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From the very first sentence you are thrown into a land and situation that very few of us will ever experience Exhaustion, pain, responsibility, pride, vengeance and adrenaline bleed out of you You find yourself experiencing the highs of battle and the lows of losing a brother All in all something you will never forget.The authors do an excellent job of showing you what it was like to be involved in an extremely important battle that would have very little if any publicity Reading this book From the very first sentence you are thrown into a land and situation that very few of us will ever experience Exhaustion, pain, responsibility, pride, vengeance and adrenaline bleed out of you You find yourself experiencing the highs of battle and the lows of losing a brother All in all something you will never forget.The authors do an excellent job of showing you what it was like to be involved in an extremely important battle that would have very little if any publicity Reading this book gives you a first hand account of what it was like to roll into enemy territory and deliver a hefty blow to the enemy by taking over a strategic land mark that would cause ripple effects in the War on Terror Through this reading experience you get to know fellow soldiers so well that it makes sense they call each other brothers The amazing selfless acts will leave you humbled and thankful that there are people capable of that willing to stand and protect our country and way of life So many details of what members of the United States Military have done for our country are brushed under the rug or watered down If you are eager to see what has been left out of the history books this book will enlighten youthan you could have thought possible I cannot believe I ve owned this book for so long and never read it before ,it is truly a masterpiece The writing style is easy to read ,realistic and breathtaking From this book the reader will not only learn about the War in Afghanistan but also about the operation of the Special Forces Bradley was a Captain in the Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha SFODA which is a group of twelve highly trained men Little has been written about the Special Force Units until this book.The book opens with the dramatic rendition of Troops in Contact engagement only to find themselves surrounded by hundreds of insurgents and running low on ammunition The au From this book the reader will not only learn about the War in Afghanistan but also about the operation of the Special Forces Bradley was a Captain in the Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha SFODA which is a group of twelve highly trained men Little has been written about the Special Force Units until this book.The book opens with the dramatic rendition of Troops in Contact engagement only to find themselves surrounded by hundreds of insurgents and running low on ammunition The author uses flash backs to explain how he got to this point in 2006 Bradley s unit was to support the Canadian led NATO offensive Operation Medusa , intended to clear the insurgents out the South The battle of Sperwan Ghar was the most intense and sustained OSF combat operation to date.The book is well written and fast paced It is written in the first person narrative and provides a detailed day to day account of Bradley s last tour in Afghanistan The book readslike a novel than a memoir This is an action packed memoir I read this in the audiobook format but the book format has maps and pictures which are helpful Bradley tells the story of the battle in detail and also provides an in depth view of the men involved I found this book helpful in understanding the War in Afghanistan as well as learningabout the Special Forces This was an exciting and informative memoir to read Eric G Dove did a good job narrating the book This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here There is this proverb Until the lions have their own historian, the history of the hunt will only glorify the hunters AchebeMost people seems to be ignorant actually pretend to be ignorant , about this simple truth,or rather an observation of frequent occurrences , so frequent that it creates a rule or even a law All invading foreign barbarians, white , yellow or other shade of skin color HAVE ALWAYS BEEN KICKED OUT eventually, regardless how powerful , vicious, ruthless they were, regardle There is this proverb Until the lions have their own historian, the history of the hunt will only glorify the hunters AchebeMost people seems to be ignorant actually pretend to be ignorant , about this simple truth,or rather an observation of frequent occurrences , so frequent that it creates a rule or even a law All invading foreign barbarians, white , yellow or other shade of skin color HAVE ALWAYS BEEN KICKED OUT eventually, regardless how powerful , vicious, ruthless they were, regardless how long they were able to grip with their iron claws onto their prey s necks and balls.History is a strong testimony for this observation, rule , law or whatever you want to consider it.Several examples are good illustrations Once a very large Roman Empire now is reduced toor less the size of Rome, all vicious Emperors of yesteryear reduced to that high hated , mellow , albeit not much less vicious and lethal with his modern crusade The harmless appeared HALF GOD overseeing an army of child molesters and secret fornicators throughout the world while his neo crusade is raging in all parts of this planet , a new version of the ancient CRUSADE that are killing millions of people of all faiths, camouflaged under a bunch of phony banners anti communism , anti terrorism and a host of other phoniesDiferent French governments , have used the surplus from a very productive economy after their industrial revolution to start a vicious kill and rob enterprise , or to bepolite, to expanse French Empire using gun boats.They were successfully established a vast empire composed of many colonies, and in the process killed millions of natives in many parts of the world.In South East Asia alone they robbed and annexed politically and commercially Vietnam, Myama ,Lao and CambodiaBut as incredible as it seems, a frail looking Vietnamese patriot , HO CHI MINH , has start a long and bloody struggle to drive the blood thirsty, gold mad, Bible thumbing , sex maniacal hairy mercenaries out of his beloved motherland., and was successful With the love , respect and support of almost ALL Vietnamese, he was able to put the white devils army into a desperate defensive situation , and with the military legend Gen Vo Nguyen Giap, these white devils together with their Foreign Legion, a form of conscripted mercenary composed of many strong bodies from the colonies, were lured into a deathtrap at the valley of DIEN BIEN PHU.The bloody defeat at this deathtrap and the following unconditional surrender of the bloodied, terrified , starving French troop was the beginning of the end of the French Empire, after its iron claw that griped the penises and their stinking suckers that has latched onto Vietnamese arteries to suck blood for 80 yearsEnd of example number 2 Comparing the stupidity of the evil French ruling gang, the American buccaneers inside their ruling gangs were even muchstupid and vicious.While their cousine was in a near death spasm, the devils in the U S ruling gang desperately tried to revive the almost cadaver.They pumped oxygen greenbacks into the cadaver s lung that already became still, they desperately provided many bombing sorties, many air support flies, many air drops of troops an weapons down to the muddied, bloodied, starved , wounded and terrified FRench soldiers of fortune.The said devils, seeing the futility of their last ditch attempt ,has the nerve to even thinking about using tactical, nuke bombs to turn the tide around.Fortunately, they discarded that mad scheme for a very simple reason the pyjama clad , wearing only sandals made from discarded tires , their huntershave already penetrated deep inside the French line at a great lost of men and a unthinkable task of tunnelling to reach the unsuspecting devil fortified posts, a feat that has never been achieved by any army then and since.The top devils in Paris as well as Hanoi has failed to realize their enemy steel determination , sacrify and cleverness in that tunnelling as well as hauling huge canons up the top of the mountains and from these advantage height , threw a fire and metal storm down the terrified French troop.If em American devils drop bombs , all would be decimated , their cousin and all.After the humiliating unconditional surrender of the French troop, one tends to think the devils in the U S rulling gang would glean a lesson and never let their enemy , the VC , to laugh at their face as they did with the French.Well, stupidity runs in one family They, the devils in the American rulling gang have repeated their cousin mistake again with their attempt to screw the Vietnamese people again.The top devils in their governments wanted to own Vietnamese land and people, to expanse their blood soaked Empire after massacred millions of Indians to rob their ancestral landSharing the same fate with their French cousin , they met with fierce opposition from the natives.Puppets after puppets governments and scarecrows , propped up with greenbacks not too surprising em lapdogs and hunting dogs pocketed most of em greenbacks , hidden em in offshore bank account waiting for the day they will undoubtedly get the hell out following their green and yellow eyes masters and weapon caches , but one after another were fallen like scarecrows.Desperate and fed up the devils were mad with failure and frustration , and as a clumsy tiny brained monster, they resort to the only thing they possess muscle ALAS jus like their cousin all muscle but tiny brain Frenchie, the clumsy, lumbering elephant was no match for a fed up and screwed up pact of angry wolves.The ensuing melee seen the terrified , bloodied, tattered huge chunk of meat ran for its life The disastrous escalating bombing to bring the VC into the negotiation table was a huge disappointment Hundreds of em Sky Devils dropped like flies into the honey disk, the Northern cities and village of Vietnam.They failed to realize that YOU CAN SCREW SOMEBODY SOMETIME BUT IT IS ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE TO SCREW ALL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME.Lo and behold.What happened was the prisons , particularly HANOI HILTON was chock full of white mercenary pilots em soldiers of fortune Almost all honchos Commanders, Admirals, top ranking pilots , seasoned sky pirates with big ass decorations , the cream of the crop of em Sky pirates This time we call it The victorious DIEN BIEN PHU air battle that sent em devil packing Extremely stupid And nobody seems to learn this simple lesson, simple truth, rule, law or observation You can srew some body some time, but it is absolutely impossible to screw all people all the timeWhy AS I HAVE STATED IN THE PRECEEDING and in many other book reviews in this web site The invading barbarians were the walking dead, pure and simple.Just a mater of time when they will lay still.and stiff JUSTICE shall alway prevail.Why is that so All people don t like being screwed..They have to bear it due to the circumstance but they will not accept it.Ask yourself If someone screw you, will you be happy Will you like the one who screw you If your answer is NO then why should other people would answer differently This is exactly what the devils in all American governments failed to realise They think they can screw people in the third world countries and these people will never lift a finger to oppose them What stupidity What arrogant And this is evenimportant The collaborators with said brarbarians were also the walking dead.You can commit any crime , EXCEPT SCREWING YOUR OWN ANCESTOR AND YOUR OWN peopleSIMMILAR TO THE CHILD RAPERS among a crowd of convicts Walking dead they are.Just a mater of time.Dead meat I have this wild idea that if applied it will save the devils inside American rulling gangs a lot of troubles Noface loosing defeat, nosleepless nights, nohair pulling Keep your organ inside your underwear , don t pull em out and go screwing people.Mind only your business, don t screw with other people affair That simpleWe knew too well the dirty trick of DEVIDE TO RULE Support one faction against another faction in their infighting , bring your armed force in.Once the de0vil army is participate in the civil war, the devil mercenary OWN that country.It is so simple a trick, but it work EVERY TIME.History is a testimony for the above statement To the author Read the above statement and tell me if it is not the truth, your God damn scum bag.Throw away all courses in the political science at all colleges and universities , especially at WEST POINT.All student need only to remember, do research , argue for and against this simple observation, rule or law YOU CAN SCREW SOMEBODY SOMETIME, BUT IT IS ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE TO SCREW ALL PEOPLE ALL THE TIMEImagine all graduates of West POINT and all other military training camps will wear a big ass button in their chests with that wise saying Millions of gallon of blood of people in third world countries and a lesser number from American foot soldiers would have been savedIf this truth, rule , law or observation can be made in pure gold letters , etched in granite slabs, and displayed in public places especially government facilities , schools and colleges , monuments, in the front of sky scrapers , in all military cemeteries, most importantly in the White House and Penagon it would do much good for the people and the countryNothe repeat of Vietnam war, the invasion of Iraq and the whole of Middle East, and many other parts in the world Some lines to the CO AUTHOR Read this reviews everyday until you understand clearly why all wicked buccaneers will eventually meet their well deserved sad, humiliated end.Read history along with this review.History is a repeat of similar occurrences.Empires raised and fallen.They didn t last forever.As a writer, your sacred mission is TO DEFEND THE FUCKED, NOT THE Fuckers.As a writer you are ordained to be a warrior , armed only with a pen, to fight for JUSTICE, not injustice, to fight for peace and brotherhood , not to be succumbed to wealth and fortune that the wicked few, the nobles , the member of the rulling gang who oppress, kill,jail people to rob them of their possession, families, villages and countries , who hire you as their propagandist to praise them, to glorify em and white wash their crime.TO THE AUTHOR Shame on you You have sold your soul to the devil You are the hunting dog for the neo colinialists who have hired you to kill and rob people from Middle East of their oil to satisfy your MASTER s thirst of energy needed for their industryThey are using a dirty trick of divide to rule.Supporting one group against other group to gain a foothold in the region, to gain access to their underground liquid gold, never mind they are killing millions of civilians using you as a obeying hunting dog.God damn your stupidity and greed and your sense of racial superiority The lives of em savages worth nothing, just bomb, rocket and burn them as much as you want until you get access to their oil.Have you ever stop and think If some country would screw up your county the way the devils inside the U S rulling gang have been doing to many third world countries i e to burn, bomb, rocket your house , garden, farm, to kill your family and people around you, to level villages and cities with bombings WOULD YOU go kill and rob ,srew people in third world countries then PRAISE , GLORIFY , JUSTIFY, WRITE STORIES TO DESCRIBE THE SCREWING WITH GLEE Can you Would you You m f You insects Regardless how much you have boasted about yourcleverness, smartness , courage and gut I m 100% sure that if you don t get your ass out of their country fast, you will be kicked out sooner or later, as the sorry past of your devil buddies has showed, without exception The invading barbarians always ran home, ashen faced, weaken kneed and terrified until they reached the safety of their lairs, their legs still shaking and their chest still tambourining as in the case of the Vietnam war s veterans Without fail Essentially what you have been chest thumping is sort of joke, because even you was successfully SCREWED some terrorists , so what Big fkg deal For how long Eventually you will be a dead meat unless you get your sorry ass out fast Look at the Russians before you.Look at your buddies ,the sorrowful Vietnam War Vet s.So throw your memoir into the trash can before reality will discard it like a dirty rag in the dust bin of history ANYWAYMoronlater This is the account of an ISAF, ANA, and Army Special Forces action at the Battle of Sperwan Ghar in Kandahar, Afghanistan in September 2006 Operation Medusa , as told by MAJ Bradley, commander of ODA 331 By focusing on a single battle and using it to tell the overall story of Army SF, the war in Afghanistan, and the tactics involved This avoids the trap of many biographies, especially military ones, including lots of perfunctory information about schools, a confusing mix of events around the This is the account of an ISAF, ANA, and Army Special Forces action at the Battle of Sperwan Ghar in Kandahar, Afghanistan in September 2006 Operation Medusa , as told by MAJ Bradley, commander of ODA 331 By focusing on a single battle and using it to tell the overall story of Army SF, the war in Afghanistan, and the tactics involved This avoids the trap of many biographies, especially military ones, including lots of perfunctory information about schools, a confusing mix of events around the world, etc The book was coauthored by a journalist, and where there are a few minor technical and nomenclature errors I assume those were the fault of miscommunication.The battle shows the quality of individual Special Forces soldiers, their leadership, challenges in interoperation with indigenous and foreign allied forces, and the value of exceptional commanders at both the A team and task force level.For me, the tragic part of this book is that the battle, while bravely fought, didn t need to be fought at all A brave battle in a war without a clear and reasonable strategy isn t going to win that war SF and CIA actions in late 2001 largely attained all of the reasonably attainable war aims post 9 11 essentially all forces committed since then have been put at risk for no clear goals Great book this is a very well written and a powerful account of the efforts in Afghanistan Capt Bradley and his team s efforts to develop relationships with the local Afghan fighters and the efforts to train the Afghans to fight for their own country cover the first half of the bookthe second half is entirely the US Special Forces and Afghan battle during Operation Medusa The battle is largely focused around the fight to take and hold the high ground of Sperwan Ghar Bradley and team s Great book this is a very well written and a powerful account of the efforts in Afghanistan Capt Bradley and his team s efforts to develop relationships with the local Afghan fighters and the efforts to train the Afghans to fight for their own country cover the first half of the bookthe second half is entirely the US Special Forces and Afghan battle during Operation Medusa The battle is largely focused around the fight to take and hold the high ground of Sperwan Ghar Bradley and team s efforts and heroics make for an entertaining and consuming read Highly recommend One of the most critical battles of the Afghan War is now revealed as never beforeLions of Kandahar is an inside account from the unique perspective of an active duty US Army Special Forces commander, an unparalled warrior with multiple deployments to the theater who has only recently returned from combat thereSouthern Afghanistan was slipping away That was clear to then Captain Rusty Bradley as he began his third tour of duty there inThe Taliban and their allies were infiltrating everywhere, poised to reclaim Kandahar Province, their strategically vital onetime capital To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history The battlefield was the Panjwayi Valley, a densely packed warren of walled compounds that doubled neatly as enemy bunkers, lush orchards, and towering marijuana stands, all laced with treacherous irrigation ditches A mass exodus of civilians heralded the carnage to comeDispatched as a diversionary force in support of the main coalition attack, Bradley s Special Forces A team and two others, along with their longtime Afghan Army allies, watched from across the valley as the NATO force was quickly engulfed in a vicious counterattack Key to relieving it and calling in effective air strikes was possession of a modest patch of high ground called Sperwan Ghar Bradley s small detachment assaulted the hill and, in the midst of a savage and unforgettable firefight, soon learned they were facing nearly a thousand seasoned fighters from whom they seized an impossible victoryNow Bradley recounts the whole remarkable story as it actually happened The blistering trek across Afghanistan s infamous Red Desert The eerie traces of the elusive Taliban The close relations with the Afghan people and army, a primary mission focus Sperwan Ghar itself unremitting waves of fire from machine guns and rocket propelled grenades a targeted truck turned into an inferno the death trap of a cut off compound Most important the men, Americans and Afghans alike the shaky medic with nerves of steel and a surgeon s hands in battle the tireless sergeant who seems to be everywhere at once the soft spoken intelligence officer with laser sharp insight the diminutive Afghan commander with a Goliath sized heart the cool maverick who risks all to rescue a grievously wounded comrade each unique, all indelible in their everyday exercise of extraordinary heroismPraise for Lions of Kandahar A raw and authentic war story about untamed Green Berets in action Dalton Fury, New York Times bestselling author ofKill Bin Laden A powerful and gripping account of a battle that helped shape the war in Afghanistan With crisp writing and page turning action, Lions of Kandahar is one of the best books written about the conflict Mitch Weiss, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and co author of Tiger Force A True Story of Men and War One of the most important documents to emerge from the war in Afghanistan The Seattle Times Powerful a riveting account of a strategic battle that doesn t glorify war or focus on heroic deeds Make room on your military bookshelf for Lions of Kandahar San Antonio Express News Bradley takes the reader into battleTime I thought this book was well written and powerful It is about the author s experiences during his third tour in Afghanistan prior to and during Operation Medusa He does not hold back but discusses how the ISAF failed to capitalize on moments on building bridges with the Afghanistan civilians when the Taliban had been pushed back from a key area, be it a city or village or region of the country He also speaks highly of his men, of the mission of the Special Forces teams going into an area and I thought this book was well written and powerful It is about the author s experiences during his third tour in Afghanistan prior to and during Operation Medusa He does not hold back but discusses how the ISAF failed to capitalize on moments on building bridges with the Afghanistan civilians when the Taliban had been pushed back from a key area, be it a city or village or region of the country He also speaks highly of his men, of the mission of the Special Forces teams going into an area and building relationships with the locals by living with them and teaching them how to better care for themselves and protect themselves, et al , and of the Afghanistan soldiers serving under his command He obviously cared for his men and had developed strong relationships with them after having served with them for some time he also cared about the Afghanistan soldiers and continually sought to improve their performance on the battlefield to increase their chances of survival.He and his men were involved in a key mission to re take Kandahar and prevent it from becoming an even stronger bastion for the Taliban For whatever reason, the ISAF had relinquished Kandahar to the Taliban, and the Canadians were sent in with some U.S Army special forces units to retake Kandahar The assumption was that it was going to be a simple mission proved to be false, and a veritable hornet s nest was stirred up by the allied forces incursion into Taliban territory In order to better protect the Canadians, the author recognized a strategic hill overlooking the city had to be taken, which is what a good chunk of the book is about about how the Afghanistan and American soldiers took the hill and then held it against Taliban counterattacks In the beginning of the book, he says he is going to be brutally honest and not gloss over the book to make it look like some kind of Hollywood production It is nitty and gritty and I think does justice to helping readers better understand what the soldiers experienced while in Afghanistan I realize it is impossible for a civilian to ever fully understand what soldiers have experienced in battle, but I felt the author did a good job helping the reader understand better what the soldiers went through I think he also does a good job in trying to explain, trying to describe, the brotherhood of soldiers that occurs between men who have been in battle together, who have fought for each other and defended each other There were some heroic moments shared in the book, especially during Operation Medusa, and it seems the soldiers involved where short changed afterwards not that soldiers go looking for medals, but it seems like some of them should have earned higher medals than they did.It starts off with his return to Afghanistan, then follows the movement of his unit across a desert to reach their final objective just prior to the start of Operation Medusa He describes some interesting encounters along the way with both civilians and enemy forces It is shortly after he reaches Kandahar and the Operation quickly stalls that he realizes the need to take a hill called Sperwan Ghar that overlooks the city It was anticipated that maybe several hundred if that Taliban soldiers occupied the city it turns out the number was significantly higher and that the intelligence estimates were horrifically incorrect The high numbers of casualties suffered by the Canadians spurred Bradley and his men to action in terms of taking the high ground from the Taliban and providing a form of operational security as a result.While the author sought to minimize the number of civilian casualties inflicted during the battle, he points out that right now it is virtually impossible to prevent any civilian casualties It is a wonderful goal to have, but it is currently too lofty to achieve it Things happen people make mistakes which are always easy to second guess later when there is no pressure, no life or death situations being faced, and those second guessing can nitpick to their hearts content intelligence can be faulty to an enormous degree, as exemplified during the opening moments of this Operation people can be in the wrong place at the wrong time He is especially critical of those who want to punish soldiers for civilian casualties and cry against soldiers publicly while keeping quiet about how the Taliban uses innocent civilians as human shields to hide behind while striking at allied soldiers Where is the outcry about the inhumanity of using human shields as protection Where is the outcry against either putting innocent civilians in harm s way or killing them if they do not cooperate It does seem pretty hypocritical that certain elements of the civilian population are so quick to demonize soldiers for the accidental deaths of civilians while remaining quiet about the atrocities committed by the Taliban against the civilian population.The end of the author s tale was a bit of a shock to me I did not see it coming I mean, the way he started sharing showed something must be up, but I did not expect or anticipate what was actually occurring view spoiler The author described the comfort appreciation he felt when his commanding officer ordered him to leave, which helped alleviate an enormous amount of guilt on his part for leaving his men behind Between that and his men understanding why he was leaving also helped alleviate the guilt he was experiencing hide spoiler This book and the prior book Level Zero Heroes describe the Afghanistan forces working with the U.S forces in apositive light than other books about the war in Afghanistan Granted, this book is a bitpositive in its outlook than Level Zero Heroes as the Special Forces operators trusted the ANA forces working with them in this bookthan the Marines did in Level Zero Heroes The author felt that with the right training and motivation the ANA could become apotent force than it had previously been andcapable of protecting the country against insurgent groups like the Taliban.One part of the book made me laugh The author was talking about how he hated the term PUC Persons Under Confinement as he saw it as a politically correct pussy way of saying prisoners It was pretty hilarious.It was a good book it was a powerful book It obviously supports U.S Army Special Forces and their mission, to cultivate and develop relationships with indigenous people so that terrorist organizations like the Taliban no longer have such a strong foothold in the area or control of the lives of those living in the area Special Forces operators are committed to the people with whom they interact and the relationships they develop can go a long way to countering the affects of terrorist groups Impressive Account of Calm, Confidence and Competence amid Chaos This book was reviewed as part ofs Vine Program.Now that the War on Terror is approaching the 10 year anniversary, first hand accounts of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq are becoming common fare in the world of books While some of the stories are interesting, I have found that very few have been powerful enough to put me on the ground and give me an actual glimpse of modern combat like Major Rusty Bradley s LIONS OF Impressive Account of Calm, Confidence and Competence amid Chaos This book was reviewed as part ofs Vine Program.Now that the War on Terror is approaching the 10 year anniversary, first hand accounts of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq are becoming common fare in the world of books While some of the stories are interesting, I have found that very few have been powerful enough to put me on the ground and give me an actual glimpse of modern combat like Major Rusty Bradley s LIONS OF KANDAHAR Maybe it is because the ingredients used by the 24 7 news machines covering the war in Afghanistan include a rather unhealthy dose of politics and opinion, or maybe it s simply due to the war s nebulous parameters that some many of us at home do not feel we get an adequate picture of what is really going on in Afghanistan All we hear about are reports of growing list of casualties physical and mental and waning American support for a mission that was never intended to be a cakewalk as history dictates While most of us sitting here on the sidelines are left to sift through the sporadic and overwhelmingly negative reporting of the 10 year conflict, it is refreshing that Major Bradley s voice from the front lines counters the pessimism with such an account of courage, confidence, competence and compassion LIONS OF KANDAHAR puts readers at the tip of the spear in Afghanistan by allowing us to accompany a small, but highly elite and lethal Special Forces unit battle numerically superior Taliban forces for an unimpressive, but strategically prized piece of real estate in Southern Afghanistan Sperwan Ghar Major Bradley s story of this particular action part of a much larger operation called Medusa gives us a glimpse of the quality of the American soldier, a sense of purpose to their mission as well as the nature of fighting such a determined and effective enemy From the book s start, there is a sense that the reader is embedded in this Special Forces unit, with Major Bradley serving as our guide Bradley introduces each member of his unit in a highly reverential manner the cohesive nature of this band of brothers is immediately evident Although such elite units are renowned for their combat proficiency, I was impressed to the degree each member complemented the unit with his own expertise such as the unit s medic, whose capabilities encompassed surgery, dental and veterinary work In addition to his own unit are the sixty or so members of the ANA Afghan National Army that Special Forces both train and conduct combat operations with While the confidence and capability of the Afghan forces are somewhat shaky, there is a mutual respect between the forces and a commitment to eliminate the Taliban from Afghanistan Bradley spends a great deal of his book about half acclimating the reader to his unit, the military situation, the Afghans, the terrain, the equipment, etc in a methodical manner that culminates in the crucial operation to take Sperwan Ghar I admittedly did not fully appreciate the slow grind of the book until the combat action began and I finally realized how all the prior details fully prepped me for a much clearer picture of the battle taking place When the action finally starts, the fast and furious pace remains until the battle is over All the background information allows the reader to observe minute details of battle as it happened without the author needing to pause for contextual references or introductions of the men participating and the see saw combat is gripping from beginning to end Outnumbered and outgunned, yes, but outclassed, never We get a clearer picture of how special the Special Forces truly are the aptitude, cool headed leadership and display of courage under fire is truly impressive It almost seems unimaginable that such a small unit could survive, let alone control the battlefield with unparalleled cooperation of air power Equally impressive is the coordination between the Americans and Afghan soldiers that allowed them to mesh so effectively in fighting an enemy that Bradley describes as tenacious, yet competent LIONS OF KANDAHAR is one of the better modern combat memoirs I have read With all the negative reporting of the war in Afghanistan, it is refreshing to finally read a story that reflects the successful efforts of those fighting the Taliban, which includes the Afghans themselves Lt Bradley does a magnificent job of painting a vivid picture of such a seemingly remote war and the spectacular talent that comprises our armed forces Major Bradley did a phenomenal job in the telling of Operation Medusa This is an absolute must read.