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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 Barret Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Mikey Heiser | 1/24/2014

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

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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.