Honest, insightful, humorous
The honest explanation of how politics hindered these men from completing their tasks.
Aside from "Inside Delta Force" it is the best military book I've read (heard). They are both books that should be required reading for all High School graduates, they truly remind us of the sacrifices made that allow us to live in a free society.
I listened to this book everyday for a week. I loved it, Howard described the battle of Mogadishu so clearly, it brought tears to my eyes.
How he spoke of his childhood was a great background for how he became such a strong Seal.
When Howard and his team helped that little boy and his foot in Somalia.
Brother Seals in Somalia
I have listened to almost 200 audio books from Audible and this is in the top 10%.
Howard was my favorite character. He is the type individual who is drawn to the SEALS and does his job with little or no fanfare.
I enjoyed the encounter with the local rednecks.
I was moved by the compassion shown to the young boy who had his foot and leg blown away by the militia and the risk taken by Seal team six to treat the boy and risk detection by the hostiles.
Excellent insight into Special Ops training, tactics, missions and their psyche. Howard Wasdin gives an honest and entertaining account life in such an elite unit as well as how his childhood prepared him and how he coped after..
Human side of a Seals. Also good representation of the politics associated with the Seal community.
Fearless...Real Seal Stories
The Red Circle...Real Seal Stories
Story about injury child...and the "right" think to do...
Avid reader/listener of romance, action, thrillers, and spy novels.
Whether this was ficticious or not (depending upon the controversy surrounding this book), the detail to the training and the personal lives of the SEALs really helps make them real instead of superior heros to the modern man. The fact that there's regular emotion, sadness, divorce, and life beyond the SEAL team really helps make the characters in the book relatable to the average person.
SEAL Team Outcasts, No Easy Day- they're written the same way and make you grateful that these men and women are willing to put their lives on the line for the rest of us, who they don't owe anything to. Thank you to all the servicemen and women. Thanks Chad and Daniel.
I have all of the Joe Ledger series because Mr. Porter read it. This one is awesome, just like the rest. Mr. Porter is #2 on my list of favorites.
There were moments of personal loss in this SEAL's life that made me sad, but I won't ruin it for you. The fact that they give up literally everything to fight for us... it's just too much sometimes.
Amazingly, I cried in the last part of this book, when Howie found his 2nd (and ultimate) career. It makes me happy he has found his purpose and life is good!
Good read, exciting in parts and best of all true!
Hearing about the guys childhood and all the challenges he has overcome.
Lone Survivor, American Sniper, Marine Sniper
Almost one sitting, sure.
If you like the genre and subject matter then this is easy for me to recommend.
It's never too late to live happily ever after!
Compelling. Eye-opening. Stunning.
SEAL Team Six is a secret unit tasked with counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. This book is the story of Howard Wasdin who survived what would have killed most men. His story takes you deep into the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers. From a childhood of deprivation and abuse to the grueling selection process of BUDS (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) to the hell of Mogadishu, Wasdin tells it all.
If you truly want to know that war is hell, get this book. If you want the truth about the realities of what our soldiers, the regular ones and the special ops, have to deal with in doing their job when it comes to politicians, officers jockeying for position, and all the other crap these warriors have to contend with, get this book.
I'm amazed that anything effective ever gets done in this so-called war against terrorism. Not because these warriors aren't committed and willing to give their lives in the effort, but because their hands are so often tied. These soldiers don't fight to bring democracy to other lands or to impose the American will on anyone else.
They lay down their lives for their brothers in arms. They lay down their lives because they have sworn to protect this country. They don't choose the fight or the battle. They don't make the decisions or policies.They are the ones at risk when executive and congressional decisions, often made to improve a rating in opinion polls, send them into harm's way. Then they have every kind of roadblock thrown in their way in trying to achieve an objective.
This book is compelling, eye-opening, and validates what I've been told by servicemen. This book will make you cry; it will enrage you. It will stay with you.
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Ray Porter is amazing. I can't imagine anyone else doing this book. His voice sounds like what you think a Navy SEAL would sound like. He brings the right tone to the dramatic events and infuses a droll note to some events that are unexpectedly humorous. Humorous? Yes, as in the same noir-type humor exhibited by cops when dealing with terrible crime scenes.
Yes, but I couldn't. The book was stunning and riveting.
I highly recommend SEAL TEAM Six to everyone who has an opinion -- positive or negative -- about what our military is doing in the world.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
It was much to enjoy in this book: SEAL training, weapons, equipment, camaraderie, tactics and campaigns. However, I did not need the political commentary. A soldiers job is to be a soldier, not question whether orders get canceled after all one's hard work. Taxpayers pay for the soldiers world class training, equipment, and logistical support. You don't question lawful orders of the Commander in Chief, because a soldier knows only what is necessary to successfully complete the mission: he/she does not know as much as the next level of command because he/she does not have a need to know. This is for security of the mission. I overlooked this because aside from the authors occasional political commentary the story was outstanding. Special Ops warriors need to be careful not to give away our nations secrets.