A powerful and moving story of Marine Operators doing what they do best, Level Zero Heroes & Dagger 22 brings to life the mission of these selected few that fought side-by-side in Afghanistan, in a narrative as action-packed and emotional as anything to emerge from the Special Operations community's contribution to the Afghan War.
New York Times bestselling author, Michael Golembesky follows along as a member of Marine Special Operations Team 8222 on their assignment to the remote and isolated Taliban stronghold of Bala Murghab as they conduct special operations in an effort to break the Taliban’s grip on the Valley. What started out as a routine mission changed when two 82nd Airborne Paratroopers tragically drowned in the Bala Murghab 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 assigned, was forever altered as a massive clearing operation was initiated to break the Taliban’s stranglehold on the valley and recover the bodies.
From close-quarters firefights in Afghan villages to capturing key-terrain from the Taliban in the unforgiving Afghan winter, this intense and personal story depicts the brave actions and sacrifices 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.
"Semper Fi! Level Zero Heroes is a riveting, fast paced account of Marine Operators in combat in Afghanistan. Inspiring & insightful look into the new world of Marine Corps Special Operations, I was absolutely hooked from the first page to the last. I'm glad Ski and his fellow team members are on our side." —Sean Parnell, New York Times bestselling author of Outlaw Platoon
"A warning shot with a B-1— A direct quote taken out of Level Zero Heroes that has more precision than the author possibly could ever imagine. Golembesky and Bruning took a real world account of some of America’s best and brightest and wrote a story that will capture the mind of any military enthusiast. From the expeditious bond of brotherhood to the horrors of poor Rules of Engagement to the appreciation of a select group of Afghan intelligence officials, this book covers so much more than a mere deployment in Afghanistan. A B-1 doesn’t do warning shots, it blows things to smithereens. This book is like a B-1—it will blow your mind!" —Kerry Patton, author of Contracted: America’s Secret Warriors
"An intimate and unprecedented look into the mysterious, high-speed lifestyle of the U.S. military’s newest special operations force, Level Zero Heroes is a heart-pounding exploration of the Marines’ bare-knuckle fight for Bala Murghab, a treacherous wasteland in Afghanistan’s Wild West." —Andrew deGrandpre, Marine Corps Times
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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a reality that many returning service members deal with daily. The United States has actively been at war for more than a decade and the all-volunteer force has managed to be sustained, but at what cost? Many service members have routed through multiple tours of combat between Iraq and Afghanistan. Many have given their lives while the returning veterans struggle with the physical and mental wounds of war.
This film was created to show visual representation what goes through the veteran’s mind after they physically leave the battlefield, but the thoughts and memories remain in conflict. This film features real combat footage shot in Afghanistan, intertwined with scenes throughout the mountain of Colorado is a beautiful portrayal of balance and chaos. It is semi-narrative piece, allowing the footage, sound and music to carry the view through the experience.
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Level Zero Heroes LLC is activity seeking to partner with an established and well respected film production company to bring the amazing story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Afghanistan to the big screen/mini series. LZH LLC is the sole owner of the exclusive flim and multimedia rights to both books, Level Zero Heroes (2014) and DAGGER 22 (2016). Interest parties can contact LZH LLC via the email address below.
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