Violence of Action is much more than the true, first-person accounts of the 75th Ranger Regiment in the Global War on Terror. Between these pages are the heartfelt, first-hand accounts from, and about, the men who lived, fought, and died for their country, their Regiment, and each other. Objective Rhino, Haditha Dam, recovering Jessica Lynch, the hunt for Zarqawi, the recovery of Extortion 17 and everything in between . . . These stories have been told many times in barracks rooms, bar tables, and backyard barbecues but they have never before been shared with the general public. It is time for those stories to be heard. So much more than just stories from a specific unit; this book reveals the sights, smells, and emotions of everything that happens in war-good or bad. It will be seen as the quintessential, ageless work on the human condition in combat.
"Violence of Action is the book about the 75th Ranger Regiment that we've been waiting decades for. While Rangers hit targets night after night throughout the War on Terror, they did it largely in silence and behind the veil of strict Operational Security. 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 "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. Violence of Action isn't a work about individual accomplishment or chest bumping. Instead, whether in training, in the calm moments before the storm, or in the heat of battle itself, Violence shows us that the driving force behind the excellence of the Regiment is every Ranger's biggest fear - to fail the man next to him." --Nick Palmisciano President, Ranger Up "Violence of Action is a book like no other. It is a compilation of incredibly impactful stories from individual accounts among some of America's best and brightest--US Army Rangers. While saturated with gripping stories of brave men fighting America's battles abroad, this book is about love, passion, grief, sorrow and most of all, a brotherhood." --Kerry Patton Author of Contracted: America's Secret Warriors "I salute Ranger Marty Skovlund, Jr. for having produced a book that vividly portrays for us the poignant details and ethos of America's finest Warriors combating the GWoT. This book is a must read for any young man who thinks he may have the desire and ability to become an elite Ranger. It is even more so for any non-commissioned or commissioned officer who aspires to lead Rangers. 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 to the degree that they offer their lives willingly to protect their Ranger buddies. This magnificent book accurately captures significant historical data and contributes to the developing legend of the elite 75th Ranger Regiment." --Gary Dolan 2011 Ranger Hall of Fame Inductee and author of Of Their Own Accord