It isn't a comprehensive history about the SEALS or a top to bottom description of who they are today. Its a story about a guy's life with most of the book being about his time as a SEAL. I loved it. It was fascinating to hear about all of the things these guys go trough to become a SEAL
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Well let me tell this, I don't review many things. This book weather you listen to it or read it, it is a MUST LISTEN/READ. It is not a book about the history or the Seals or just a military experiences of a Seal Sniper. The reason you must read this book it's because it humanizes the life of a military member, just one, elite yet just one very interesting member of the US Forces. I loved the way this book not only gives you an in site on the life of a Seal but also gives you a look into who the man was and how he became to be. Great pace and as far as the reader, he had great tone. He was not boring and that is important in a n audio book, it could of been the intriguing story. The book continues past his military life and it follows the Sniper well into his adult life and that is rare in military books in my experiences. Myself being a military member, if you want to see the true life of one of our nations heroes, not just the good stories. The whole story this is a must read or listen. You can spend hours of your life doing crap. Take my word for it spend some time with this story and you will be a better person. I hope you enjoy the book. Now I want to say thank you to all of our special operators and the support staff that keeps them going at home and work. Hope this review helps you pick this book for the right reasons. Enjoy reading or listening.
I listen to lots of books and this is one of my favorite. I listened to it while mountain biking and boy did it put me in the right mindset to push myself. All of a sudden, going over a root or a log didn???t seem like such a hard task. If you like military stories, you will love this one. The narration was great and really added to the story. Thanks to all who served this country.
With all of the recent news related to Seal Team 6, I expected more from this book. The book was a good review of Howard Wasdin's life and miltary career but the biggest military part was related to Somilia and Black Hawk Down is a far better and more thorough review of that incident. Any individual who completes SEAL training certainly has it and I am sure that Wasdin is no different, it is just too bad that the book doesn't have the same stuff.
Both the author and narrator combined to make this a very enjoyable audio book. The author's child hood provided the foundation for understanding the author's view toward later hardships including BUDS, Somalia and his post Navy life. Wasdin also provides a foot soldier's viewpoint of the command and control aspects of the 1993 battle, and how the convoluted system proved detrimental to rapid communication .His compassion toward the people he would later battle is a strong testament toward the concept of "winning hearts and minds". This book should be included in anyone's library on special operations forces.
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).