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  • Operation Medusa

  • Written by: Major General David Fraser, Brian Hanington, Gen. Lord David Richards
  • Narrated by: Paul Gross
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

In the summer of 2006, David Fraser was the Canadian general in charge of NATO's Regional Command South, a territory spanning six Afghan provinces surrounding the Arghandab Valley. Birthplace of the Taliban decades earlier, this fertile region had since become Afghanistan's most deadly turf. It would soon turn deadlier still. Advised in the night by his intelligence officers that the Taliban had secretly amassed for a full-scale military assault, Fraser knew it would fall to him, his Canadians and their allies to avoid the wholesale slaughter of NATO troops.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An unfortunate and disappointing read

  • By Peter on 2018-05-24

An unfortunate and disappointing read

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-05-24

As part of TF03-06 I served and participated on the front lines of Operation Medusa, as well, I served and supported hand in hand with TF31, and, having worked under MGen D Fraser's Command, I found this book to be an unfortunate and disappointing read.

I can only imagine the pressures the General was dealing with before, leading up to this Operation, and after. However, I couldn't help but feel that the book was some sort of plea, explanation or justification of his side of the story and to decisions.

I was looking forward to reading more about why and how he led this mission the way he did, reading about previous career experiences, anecdotal notes, stories and deployments within the Canadian Armed Forces, and his feelings leading up to his deployment / selection for the mission in Afghanistan. I was disappointed by the absence of an in-depth recollection, now that he is retired, about his personal position, decisions made and the mission.

I did appreciate how he gave a broad, simplistic overview and some of the associated dynamics planning / commanding such a complicated mission / operation. As well I share his position, on the positive outcomes for Afghanistan that we as a country have help provide.

However I just can't seem to shake that it was lacking a personal warmth and connection, that I have enjoyed while reading other's similar stories and their books. It is a worthy read by a decorated Canadian Soldier / citizen.

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