Run to the Sound of the Guns
The True Story of an American Ranger at War in Afghanistan and Iraq
Nicholas Moore served as part of an elite special operations unit at the fighting edge of the global war on terrorism. He served over a decade with the US Army's 75th Ranger Regiment on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq.
In Iraq, Nicholas participated in the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, hunted Iraq's Most Wanted, and experienced brutal street combat, including 160 night-time missions over one 90-day deployment in the insurgent stronghold of Mosul. While serving in Afghanistan, he was also part of the search and rescue operation for Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (author of Lone Survivor), and was on the ground again when a Chinook helicopter was shot down resulting in the death of 38 men and one military working dog. It was the single greatest loss of special operations personnel to date.
From frozen mountaintops to dusty city streets and everything in between, Run to the Sound of the Guns is a compelling and deeply personal account of a husband and father who nearly lost his life “leading the way” in America's secretive global wars.
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“A riveting foxhole level view of more than a decade of modern war. Ranger Nick Moore fought across Afghanistan and Iraq in some of the most difficult operations – rising from Private to Platoon Sergeant – and offers a candid, but mature, account that is as entertaining as it is informative.”
— General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal, Commander 75th Ranger Regiment, Commander of Counterterrorism Forces Afghanistan and Iraq, and Commander of U.S. and ISAF Forces Afghanistan
“The riveting true story of a Ranger taking the fight to the enemies of our country. The courage exhibited by Moore and his Rangers is extraordinary and all Americans have reason to feel pride in these men. They serve each other, their Regiment, the Army and the United States. I highly recommend Run to the Sound of the Guns. The unrivaled and fantastic story of an American Ranger.”
— Michael A. Kelso, Command Sergeant Major (Ret.), Rhodesian Commando and U.S. Army Ranger, Army Ranger Hall of Fame
“Run to the Sound of the Guns is a riveting account of the journey of a Ranger from a private to a platoon sergeant in the 75th Ranger Regiment. This book captures the heart, soul and mindset of what it’s like to deploy as a Ranger in a Ranger battalion. Each chapter of this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. If I was still serving I would make this mandatory reading for my Rangers.”
— Howard “Mad Max” Mullen, Master Sergeant (Ret.), 2013 Army Ranger Hall of Fame and 2013 Distinguished Member of the Ranger Training Brigade
“‘Ranger’ always likes to read about Rangers, and this book does not disappoint. Nick provides the reader a first-person narrative of 2nd Ranger Battalion’s part in the Regiment’s breakout of the Abrams Charter and its transformation into the robust and agile force it is today. If you are student, fan, or veteran of the Ranger world; read this book.”
— Mark T. Lisi, Colonel (Ret.), was a founding member of the 2nd Ranger Battalion and served as a private through to sergeant in B Company between May 1975 and November 1977.
“Nick Moore tells the story of a band of American sons who willingly make it their choice to run to the sound of guns. Though my experience in combat with the Rangers is dated, Nick brought me back to the days where young men dreamed of battle and, when they got their chance, they delivered. Ugly, brutal, and straightforward, Nick Moore’s story is worth your time.”
— Matt Eversmann, First Sergeant (Ret.), U.S. Army Ranger, author of THE BATTLE OF MOGADISHU
“Nicholas Moore chronicles the development of the Ranger Regiment as a leader in the Global War on Terrorism from the perspective of the few who carry the burden of the fight. Our nation has little knowledge of the brave men and women who have kept the wolf at bay, and Run to the Sound of the Guns gives us a glimpse of the unsung leadership and sacrifice of the modern U.S. Army Ranger.”
— Karl Monger, U.S. Army Ranger, Founder and Executive Officer, GallantFew
“This is the searing account of Nicholas Moore’s decade-plus service as a Ranger. The first line of the prologue sets the temper for this relentless, adrenalin-charged memoir of action in Afghanistan and Iraq. The firefights are close-up and personal: you can literally smell the cordite, the blood, the fear.”
— Chris Cocks, Rhodesian Light Infantry, author of the classic war memoir FIREFORCE
“In this day and age, few of us can begin to comprehend the determination and sacrifice of the modern warrior. Nicholas Moore’s harrowing account of his service as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq is the real deal, crackling with action and drama as it tells an unforgettable story with breathtaking urgency and real-life intimacy. Every American should read this book.”
— Noam Dromi, Writer and Executive Producer, GHOST RECON WILDLANDS: WAR WITHIN THE CARTEL
“Nicholas Moore has written a terrific contemporary military memoir which is the perfect mix of action, reflection and inspiration. His lean, efficient prose leads us from intensive training to combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. This telling starkly outlines the myriad challenges that confront the 21st century warrior and reassures us that America can still produce soldiers equal to the task.”
— D.B. Sweeney, Actor and Producer