In The Company Of Heroes

In The Company Of Heroes

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Donovan2012 More than 1 year ago
In this book Michael Durant gives a very detailed biography of his history of being a helicopter pilot, his capture in Somalia after being shot down, and his release. Michael is serving in Somalia 1993 when his helicopter got hit by an RPG and sent him spiraling to the ground. After a firefight and two brave delta force personnel tried to hold off Somali civilians, Michael was the only one left alive at the crash site. From the crash Michael suffered a broken back, broken femur, and a broken cheek bone. The civilians took him hostage, and handed him over to the Somali National Alliance (SNA) who kept him as a prisoner of war. The SNA moved him around three times, and showed him hospitality after the first two days. He was then looked after by a caring Somali named Frimbri, got medical attention, and saw a Red Cross worker. After eleven days he was released and was back in United States territory. The book was incredible and inspiring. Michael Durant showed great courage and bravery. He may not want the fame but I think that he deserves it. There is a good point in the book, "look back, but don't stare", and I think that everyone should do just that. Michael sets a good example for everyone to follow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book is a terrific! I could hardly put the book down after I started reading it. Durant and Steven Hartov recount all the vivid and unforgettable details of the Black Hawk's crash into the heart of the most unfriendly territory - Aidid-controlled Mogadishu. The two truly heroic and fearless Delta operators, Gary Gordon and Randy Shugart, attempt to rescue Durant from a massive mob of hate-filled Somalis. Unfortunately, the operators run out of ammo and are overwhelmed by the Somalis' huge numbers. Any minute Durant expects to be literally torn or cut apart limb by limb. With a broken back and leg, Durant can do little to protect himself or get away. And then, like a miracle, he is literally pulled out of the hands of the mob and into custody by a rival warlord's clan. The story then goes on to cover Durant's initial captivity in dismal and dangerous conditions. His bone-jarring and pain-racking transfers across the pothole-filled streets of Mogadishu, being used as a seat cushion to make it past guarded checkpoints. Despite the obviously searing pain he must have felt, he managed to keep a diary and hold onto his sanity. The story goes on to describe TF Ranger's search and rescue efforts to locate him (provides a good argument for electronic tracking devices placed in military pilots) and also some behind-the-scenes American diplomatic maneuvers to secure his release (which did work). The Red Cross also visited Durant and helped get essential medicine & emotional support to him. Durant also describes the Somalis he was guarded by and his unusual Somali doctor who carried his limited medical supplies in a fishing tackle box. Besides the captivity narrative, the book is interspersed with progressive snapshots of Durant's military piloting career as an army helicopter pilot. Durant talks about his training and experiences in the blizzards of South Korea, the jungles of Panama, and gruellingly intense survival-evasion-resistance-escape school in the US. The book winds up with his repatriation, recovery, and eventual return to marathon-running and off-duty flying. The entire book is packed with action and fascinating military experiences. This book rocks! You'll be dogging bullets right next there to Durant while you're reading it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many war books in my life but all I can say about this book is that this book took me to the edge of my seat. In this true story called In The Company Of Heroes by Michael J. Durant, is about Mr. Durant life in the army, and how he serviced all the wars he has been in. The publisher for this book was NAL Trade 'May 4, 2004'. The setting of this story is located in many places like the Battle of Mogadishu, Korea, the Persian Gulf Thailand, Panama, and Iraq. This book has a lot of settings because Michael travels to all of these places when he was on his missions. The general setting is around the world because he is traveling all around the world. The main character in this book is Michael J. Durant. He has a wife and kid back home in America, and also he is in the army, which he has been serving for many years. This character has been threw everything and still manages to stay alive. Mr. Durant is one of the best soldiers in his crew and protects them like family on every mission no matter what. I relate to this character by wanting to fallow my dreams to become one of the best firemen I can be, and also protect them like family in every call we get. The conflict begins when US military forces launched Operation Restore Hope, this operation was supported by the UN to feed poor people or starving people in Somalia. The major events in the rising action are, when an RPG 'Rocket Propelled Grenade' shot down Durant¿s Black Hawk from the air and landed hard into the ground. It killed his crew and left him injured, and was captured by the mob. Durant, was now a POW 'Prisoner of War' he did not hesitate and thought about his training and his solid moral foundation, by using both of these tactics, he survived and to prepared for the worst yet to happen, and, the military sent in the search and rescue to find Durant and bring him back home. The climax arrives when two solders volunteered to protect Durant from the mob, Durant was still injured and still made it out but the two volunteers did not. Many men and women sacrifice their life to protect our country and I fell very proud to be an American. Land of the free, home of the brave. That¿s what I always say. No matter what happens, America will never give up and will never leave a man behind. Just like in this book, we don¿t give up with out a fight. The things I like about this book is that it has a lot of action and emotion. Also Mr. Durant tells his whole life experience in the wars he has been in. The things I have learned reading this book is never give up in any situation because there is always a way out of danger. If you have a good crew/ team with you, then there is no stopping you on any situation. You will live together or die together. That¿s my motto. I would recommend this book to all readers that like to read action/ war books. This book has many up¿s and down¿s in Mr. Durant¿s life. If you want to find out how he survives in many wars that he has been in, just buy this book and read it. I give it two thumbs up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not read a entire book in years and I heard about the this book on the radio!!!! This man is a Hero along with every other service man and woman!! Worth the Read!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a 60 crewchief, I can tell you first hand the sacrifices our soldiers make. The brave souls fighting for the 160th and all special forces groups have done so much for this country. They don't flinch in the face of death, and most would rather die so their companions can live. Mr. Durant, and all members who served in task force ranger, thank you for your sacrifices that were needlessly made do to executive and legislative mistakes made during your tour. Also more thanks go to CWO4 Durant for telling his story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was mezmorized, I couldn't put the book down !! The ability to relay so many details with such clarity is amazing, the sounds, the smells, his fears & memories as well the dreadful, daily pain he endured is a large part of what makes the book such a great read. This book is astounding! However, I was moved to tears when he wrote how special, sometimes painful, being the wife of a Special Operations soldier is. Its nice that someone else knows what 'extras' we endure, its not always sunshine and roses in our lives. I'm Proud to be an American and Truly Blessed to be a Lady Nightstalker.. LNSDQ !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
CWO4 MICHAEL DURANT IS MY HERO!!!!!!! NOT JUST BECAUSE HE WAS A GREAT U.S. ARMY SPECIAL OPS PILOT, BUT HE IS ALSO A BEER DRINKN' PARTIER WHO LIKES ROCK N ROLL AND COOKING PIGS ALLNIGHT!!! I JUST WISH ALL HIS FRIENDS HAD MADE IT BACK WITH HIM!!!! MIKE DURANT FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Durant's time in Somalia was an amazing story. From the time he was shot down to his return kept me in awe until i was finally finished. I salute all Operation Gothic Serpent veterans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mike Durant's story is one of the most heart wrenching i've ever read. The two Delta Force snipers tried helplessly to save him. But in the end, they failed and lost their lives. This book is one all Americans should read. I salute Mike Durant.
Cary_K More than 1 year ago
Fantastic view into a tumultuous and short lived Somalia campaign and life as a POW and political pawn. The author and the other brave troops that were engaged in Somalia are all heroes. His look into the day to day ordeal is nothing short of inspirational, and should be required reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing it is one of my all time favorites M. Durant goes into great detail about his captivity as I read this I felt like I was right there beside him during his days in captivity this book will keep you glued to it definitely worth reading!
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