I don't usually bother to write reviews, preferring to let people make up their own minds, but this book is horrible. I felt like I was in a high school locker room listening to egocentric half truths driven more by an insecure need to impress than intelligence. I truly hope this is an inaccurate portrayal of the brave men and women of the armed services. Surely the "military elite" have more to offer than bar fights and chest thumping. Don't waste your money!
The only things disappointing about this book is that it ends. I have no military back ground to speak of. However, this book made me a better man. I listened to it in 3 days. I could not put it down. Howard Wasdin is an amazing man. I learned a lot from him. I highly recommend this book!
The first third of this book is about his childhood. I don't care that his dad beat him, sorry.
The second third is cool seal stuff.
The thrid third of this book is about how he became a chiropractor.
There are serveal weird product placment ads for sunglasses and boots sprinkled through out the book. Is that the new thing? Product placement in books, really?
The dude is a bad ass hero. Cool. His book is a "meh" at best.
I love Audiobooks. I listen to roughly 50-100 hours a month. It's a good thing I work for Audible!
I really wanted to like this book. I love books on military history, but this one had me constantly rolling my eyes. It features many re-hashed stories of former SEAL exploits that I've seen over the years on documentaries on the History Channel.
Many of the details are pretty superficial and many of Wasdin's personal anecdotes and timeline are pretty shaky - to the point where I was beginning to wonder if this guy was the 'real deal' (as far as I can tell - he is, but many of the sites I found were either referring to his book, his own site, interviews or of questionable origin). Regardless, I'll accept the claim at face value and I thank Mr. Wasdin for his service and sacrifice for our country.
If you're looking for better books on this topic and in this genre, I would absolutely suggest "The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL" by Eric Greitens, "One Bullet Away: The Making of Marine Officer" by Nathaniel Fick or "With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa" (although the Narration is pretty bland).
i buy at least one hundred books a year. of all types. just want a good story with a good reader. not so complicated.
I was hoping that this book would really explain what it was to be a SEAL. Wasn't really interested in his personal life. May be the right book for someone else, especially a Christian who won't mind the "life lesson" in the second half.
The story of the training in the first half was interesting; the action in the field much less so. What was really discordant was the use of derogatory terms to describe the enemy.
Well, it's a decent enough "story", but it's not all about SEAL Team Any Number...it's about Howard Wasdin...from being whooped on by a (tough?) stepdad to his spiritual "release" as a chiropractor. I'm guessing the book was written as a general auto-biography of Wasdin, interesting as that might be, and when the UBL drama came about, perhaps re-packaged as a (specifically) SEAL Team Six memoir. There's a fair amount of ST6 commentary, but it's more story telling than operational insight. Whatever floats your (inflatable) boat, I suppose.
Reading the other critiques, I don't know if Wasdin is or isn't what he says he was. If you care about that, do some research before buying the book. If you don't care, it's a quick and easy listen...I suppose.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It's a great account of what the Seals go through for training as well as the Somalia ops that they participated in. Lone Survivor is a better account of the actual training though...
Seriously, this guy is a fraud. Okay, maybe that's a little harsh. How 'bout a simple thug. Me, me, me is how this book boils down. If you like arrogant, little guys with big egos, Howie's your baby. Cry baby. After he made it to the Seals, one of the first things he did was mug a cop...bragged 'bout it and then dumped on his wife and kid. If this is a Seal, I feel sorry for the Navy. Don't take my word for it, the internet is filled with talk about how this guy and this book is not what the title suggests. You were warned.