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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 23, 2019
I purchased the book because I heard about Nicholas Irving from the Demolition Ranch YouTube channel. I thought and I still do think that he is an American hero and I like to support our heroes anyway I can; including purchasing items that support them financially. The book is an okay read, but I personally find it factually challenged. Although I served 44 years prior, I was initially the crew chief of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter and later a Ranger (SQI 18B). As an example, in his book, Nicholas comments on the diesel fuel smell from the Chinook helicopters he has flown in - although helicopters run aviation fuel and not diesel. The two fuels do not smell anything alike. It's funny in a way and all of us do it. If a particular story gets the facts wrong in a profession or skill that we have command of, then the entire story is discounted.
Nicholas also describes a firefight between Taliban combatants while they, the Taliban, were engaged in a Man on Man orgy of sorts. Seems a bit far-fetched that Islamic terrorists, in the midst of a jihad in Afghanistan, would be having gay sex - side by side, only to be caught by a US Army strike force with their pants down.