This was an amazing and deeply personal story detailing the life of one of America's truest heroes who lived life on the edge as a Navy Seal sniper and who would later recover from a devastating injury and find a new purpose in life. One of the best military reads I've ever read or listened to.
The book gave an interesting insider's look into the United States Seal Teams, as well as the closely guarded Seal Team 6. It will make you appreciative of those who willingly put themselves through the intensive selection process and training necessary to become a Seal Team member (or at least it should.) It was also interesting to read of how Howard Wasdin's childhood, in particular his relationship with his father, shaped him and equipped him in some ways to be a Seal Team member. Though his father's parenting skills, or the lack of them, were not ideal by any means, his father did nonetheless have a part in giving him the toughness to be a Seal.
The aim of the book is to give an outsiders a look into the Seal Teams. However, it also gave a rarely seen look into the U.S. actions in Somalia during the Clinton era. In particular Wasdin relates how political correctness and political considerations hindered the mission in Somalia making some aspects of it impossible. Wasdin also related the frustration many felt concerning the truth that political correctness and the fears of political repercussions needlessly cost many American lives.
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Dr Wasdin's compelling recounting of SEAL training and his involvement in a complex and now infamous mission in Somalia would have made for a solid, four-hour nugget of an audiobook, but instead we are left with this soggy, amateurish mess that stretches to nearly ten hours. The extra content comprises clichéd anecdotes of bar fights, marital hardships, and petty one-upmanship; poorly contextualized (albeit likely justified) anti-bureaucracy rhetoric; and a handful of hackneyed renditions of Vietnam-era SEAL lore. Dr Wasdin, a soldier and a chiropractor by training, is evidently a competent storyteller but not a gifted writer, and his co-author and editors have failed in bringing his most vital recollections to the page.
I ready a lot of military novels but Howards ability to paint the picture of what he saw, how he did things, and his inner thoughts was awesome.
I really liked Howard talking about his time in Somalia and how they broke orders to help a local kid who had a severe infection in his leg...how they did a tactical entry on the house next door from their safe house just to give the kid some antibiotics and stuff.
I really like his tone and inflection used when going through Howards story.
I laughed, I almost cried, and I smiled a lot listening to this one. Great book.
Making my way through all the US President a biography at a time.
A fun read that mixes a biography, SEAL history and the role of special ops in the military. The start of the story might make those that hate Fox News etc say "Oh its going to be told in this way..." But that tone and style quickly disappears and when it returns its presented as an opinion - fair enough. It's a good story about Howard Wasdin and the path that took him to be in the navy, SEAL and then SEAL team six. It mixes in some good history about the development of the SEALs and team six. Its clear at time when the biographer hands over to the historian but the story would have been less interesting without it. There seems to be a lot missing that the reader would have liked to hear about but I'm guessing word count and national security might have restricted the authors from covering these.
The end of this book doesn't go down on a high of glory or the amazing covert op, but a very human story of what happened after.
Well read and easy to follow.
It was engaging read but equally at 10hrs I was happy that it was easy to hop in and out of.
It was very enjoyable if you like, Griffin. I very much liked it most likely to listen again. I've also listened to Dick Marcinko rogue warrior. I like them both
The voice is what you think Howard Wasdin would sound like.
I found the the history of his childhood, and post Seal life to ad great perspective.
I just couldn't put this book down It is the most interesting book I herd in a very long time.
it gives a close look at what our special force's go threw just to relies there dream and just how fast they can louse that dream
I loved herring about the training.
Every American should here this book.
I will listen to it again.
The reader made it sound like he was sitting down with you telling you a story. You can't tell he's reading. I enjoyed it so much that when I was done I began again. I loved the details about the training and the fun stories I Love hearing the author's drive forexcellence in everything even while Recognizing shortcomings. I learned from his even keel, no nonsense approach to his work. I laughed out loud and got wet eyes as well as angry. But most of all it inspired me. I want to hold my family close and make sure they each know without a doubt how I feel about them. I aim to enjoy then every minute with them because there are so many that are far away for 6 months or more at a time. In appreciation for those bad asses who, like Jesus, have sacrificed so much for their country I will enjoy my family daily. Also it inspired me to excellence. I want to use 100% of the physical, mental, and emotional strength that God has entrusted to me to its full potential. Aspire to lead at your work. Whatever you are doing, do it with excellence. Love with excellence studying those you love.It looks like many listened to his story after all!