The author delivers an enthralling and captivating history of his experience as a member of the US Navy SEALs. This gentleman, one badass mother, is somehow able to maintain humility in tone while sharing his experience. The narrator also gave a very good rendition.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Growing up rough . . . fighting for his place in life . . . well, that's been the life of many a southern boy . . . but coming out on top . . . well, that's another thing altogether . . .beating the odds, while not letting life (or your daddy) beat the spirit and determination out of you, not getting off on some rabbit trail that leads nowhere . . . Howard Wasdin took a truck load of crap, and used it for good, BECAME good, FOUND good, and ultimately found GOD. I love that he took the time and energy to share his childhood with the readers, because without that his rise to become part of SEAL Team Six would not have been the same. I love that he had the guts to share the good, the bad and the ugly, both before and following his time with the Navy SEALS. And I love that he pulls no punches regarding what our government sometimes does to its brightest and best. Way to go, Howard Wasdin!
This was a decent read, learned a bit about the S.E.A.L.S, although some of if may have been fabricated along with part of the authors life story if you read responses from his own family to stuff in the book.
An excellent account of the challenging and demanding course of training for America's top special operations warriors. Training, deployment, field operations, it's all here, culminating in the terrifying Battle for Mogadishu during the 1990's. In descriptions of his professional life and training, Wasdin's tale is always interesting.
However, Wasdin's fascinating story is undercut by ill-informed observations about American foreign policy, an appology for the abusive relationship he had with his stepfather, and an odd, late-in-the-book conversion on the part of the author to the pseudoscience of chiropracty. Having left the military, Wasdin's second career is in this field and he even cheapens the work by providing a plug for his business and a testamonial for it. A weird detraction from the SEAL team story.
This book is worth the listen if you want a convincing story about the rigors of SEAL special operations training and deployment. Just skip the material after Wasdin's recovery from Mogadishu!
This book speaks of what it is to be a Navy Seal on their elite team. It's told by someone who rose to the top and had to retire and go on to a second career due to injuries. Very heartfelt book. Enjoyed it very much.
Excellent! It gives you new appreciation for what our armed forces sacrifice. The book is fast paced, interesting and informative. The narrator put you in the story. Even if we don't agree with the war, we have to appreciate the warriors!
Ray Porter does a fantastic job of bringing the story to life. Amazing story of sacrifice and accomplishment.
This story of how a man's very tough childhood leads to becoming a Seal and what happens to him in the Seals and afterward was both fascinating and unexpected in so many ways for me. It made me want to thank all the ones who served, past and present. The timing of the book was also so appropriate with the recent events. Simply put it is a great story.
Mr. Wasdin tells it like it really is to become a seal. When you read this book, you'll really know what tough is, and why only a few make it. They are our county's best and this book explains why.
You won't be disappointed with this book and the story it tells!!