Level Zero Heroes

Level Zero Heroes

The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan

Book - 2014
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In Level Zero Heroes , Michael Golembesky follows the members of U.S. Marine Special Operations Team 8222 on their assignment to the remote and isolated Taliban stronghold known as Bala Murghab as they conduct special operations in an effort to break the Taliban's grip on the Valley. What started out as a routine mission changed when two 82nd Airborne Paratroopers tragically drowned in the Bala Murghab River while trying to retrieve vital supplies from an air drop that had gone terribly wrong. In this one moment, the focus and purpose of the friendly forces at Forward Operating Base Todd, where Team 8222 was assigned, was forever altered as a massive clearing operation was initiated to break the Taliban's stranglehold on the valley and recover the bodies.

From close-quarters firefights in Afghan villages to capturing key-terrain from the Taliban in the unforgiving Afghan winter, this intense and personal story depicts the brave actions and sacrifices of MSOT 8222. Readers will understand the hopelessness of being pinned down under a hail of enemy gunfire and the quake of the earth as a 2000 lb. guided bomb levels a fortified Taliban fighting position. A powerful and moving story of Marine Operators doing what they do best, Level Zero Heroes brings to life the mission of these selected few that fought side-by-side in Afghanistan, in a narrative as action-packed and emotional as anything to emerge from the Special Operations community contribution to the Afghan War. 

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250030405
1250030404
Branch Call Number: 958.104 GOLEMBESKY
Characteristics: xxi, 297 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Bruning, John R.

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eighthafpierce
Dec 21, 2015

Well written, good style of telling the stories of the Marines and 82nd Airborne in combat in Afghanistan and some of the problems thereof.

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SEBoiko
Mar 24, 2015

This is Afghanistan, the enemy is every where. Sometimes right next to you.

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SEBoiko
Mar 24, 2015

Warheads on their foreheads.

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SEBoiko
Mar 24, 2015

Why are we even out here if we aren't allowed to kill the people shooting at us?

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SEBoiko
Mar 24, 2015

Combat requires hard choices:...

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SEBoiko
Mar 24, 2015

Where else but in Afghanistan have we ever faced an eenemy who played without a rule book at the same time as our own ceded almost every advantage to the foe?

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SEBoiko
Mar 24, 2015

Counterinsurgency will always be a slippery slope.

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SEBoiko
Mar 24, 2015

Afghan politics was a mine field of intrigue and double-dealing,...

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SEBoiko
Mar 24, 2015

If the war doesn't kill you, the politics and ramifications will.

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SEBoiko
Mar 24, 2015

Technology may have evolved, but the basic element of warfare remained timeless.

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Mar 24, 2015

Level Zero Heroes describes the shared sacrifices of Marine Special Operations Team 82222 as they lived, trained, and fought together in preparation for and during their combat operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan.

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