Once every couple of years I watch HBO's Generation Kill. Its a great mini series.
This year i actually decided to read the book by Even Wright and thorougly enjoyed it. I was chuffed to see that Nathaniel Fick (the LT in the series and book) had also written of not only his life, but the same experience as Wright.
Whilst the book is a great read in and of itself, it also really works as a companion piece to Generation Kill. The same events from two different POVs.
Anyhow i liked it. Read it if you like this sort of thing. Which I do
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Fick's writing style sets this book apart from other accounts of recent conflicts and guarantees One Bullet Away a place in the war memorial hall of fame. USA Today Harrowing . . . deserves close reading and serious discussion. The Washington Post What One Bullet Away accomplishes, in a way all the blather on cable TV never will, is to give readers real insights into the modern war and its warriors. --Rocky Mountain News Fick makes a fascinating contribution to the growing shelf of soldiers' tales with his insight into the minds of today's young officers. Boston Magazine The best sign of military intelligence. Gentleman's Quarterly Provides a close-up and often harrowing look at [his] service both in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. News & World Report Much more than a simple dispatch from the fronts of Afghanistan and Iraq, One Bullet Away finds Nathaniel Fick reaching deep within his heart and soul. culling up the irony, frustration, humor, tragedy, and -- more than anything else -- the pathos that informs the enterprise of war. --Military.com Fick sounds like precisely the kind of thoughtful, mature commander any soldier would revere. Cleveland Plain Dealer Ponders the nature of leadership and war . . . A tough-minded, beautifully written account. Men's Journal Rapid-fire, vertiginous . . . Fick brilliantly evokes the split second before the first muzzle flashes of an ambush...His story is truly -- as one Marine motto has it -- leadership by example. --National Review A compelling and exciting memoir of military service, swift in its pacing and sure in its details. The courage, selflessness, and skill of Marines are intensely portrayed here and are -- in the highest and rarest praise for a military memoir -- unmistakably authentic. --Senator John McCain Nathaniel Fick shares a powerful account of the bravery of the Marines and the simple truth every soldier shares: that war is hell. Our troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan are heroes who have sacrificed to serve our country, and in these pages we are reminded of their courage under fire. Fick's story is testimony to their struggle. --Senator John Kerry A gripping account of twenty-first-century war by a twenty-first-century warrior. Perhaps most astounding is Nathaniel Fick's candor concerning his own emotions, fears, and moral quandries as he rises to the challenge of leadership. Fick has written the story of our times. --Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill A splendid story of a young Marine officer's journey from a promising begining to the truth and horror of combat. He pulls no punches in a book that is hard to put down. --Joseph L. Galloway, coauthor of We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young This is the war on terrorism at the working level, where it's very cold or very hot, where you're dirty and you don't get much sleep, and your life can be over in the next breath. Washington poobahs do grand strategy; people like Fick do the work. This is their story of the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Fick's book makes those wars become real, with all the heroism and the mistakes that still come with ground combat. --Richard A. Clarke, author of Against All Enemies A superb account of the challenges that confront a young officer in today's conflicts. Fick offers exceptionally vivid descriptions of leadership, duty, and brotherhood under fire. One Bullet Away is brilliant, a must-read for anyone who wants to truly understand what our troops face. --General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (ret.), former commander in chief, U.S. Central Command, and coauthor of Battle Ready A brilliant, no-bullshit piece of under-the-helmet reporting. One Bullet Away is much more than a chronicle of war. It illuminates a man's mind and heart as he is thoroughly transformed by training and combat. --Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire This is one of the best books on the Marine Corps in a long time. If you want to understand what it takes to become a Marine today, read this. Then, if you want to really understand what it takes to serve in today's wars, read it again. One Bullet Away is a terrific book by a natural writer. --Tom Ricks, military correspondent, Washington Post, and author of Making the Corps A remarkable book that will give today's readers a much fuller picture of the realities of their military, and that will be read for many years to come because of its vivid, humane, unsparing but also humorous portrayal of the making of a warrior. --James Fallows, national correspondent, Atlantic Monthly Far more than a glory-soaked collection of war stories, this memoir proves the ideal of the scholar-soldier is alive and well. One can hardly imagine a finer boots-on-the-ground chronicle of this open-ended conflict, no matter how long it may last. Kirrkus Reviews, Starred Essential . . . candid and fast-paced . . . Like the best combat memoirs, Fick's focuses on the men doing the fighttting and avoids hyperbole and sensationalism. He does not shrink from the truth, however personal or unpleasant. Publishers Weekly The psychological distance between those who serve and fight and those who publish and pontificate is vast. Nathaniel Fick has closed the gap considerably with this fine book. --Robert D. Kaplan, author of Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground The Marines develop leaders who are not only skilled, courageous, and tough, but also humane. Join one of them as he leads a Recon platoon to Baghdad and beyond. One Bullet Away is a riveting and highly charged account of modern war as seen through the eyes of a young lieutenant. --Lieutenant General Bernard E. Trainor, USMC (ret.), author of Cobra II One Bullet Away is much more than a war story. It recounts a young officer's daily duty to lead, to make ethical decisions, and to balance the immense responsibilities of accomplishing missions and saving lives. These lessons are as useful in the boardroom as on the battlefield. --Marshall N. Carter, retired Fortun 500 CEO and two-tour Marine infantry officer in Vietnam Distinguished by its intelligence and candor . . . a rare perspective on modern warfare -- and on the culture of America's warriors. People Magazine Makes a compelling argument for an oft-overlooked military virture: competence. The New York Times Fick and his men come across as America's dream fighting force: hypercapable, ever vigilant, wire-tough, and loyal to the end. Outside --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
The most eloquent and personal story of a young man at war since Geoffrey Wellum's FIRST LIGHT --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Reviewed in Australia on 25 May 2015
A story of courage and sacrifice! The author cuts through the politically correct BS and recounts a down and dirty tale of truth, honor, and sometimes incompetence.
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A window into the world of becoming a Young Marine Corps Officer from the beginning to the endReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2017
Awesome book.Think of this book as a companion book of 'Generation Kill' by Evan Wright. You learn more what took place during the Iraq invasion with Bravo-2 aka Hitman from 'Generation Kill' The bonus is also Nate covers Marine Corps Officer Candidate School(sucks the Big Suck),The Basic School or TBS-the making of an officer,Infantry Officers Course and Recon School.One of the first books that I have ever read to cover so much Marine Corp Officer training from the candidate to Lt viewpoint.The book also covers Nate's deployment at sea,a small coverage of an operation into East Timor and then Nate's Heavy Weapon's Platoon deployment into Afghanistan at the beginning of the Afghan War.excellent book and like I said also read 'Generation Kill' by Evan Wright as a companion book. The HBO series of 'Generation Kill' leaves out a lot of development that you can only get here.
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A good read...Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 July 2015
Having watched the HBO production of Generation Kill and read both Evan Wright's original rolling stone article and the subsequent book, One Bullet away was the natural progression. an interesting perspective as to the life and times of a platoon commander operating in the 21st century. That said, if the truth be told I think I preferred the Young Officer's Reading Club more, if only as it provided a more detailed account of front line operations in Afghanistan, and had yet to be turned into a min-series, thereby colouring one's appreciation of the subject matter. All in all, a good holiday read.
A superb war memoir of our times.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 February 2006
As gripping to read as any novel, this young man lets us into a world we would not normally see. News reports are one thing, but the story from the front line is quite another. From preparing their equipment with their own money to incompetent senior officers, this could be a story from any recent war. All of the technical advances on the battlefield count for little compared to the courage and skill of those who must enter the cauldron at great risk to themselves and their colleagues. It is somehow encouraging that such dedicated young men still exist in our times. A striking parallel with WW2 is the self preparation of the vehicles that the Marines will use in the desert, just like David Stirling and the fledgling SAS, just substitute Humvees for Land Rovers. An immensely valuable book and a pleasure to read.
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Highly recommend civilians and soldiers alikeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 October 2017
A gripping book about an upright officer trying to find his way and common sense in the insane military machine of the USA. If you have been a soldier before you will remember many situations in which he finds himself, including bogus orders and insane superior officers.
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Great read, honest and believable without self gratification.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 February 2021
Solid reading material for all those that want to know how it feels to lead fighting men. Highly recommend book