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Author: Patrick K. O’Donnell Narrator: Richard Powers Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781481550871
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The platoon included four pairs of best friends. Each of the four would lose a best friend forever.

Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima Company’s First Platoon became one of the first American forces to enter Fallujah, where they encountered some of the most intense hand-to-hand combat since World War II. Civilians were used as human shields or as bait to lure soldiers into buildings rigged with explosives; suicide bombers approached from every corner hoping to die and take Americans with them; radical insurgents, high on adrenaline, fought to the death. Award-winning author and historian Patrick O’Donnell stood shoulder to shoulder with Lima Company’s First Platoon as they fought through the streets of Fallujah, their casualties mounting. This is their story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[O’Donnell’s] most important accomplishment among many is to put a human face on the troopsRead O’Donnell’s excellent book and you will know that they are indeed, as were each preceding generation, ‘The Greatest.’”

    New York Post

  • “[O’Donnell] introduces the reader to the real world of combat…his fierce joy at a successful action and deep grief at the Marine casualties come through to the reader in vivid form. This is one of the finest accounts of infantry action that has been published in a very long time…Combat veterans have always known that civilian family and friends can never understand nor appreciate the experiences they have gone through. This unforgettable book, however, goes a long way toward helping.”

    Bookpage

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Parker | 12/21/2013

    " One star because this book fucked me up. I couldn't finish it and since then I refuse to pick up a book like it. I think civilians should read this but having been to Iraq I can't do it. No way. Ya'll have fun but this book broke my heart and kicked me in the balls repeatedly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phoebe223 | 11/25/2013

    " This gave a good description of day to day urban combat and what the Marines went through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 11/23/2013

    " this is a very good book it tells how just a few guys turn into a band of brothers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 7/28/2013

    " Interesting and thought provoking. Emotionally charged. Well worth the time to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty | 5/27/2013

    " This book was about 3/1 Lima Company. Although my son is with Kilo Company I know many of the Marines in this book and could follow along with what my son did also. Very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shay | 9/3/2012

    " an oral history by an historian who was embedded with the marines in the fight for fallujah. an interesting book and well-written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miguel | 8/4/2012

    " It should be required reading for all Americans, especially politicians "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 6/18/2012

    " A gripping,no holds barred view of combat, sometimes face to face, and death in a combat zone. A friends death happens so fast and so unexpectedly. A great story of comaraderie and strength. Esprit de Corps! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/3/2012

    " A very intense, but insightful look at the battle for Fallujah, and the sacrifices by the Marines who fought it. Takes you where the TV coverage didn't. This is a VERY intense book, but worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sdoconnor | 11/10/2011

    " Great account of what happened at Fallujah. After reading this one will find it hard to think less of any ground unit that served in Iraq and Afghanistan either Army or Marines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/28/2011

    " Great story, follows Nathan Wood's company. Nathan is in chapter 4. Cried for 2 days after I finished reading this. Very powerful, and informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 5/20/2011

    " The challenge in the forward of this book is for the reader to decide if the Marines in the book are the next "Greatest Generation". They are. Without question. Semper fi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/22/2011

    " Great story, follows Nathan Wood's company. Nathan is in chapter 4. Cried for 2 days after I finished reading this. Very powerful, and informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miguel | 12/8/2010

    " It should be required reading for all Americans, especially politicians "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 9/18/2010

    " A very intense, but insightful look at the battle for Fallujah, and the sacrifices by the Marines who fought it. Takes you where the TV coverage didn't. This is a VERY intense book, but worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 5/14/2010

    " this is a very good book it tells how just a few guys turn into a band of brothers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sdoconnor | 10/26/2009

    " Great account of what happened at Fallujah. After reading this one will find it hard to think less of any ground unit that served in Iraq and Afghanistan either Army or Marines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shay | 2/6/2009

    " an oral history by an historian who was embedded with the marines in the fight for fallujah. an interesting book and well-written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty | 9/29/2007

    " This book was about 3/1 Lima Company. Although my son is with Kilo Company I know many of the Marines in this book and could follow along with what my son did also. Very well written. "

About the Author

Patrick K. O’Donnell is a bestselling military historian and the critically acclaimed author of numerous books, including Beyond Valor, Dog Company, and First SEALs. He has provided historical consulting for DreamWorks’ award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers and for documentaries produced by the BBC, the History Channel, and Fox News. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

About the Narrator

R. C. Bray is an award-winning audiobook narrator with over 180 titles to his credit. Besides winning five AudioFile Earphones Awards, he won the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Science Fiction Narration and has been an Audie Award finalist seven times. He has been a finalist for the Voice Arts Award, and in 2014, his narration earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award. He is also an accomplished producer and voice-over artist, and his voice can be heard in countless TV and radio commercials.