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"Ranger, Ranger, you die Somalia!" shouted the enraged Somali voices surrounding Blackhawk helicopter pilot Michael J. Durant, his bird shot down by a well-placed rocket-propelled grenade. With his devastating injuries, Durant would be lucky to survive the night.

"Mike Durant...Mike Durant..." came the disembodied voice floating above the war-torn streets of Mogadishu, mixed in with the steady drone of a large U.S. Army helicopter. "Mike Durant...We will not leave without you!"

Piloting a U.S. Army Special Operations Blackhawk, Durant was shot down and captured on October 3, 1993, in the battle depicted in Mark Bowden's best-selling book Black Hawk Down. Durant became a prisoner of Somali warlord Mohammed Aidid -- the man responsible for prolonging starvation in his country by hijacking United Nations food shipments. U.S. policy makers had determined that capturing Aidid was the only way to restore order. The simple snatch-and-grab plan, named Operation Gothic Serpent, turned into the biggest U.S. Firefight since the Vietnam War.

Durant's experience as a prisoner in Somalia grew increasingly bizarre, crystallizing a clash of cultures by turns frightening, melancholy, hilarious, and strangely familiar. Revealing never-before-told stories with the incisive thought and emotion of one who was there, In the Company of Heroes is one man's unforgettable, true story of going to hell and making it back alive.

©2003 Simon & schuster (P)2003 Michael J. Durant

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27 years after the fact, I finally listened.

I was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas, in 1993 when I was received orders that I would be deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia in August. Three days after arriving, three soldiers in my platoon were killed by a command detonated mine. Then in two months time, the battle of Mogadishu happened. When Mike Durant was shot down, captured and released, I remember those events like they happened yesterday. When I left the Army, I struggled with PTSD and didn’t get help until 2008. I struggled with avoidance and didn’t see Blackhawk Down, watch anything that had to do with Somalia, and I definitely didn’t want to read a book about Michael Durant’s experience as a POW. Well, the pandemic of 2021 sure left me with a lot of time on my hands. I decided to buy this book and read it, but kept putting it back down. I found the Audible version, and gave it a chance. Took me about a week to listen; kept getting triggered, so I had to stop listening for a bit in between, but I made it. Having Mike Durant reading his own story was amazing. The story was true, and I just knew exactly where the buildings he was describing were, how the place smelled, what was going on through the battle, etc. I thought I knew everything about what had happened to him, but was surprised to find out small details I didn’t know. I enjoyed the story a lot, and I’m hoping by listening to this book, it helps with my own traumatic past.

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An integral part of knowing 10/3/93 and after

I have been reading about the battles 10/3/93-10/4/93 for many years. Mike Durant's experiences, his treatment, and what he personally witnessed his comrades do are often a sidebar. To understand the whole picture, this is a must-read. Being read by Durant himself makes it all the better. For further reading, including many facts previously unknown, left out of other books, or just flat out wrong in other writings, I highly encourage the reading of "Day of the Rangers, the battle of Mogadishu 25 years on". It's the best and most comprehensive book on this event, IMO. RLTW! N.S.D.Q.

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From the lips of he who was there

Excellent short story of how the mission went. Mostly about the story of his captivity. just shows you never lose hope.

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hard but gripping read

enjoyed the book makes you remember what we ask of people...thank you for sharing your story

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Damn fine story read by a damn fine man.

While Mike Durant isn't a born storyteller, to hear the words from the man who experienced it shook me to the bone. NSDQ.

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just wow

Absolutely riveting. You may have seen the movie but it's not the real story. Very much appreciated that He narrates himself

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Determination and grit in the face of hopelessness

It is difficult to imagine the courage and fortitude shown by Michael Durant to survive such an ordeal. Truly a testament to the caliber of those who make our freedom a personal priority so that the vast majority of us can live without fear.

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Excellent!!

I always wanted to know more about what happened to Michael. The movie Blackhawk Down does not go into great detail but this book does.

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NSDQ

I grew up hearing the stories of these great men out of the mouths of their fellow heroes. It was truly an honor to listen to Mike recount his experience. Being at the unit for a Memorial Day service one year as we were every year of my life, I remember reading a stone on the ground of the memorial court that simply had the letters NSDQ etched into them. Those letters and what the stand for inspired me to go to flight school, where I currently am, and I am proud to say I’ll be flying Blackhawks just like Mike did.
Cheers.

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Fantastic true story!

If you are interested in military non fiction, this is the book for you. It is the perfect length to listen to and the story was gripping the whole time. I highly recommend.