One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer

Written by:
Nathaniel C. Fick
Narrated by:
Nathaniel C. Fick

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2005
6 hours 6 minutes
If the Marines are 'the few, the proud,' Recon Marines are the fewest and the proudest. Only one Marine in a hundred qualifies for Recon, charged with working clandestinely, often behind enemy lines. Fick's training begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth, and advances to the pinnacle -- Recon -- four years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. Along the way, he learns to shoot a man a mile away, stays awake for seventy-two hours straight, endures interrogation and torture at the secretive SERE course, learns to swim with Navy SEALs, masters the Eleven Principles of Leadership, and much more.
His vast skill set puts him in front of the front lines, leading twenty-two Marines into the deadliest conflict since Vietnam. He vows he will bring all his men home safely, and to do so he'll need more than his top-flight education. He'll need luck and an increasingly clear vision of the limitations of his superiors and the missions they assign him. Fick unveils the process that makes Marine officers such legendary leaders. One Bullet Away never shrinks from blunt truths, but it is an ultimately inspiring account of mastering the art of war.
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Stephen White

I thought it was well written. I disagreed with some of his decisions on the battlefield, but they were his decisions to make. As a former Marine Officer, I enjoyed the OCS and TBS sections especially. Fick is certainly entitled to his feelings on the war and based on those feelings he probably made the right decision to get out of the Corps. All in all a good listen.

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The author's view of the Marine Corps, Iraq and Recon is exactly what I would expect from a junior officer who served his minimum mandatory time in the Corps. I fear the author has watched too many Vietnam movies and is quite full of himself. He doesn't understand the big picture and he certainly doesn't understand "Mission Accomplishmentā€¯. He over-dramatizes his experiences in Iraq and his liberal views on the GWOT manifest through his disobedience to several orders. His failure to devote his allotted time in the reconnaissance of the "Amusement Park" probably cost U.S. Troops lives. Many Marines experienced tougher fights than 1st Recon in Iraq, and they don't claim to see insurgents on the field at Antietam, or swerve under over passes on US freeways. In conclusion, Nathaniel Fick is a Drama Queen that proves you can take the boy out of Dartmouth, but you can't take Dartmouth out of the boy.

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Christopher Bonino

Excellent. Lt. Fick is blatantly honest in his assessment of life before,during and after his time as an Officer in the USMC. Well written, clear and concise.

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Book gives us reason to be proud of the marines and their traditions. A decent read.

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It was OK. I usually enjoy this type book but... it just did not have it.

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C Robert Cusick

This is a very good book. Shows the hard training and the difficulities of war. A must read especially for anyone that has never been in the service.

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