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The inspiring true story of a US Special Forces soldier who was medically retired after stepping on an IED, and his incredible return to active duty.

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Ryan Hendrickson is a brave, determined, and courageous soldier - a Green Beret clearing the way for his 12-man team while conducting combat operations against the Taliban. As the "tip of the spear", his role is to ensure the route taken by US and Afghan troops are free of IEDs - improvised explosive devices. Many soldiers do not survive their last step; those who do often lose at least one limb.

While rescuing an Afghan soldier outside a mud-hut compound in 2010 - knowing that he was in "uncleared" territory - Ryan stepped on an IED with his right foot. The device exploded, leaving his foot dangling at the end of his leg.

American soldiers losing a limb is an all-too-common occurrence. But what makes Ryan's story different is that after undergoing two dozen surgeries and a tortuous rehabilitation, he was medically retired but fought to return to active duty. Multiple skin grafts to his lower leg and right foot successfully reattached his lower leg, and he was aided in his recovery by wearing a new prosthetic device known as an IDEO (intrepid dynamic exoskeletal orthosis). Once he passed a series of crucial physical tests, Ryan was able to rejoin the Green Berets within a year and physically perform his duties, redeploying to Afghanistan in March 2012.

In 2016, he volunteered to return to Afghanistan with Bravo Company, Second Battalion, Seventh Special Forces Group. During a firefight with the Taliban, he risked his life under heavy enemy fire to rescue three Afghan soldiers cut off from friendly forces and return the bodies of two dead Afghan soldiers under the ethos that "no one gets left behind". For his heroic efforts on the battlefield, SFC Ryan Hendrickson was awarded a Silver Star, the nation's third-highest award for valor.

An engaging and harrowing account, Tip of the Spear tells the amazing story of one Green Beret's indomitable spirit.

©2020 Ryan Hendrickson (P)2020 Hachette Audio

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-2020

Maverick would be proud 🦅🇺🇸💨

A real page Turner! Hendrickson does it again by delivering a riviting story packed with the character and honor of a quiet professional....
A truly inspiring story that is a must read for all Patriots in this dark time!
LONG LIVE LIBERTY!!!!

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  • Laura Gonzales
  • 09-08-2020

Amazing story

This is a MUST read book

😮😮😮 There isn’t enough words to express how AMAZING this book/life story is. So Incredible and encouraging...
I LOVE IT 💕 “Your mind quits before your body...fucking man up” @tipofthespearrmh @dawn_marie324 #booklover #militarylife #warrior #admiration #passion

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-2020

!Must Read!

The parables of the two old men hit me hard. Makes you really question yourself and the life you are pursuing each day.
The author is a hard charger and this book is definitely worth every penny.
Can’t recommend it enough.
The brotherhood.

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  • Jason McKie
  • 15-07-2020

Must Read

What a great story of relentlessness and resilience! Great job Ryan, I look forward to reading about your next chapter in life. De Opresso Liber

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  • marmc13
  • 31-08-2020

Brave and bold.

Such a brave man! It really impressed me, that even though he came from poor small towns in Oregon, he still had the drive to see the world. He gives credit to his father for expanding his horizon, and it really shows how important father's are in boys development and how they live their lives. This book would be good for any young man that is struggling with which direction his life should go. Ryan admits his mistakes, but moves on and eventually realizes that moving on isn't always the answer either. Sometimes you have to reflect on what happened in order to process, especially when your life is as action packed at his.
This book will probably be a movie some day,

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  • Jill Tafoya
  • 30-08-2020

A story in overcoming adversity

This is an inspiring story from the viewpoint of a Green Beret and his missions while on active duty. His tenacity and perseverance are incredible and his stories are interwoven with a touch of self-deprecating humor. I enjoyed this first hand account of his military journey.

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  • Tony Brooks
  • 08-08-2020

Grit, determination and love for country

Wow. Just finished “Tip of the Spear” by Ryan Hendrickson.

This book is fantastic! A story of grit, determination, and downright bad-assery. After testing out the Navy and Air Force, Ryan found his calling as a green beret.

During his first deployment he stepped on an IED, but if anyone thought that would stop him—try again.

He went through absolute hell to rehab his IED injury and then defied all odds getting back to his SF team. That alone is worth reading this book. He would go onto serve three years of his life in a combat zone where he was forced to prove himself over and over again as an SF 18C Engineer (aka-IED chaser) after his IED injury and reconstructed leg.

I am in awe of his humanity to risk life and limb for his Afghan and American brethren.

If you want to read a story of determination and love for fellow warriors, then this is a great one.

Enjoyed it thoroughly!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-07-2020

A must Read!

Excellent book! A must read! Very descriptive. Encouraging. Never give up. A true American hero!

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  • Ryan
  • 30-10-2020

Absolute must

This was a fantastic book. A great story of not letting the cards you are handed run your life. The motivation and drive That Ryan possesses is nothing short of amazing. The definition of overcoming adversity and thriving!

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  • Stephanie
  • 17-10-2020

Amazing

this book was one of the best life stories I have ever read about. Its just an amazing story to read reflect about in life.

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