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Publisher's Summary

The preface is read by the author, Jimmy Blackmon.

Pale Horse is the remarkable never-before-told true story of an army aviation task force during combat in the Afghan War, told by the commanding officer who was there. Set in the very valleys where the attacks of 9/11 were conceived and where 10 Medals of Honor have been earned since that fateful day the war began, the narrative races from ferocious firefights and bravery in battle to the quiet moments where the courageous men and women of Task Force Pale Horse catch their breath before they take to the skies again.

Jimmy F. Blackmon writes with a power and hard-hitting honesty that leap out of the audio. He has the respect of the men and women of his brigade and a command of the narrative to tell their story. From pilots of lethal Apache attack helicopters who strike fear in their enemies to the medevac soldiers who risk their lives daily, these are warriors from a variety of backgrounds who learned selflessness and found the closest brotherhood they ever knew through the crucible of war.

Pale Horse both honors and commemorates the service of this elite task force from the unique vantage point of the commander who led them in battle.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Jimmy Blackmon (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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  • Jason
  • 04-04-2016

Pale Horse

If you could sum up Pale Horse in three words, what would they be?

Truthful, Real, Necessary

Who was your favorite character and why?

The members of TF Pale Horse, TF Destroyer, everyone who left a piece of themselves in the N2KL!

Any additional comments?

Thanks for sharing our story. Death Rides a Pale Horse!

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  • sms
  • 05-06-2016

An accurate account of today's Cavalrymen

What made the experience of listening to Pale Horse the most enjoyable?

Jimmy's account is amazingly accurate as viewed thru the eyes of a present-day combat commander.

What did you like best about this story?

The author blends wonderful story-telling with personal accounts of the men and women who served with him

What about Brian Troxell’s performance did you like?

Good job Brian!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

...and death rides a Pale Horse

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As a former cavalry commander, I found Jimmy's account to be amazingly accurate, smooth and thrilling. The men and women of today's Cavalry truly exemplify what is the absolute best about the character of our nation. I wish all our citizens had the Cav guts and panache revealed in this account. Jimmy finds the right balance between describing present-day combat and the character behind the aviator cavalrymen who fight to support our soldiers.

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  • Jason
  • 07-06-2016

Great!

I thought this book was great
the story was solid and not meandering. it didn't loose me in too much inconsequential back story or side notes. he pretty much gives a summed up experience of the pre deployment and deployment highlights of the busy days ,key players, and big fights during his time in Afghanistan. He sounds like a solid leader who trusted his soldiers to make life and death decisions without micromanagement from his command. I thought he did a great job calling out and giving credit to the soldiers on the ground and in the air who were in his story. the book didn't seem like it was written from the point of view of a selfish person looking to make all the successes his and the failures someone else's. only thing that would have made the book even better would have been for each of the air crews flying the gun ships and medivacs to have told the story of the individual battles and occurrences in their own words but The author does a good job telling their side. you can tell he has done some pretty extensive interviews with them to get the detail be brings to this book. I enjoyed the narration as well. so much of a good audio book depends on it. the best story with a crap narrator is not even listenable for me whereas even a mediocre story with a great voice who puts emotion and inflection into his words can make for an excellent listen. fortunately this audio book has both a compelling story and very good narrator telling it. I've listened to it twice already.

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  • 27-07-2016

Very inspirational!

undoubtedly the most inspirational story I've read in years. Heroes are not on movies...

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  • Bruce Hollywood
  • 07-06-2016

Amazing Story! A must read (or listen)!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Jimmy Blackmon introduces us to some of our Nation’s finest sons and daughters as he gives a glimpse into the realities of battle. Although the subject is combat, the lessons are about strength of character, and camaraderie, and leadership, and the incredible spirit of our American Soldiers.

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  • Landon Thorne
  • 22-04-2016

Powerful Account of Heroic Professionals

Powerful insight into combat flying and military leadership. Well narrated and vividly descriptive. A truly remarkable read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-01-2019

a great story

well read by the author in a way that makes you feel comfortable even as the rounds are flying.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-12-2018

just an awesome picture into their lives

I didn't realize this would tie into a book I had just read and others I'd read before, but it did indeed and created a much better overall picture into this segment of the war in Afghanistan. well written and well narrated. thank you for your service and god bless you sir.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-2018

very good

after several books mentioned them in battle, I figured I would hear it from their side of the story and very glad I did

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  • Jim Hellmann
  • 30-11-2017

Veteran to veteran

As a former soldier of A co. 563D ASB, 159th CAB, this book made me relive most of that 08-09 deployment in vivid memory. I have had a high level of respect for Col. Blackmon ever since I was a PFC at A co. The entire 159th command staff for that time period was exceptional, for that reason I have many fond memories of my service under them. My deployment to RC East was relatively easy due to those men and women. This book was fantastic Colonel!

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  • Jack
  • 05-04-2017

Excellent Story

The book starts a little bit slow, but the build up is needed, and it pays off in the end.

Blackmon is generous with his praise of the men and women under his command, and does a fantastic job telling the story through their eyes as well as his own.

A fantastic book that I would recommend to anyone with an interest in Military History or the modern military, particularly aviation.

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