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  • Leave No Man Behind

  • The Untold Story of the Rangers’ Unrelenting Search for Marcus Luttrell, the Navy SEAL Lone Survivor in Afghanistan
  • By: Dr. Tony Brooks
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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A story of courage, perseverance, and patriotism behind the 75th Army Rangers’ rescue mission following one of the deadliest Special Operations incidents in Afghanistan - a grueling search for 12 Navy SEAL casualties and eight downed Night Stalkers - but just one lone survivor.

On June 28, 2005, a four-man Navy SEAL reconnaissance team under Operation Red Wings was ambushed in Northeastern Afghanistan - as depicted in the book and film Lone Survivor. A quick reaction force was dispatched to assist them. Turbine 33, carrying eight Navy SEALs and eight members of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, bringing the dual-rotor chinook careening toward the rugged peak of Sawtalo Sar.

The result was the deadliest single incident in Afghanistan Special Operations at the time.

Commanders, unwilling to let this disaster get any worse, quickly called on the largest element of the secretive Joint Special Operations Command, the 75th Ranger Regiment. The rescue mission: Operation Red Wings II.

Tony Brooks, then a newly minted Army Ranger, tells a firsthand account of the daring recovery of Turbine 33 and the subsequent search for the remaining compromised Navy SEAL reconnaissance team - one of whom was Marcus Luttrell, the lone survivor. The Rangers would need to overcome lack of intelligence assessment, treacherous terrain, violent weather, and an enemy that was born and raised to fight.

Like his fellow Rangers, Tony Brooks lived - and many died - by the axiom, “Leave No Man Behind”. His account is the first to tell the story that other books and films have left out, one of courage, skill, and perseverance in overcoming overwhelming odds to accomplish a mission to bring every American soldier home.

©2021 by Anthony Douglas Brooks (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Should have been called leave no metaphor behind

It was painful at times, author trying to see how many cliches he could fit into one sentence

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  • 18-08-2021

Great story

Great story to hear, but the reader obviously wasn’t former military. Not that it should be a requirement, but it was very noticeable when he mispronounced places, acronyms, or calibers. Still did a great job other than that, and the story more than made up for the errors.

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  • ,John
  • 08-12-2021

Not What The Title Says It Is

The book starts off about the author's decision to join the Army as a Ranger, so far so good. Then his deployment to Afghanistan in the early years of the war, getting close. Then is entirely focused on the recovery of the CH-47 Chinook that held the Quick Reaction Force going to save the men of Operation Red Wings that was shot down. There is a quick blurb towards then end about another Platoon within his unit that went in to assist recovering Luttrell. Other than the deceiving Title it was a good "read."

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  • Joan W
  • 14-09-2021

Good true story

I enjoyed the story of an army ranger serving in Afghanistan. Well written and informative. I’m a older woman with no military experience, and I totally enjoyed this book. I usually read murder mysteries, but I found this to be an uplifting change Of pace.

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  • roman castro
  • 26-01-2022

I loved it

this is truly a beautiful story, it is a must read. I am glad I got to read it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-01-2022

not bad at all

just not what I was looking for. the narrator did an excellent job. just wasn't action packed. I guess I'm being pretty shallow here. besides that, there's a lot of great information. and it's more realistic. The author is a pretty awesome dude.

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  • Tom
  • 19-01-2022

𝑮𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒚 𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈

𝑨𝒏 𝒂𝒎𝒂𝒛𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍 𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔 95% 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒂𝒄𝒓𝒂𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒆𝒔 𝒅𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒊𝒄𝒆. 𝑨𝒔 𝒘𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒊𝒔 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒄𝒖𝒓𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒈𝒈𝒍𝒆𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 "𝑴𝒆, 𝑴𝒆....𝑴𝒆" 𝒄𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆.

𝑻𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒊𝒄𝒆.

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  • Jessdoesthethings
  • 15-01-2022

It's a resume for a future politician.

It's a good story and I appreciate everything the Rangers in the story went through, but it's got a lot of pretty obvious patting on the back of the author for future political aspirations. It got annoying towards the end because of that.

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  • Michele Daley
  • 14-01-2022

Great book

I want to say “Thank you” to Dr. Brooks and all our service members for doing what they do for our freedom!
I have read several stories about our heroes in many wars and this was another great one!
This story was well written and narrated wonderfully!
I would highly recommend this book!

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  • Lakhota
  • 24-12-2021

Rangers lead the way

if you are interested in military history, especially that of the last two wars and 20+ years, you will find this a good reed.

As the author states, its not an action packed backdrop of combat and glory, though certainly of heroism, loss, and struggle.

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  • MATT L
  • 10-12-2021

This might have been a good magazine article

I listened to the entire book, mostly because I felt duty bound out of respect for the author’s status as a veteran.
I have not been in combat but I spent five years as a Marine infantryman. After that I spent 25 years in law enforcement, have been shot at and have killed a man.
I don’t understand the positive reviews. This book is at least five hours too long. It is not about a search and recovery mission, but is an incredibly repetitive examination of the author’s mindset, motivation and dissatisfaction with how veterans are regarded.

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