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Lions of Kandahar

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Major Rusty Bradly

Narrated By: Eric G. Dove, Kevin Maurer

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: May 2012

Duration: 8 hours 39 minutes


One of the most critical battles of the Afghan War is now revealed as never before. Lions of Kandahar is an inside account from the unique perspective of an active-duty U.S. Army Special Forces commander, an unparalled warrior with multiple deployments to the theater who has only recently returned from combat. Southern Afghanistan was slipping away. That was clear to then-Captain Rusty Bradley as he began his third tour of duty there in 2006. The Taliban and their allies were infiltrating everywhere, poised to reclaim Kandahar Province, their strategically vital onetime capital. To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history. The battlefield was the Panjwayi Valley, a densely packed warren of walled compounds that doubled neatly as enemy bunkers, lush orchards, and towering marijuana stands, laced through with treacherous irrigation ditches. A mass exodus of civilians heralded the carnage to come. Dispatched as a diversionary force in support of the main coalition attack, Bradley's Special Forces A-team and two others, along with their longtime Afghan Army allies, watched from across the valley as the NATO force was quickly engulfed in a vicious counterattack. Key to relieving it and calling in effective air strikes was possession of a modest patch of high ground called Sperwan Ghar. Bradley's small detachment assaulted the hill and, in the midst of a savage and unforgettable firefight, soon learned they were facing nearly a thousand seasoned fighters-from whom they seized an impossible victory. Now Bradley recounts the whole remarkable story as it actually happened. The blistering trek across Afghanistan's infamous Red Desert. The eerie traces of the elusive Taliban. The close relations with the Afghan people and army, a primary mission focus. Sperwan Ghar itself: unremitting waves of fire from machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades; a targeted truck turned into an inferno; the death trap of a cut-off compound. Most important: the men, Americans and Afghans alike-the "shaky" medic with nerves of steel and a surgeon's hands in battle; the tireless sergeant who seems to be everywhere at once; the soft-spoken intelligence officer with laser-sharp insight; the diminutive Afghan commander with a Goliath-sized heart; the cool maverick who risks all to rescue a grievously wounded comrade-each unique, all indelible in their everyday exercise of extraordinary heroism.


  • Kolan Lynch

    American fighting forces are hero's! Finished the entire book within 3 days it was so great! Couldn't stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Alan Nelson

    Slow start but good finish

  • Bradley Nelson

    Very good book - gripping and thoroughly enjoyable. Kept us occupied on our long road journey on our holiday.

  • Kevin cahill

    The book is full of battle detail. The narrators tone is great but his cadence feels off at times.

  • todd womble

    This book in a word was outstanding! I am grateful to to author and SF teams for not only sharing the evens of these actions but also for the bravery and love of family and each other.

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by Major Rusty Bradly

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Lions of Kandahar, Major Rusty Bradly