. QRF team goes to save them. QRF team gets shot up. A one-sided tale, but interesting regardless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 shay | 5/5/2013

    " While the narrative structure of this book is kind of confusing, the story is riveting. detailing some of the events that took place during "operation anaconda" when a navy SEAL fell out of a helicopter and the subsequent attempts to rescue him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 2/16/2013

    " Ok Great if you like Military type books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taddow | 11/23/2012

    " Really great book about one of the most intense, but little known, battles in Afganistan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Weston Ochse | 8/15/2012

    " I bought this to help me get some background on SEAL TEAM 666, a book I'm writing for St. Martin's Press. This provided a lot of great insight into the sorts of missions they perform and is giving me tremendous help in formulating my fictional SEAL team. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 4/2/2012

    " Inteliggent & Brilliant & Courgages Soldiers. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George Schlossnagle | 3/30/2012

    " I'm not typically a fan of military non-fiction, but this is a very well written account, almost close in quality to Blackhawk Down (the book, not the movie). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael York | 1/30/2012

    " Great book detailing Operation Anaconda. If you enjoy books about current military history, this is an absolute must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/5/2011

    " This is one of the best books I've ever read...my MMCS at ODS knew this guy and my wonderful husband gave me this book for our anniversary "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 7/15/2011

    " Fantastic book. I would recommend reading this book along with Two Wars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 4/19/2011

    " Good book. You need a lot of technical knowledge to understand what they are talking about during it. It demonstrates how poor communication can get people shot up. A decent book, entertaining, and intelligent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 4/12/2011

    " Great book detailing Operation Anaconda. If you enjoy books about current military history, this is an absolute must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 1/1/2011

    " Fantastic book. I would recommend reading this book along with Two Wars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alain | 9/26/2010

    " A quick read. Very focused narrative on a tragic accident that turned into a major small arms firefight that cost the lives of seven service members. Not quite 'Black Hawk Down' (which is the gold standard of modern military histories) but a good read nevertheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 10/17/2009

    " I'm not typically a fan of military non-fiction, but this is a very well written account, almost close in quality to Blackhawk Down (the book, not the movie). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 shay | 10/1/2009

    " While the narrative structure of this book is kind of confusing, the story is riveting. detailing some of the events that took place during "operation anaconda" when a navy SEAL fell out of a helicopter and the subsequent attempts to rescue him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 9/3/2009

    " awesome book, will bring tears to your eyes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 2/14/2009

    " Good stuff on the individual and tactical level, but it never addresses how the whole thing could be seen as a total clusterf**k and asks how in the hell it happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/10/2009

    " Good book. You need a lot of technical knowledge to understand what they are talking about during it. It demonstrates how poor communication can get people shot up. A decent book, entertaining, and intelligent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/11/2008

    " This is one of the best books I've ever read...my MMCS at ODS knew this guy and my wonderful husband gave me this book for our anniversary "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 7/28/2008

    " This was an incredible account of a rescue of an operation gone wrong in Afganistan. It certainly brought the War on Terror close due to the documentary-style writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cate | 8/14/2007

    " Great, quick read. Real life heroes. Encouraging, sad, and inspiring all at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CMG | 6/14/2007

    " Good book, true story of dramatic events that happened in the mountains of Afghanistan. The only draw back is that the author uses a bit more technical/military language than thew average civilian is used to. Still a very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 5/28/2007

    " Unique - it spans only 17 hours. SEAL team goes in. SEAL team gets shot up, loses man, chopper falls out of sky. SEAL team breaks contact with enemy. QRF team goes to save them. QRF team gets shot up. A one-sided tale, but interesting regardless. "

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About the Author
Author Malcolm MacPherson

Malcolm MacPherson is a journalist and author of several fiction and nonfiction books. He served in the Marine Corps, and worked as a staff journalist for Time and Newsweek magazines, the latter for twelve years as a foreign correspondent. Most recently, he reported from Iraq on assignment with Time. He lives in Warrenton, Virginia with his wife and two kids.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. He has narrated books by such authors as Trevanian, Brian Freeman, Don Winslow, and James W. Huston.