Level Zero Heroes follows the twenty-two members of U.S. Marine Special Operations Team 8222 on their deployment to the remote and isolated Taliban stronghold kwn as Bala Morghab as they conduct special operations in an effort to liberate a valley from Taliban control. What started out as a routine operation changed when two 82nd Airborne Paratroopers tragically drowned in the Bala Morghab River while trying to retrieve vital supplies from an air drop that had gone terribly wrong. In this one moment, the focus and purpose of the friendly forces at Forward Operating Base Todd, where Team 8222 was stationed, was forever altered as a massive clearing operation was initiated to break the Taliban's stranglehold on the valley and recover the bodies. From fire fights in Afghan villages to sniper ambush missions in sub-freezing weather, this intense and personal story depicts the brave actions and tragic loses of MSOT 8222. Readers will understand the hopelessness of being pinned down under a hail of enemy gunfire and the quake of the earth as a 2000 lb. guided bomb levels a fortified Taliban fighting position.
STAFF SERGEANT MICHAEL GOLEMBESKY served 8 years with the United States Marine Corps and is a combat veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. Golembesky served as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller with Marine Special Operation Team 8222 (MARSOC).JOHN R. BRUNING is the author or collaborating writer on sixteen non-fiction books, including the bestseller Outlaw Platoon, House to House, Shadow of the Sword and The Devil's Sandbox: With the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry at War in Iraq.