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Level Zero Heroes: The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: September 2014

Duration: 10 hours 20 minutes


A New York Times Best seller!
In Level Zero Heroes, Michael Golembesky follows the members of U.S. Marine Special Operations Team 8222 on their assignment to the remote and isolated Taliban stronghold known as Bala Murghab as they conduct special operations in an effort to break the Taliban's grip on the Valley. What started out as a routine mission changed when two 82nd Airborne Paratroopers tragically drowned in the Bala Murghab River while trying to retrieve vital supplies from an air drop that had gone terribly wrong. In this one moment, the focus and purpose of the friendly forces at Forward Operating Base Todd, where Team 8222 was assigned, was forever altered as a massive clearing operation was initiated to break the Taliban's stranglehold on the valley and recover the bodies.
From close-quarters firefights in Afghan villages to capturing key-terrain from the Taliban in the unforgiving Afghan winter, this intense and personal story depicts the brave actions and sacrifices of MSOT 8222. Readers will understand the hopelessness of being pinned down under a hail of enemy gunfire and the quake of the earth as a 2000 lb. guided bomb levels a fortified Taliban fighting position.
A powerful and moving story of Marine Operators doing what they do best, Level Zero Heroes brings to life the mission of these selected few that fought side-by-side in Afghanistan, in a narrative as action-packed and emotional as anything to emerge from the Special Operations community contribution to the Afghan War.


  • Lee Wimberley

    The book itself is actually pretty darn good. The reader is not. It was difficult for me to finish the book because the reader was awful.

  • Stanford Evavold

    Level Zero Heroes is an amazing book. Having personally worked with these guys as a support aviation element through SOF, I can say that this book is gritty and true to all the details. It brought me back to my time overseas, and is a read I will come back to. All this being said, the audio book is some times tough to listen to. The narrator doesn't have a military background, and as such, a lot of the military stow abbreviations or vernacular are used/ spoke incorrectly, which is frustrating and reminds me of the poorly produced military movies where uniforms are worn incorrectly, or ranks are stated wrong. This will only bother you if you are in the military or are a vet. For everyone else, you most likely will not notice.

Level Zero Heroes: The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan

by Michael Golembesky, John R. Bruning

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Level Zero Heroes: The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, Michael Golembesky, John R. Bruning