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Violence of Action: The Untold Stories of the 75th Ranger Regiment in the War on Terror Hardcover – September 15, 2014
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"Violence of Action is truly a book like no other ever written." - Kerry Patton, author of Contracted: America's Secret Warriors
"While many have written about Special Forces, SEALs, Delta Force, and others, almost nothing is out there about the Regiment's unmatched contribution to the fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, until now. Violence of Action pulls back the curtain and allows the reader to finally catch a glimpse of the Rangers in bloody combat." - Jack Murphy, New York Times Best Seller and author of the Deckard Series
"The matter-of-fact presentations by the Rangers in this book of actual combat leadership situations are lessons that cannot be taught in any school. These stories underscore their incredible heroism, their uncanny super-human feats under fire borne of intense and continuous training and their ultimate dedication to their Ranger Brotherhood." - Gary Dolan, 2011 Ranger Hall of Fame Inductee, and author of Of Their Own Accord
"As I alternated between chuckling at the humor of the Rangers and gripping the pages with anxiety as I placed myself in their shoes while they fought door to door and leapt rooftop to rooftop, I was blown away by the raw honesty of the book." - Nick Palmisciano, President, Ranger Up
About the Author
Marty Skovlund, Jr. is an author, freelance writer, award winning entrepreneur, award winning independent filmmaker, and television personality.
He was born and raised in Huron, South Dakota. He grew up the oldest of five, spending his time as an avid outdoorsman and reader. After high school he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army. His first assignment was to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
While at 1/75, he served in a variety of roles and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan a total of five times. After his fifth deployment, he volunteered for recruiting duty and was assigned to the Syracuse Recruiting Battalion as a recruiting NCO.
In 2012 he founded Blackside Concepts, LLC, his first business venture. Shortly afterwards, in June 2013, he separated from the Army after eight years of service to run his business full time.
Marty left his company in the fall of 2015, which had grown to include six separate sub-brands, to travel the country with his family. He now focuses on his newfound interests in writing and filmmaking, while serving on the board of advisors for The Darby Project.
He is happily married to his beautiful wife, and is father to an incredible little girl.
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Each chapter is told from the point of view of a man that was willing to give his life, not necessarily for his country and definitely not for a cause; but for the man that stood to his left and to his right. While gripping and action packed the personality of each man shines through his words. The emotions whether the writer is expressing excitement, shock, fear and even amusement reaches out and pulls you in.
Eloquent and beautiful, two words I'd never thought I'd used to describe non-fiction. Most certainly I never expected to use them to describe a book about war. But then again it's not really a book about war. Violence of Action is a book written about the men that lived through war, by men who lived through war and edited by men who lived through war. And that's who I'm describing when I say eloquent and beautiful. The men.
I want this kind of book to tell the story truthfully and with personality, Violence of Action meets that want. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to peer into the soul of the warrior, particularly the Army Ranger. I believe the reader will find humanity in the midst of inhumane situations. I think you will actually see Soul. Roy
I am not a Ranger, nor have I ever been a Ranger. As an infantry veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, there were still many things familiar to me. The opening chapter immediately immersed me in days past, checking my kit to make sure it functioned and was accessible on my person, then rolling out to surprise a jihadist in his sleep and bring him back to base for questioning.
Many infantrymen and other MOSs between the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force know that experience, but none have done it better than the barrel-chested rough men of the 75th Ranger Regiment. Through this anecdotal compilation, you see the Regiment in its early days as being the cordon for special mission units, as well as conducting traditional infantry operations. You then watch, year by year, as the Regiment transforms into a special operations/direct action unit in its own right, eventually responsible for its own areas of responsibility and becoming the unit with the highest kill and capture tally in the Global War on Terror.
The book then takes you beyond that. The Rangers are warriors elite, but they are also humans. They laugh, they weep for their fallen brothers, they feel despair in impossible situations and anger and frustration in others. You get to see the quirks, what makes these men tick, what characteristics it takes to wear the tan beret and scroll of the United States' premier direct action unit.
To those who are students of special operations history, this is the GWOT spiritual successor to Six Silent Men, a series that covers the LRRP Rangers of the Vietnam War. I've no doubt the Rangers of today have met and exceeded the standards set by their predecessors, and it is only right that their exploits be documented for Americans to see. These men needed their story told, and Violence of Action told it masterfully.
Simply put, this is one of the best military history books I've ever read and the best I have read of the GWOT era. If you have not read it, stop what you are doing and buy it.
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