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.
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Jim DeFelice, Chris Kyle and Scott McEwen
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.
That is was based on a true story
His voice was too monotone
A more expressive narrator would make the story not be boring
The book is a first-person, dry, narrative of a series of training and mission events. It could be the "and this is the Seals" manual issued to prospective team members to discourage them from joining. The book is informative but lacks a sense of adventure. There is no suspense or building tension.
This potentially fascinating series of stories are written like mission briefs. We rarely get any building suspense or sense of adventure.
This is the story of the narrator's life and there are no other characters of consequence.
We normally use audio books as traveling entertainment. We lasted 6 hours waiting for him to get out of training and do something interesting. Never happened.
The story is incredible and unexpected. I will recommend this to my Mother, even though she is not really someone who would normally be interested in a book about Navy Seals.
Truly enjoyed this read (or listen for that matter!). You become so connected with the character (Howard Wasdin) that you just can't put it down!
This is one of the best books I have listened to. They talked about people that I have heard about or followed in the Seals from Viet Nam to operations Like Blackhawk Down. I found it very interesting and would recommend it to any Vet or history buff.
I loved this book. The narrator did a great job of bringing the story to life and the story itself was fascinating. It tells the story of Howard Wasdin and what he went through to become a Seal team member and then what it was to be one. His story is one to be heard and it tells you how much these men invest in this country to make it what it is. Get it, you won't be disappointed.
Good pace, keeps your interest.
Good insight into what it means to give yourself to something completely which is the key to being at the top in any endeavor.
Reading was consistent in tone and feel of book; enhanced book; did not interfere.
If I could have I would have read in one sitting. Captivating.
Porter does an incredible job of delivering the life of Wasdin. I often forgot it wasn't actually Wasdin's voice I was hearing. His accents are effective.
The overall story is incredible. This man has literally risked life and limb, not just for our country, but for complete strangers in foreign lands. Hearing about the exploits of Howard Wasdin makes me want to go and sign up to join the military. If I wasn't 36, I might just do it! Instead, I might choose to be chiropractor.
You will not regret your investment in this book!