This prequel to Allies: The Inquiry introduces American Phil Sambrook and Canadian Kurt Richter, two officers during the factual events of Operation ANACONDA: America’s first conventional battle against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan that came within a hairsbreadth of disaster.
Allies: Anaconda tells the story of the crucible of fire that forged the bond that unites its main characters. More
Allies: Anaconda is a prequel to Allies: The Inquiry which introduced the Allies: Colonel Phil Sambrook, a veteran of America’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, and Colonel Kurt Richter, a member of Canada’s Joint Task Force-2. The two officers, friends and comrades for years, find themselves in March 2002 engaged in the factual events of Operation ANACONDA: America’s first conventional battle against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the Shah-i-Kot valley of Afghanistan.
In one of the coalition’s most difficult battles the allies fight an enemy much more numerous and more tenacious than expected. Sambrook’s vastly outnumbered American infantry must overcome inadequate intelligence and support to fight not just the enemy but the rugged mountain terrain, the frigid weather and ever changing mission priorities. Richter’s combined special operations force of Canadians and New Zealanders must unravel the secret of the valley that inspires the enemy’s fanatical resistance.
On the peak of the 10,240 foot mountain Takur Ghar, a veteran Taliban commander must contend with a disastrous American special forces insertion that threatens his troops and those of his despised Uzbek al-Qaeda allies while fending off a nearby patrol from Australian Special Air Service Regiment.
In the end, Operation ANACONDA was questionably declared a massive allied victory by its senior leaders. Along the way its participants, those with boots on the ground or flying helicopters into the valley, had to contend with, and overcome, many systemic circumstances that brought them within a hairsbreadth of an unparalleled disaster. Allies: Anaconda tells the story of the crucible of fire that forged the bond that unites its main characters.
Colonel Phil Sambrook is a US Army officer who has seen extensive service/combat in both the infantry and in several special operations forces units and commands including the 1st Special Forces Detachment-Delta. Colonel Kurt Richter is a Canadian Army officer who has also seen extensive special operations forces service including extensive tours with US Army Special Forces, the British Special Air Service Regiment and the Canadian Joint Task Force 2. With a bond formed on the icy slopes of Takur Gar during the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom they become allies in the War on Terrorism.
Peter Nicholas Farrell
on Feb. 10, 2015 :
Excellent book, gives a real feel for modern military affairs. I like military books, i.e. Larry Bond etc., and this book certainly stands comparison with any of them.
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on April 13, 2013 :
This is an interesting little novella about an early important joint multinational military operation at the beginning of the war in Afghanistan. There is quite a bit of military lingo that is explained in the glossary included. It gives some incite into the feelings and concerns of soldiers involved in the on the ground operation to rout out Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, as well as about the practical obstacles they encountered. I grew up watching the Vietnam war on TV, and did find this book entertaining. It's more of a man's topic here, don't know if many women would like it. There is also presentation of the battle from both the enemy's as well as the ally's points of view, which is cool!