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Victory Point: Operations Red Wings and Whalers - the Marine Corps' Battlefor Freedom in Afghanistan

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    Victory Point will sweep you into the arcane world of Afghanistan's beautiful yet austere Hindu Kush Mountains, a place ruled by a mix of ancient tribalism and Islam. This recounting of two historic military operations in the ongoing war against terror is written with the riveting passion usually found in first class works of fiction. You will experience fear, laugh at jarhead humor, cry for our lost warriors, and cheer for grunts, Warthogs, and amazing feats of flying by Shock Army and Dustoff aviators. Exhausted from hiking nearly vertical terrain in 120 degree temperatures while carrying 130 pounds of gear each, the grunts of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines crushed a ruthless Islamic fundamentalist. This is the true story of men whose resolve to win surpassed the most punishing environment imaginable and an evil enemy who had all the advantages. Read the entire book and let Ed Darack educate you. From the first forays into the seemingly impassable Hindu Kush Mountains by Alexander the Great in 330 BC to the Soviets of the 1980's, the peoples of this region have been invaded time after time experiencing some of the most gruesome and widespread acts of inhumanity in history. Your gut will churn as you read about the widow and her child who were doused in gasoline and burnt alive by the Soviets, and your heart will soar with pride as one Marine enlists the help of Americans back home to build and supply a girl's school. Victory Point is the real story of our military and how this war is being fought. It tells about the mistakes, the chance happenings, the value of human intelligence, the plans that get pushed aside making operations more dangerous, and the gut feelings that turn out to be true. You will learn why Marines persevere when all others fail.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Great read!

    I would highly reccomend this as a companion to "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Lutrell. Victory Point documents the overall operation to eliminate a Taliban force, interwoven into the Pashtun tribal clan, high in the brutal environment of the Hindu Kush mountain range that dominates the northern border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Another meaningless line on a map, that tries to divide countries along political boundaries that is predated by the tribal culture that existed long before someone even thought to divide and label this area. This story will leave you with a respect for this new generation of Marines and comfort you in the knowledge that, though politicians and thier motives may frustrate us, the young men and women of this nation's fighting force continue to demonstrate that we will defend our freedom and security. You can run but you will find no safe refuge from the United States Marines.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Extremely well researched, very detailed, a real page turner

    Received as a Christmas gift, and just finished reading this. This is one of three books that covers Operation Red Wings, and the only book to discuss the following operation, Operation Whalers. Of the three on Red Wings, this is by far the best researched. Victory Point goes into great detail about the history of Afghanistan, the history of the Marine Corps and why Marines excel in grueling terrain. The book then gives a detailed account of how Red Wings developed, who developed it, and why. While there is a lot of detail, the book moves along, and gives gripping account after gripping account of ground battle, through numerous interviews of those who were there. The real focus of the book is Operation Whalers, which resulted in the destruction of the enemy cell, led by Ahmad Shah. It just gets better as you get farther into the book. My only complaint is that it could have been longer, and the author could have given more insight into some of the other squads during Whalers, as this was a large operation with a number of units spread out throughout the combat zone.

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  • Posted December 24, 2011

    Riveting, absolutely riveting, and extremely informative

    An incredible, fast-paced book that is filled with thoroughly researched information on Operation Red Wings and Operation Whalers. There is a lot of nonsense out there about Red Wings, and little information at all on Whalers (until this book), but Victory Point clearly paints an honest, accurate picture of these events. Highly recommended for: Anyone interested in current conflicts, war, and in particular the Marine Corps, and special operations. As well, a ton of info on Afghanistan and the current situation there.

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