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 author relays his life tale from the hardships and tragedy of childhood to the accomplishments he attained as a Navy Seal. For that I commend the author. What I didn't like was the course language and format, and performance. I was really turned off by the character of the author reflected in his story. Not necesarily something I would want to inspire my teenaged son who wants to go into the military. I enjoyed "The Heart and the Fist" by Eric Greitens, another story of a Navy Seal, much more than this book, though both had some similar redeeming qualities.
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.
If you're expecting a thorough history and look inside the elite Team Six, keep looking. Opportunistically titled and timed with the recent headlines, Mr. Wasdin took advantage of an otherwise unremarkable personal biography. Chapter after chapter are dedicated to his childhood, relationship with an abusive stepfather, etc... I'd be ok with that if it was titled "Howard Wasdin" subtitled "A biography of a guy who very briefly served as a sniper for Seal Team Six". But I'm sure that wouldn't sell near as many books now would it?
This is a work of fiction. The author is neither a SEAL or a diver. His story is full of holes.