Soldier's Promise

After the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, First Sergeant Daniel Hendrex was dispatched along with his unit, Dragon Company, to Husaybah, a small town bordering Syria in the Sunni-dominated Al Anbar Province in Iraq. Their mission was to plug the bottleneck at the border checkpoint, where foreign fighters and weapons smugglers were filtering through daily to join the increasingly menacing insurgency growing rapidly in the region. It was at this checkpoint, amid relentless attacks, that Daniel and his men found the most effective ally of the war effort in the most unlikely of sources. In December 2003 a skinny Iraqi kid about fourteen years old approached one of the soldiers at the border and said simply, "Arrest me." Jamil, as he was called, claimed to have valuable information about the insurgency, but First Sergeant Hendrex was skeptical -- especially when the boy announced that the man he wanted to turn in was his own father. The story that unfolds is one of heartbreaking tragedy, remarkable courage, and unprecedented resiliency, as this child of the insurgency takes it upon himself to fight back with the help of the U.S. Army...and loses everything in the process -- his country, his home, and his family. But through the power of his own conviction and his finely honed survival skills, Jamil (who was quickly nicknamed Steve-O by the soldiers of Dragon Company) sought refuge with the U.S. military in exchange for information. He risked everything he knew for a chance at freedom -- a choice few men, let alone children, have to make in their lifetimes. And after Steve-O helped save countless lives, First Sergeant Hendrex made it his personal mission to repay his debt and get the boy to safety. A Soldier's Promise is an incredible story of sacrifice and courage by an Iraqi boy and the U.S. soldiers who protected him from certain death by bringing him to the United States. It's an astonishing tale of two countries and two very different kinds of people joining together against terror and tyranny, and of the young man who, against all odds, gave Dragon Company what they desperately needed -- hope.

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By Marie (The United States) · ★★★★★ · January 13, 2009
What an amazing book! And clean compared to many books written by military members. This is the story of how an Iraqi boy sat in meetings planning ambushes on American soldiers, was beat by his father and threatened to be killed if he did not fight with the unsurgents. He did the most unspeakable... ...more
By J.R. (The United States) · ★★★★★ · December 03, 2008
This book is absolutely incredible, and I highly recommend it. It is the story of First Sergeant Daniel Hendrex, who, while deployed in Iraq, befriends a teenage Iraqui boy nicknamed "Steve-O". These two people, coming from opposite sides of the world.... by fate, literally saved one another's li... ...more
By Jojoma (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · November 13, 2013
well it would be rude for one not to review a book written by a former boyfriend, wouldn't it? ;-)

Sgt Hendrex was stationed in Germany in the early 90s. He was a committed soldier then, fairly apolitical, great company, and devastatingly handsome. No-one was sure yet if he was career Army - he d... ...more
By Debbie (Alpena, AR) · ★★★☆☆ · April 19, 2010
"A Soldier's Promise" was a soldier's memoir covering the years 2000 to 2004. If you've read other memoirs by soldiers' in Iraq, then there isn't much new information here though it was interesting to read about the particular challenges of his location and how his tank crew had to adapt to usual... ...more
By Thea · ★☆☆☆☆ · January 17, 2015
I got this book and started it look forward to reading it but before I did came across something very unsettling. The boy in the book came to America and at 21 drugged and gang raped a 53 year old women nearly to death. I first felt wow this kid is brave but now I feel different. He is in a penit... ...more
By Ameer (Abu Dhabi, 01, The United Arab Emirates) · ★★★★★ · April 20, 2014
amazing book ...more
By Michelle (Fountain, CO) · ★★★★★ · June 26, 2008
Written by a very good friend's husband. Having known Daniel and Christina (and Sydney) before the war and thoughout the events of this story makes this book hit very close to home. I laughed out loud and cried while reading this because of the truthfullness Daniels tells about his soldiers and t... ...more
By Cody (Lubbock, TX) · ★★★★☆ · April 27, 2009
Steve-O is my hero... and of course, ALL of those who made it possible for him to become my hero. This book distills the complexity of war, opposing nations, ethnic interests, & loyalty down to an adolescent boy and his terrible choice. I could never be as brave as this young man. ...more
By Reyzhon (Dayton, OH) · ★★★★☆ · June 25, 2013
It started out slow, didn't pick up pace until half way through. It was worth the wait. I almost came to tears. I love true stories like this. They are inspiring and reinforce my belief that God exists and works in mysterious ways. I would definitley recommend it. ...more
By Shanna (The United States) · ★★★★★ · December 02, 2007
This book is an amazing true story about the courage and strength of an Iraqi boy and of our soldiers. I am in awe. I highly recommend this book. I'm going to be buying it soon so if you want to borrow it just let me know. ...more