OVERRIDE

Roughneck Nine-One

The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-team at War

Sgt. 1st Class Frank Antenori, US Army (Retired), and Hans Halberstadt

St. Martin's Paperbacks

On April 6th, 2003, twenty-six Green Berets, including those of Sergeant 1st Class Frank Antenori’s Special Forces A-team (call sign Roughneck Nine-One), confronted a vastly superior force—one that included battle tanks and more than 150 well-trained, well-equipped, and well-commanded soldiers—at a remote crossroads near the small village of Debecka, Iraq. The rest is history…

Along the way, they endured a U.S .Navy F-14 dropping a 500-pound bomb on supporting Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, the ever-present threat of WMDs, and countless other deadly obstacles.

This is the never-before-told, unsanitized story of how one Special Forces A-team recruited and organized, trained and eventually fought—and won—a legendary conflict that will influence American military doctrine for years to come.

BOOK EXCERPTS

Read an Excerpt

Roughneck Nine-One
ONEAMBUSH AT GARDEZLooking back on it, I got my job as team sergeant for Operational Detachment Alpha-391 (ODA-391) as the result of an enemy ambush. It was a bloody business, but the good guys, with one exception, all lived, and the bad guys, from what we could see, were killed or captured.I was assigned to Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, and I was the company medic at the time. We were operating out of a "safe house" near Gardez, Afghanistan. Along with the other guys on the B-team, I had the job of providing support for the A-teams running patrols
READ THE FULL EXCERPT
BACK

REVIEWS

Praise for Roughneck Nine-One

“The authors grippingly recreate the valor of [their] Special Forces A-Team…a gritty inside look at a Special Forces team at war.”—Publishers Weekly

“A rare and unexpectedly personal look into the elite world of a Special Forces A-Team.”
—Jack Coughlin, Gunnery Sergeant, USMC, and New York Times bestselling author of Shooter

“Thoroughly detailed and carefully documented…a valuable addition to the growing list of Iraq war stories.”—Army Times

“Veteran Special Forces NCO Antenori and experienced military writer Halberstadt have joined forces to produce this warts-and-all report that is strong in realistic detail and in paying tribute to the courage and endurance of the U.S. forces’ Kurdish allies. A notable contribution to the literature on both the Iraq war and the capabilities of special-ops units.”—Booklist

 “A terrific inside look at a Special Forces A-Team at war. Frank Antenori didn’t pull any punches in combat, and he doesn’t in this book either.”—Sean Naylor, New York Times bestselling author of Not a Good Day to Die
 
“Pure Special Forces—deadly, professional ... Cool!”—Jim Morris, Major, US Army Special Forces (Retired), and author of War Story

Roughneck Nine One, written with retired Green Beret SFC Frank Antenori, is clearly Hans Halberstadt’s best work yet! He brings to the table his exceptional background and years of well-honed expertise in writing books on special operations. This, combined with Antenori’s “eyes on, ground truth” Special Forces soldier’s experience, perspective, and insights, produces a truly groundbreaking, first-of-a-kind book. Roughneck Nine One takes you behind the scenes into the struggles, complications, preparation, training, and turf issues faced by our most elite forces as they go into battle. Ultimately your nerves will be tested as Antenori’s Special Forces A-Team, searching for a fight, finds themselves in front of a large enemy force, out-manned, out-gunned, and largely unsupported. What’s more...they plan on attacking!”—Col. Gerald Schumacher, US Army Special Forces (Retired), author of To Be a US Army Green Beret and A Bloody Business: America’s War Zone Contractors and the Occupation of Iraq
 
“Frank Antenori and Hans Halberstadt team up to give readers an updated version of the classic ‘David and Goliath’ story, a powerful no-holds barred, first-hand account of actual ground combat in Iraq. Roughneck Nine One most definitely captures the professionalism, comradeship, self-sacrifice, and courage that define the heart and soul of America’s finest warriors—US Army Special Forces. A must-read book!”—Col. Tom Yarborough, USAF, author of Da Nang Diary

Reviews from Goodreads

BACK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Sgt. 1st Class Frank Antenori, US Army (Retired), and Hans Halberstadt

  • SFC Frank Antenori, US Army (Retired) joined the Special Forces in 1988. Since then, he has participated in numerous operations in over thirty-four countries and has been awarded numerous decorations and citations, with seven received for combat actions.
     
    Hans Halberstadt
    has authored or coauthored more than fifty books, most on military subjects, especially U.S. special operations forces, armor, and artillery. He served in the US Army as a helicopter door gunner in Vietnam.

  • Hans Halberstadt
    Hans Halberstadt
BACK

COMMUNITY

TheHistoryReader.com

    MORE BLOG POSTS
    BACK

    BUY THE BOOK

    Available Formats and Book Details

    Roughneck Nine-One

    The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-team at War

    Sgt. 1st Class Frank Antenori, US Army (Retired), and Hans Halberstadt

    BACK

    FROM THE PUBLISHER

    St. Martin's Paperbacks

    BACK