9781250030405

Level Zero Heroes The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan

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    9781250030405

  • ISBN10:

    1250030404

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/2/2014
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Summary

A New York Times Best seller!

In Level Zero Heroes, Michael Golembesky follows the members of U.S. Marine Special Operations Team 8222 on their assignment to the remote and isolated Taliban stronghold known as Bala Murghab as they conduct special operations in an effort to break the Taliban's grip on the Valley. What started out as a routine mission changed when two 82nd Airborne Paratroopers tragically drowned in the Bala Murghab River while trying to retrieve vital supplies from an air drop that had gone terribly wrong. In this one moment, the focus and purpose of the friendly forces at Forward Operating Base Todd, where Team 8222 was assigned, was forever altered as a massive clearing operation was initiated to break the Taliban's stranglehold on the valley and recover the bodies.

From close-quarters firefights in Afghan villages to capturing key-terrain from the Taliban in the unforgiving Afghan winter, this intense and personal story depicts the brave actions and sacrifices of MSOT 8222. Readers will understand the hopelessness of being pinned down under a hail of enemy gunfire and the quake of the earth as a 2000 lb. guided bomb levels a fortified Taliban fighting position.
A powerful and moving story of Marine Operators doing what they do best, Level Zero Heroes brings to life the mission of these selected few that fought side-by-side in Afghanistan, in a narrative as action-packed and emotional as anything to emerge from the Special Operations community contribution to the Afghan War.

Author Biography

STAFF SERGEANT MICHAEL GOLEMBESKY served 8 years with the United States Marine Corps and is a combat veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. Golembesky served as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller with Marine Special Operation Team 8222 (MARSOC).

JOHN R. BRUNING is the author or collaborating writer on sixteen non-fiction books, including the bestseller Outlaw Platoon, House to House, Shadow of the Sword and The Devil's Sandbox: With the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry at War in Iraq.

Table of Contents

Title Page
Dedication
Epigraph
Contents
Chapters
Author’s Notes
Forward
Map
Prologue
Chapter 1 – Camp Stone, Afghanistan
Chapter 2 – Convoy to Nowhere
Chapter 3 – Halloween in Afghanistan
Chapter 4 – Bread Crumbs and Fuel Trucks
Chapter 5 – Welcome to FOB Todd
Chapter 6 – Operation Hero Recovery
Chapter 7 – Recovery Site
Chapter 8 – Cleared Hot
Chapter 9 – Afghan Commandos
Chapter 10 – Further Down the Rabbit Hole
Chapter 11 – Mass Casualty
Chapter 12 – One Way Out
Chapter 13 – Going Home
Chapter 14 – PRO 6 and the Entourage
Chapter 15 – Daneh Pasab, Part I
Chapter 16 – 5 Kill Zone Gauntlet
Chapter 17 – Intel Dump
Chapter 18 – Operation Buongiorno
Chapter 19 – Objective Pathfinder, Day 1
Chapter 20 – Warning Shot
Chapter 21 – First Wave
Chapter 22 – Misery Loves Company
Chapter 23 – This Ends Now
Chapter 24 – Enemy Inside the Wire
Chapter 25 – The Truth Hurts
Chapter 26 – Some Good
Chapter 27 – Exfil 
Epilogue
Fallen Heroes
Acknowledgments
Bonus Material
Glossary
About the Authors
Credits
Copyright
About the Publisher

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