This story was very interesting and there were so many layers to it from his childhood through his military service and his life afterwards. I'm so glad I purchased this audiobook.. The narrator made it even better!
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
I really enjoyed this book. Reading about other people's lives is so intriguing to me. The life that Howard Wasdin lived is so vastly different from mine, that it is hard to fathom. I truly enjoyed listening to the experiences and trials that he went through. The writing in this book is not the best, but the telling of the tales does not suffer because of it.
I am so glad that there are people like this in the world, who allow the rest of us to live in relative peace and safety. We owe a lot to the men and women who choose to serve our country in the armed forces.
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.
Lone Survivor is probably a little better book but they are both heros!