Level Zero Heroes: The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan
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About the Author
STAFF SERGEANT MICHAEL GOLEMBESKY served 8 years with the United States Marine Corps and is a combat veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. Golembesky served as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller with Marine Special Operation Team 8222 (MARSOC).
JOHN R. BRUNING is the author or collaborating writer on sixteen non-fiction books, including the bestseller Outlaw Platoon, House to House, Shadow of the Sword and The Devil's Sandbox: With the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry at War in Iraq.
"Level Zero Heroes proves that great warriors aren't minted from any one branch of service. Michael's story is a testament to the hard men of MARSOC who have contributed significantly both on and off the battlefield since the attacks of Sept. 11th, 2001. Semper Fi brothers." --Brandon Webb, former Navy SEAL, Editor of SOFREP, and New York Times bestselling author of The Red Circle
"'A warning shot with a B-1'-- A direct quote taken out of Level Zero Heroes that has more precision than the author possibly could ever imagine. Golembesky and Bruning took a real world account of some of America's best and brightest and wrote a story that will capture the mind of any military enthusiast. From the expeditious bond of brotherhood to the horrors of poor Rules of Engagement to the appreciation of a select group of Afghan intelligence officials, this book covers so much more than a mere deployment in Afghanistan. A B-1 doesn't do warning shots, it blows things to smithereens. This book is like a B-1-it will blow your mind!" --Kerry Patton, author of Contracted: America's Secret Warriors
"An intimate and unprecedented look into the mysterious, high-speed lifestyle of the U.S. military's newest special operations force, Level Zero Heroes is a heart-pounding exploration of the Marines' bare-knuckle fight for Bala Murghab, a treacherous wasteland in Afghanistan's Wild West." --Andrew deGrandpre, Marine Corps Times
"Semper Fi! Level Zero Heroes is a riveting, fast paced account of Marine Operators in combat in Afghanistan. Inspiring & insightful look into the new world of Marine Corps Special Operations, I was absolutely hooked from the first page to the last. I'm glad Ski and his fellow team members are on our side." --Sean Parnell, New York Times bestselling author of Outlaw Platoon
"An unflinchingly honest account of a war run for other reasons than victory. Level Zero Heroes is a testament to American warriors who stepped forward to fight with honor and win. This is our generation's Catch 22." --Jack Coughlin, New York Times bestselling author of Shooter
"Golembesky vividly depicts the engagement, which became known as Operation Hero Recovery and involved vicious ground combat....controversial." --Publishers Weekly
"The author writes perceptively about the complex social environment of Afghanistan.... The depictions of combat are precise regarding weapons and tactics but also jargon-heavy, giving the action a video game feel." --Kirkus Reviews
"Readers who enjoy first-person accounts of battles laced with nonstop action will have a tough time putting this one down." --Library Journal