With a TON of books on his to-read list, what does Murdoc do? He orders another book. Why? Who knows? He does dumb stuff like that.

For some reason, despite a tall stack of books waiting for me, I ordered Roughneck Nine-One : The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-team at War by Frank Antenori and Hans Halberstadt. Here’s the blurb:

On April 6, 2003, twenty-six Green Berets, including those of Sergeant 1st Class Antenori’s Special Forces A-Team led a violent battle against a vastly superior force at the remote crossroads near the village of Debecka, Iraq. The Green Berets stopped an enemy unit that included battle tanks and more than 150 well-trained, well-equipped, and well-commanded soldiers. In a spectacular fight, they battled Iraqi tanks and personnel until only a handful of Iraqi survivors finally fled the battlefield.

In the process, Nine-One encountered hordes of news media and at the peak of the fight a US Navy F-14 dropped a 500-pound bomb in the middle of a group of supporting Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, killing and wounding dozens. This is the never-before-told, unsanitized, unedited story of the fight for the crossroads at Debecka, Iraq and a unique inside look at a Special Forces A-Team as it recruits and organizes, trains for combat, and eventually fights a battle against a huge opposing force in Iraq.

I’m prepping for a two-week trip and I plan to do a LOT of reading. This will be one of the titles that I (hopefully) will report on after I get back.

Incidentally, Antenori is running for Congress.


  1. ‘I’m prepping for a two-week trip and I plan to do a LOT of reading.’ Going anywhere exciting Murdoc?

  2. MO, Peep ‘Cobra II’ if you’ve not already. Throws alot of light on the struggles between Rumsfeld, Franks, planning staffs at all levels, and the poor intelligence all the way down to the tactical battlefield. Most interesting was some insight into the Iraqi misperceptions of US intentions and capabilities.

  3. Nice to know you plan to read the book — Frank and I would both be interested in what you think of the story when you are done. Hans Halberstadt