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One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer Paperback – September 7, 2006
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A Recon Marine always gives more than he takes. With this said I respectfully thank and honor Capt. Fick for his private and revealing book about Idealism, loss of innoccence, and the Mask of Command. Do Leaders regret, do they feel, do they disagree? Yes, the Legit ones do. However they rarely disobey. Ramparts become stepping stones and enemy ambushes proving grounds for small unit tactics and fire and manuever. One Bullet Away reveales Ficks' secret heart and the violence it bears and also the mans truth and compassion gained by combat. I Myself was a bullet away on more than one occassion and in one particular ambush, Capt. Fick layed it on the line and decisively and calmly saved my teams life. I will always admire, respect and love the Warrior who gave more than he took from 1st Recon Battallion. And all of his men are of the same mind as myself. His book is an affirmation to our platoon and its leadership. Plt Commander and Plt Sergeant be blessed. The men of 2nd Plt thank you. Read the book, it is Legit. Rudy Reyes-Recon Forever
Nathaniel Fick was a Dartmouth student who wanted to be a physician. He had difficulty with one of his science courses, and this changed the shape of his life. He realized he wanted to go on a great adventure, prove himself, and do something for his country. And that something was revealed in a lecture he went to about the Marines. He joined the Marines and went through one of the most difficult courses of his life,he thought at the time; Officers Candidate School. Not understanding that the real tests were to come. He became a Second Lieutenant and he went on to Recon school. Reconnaissance teams are the elite of the Marine Corps, if elite was a word in their military language. Recon teams go on the most dangerous missions of all- teams calling for emergency extracts and any form of mission that your mind can imagine.Read more ›
Fick leads the reader from his commissioning as a Marine Officer to his decision to exit the Corps five years later. You get a first hand account from a Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq and completed the most challenging schools the Marine Corps can throw at you.
The author opens up to the reader and shares his emotions and inner thoughts giving an unvarnished look at what the Corps expects from our officers. The book was a pleasure to read and I hope when the American public thinks of the word Marine, they picture someone like Nate.
Tremendous effort. Dang!
Fick doesn't have to say more to remind us that bin Laden continues to evade us, meaning victory is illusive. So far Fick has delivered one book and a few articles in the New York Times. Surely this is just the beginning of this author's career on the path to wisdom and knowledge.
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Having become a Marine Officer 31 years earlier the OCS and TBS was almost the same. However the love o the MarineCorp andMarinesis thesamePublished 9 days ago by Peter A. Curato
Outstanding book about life as a young Marine Corps officer. Extremely well written and engaging. Highly recommendPublished 10 days ago by DavidDixonUSMC
Great read by a great officer. I enjoyed this book as much as I did Generation Kill. I recommend this book for all military men and officers.Published 2 months ago by cory betros
Great book. Think of it as a companion read to Generation Kill.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
What an incredible book. Very well written, exciting to read... This is one that I didn't want to end.Published 2 months ago by Robert J Sepesy
Not very well written. The the descriptions of the combat seemed to be disjointed and difficult to grasp. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Vincent Russo
Starts off great then slows and cruises for the majority of the book up until the end with the Iraq assault where the pace really takes off. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Doc Draper