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No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan

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It seemed like an impossible mission right from the start.

A Special Forces team planned to land in an enemy-held valley, scale a steep mountain in Afghanistan to surprise and capture a terrorist leader.

But before they found the target, the target found them...

The team was caught in a deadly ambush that not only threatened their lives, but the entire mission. The elite s
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Berkley
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Chris Boette
Aug 08, 2012 Chris Boette rated it it was ok
Certainly a compelling story about overcoming tremendous failures in planning & BAMFs surviving the worst of conditions. Speaking plainly, though, it's a damn shame the book wasn't better written. Jumping from third to second person, putting words and phrases in quotes, and the constant repetition of the same scenes from differing perspectives (with little to nothing added) all weakened the book, from a reading perspective.

A suggestion that I wish was made, or followed, in the editing proce
Michael Flanagan
Mar 15, 2012 Michael Flanagan rated it really liked it
Shelves: afghanistan
I was a bit unsure upon opening this book and seeing over 90 chapters listed for a book with a little over 330 pages. Any doubt was quickly pushed aside by the fast paced narrative. The mechanics of the book gives such a sense of the choas of battle the author is trying to convey. Upon finishing this book I have even greater respect for those who put others before themselves.
Apr 29, 2012 Nadir rated it really liked it
Shelves: military, afghanistan
This book is described as a "Blackhawk Down" of the Afghanistan war. In some respects that's true - a screwed up mission attempted despite its many (and obvious) flaws, resulting in numerous deaths and casualties. I suppose the most disturbing part of this story is the aftermath when the spin doctors in the US Army declared it a success despite its actual failure to achieve its defined mission. This leads one to wonder if any lessons were learned at the *higher* command levels (there is no doubt ...more
Travis Frey
Dec 23, 2016 Travis Frey rated it really liked it
Very good book and very well written. I enjoyed the shorter chapters and found that it made it easier to plow through the book rapidly. The action sequences were well written and the injury accounts were gruesome and detailed. The story of what these men did is truly incredible, all told 10 Silver Stars were given. That is the most for a single unit since Vietnam. The book illustrated how fatally flawed the plan was and how the men were able to overcome poor planning and (barely) escape with the ...more
May 06, 2012 Rflutist rated it it was amazing
Shelves: afghanistan
This book has been languishing on my "to read" shelf since NYU and graduate school days. No longer! I am finally getting to the books I collected through school and this is one of the reads chosen from that stack.

The first thing that I will say, is: do not begin this book unless you have a block and chunk of a few hours to read it. You will not want to put it down. Although it is a work of non-fiction, it is comparable to reading a fast-paced fiction espionage/thriller. The chapters are written
Chris Piluso
Dec 18, 2012 Chris Piluso rated it liked it
It was pretty similar to black hawk down but on a smaller scale. BHD in Mogadishu was 20 years ago and was not nearly as screwed up as the planning was in this mission. The American and ANA soldiers all had a bad feeling about it and wanted the mission to be cancelled for various reasons. Their pleas were ignored. That did not prevent them from doing what they were told.
The men on this mission were absolute warriors and never stopped fighting despite being ambushed and pinned down on a tiny led
Apr 30, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: afghanistan
Another badly flawed mission that resulted in the SF displaying heroism and amassing the most Silver Stars awarded for an engagement since the Vietnam War. I liked how the authors introduced us to the members of the team and the short chapters had a page turning intensity. Plenty of pictures but poor maps and sketches. I almost wanted to make a 3d diorama of the area. It was hard to picture the fight but you knew it was unbelievable. Somebody ought to have refused to do it. No medals for that. S ...more
Jessica Frey
Feb 08, 2017 Jessica Frey rated it really liked it
I loved this one! Goes without saying the story itself is 5 star worthy; I just wish the author had done slightly better organizing this book.
Betsy Ashton
Nov 17, 2013 Betsy Ashton rated it really liked it
No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan, by Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer, is measured in tone, reportorial in its presentation. A story of one Special Forces team and its Afghan commando counterparts are airlifted into a valley to capture or kill a high-value target. The problem is the valley is surrounded by the enemy on cliffs surrounding the landing zone. Caught by automatic weapon fire and rocket-propelled grenades, the teams are asked to scale the cliffs and bring down ...more
Apr 04, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
Excellent story about the repercussions of not learning from history, add to that ego-centric leadership at the top and the mission they planned and handed to SOG without listening to their input, then this is what happens; young men pay a permanently high price. The shear magnitude of heroism described in this book, all the way down to the medic and the combat photographer, makes this a very worthwhile read. The Shok Valley has never fallen to a foreign foe, and that remains true even today, th ...more
Noah W
Mar 25, 2013 Noah W rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This book takes a look at a mission that went downhill fast. It does an excellent job of articulating the realities of war by depicting the heroism of the SF soldiers midst a gritty, bloody fight. By the end of the book you will know how to use a tourniquet. This book will make you appreciate the sacrifices made by our military.

The author captures the story by cyclical interviews of several soldiers who were assigned to the mission. I liked the opportunity to see the thought processes of the lea
Mar 05, 2013 Switchbladesmile rated it it was amazing
Excellent, disturbing and sad. Every character was well pictured, a few in more detail than others. It was like I was feeling every described emotion myself while reading this story (desperation, helplessness, fear, anger, pain, relief, sadness, exhaustion, hope,....)
I think if you been through this hell you'll never be able to forget all this bad stuff that happened there.
Nov 04, 2012 Doug rated it really liked it
The men and women who make the ultimate decisions about war are usually too far away, by their own cowardly choice, to know the facts. The decision to run this mission, even though those who were sent into harm’s way warned of the absurdity, demonstrates the callous lack of concern of America’s politicians and politically tuned military leaders.
Mar 01, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok
This book started off fast paced and interesting, but over the course of the failed assault, became mired down in repetition and descriptions of events ad-nauseum. I haven't finished it and don't intend to anytime soon.
Sep 16, 2013 Charles rated it did not like it
I didn't actually read much to be honest because the four f-bombs in the very first chapter really put me off of it. Shame too, because it sounded like a good tale.
Michael Lupi
Jul 14, 2013 Michael Lupi rated it really liked it
Very fast paced quick read. When I read about some of the things that these young men endured and the obstacles that they overcame I had to wonder if I was even a member of the same species as them.
Paul Medici
Feb 25, 2014 Paul Medici rated it it was amazing
good stuff.
Emily Price
Feb 15, 2015 Emily Price rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great book about a group of soldiers who overcame great odds and bad planning. A must read for all who enjoy military books.
Feb 01, 2013 Kristina rated it really liked it
A great book that fills me with pride for our Special Forces.
Jan 29, 2014 Radu rated it really liked it
Feb 03, 2014 Margi rated it it was amazing
Excellent account of Special Forces 3rd Group ODA3336's deadly mission, Commando Wrath, on 6 April 2008 in the Shok Valley, Afghanistan.
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