One Bullet Away by Nathaniel C. Fick

One Bullet Away

By Nathaniel C. Fick

  • Release Date: 2006-09-07
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
From 206 Ratings
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If the Marines are “the few, the proud,” Recon Marines are the fewest and the proudest. Nathaniel Fick’s career begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth. He leads a platoon in Afghanistan just after 9/11 and advances to the pinnacle—Recon— two years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. His vast skill set puts him in front of the front lines, leading twenty-two Marines into the deadliest conflict since Vietnam. He vows to bring all his men home safely, and to do so he’ll need more than his top-flight education. Fick unveils the process that makes Marine officers such legendary leaders and shares his hard-won insights into the differences between military ideals and military practice, which can mock those ideals.

In this deeply thoughtful account of what it’s like to fight on today’s front lines, Fick reveals the crushing pressure on young leaders in combat. Split-second decisions might have national consequences or horrible immediate repercussions, but hesitation isn’t an option. One Bullet Away never shrinks from blunt truths, but ultimately it is an inspiring account of mastering the art of war.


  • One Bullet Away

    By Ncousmc
    Nathaniel Fick has done an awesome job conveying his role as a "Leader of Marines". I only wished there were more men like him in The Corps when I served. Semper Fi Sir!!!!!
  • One Bullet Away

    By RBPjr
    One Bullet Away is one damned good read. It's a very well articulated, first person account of a combat platoon's experiences during a war.
  • Awesome

    By tfieffer
    Lt Fick brings the words on the pages of his book to life. Never feeling I had the bravery to serve the way he did. The way he tells the story gave me the in sight of a marine officer. Thank you!
  • Awesome!!!!

    By Will Marsh
    I absolutely loved this book! I wish it never ended. If Nate wrote another book I'd buy it in a heart beat. This book showed me what it means to be part of something bigger then myself and how close the brotherhood actually is... Just reading this book made me want to join the marines and serve our country.
  • One bullet away

    By Madison173
    Great accounting of the reality. Honest, forthright, the way of all USMC Leader CJC USMC 1802 1st. Tank Battalion Vietnam 1969
  • Leadership

    By -ichardM
    This book is truth and is well written. I served in Vietnam as a Green Beret assigned to a SOG Unit which was B-56 Project Sigma. The author has captured the feelings and emotions that besiege the combat soldier and commander and in doing so has found the true essence of leadership.
  • One bullet away

    By Private poop
    Over blown marine story..written like the marine core is the only ones fighting the war.Id find better story's in a bathroom stall.
  • Jcfarb

    By Korea Vet
    One of the best told stories of what it's really like in combat that I've ever read. Sgt. USMC, Korea, 1952 - 1953
  • SO FAR...

    By Eric Miller
    So fa this is an amazing book. I usually HATE to read. I ordered this book for a school assignment and I will read it any time I am not busy with something. It is a story of a young man going to OCS and well that is as far as I have gotten pretty much. I'm only on the fourth chapter. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good action and inspirational, true story.