The team was caught in a deadly ambush that not only threatened their lives, but the entire mission. The elite soldiers fought huddled for hours on a small rock ledge as rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine-gun fire rained down on them. With total disregard for their own safety, they tended to their wounded and kept fighting to stay alive. When the battle finally ended, ten soldiers had earned Silver Stars—the Army’s third highest award for combat valor. It was the most Silver Stars awarded to any unit in one battle since Vietnam.
Based on dozens of interviews with those who were there, No Way Out is a compelling narrative of an epic battle that not only tested the soldiers’ mettle but serves as a cautionary tale. Be careful what you ask a soldier to do because they will die trying to accomplish their mission.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Kevin Maurer is an award-winning reporter and the bestselling author or coauthor of several books, including Hunting Che, Valleys of Death, and No Easy Day.
Corey M. Snow is a full-time audiobook narrator and voice talent from the great Pacific Northwest, working from his home studio in Olympia, Washington. In his life before becoming a narrator he has been a typesetter, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, a software developer, and much more.
Table of Contents
Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 3336
Captain Kyle M. Walton
Master Sergeant Scott Ford
Staff Sergeant Luis Morales
Staff Sergeant John Wayne Walding
Staff Sergeant Dillon Behr
Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Shurer
Specialist Michael D. Carter
Staff Sergeant Seth E. Howard
Staff Sergeant David J. Sanders
Staff Sergeant Matthew O. Williams
Staff Sergeant Zachary Rhyner
Sergeant First Class Karl Wurzbach
Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 3312
Master Sergeant Jim Lodyga
Staff Sergeant Eric Martin
Staff Sergeant Nick McGarry
Sergeant First Class Sergio Martinez
Staff Sergeant Dan Plants
Special Forces Commanders
Brigadier General Joe Votel
Colonel Christopher Haas
Lieutenant Colonel Lynn Ashley
Major Timothy Fletcher
Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddnin or HIG
Afghan Interpreters (TERPS)
Edris "CK" Khan
What People are Saying About This
"OP Commando Wrath was an operational marshmallow of the highest order where Mission Impossible and Murphy’s Law collided head on with some of the meanest mothers in the valleyGreen Berets from ODA 3336. It’s Blackhawk Down in the Afghan Mountains!"Dalton Fury, author of Black Site
"The book is not just a cautionary tale in warfare, but a powerful portrait of the men who fought to save each other from certain death."Michael D. Sallah, investigative reporter for The Miami Herald and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting
"It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to know how modern battles are foughtand how they should be."Ames Alexander, award-winning investigative reporter with The Charlotte Observer
"In this compelling, multi-dimensional account, Weiss and Maurer remind us of the extraordinary risks soldiers take and the sacrifices they make every day both for their country, and for each other."Publishers Weekly
It was simultaneously fascinating and disturbing, and an adrenaline rush to hear it first-hand from the operator's perspective... They are fiercely loyal to each other and our nation, and offer the enemy no quarter when the bullets start flying. You have captured all these with your words. Combat vets will read it and "get it" right away. Americans who have no connection with such men of valor ought to read it to understand what intense combat can be like.
Take a post-9/11 version of Black Hawk Down, put it in the hands of two gifted writers like Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer and here’s what you get: an adrenaline-fueled narrative that will forever enhance your appreciation of U.S. Special Forces. What’s it like to fight an ill-conceived mission against well-trained insurgents who command the high ground? What’s it like to lower colleagues with life-threatening bullet wounds down an Afghan cliff? With meticulous reporting and powerful writing, Weiss and Maurer put us there. It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to know how modern battles are fought – and how they should be.