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A Night in the Pech Valley is Grant McGarry’s account of what it takes to become an Army Ranger and what life is like to be in the 75th Ranger Regiment. More importantly it is about an operation in the most dangerous terrain for U.S. forces anywhere in the world. The Pech Valley is surrounded by Taliban-filled mountains on the Pakistan border in the Kunar Province, where the mountain peaks push ten thousand feet. On the night of August 18, 2010 a platoon of Army Rangers were on a direct action raid to capture or kill a high value target and this is the story of the Rangers who ferociously fought through the night and into the next morning. A Night in the Pech Valley is dedicated to Army Ranger, SPC. Christopher Shane Wright, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Pech Valley on the morning of August 19th, 2010.
In its earnest firsthand telling, Grant McGarry’s A Night in the Pech Valley reveals the character and courage, and dedication and determination, of our elite Army Rangers. McGarry gives us an unvarnished and authentic glimpse of becoming a soldier and serving under fire. He shows the old rallying cry “Rangers lead the way” still rings true. The story also reminds us how many veterans carry home the burdens of war; some, like Chris Wright, never return. As a nation, we are fortunate that such men volunteer to protect our ideals; we should not forget them. Grant McGarry’s book helps make sure we won’t.”
—Alvin Townley, best-selling author of Legacy of Honor and Defiant
Grant McGarry has given us a real-time, ground-truth look at the work of the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan–some of the toughest fighting in the War of Terror. Authentic modern Combat–the real thing told by one who has been there and done that.”
—Dick Couch, author of The Warrior Elite and Chosen Soldier