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Rise: A Soldier, a Dream, and a Promise Kept Hardcover – October 7, 2014
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"Daniel Rodriguez–a decorated combat veteran–doesn’t sugarcoat the hard parts of his life. A warrior who fought on the battlefield, wrestled with PTSD, and now wins victories on the gridiron, his story reminds us that with grit and determination we can move through suffering to strength. Rise is an inspiring story of a resilient warrior who knows what it means to keep a promise." –Eric Greitens, Navy SEAL and author of New York Times bestseller, The Heart and the Fist
"RISE is a surreal look at what today's youth should aspire to accomplish. From Virginia to Iraq, from Afghanistan to South Carolina, Daniel Rodriguez shows the grit and determination it takes to rise above the hardships life throws at you. Life is designed to beat you down. Daniel shows you how to kick its ass." –Major Rusty Bradley, U.S. Army (ret.), bestselling author of Lions of Kandahar
"Daniel's service to his country and his ability to follow his dreams is what is truly right with America. His story, as movingly told in Rise, is a great example of where hard work, determination, and a never-quit attitude can get you." –Sal Giunta, Medal of Honor recipient and author of the New York Times bestseller, Living with Honor
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Physically going home doesn't mean leaving the war behind mentally. PTSD is no small matter to deal with. You don't just get over it like a cold. It's something that can stop a person with the strongest constitution and will in their tracks keeping them from going on with their life. But, Rodriguez finds a way to forge on and realize his dream of playing college football in spite of PTSD.
This is not simply a memoir. It's a personal account of a soldier's own life in intimate detail. He opens up about his war experiences as few have the ability to do, and I'm sure it was difficult to relive it all while writing this book. Such honesty shines a light on a pathway for anyone who finds themselves in a deep dark place. A light that allows anyone who feels trapped to be inspired and also rise.
To Daniel Rodriguez, I say: Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for serving. And thank you for the profound inspiration I have found in your story. Really.
Daniel Rodriguez leaves high school only to go directly into the military and get packed off to Afghanistan. His story is one of the brutality of war, the desire and determination to survive, and loss. He promises his friend that he will realize his dreams, but he also sees his friend die in battle. He comes home with his life in shambles, suffering from PTSD, and his dream seems more remote and impossible than ever. Rodriguez is hardly a great candidate for college football, let alone Clemson football. He is 5'8", weighs in at 175 lbs, and is considered scrawny in comparison to the bruisers on the college teams.
Rodriguez has that moment of clarity amidst all the adversity and goes after his dream and to also satisfy the promise made to play college football. He trains, put his efforts out there on the WEB, and realizes his dream.
This is a great story along the lines of the movie Rudy or even The Pride Of The Yankees. It tugs at the heart strings, but more importantly it speaks of the human spirit and the ability of the ordinary person to prevail against all odds.
Beautifully written, this is a transformative story celebrates the human spirit.
Rise will inspire you, and it will captivate you. More importantly, through his true story Daniel's story will shape him as a role model for today's youth. Rise, is extremely well told and in the spirit of Rudy (Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger) will prove to you that the real human spirit is more powerful and more entertaining than anything that Hollywood or a fiction writer can come up with.
I highly recommend this book, and also hope that the people that turned Rudy into a movie will consider the idea with Rise.
I have read other books about battles and conditions at Keating in the Kunar Province, in NE Afganistan, on the Pakistan border and "Rise" gives another first-hand look at what occurred there. My main reason for wanting to read this book was to learn more about Daniel's path to the Clemson University football team, but I was also enthralled by his description of his Army experience.
Mr. Rodriguez gives credit to many people who helped mold him into a respected man. From Sergeant John Breeding and his military brothers to Coach Dabo Swinney and his Clemson football brothers, Daniel gives both serious and humorous accounts that bring the book alive for the reader.
Daniel doesn't beat around the bush when describing the hard times and the language and situations are for an adult audience, but the dreams and promises kept are an inspiration to all. His story has already been picked for a future movie and I cannot wait to see it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall, I found this book good and Daniel is truly heroic. You can just tell that lack professional literary style.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Intriguing story of an undersized young man with an excellent work ethic and never say die spirit. Playing college football at 5'8' and 175 pounds was nothing compared to what he... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Brittman
Amazing story of courage, hope and keeping a promise....I had the privilege of watching this young man play football at Clemson and had chills everytime he ran down that hill.....Published 6 months ago by BrendaG
Bought for my 26 yr old son whom is a veteran of the Army. He has really enjoyed reading this bookPublished 7 months ago by dan cappelen
Daniel Rodriguez 's story is a great testament to the American spirit. I recommend it to everyone. Makes you proud!Published 8 months ago by Larry Goff