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The Degüello The A-Team that started a War [Kindle Edition]

Scott Zastrow
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Book Description

The A-Team that started a War

Based on an incredible true story

We simply call it 9/11 now. That day means something different to so many people, but for ten Green Berets, it means even more. Just days after the horrific attacks in New York, a handful of Green Berets from the decorated 5th Special Forces Group were secretly inserted deep behind enemy lines in Northern Afghanistan to set the stage for the upcoming War on Terror. Their mission was to seek out and kill as many Taliban and Al Qaida forces as they could find. Go inside the legend of one of Americas most elite units in this exciting and sometimes humorous account of their avenging the most horrific terrorist attack we have ever experienced.
Written as a fictional story and firsthand account of the actual events that transpired for the first Special Forces A-Team into Afghanistan after 9/11, The Deguello pulls the reader into the actual Team. You get the feeling you are right there with them as they infiltrate Afghanistan, attack enemy forces, get ambushed, train the Northern Alliance and move on the capitol city of Kabul. You get a sense of the camaraderie and brotherhood of being on a Special Forces A-Team and how these men train and fight.
Not written like a typical military historical book, this is a story based on the actual events that occurred to start the War on Terror. The reader is brought along from the very beginning and watches the entire story unfold before their eyes from the attacks of September 11th all the way through the dramatic and exciting conclusion of the assault on Kabul.
“This book is for Joe,” says the author, Scott A. Zastrow, a former Green Beret with more than 20-years in the Army. “With all the books out there by military historians written for the small group of intellectuals who enjoy them, Joe is kind of left out in the cold. He’s bored by statistics, random facts of supposed historical significance, and overblown dramatics that they will easily call bullsh*t on. When reading the Deguello, Joe will say ‘I can see that happening; I’ve done that; I’ve said that; I want to do that.”
When asked why this book is different than other historical military books about Afghanistan, Zastrow says, “It’s not your typical hubristic story of ‘look how cool I am’. It’s a real story about real men doing what they get paid to do. A bunch of jackasses who are good at their jobs and who made the best of the situations they were put in. It just so happens these jackasses were called to do their jobs at a pretty significant time in American history, and they did it very well.”
Nothing we know of the War in Afghanistan would be possible had it not been for what these men did. Bagrahm Air Base is now the largest Coalition Base in Theater and was held by the enemy when this Team arrived. Read how it all began in this exciting, action packed and sometimes humorous account of one our Nation’s most elite Special Operations units.
They accomplished what no unit or larger force has ever done before…….. or ever will again.


Music played by the Mexican army bands on the morning of March 6th, 1836, was the signal for Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's attack on the Alamo. The word Degüello signifies the act of beheading or throatcutting and in Spanish history became associated with the battle music, which, in different versions, meant complete destruction of the enemy without mercy.

Editorial Reviews


"The Mission of a Lifetime!"
                                       --AirForce Times

A incredible history of Green Beret's waging Unconventional Warfare during the opening salvo of Operation Enduring Freedom.   

Zastrow recounts Triple Nickel's exploits and experiences, from 9/11 to the capture of Kabul, in the fast-paced and personal style of a writer who personally experienced the events he is writing about.

The Degüello is a must-read  for anybody who is interested in Special Forces, the war in Afghanistan, or the events immediately following the 9/11 attacks on America.

From the Author

The Deguello is a Gold Star Finalist at the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards!! Award to be presented in NYC and at the Book Expo America (BEA) in June of 2012

Product Details

  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1257058266
  • Publisher: Scott A. Zastrow (December 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006HU166O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,862 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
JUST WEEKS AFTER the attacks of September 11, 2001, a small number of elite special were inserted into northern Afghanistan. The Degüello, by Special Forces veteran Scott Zastrow, tells the story of the first unit to deploy: ODA 555, or `Triple Nickel,' an A-Team from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky's 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Accompanied by an Air Force combat controller, the ten-man team infiltrated northern Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley by helicopter. Their mission was to link up with Northern Alliance fighters, train and prepare them for an eventual advance on Kabul, and prep the battlespace for a follow-on invasion of coalition forces.

Though titularly a work of historical military fiction, The Degüello`s content is made up almost entirely of truth hidden behind a paper-thin veneer of slightly altered events and identities (a necessity for operational security reasons). Within the relatively short (238 pp.) text, Zastrow recounts Triple Nickel's exploits and experiences, from 9/11 to the capture of Kabul, in the fast-paced and personal style of a writer who personally experienced the events he is writing about.

THE TEXT IS broken up into two parts, each of which is made up of several short, highly-readable chapters, and which primarily take place in two geographic locations. The majority of the first 89 pages takes place on Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and encompasses the events of 9/11 and the team's isolation and preparation for deployment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple February 7, 2012
By kdubbs
While many books based on the events in Iraq & Afghanistan are severely touted with political views and ideologies, this author has managed to bring simplicity to an otherwise complex mission. The read itself is engaging, yet surprisingly easy to follow. On top of that, the humor showcased throughout the pages leaves you with a very personal affection towards the men in the book. Dozens of books have tried to provide a first-hand account of the life and missions of said "A-Teams" but fall short....Scott Zastrow does not.

If you read one military based book this year, let The Deguello be it. Bravo.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read May 31, 2012
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This is one of the most amazing stories I have ever read. I could not put it down. The way that the story keeps moving definitely keeps the pages turning . I really enjoyed how in depth you get with all the characters. If anyone wants to know whats on my defininte must read list, this is one of them. Seriously, pick it up and let yourself get involved with the whole thing. I promise you, it will not disappoint. Scott, I thank you for giving us this wonderful book and allowing us a glimpse into the life of a deployed ODA and operators.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great page turner!!! January 17, 2012
If you are looking for a gripping story that unveils the likes to what makes our special forces so special - buy this book! The insight that this author grants the reader is both intimate and detailed. Reading this book made it seem as though you were just taken through a screenplay for a movie - it's incredible to think it was based on a true story!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tangible piece of American History. October 17, 2012
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While I have read other books discussing the U.S. Campaign in Afghanistan. It was immediately apparent to me after starting this book, just how different Scott Zastrow's first-hand account was. Very unlike others which are pieced together by second-hand research. While there were a few typing errors not caught during the editing process, the gripping pace of the story line leaves them quickly behind. Sometimes when reading a book of this nature, you find yourself almost on a mental couch seeing the events unfold on a television screen instead of experiencing them. The manner this has been presented to the reader draws you into the action so thoroughly you feel as if you're actually there, a part of the team, ready to provide fire support and do your part. One of the biggest surprises to me was the comedic camaraderie of the men despite their environment and the circumstances they found themselves in. Yet, the precise moment they were needed for any task they were completely focused and dialed in for their respective responsibilities. The weight of our Country was on their backs and they shouldered it with vigor.

This book is offered as a fiction in order to ensure Operational Security and classified information are not compromised. In all other regards it is very much a non-fiction retelling of one of the most decisive responses in our Nations recent history to the single worst National tragedy that has taken place in my lifetime. And what's more is that it is literally, "straight from the horses mouth". The author; Scott Zastrow was an 18D Special Operations Weapons Sergeant on ODA-555 (triple nickel). As a result of this, the trauma and field medicine aspects of the book have incredible detail. That's something certainly not often read about or focused upon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story!! January 28, 2012
For anyone who has ever worn a uniform this is the book you need to read! No other book talks in the same way that soldiers talk or makes you want to get up and go do something awesome like this book does. Read it and fully know that we have awesome men that are fully prepared to do harm on everyone else's behalf.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book.
Published 1 month ago by Cory
5.0 out of 5 stars Deguello
Could be argued as a follow up to another book. It was a great account although I thought it was short.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story telling
Great story telling. Very enjoyable. A great look at what happened. May be learning a few lesson from that.
Published 4 months ago by Hung Quoc NGUYEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Green Berets first mission into Afghanistan right after 911 "The tip...
An exciting and can't put down book by and author that is easy to read and very knowledgeable about the subject matter at hand. Read more
Published 4 months ago by James T.
3.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this to anyone that is looking to read a ...
Very interesting read! I would recommend this to anyone that is looking to read a historical "fiction" book!
Published 4 months ago by John Albright
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Husband likes it
Published 5 months ago by MJ Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Good read from start to finish. I'm sure the author would still be writing if he had a mind to include every detail from 9/11 to touchdown back stateside. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hans
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Great americans
Thanks to all that serve. Good detail in this book.
Unreal what this small group of professionals could do

Thanks for bringing the story to us
Published 6 months ago by jeff shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book with an interesting twist
Published 7 months ago by Douglas Sargent
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read!
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More About the Author

Scott Zastrow was born in Wisconsin and grew up in the Milwaukee area; he is an Army Veteran with more than 23 years of service. Most of his career was spent in Special Forces with an incredible operational tempo which has taken him to more than 25 countries around the World. He has numerous combat depolyments as well as both humanitarian and non-combat missions. After leaving Special Forces in 2007, he went on to finish his Masters Degree as a Physician Assistant at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and now works as a PA full time in the Nashville area. His book, "The Deguello" has been touted as one of the most personable first-hand accounts of the inital response to the attacks of 9/11. The book was self-published through and is being considered for several Indie book awards in both the fiction and Military categories.


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