September 26, 2021


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In the company of heroes focuses a lot on Michael j. Durant who happens to be the author’s life, in spite of some concentration of Somalia as a country during the 1990’s.  Several chapters of the book in the company of heroes focus on memories of the times of his capture and captivity in the war-prone Somalia. He is able to correlate such memoirs with some chapters relating to the training and assignments he received earlier. He is able to showcase this clearly in chapter two titled a prisoner of hate which elucidates his earlier confinement, Chief Michael explains his prior job transporting medical evacuations. It is evident that from the various chapters of the book that the author is forced to migrate to several places when explaining the grabs and clutches’ of the furious Somali mob, he, however, remains skeptical and goes back to his home New Hampshire emotionally unfolding the folks and his childhood actions. While reciting a Korean mission Michael swiftly goes back to memories of his childhood while in England town.

During the initial chapters of in the company of heroes, the author to some extent does not seem to captivate the readers. It is very hard to comprehend between the page relating to Michael’s opinions during 1988 regarding the pilot’s behavior and Him sleeping while in captivity, experiencing the warm tears through his eyes comers down to his ears. An example of such is after reading the chapter that ends by stating that he had no idea how long he was going to spend in captivity most readers would love to know the events that unfolded thereafter, but then instead the author goes back to reciting stories relating to 1985 November. Regardless of this, Michael is able to correlate his passage of time with location such that readers can understand what Michael aims to achieve.

The author’s overlapping stories enable his memoirs to feed one another. During the time when Michael shifts from his story of being abducted by the mob in Somali, to elucidate his New Hampshire childhood memories to the current criminal terrorist activity. The author tells us that her girlfriend’s smile was white as snow and wide which made is a heart flutter with the pledge of passionate adventures as he lifted his and she reached out for him. Michael deviates from his tale of Somali to say that he had never been so cold in his life regarding his elusion, endurance, struggle, training and escape this is a changeover between locations and times as Michael recalls how he relied on his SERE training at the time when his captors required him to film a statement. Afterward, there is less likelihood of changeover between Michael United states helicopter depiction that flew above and his memories of the Gulf War. At this point the changeover is sensible due to the fact that Michael seems amazed that of all the locations he could dream of, he went back to Iraq memoirs instead.

Furthermore, apart from the juxtaposes of location and times, taking out the reader from Somali may not obviously a pilot to boring content. Generally apart from the emotions in his Captivity in Somali stories Michael’s chapters that do not relate to Somali are so interesting. The chapter about Korea which unfortunately is introduced by a statement that the solder on the back of his chopper who unluckily was wounded would lose his life. When elucidating about his responsibility in 1989 at Panama, Durant says “Then the Panamanians opened up with everything they had” as he recalls the maneuver. He also remembers the story of flying over treacherous stormy snow to bring the solder to the hospital. The chapter about Iraq was less different he introduces it with a missile in his gun sight which he knew dead to rights he had it. Such nomadic movement between locations and times also to some extent reduces the tension commonly in reciting Michael’s unbearably thrilling tale of capture and captivity.

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Michael’s tale is inevitably mesmerizing. Even if the book was scantly written, the whole story would draw the reader’s alive long into the darkness. Correlating the story with a persuasive, original tale draws readers and makes sure that readers enjoy it more. Prior to recounting his capture, mission together with captivity, Michael’s flamboyant explanation of the Somali smells brings back the scene to life. Michael brings to light other similarly charming annotations as his ill-fated assignment geared up to launch as he came closer to his area of target. Referring to his nervous situation regarding daytime flights Michael elucidates his preliminary opinion as his chopper flew away, Michael states that he is not a man who has believed in omens, but present were sharks within the waters. Verbs such as deployed, nudged, banging and hover are what he uses to elucidate the use of his ranger chalk from the helicopter he used.

Such words are very evident all over the book in the company of heroes especially when he describes his helicopter crash. He says that he heard a rapidly accelerating whine he goes ahead to narrate the events that transpired during the crash until his hands were hurled desperately. Coming back to consciousness after the crash, Michael explains that it is then that he realized the levels of his injuries in the back. All these tales to the point where the pilot examined his injury in the leg are much dramatic that audiences reading in the company of heroes feel as if they are in that very situation when going through Michael’s account. He brings readers to sympathize with him in such a circumstance. The way that he describes the impending mob sounds is just exceptional he equates the sounds of death the situation that he explains is evidently terrific from the words that he uses to bring it out.

Michael goes ahead to correlate the mob beating him with the disengaged arm of one of his friends covering him with dirt all over as they moved him in the air and experiencing the soreness as he wrecked femur stretched into his leg bag. Similarly, Michael explains how seeing his face Kaput bones and his astounding shock as Somali blasted him as he was tied up in his makeshift cell in prison. Even as events seem to go down, the speed of Michael’s explanation of moderately dull activities is captivating. In a similar way, when describing his thoughts at the time when he was being held captive, Michael’s tale is emotional he states that he decided that it was going to be a long wait and had to lower his hopes metabolism. He uses the same technique when he heard his acquaintances voice above from the chopper saying that they could not leave him behind. He goes ahead to bring out more feelings when connecting his emotions to the pictures of his son and wife that he had just received.

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Some non courage’s character can be deduced by the author of in the company of heroes when he relates his emotions when he learnt that he was going to be released by the Somali he says that he could almost feel his defense walls crack such as feeble fissures emanating in a dam face. There are also such emotional traits when he recounts of his release by the Somali, he holds on to his fascinating tale.


While talking about his comrades, Michael terms them as the type of professionals who could hunt down a rabbit from a coaster using a BB gun. There is also a time when Michael was telling of his experiences in Korea and he wrote that there existed solders, a fixed-wing pilot, and the nature of nurses in the army folks visualize from M*A*S*H. While narrating about a visit by a doctor of Somali origin, he recounts imagining to himself, that he needed a Jack bottle and a pair of Morphine dose.

At some points Michael’s writing style shows much audacity, but honestly it is not wrong audacity. Michael’s training and combat sessions gave him the opportunity to show off prior to leaving for Somali. Furthermore, Michael shows his readers his familiarity of the times to show off about “Tombstone” and the times to accommodate the truth by saying that, “I could use the John Wayne standard and give up only the Big Four. That worked great in the movies, but here my goal was survival, not fruitless heroism.” Michael’s utterances from his kidnap and during captivity provide great Sarcasm examples. Michaels goes further to say that, “Hey, maybe you guys would consider exchanging me for a Mercedes with a CD player and a Mohamed Ali hood ornament;” “making Custer’s Last Stand look like nothing more than a rained-out corporate picnic;” all these examples bring out the author as a sarcastic person. Despite the fact that readers at some point might get bored of the authors utterances it is just a trait that we have to associate with the author. Apparently Michael required the sarcasm for humor to actually withstand captivity mentally.

In spite of the rich content and the few maps provided, that a lot does not give the readers a clear picture of the environments where he was detained in Somali it would have been better if he at least gave sketches of rooms where the Somalis kept him while in captivity. It would have been fascinating to read about the circumstances that let to his break up with his wife just after his return home from Somalia. Even though it may be unethical to inquire too much about someone’s individual life, it would have however, been nice to know the effect if there were any that his experiences while in Somali had on the termination of his initial marriage and the marriage that followed after.


In spite of the charming stories in the book in the company of heroes, Michael surprises the audiences on many occasions with intriguing facts that would have only been meant for insiders. While making his acknowledgments, he does not forget to mention Ross Perot on the first instance at the later stages; he terms Perot as with silent family together with other special operations families support. He also points out a moment where he felt anger at Colonel Hackworth’s individual attack on his behavior while being held captive. Despite the fact that most audiences may have known about the liberation endeavor by winners of the Medal of Honor namely Gordon and Shigart Randy, Michaels story of his moments with them as Somalis approached the downed helicopter it is the only information from the horse’s mouth of their battlefield heroism. He goes ahead to make public a private correspondence sent to him by the widow of Randy and recalls a rather tough situation he had when looking for some book in a library situated in Gordon’s hometown. For those in the legal fields it would surprise them to a greater extent when they read the point where Michael described the American that he saw first after his release at the composite of the United Nations.

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Major lessons

The book titled in the company of heroes is rich in worthy lessons for all military groups with much focus to those who are often in battlegrounds. Despite the facts that no military personnel wishes to be held captive, Michael gives them rich lessons of thought. Ahead of his first incarceration of the Somali mob, Michael’s attention was, if he could endure for the five minutes that followed, and then he could worry about the following five minutes. He also explains holding his arms in some way while being held in a prison cell to make loose his arms, the significance of remaining with water in the body even when you have no appetite for water, enduring twinge when it is twinge with reason and the significance of creating a link with the people to hold him captive.

There are also lessons from his release and homecoming to the United States, like handling the media and distinction between true friends and friends who just call on the phone lines. Progressing to deviate between guidance for warfare and non-warfare environments, Michael calls for the pilots to lug all the weapons and drinking water that they can, and stresses the need for family support. At the end of it all, some focus on the political class, Michael cannot hide the irritation of his unit being disallowed to handle the mission to its completion. It is complicated to some extent it is complicated to lay down a fallen comrade, but much complex to face his family members when it is clear that the reasons for his death have been rendered not achieved by the same people who killed him. Durant’s in the company of heroes story about the Mogadishu war with the Militia in Somali touches human beings of all nature people who read it always want to tell the story.


The book in the company of heroes is nice writing which is no doubt recommendable to all literature lovers worldwide. It’s a fascinating book with thrilling stories and helpful stories and many surprises. Despite the fact that some readers may be shying away by the author’s sarcasm, no audience would dare bear a grudge against Michael on his rights to unravel this captivating story of humor, endurance, and bravery. The book is available on Amazon.

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