They promised him glory..they gave him Hell. Seduced by a glorious dream of grand adventure, Ensign James McConnell joined the SEALS-America's most elite fighting force. He endured the rigorous "conditioning" and relentless drills in "practice premeditated murder," moving up throught the ranks of the Navy's finest. But the dream exploded on the steaming edge of the Nam Can Forest-replaced by the brutal realities of Foxtrot Platoon's savage and dirty secret war against the Cong. McConnell discovered that leadership came with a high price tag- and dying for your country was easier than ordering brave men to their doom. For the merciless jungle fed greedily on the blood of heroes..and only the most ruthless survived. A gripping, shocking and authentic novel of war by a former SEAL commander who lived it.