The riveting story of how a young boy's upbringing with outlaw culture and charismatic role models forged him into an elite Marine and a decorated Pararescueman.
"Absence of self is my sword" comprises the final line in "The Warrior's Creed," a 14th century poem written by an unknown Japanese Samurai, and this is the code Master Sergeant Roger Sparks embodied as a Recon Marine turned Alaskan Pararescueman. A living legend in the military, Sparks first made a name for himself within elite Marine Reconnaissance units. He went on to become an instructor where he trained future Reconnaissance Marines with unorthodox and ancient indigenous warrior techniques. A decade later, the same methods would keep him and others alive, when he hoisted into a maelstrom of violence to rescue an embattled platoon in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan.
Introduced to a tough code of honor, family, and brotherhood from birth, Roger Sparks rose to become a distinguished instructor in Marine Reconnaissance and a Silver Star recipient as an Alaska Pararescueman. A raw and exhilarating tale of guts, grit, and heart, Warrior's Creed recounts the hidden side of special operations training, heroic and heartbreaking Alaskan wilderness rescues, and the surreal and deadly rescues during Operation Bulldog Bite in Afghanistan’s Watapur Valley.
This powerful and inspirational story is as much of a self-help book as it is an edge of your seat military memoir. Warrior's Creed reveals a motivating and mindful approach to overcoming the odds, facing the impossible, and finding mercy and grace in the aftermath.
|Publisher:||St. Martin''s Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Retired MASTER SERGEANT ROGER SPARKS has served within the military as both a Recon Marine and an Air Force Pararescueman for over 25 years. Sparks is a recipient of the Silver Star, one of our nation's highest awards for valor, for his actions during a fierce firefight with insurgents in Afghanistan’s Watapur Valley on Nov. 14, 2010. Sparks has transitioned from a career of special operations into the civilian world as an artist, author and speaker. He lives with his family in Eagle River, Alaska.
DON REARDEN is a professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, producer, screenwriter, and the author of The Washington Post Notable novel, The Raven’s Gift, and co-author of the hit memoir Never Quit. He lives with his wife and two children in Bear Valley, Alaska.
Table of Contents
Author's Note xi
Prologue: On the Other Side 1
1 Warriors of a Different Cloth 5
2 Feminine Beauty 12
3 Over Come 18
4 Create Your Reality 25
5 The Contemplation of Intentions 32
6 Nine-Sixteenths Smaller 40
7 Snake Killing Days 49
8 The Spirit World 57
9 Turning Wrenches 65
10 Tea Leaves and Chicken Bones 73
11 Breaking Back 98
12 Saving Oz 116
13 The Alaska Factor 126
14 A Wolf's Resolve 141
15 Arctic Jump Wearing Sneakers 163
16 Back Breaking 2.0 183
17 Wise Endurance 186
18 Bulldog Bite 194
19 Cathartic Ink and Serendipity 259
20 Metal and Honor 273
21 The Tiger's Smile 281
22 A Warrior's Creed 289