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The Majestic Twelve: The True Story of the Most Feared Combat Escort Unit in Baghdad

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As leader of the unit dubbed “The Majestic Twelve,” the author led his team on what some might call the most dangerous duty in the Iraq War—convoy escort. Lynch tells how he formed and commanded his all-volunteer unit, consisting of wildly varying personalities who nevertheless shared an unshakeable com mit - ment to each other and their missions. This action-packed narra ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published November 10th 2009)
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James
A disappointment. If the author had stuck to his subject this would have been a pretty good book, but as it progresses he keeps injecting more and more crap that sounds as if he's channeling Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter - characterizing patriotic Democrats or liberals as imaginary (ironic, considering that of the veterans in Congress, the overwhelming majority are Democrats and most of the returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan who've chosen to go into politics have run as Democrats; that duri ...more
Kartika
...ex-husband was a part of this team...thought it would be a bit of insight into what he did during one of his number of deployments...took issue with some of the author's descriptions of him, chuckled out loud at others as they were right on target, reminded myself that there are multiple sides to every individual...and that the people that do this sort of mission are a unique breed and we need them whether we agree with how they go about things or not...someone has to do the dirty work in war ...more
Jim
If you want some spine-tingling action, go and buy another book. This was a disappointing read. The few actual shooting incidents the author and his team were involved in are glossed over and hardly touched on, probably because there was no return fire. One suspects that they were the most feared combat escort unit in Baghdad because of their propensity to fire on vehicles occupied by unarmed drivers whose only offence was inattention.
J.R.
Incredible true story of an escort unit in Iraq that was forced to use unarmored civilian vehicles, a lack of proper weapons and no clear support from their superiors. Well written, in your face about how petty some officers can be when they don't understand the mindset needed for today's battlefields. A salute to Master Sergeant Lynch for his work on this book. It's really an eye opener and makes one realize why some officers can get promoted when their actions are almost equal to that of the e ...more
Neil
Finished this last night. It was an okay read, I guess. Not quite what I expected. Based on the title I would have thought there would be more combat situations, per se. I think there was only two. It seemed like the book was more about the petty fights MSgt. Lynch faced back at the office as opposed to being on the road. It is written from Lynch's point-of-view in a first-person narrative.

The book is about Lynch arriving in Iraq and volunteering for convoy escort duty. He describes how he acce
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Louis Lamoureux
Top may be Sierra Hotel on the battlefield, but the writing was distracting. Considering there were two authors and it was published by St.Martins Press, I expected less errors and better structure. Not to insult self-published authors, but this had a self-pubbed feel to it. I wanted to read this to find out what Iraq was like in 2004; I wanted the sights, sounds, and a little bit of the danger. That's in here and I wasn't disappointed, but it was buried under juvenile banter, insults (Democrats ...more
2isaach
This book gives the true stories of the combat soldiers fighting in Iraq. This book is great if you like action packed thrillers. It was based on the true story of Master Sergeant Jack W. Lynch, USMC. He wrote about the convoy unit that he lead in Iraq. He wrote about almost everything that has happened in Iraq when he was there.
This is my favorite nonfiction book that I have ever read. It is a must read!
Kevin
This book is a lengthy and detailed answer to the question, "Just how pissed off can a Marine master sergeant get?" The answer is, "Very." If I've ever read such an angry book, I can't remember when.
Tim
Good inside story of the REAL war in Iraq from the viewpoint of the commander of an armed escort group for convoys in Iraq.
Allison
Mar 20, 2010 Allison marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My cousin is/was part of this unit. Second one from left center standing. I'm sure it's going to be an interesting read.
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