Webb's youth should give hope to all young people.
I like how Webb previews each chapter and how I wish that at the end would throw in an extra mention of two men that are often mentioned throughout the book and are now dead.
I didn't find that the story itself was all that interesting. He does have a lot of character but the story doesn't stand out from other special ops operators.
I think his experience prior to being in special ops was most interesting. I also like the conflict that he explained occurred in his time in service with superiors.
I enjoyed the book very much. The Author's self-promotion is excessive, but if he really achieved the many things described in the book, I suppose the boasting is OK.
You probably won't learn anything revolutionary new either about the SEALs, or about the U.S. military and involvement in the Middle East in general, but many moments give you a good inside view into the lives of special ops. I personally actually liked the part of the book where the Author describes his involvement in redesign of the SEAL sniper training. Some reviews complain about too little about that, but I found there was enough to make the book worthwhile. Not sure why, but some parts of the book are repeated twice. Literally, as if the audio files were merged incorrectly with some segments pasted twice. No major problems, just noting.
I really liked this book. Probably one of my favorites so far. The way the story is told really keeps you entertained. He goes into great detail explaining everything.
If you ask me what I take away from this book, it's the same message across this genre of books. Take yourself seriously and have the discipline to see it through.
I bought the audio version of this book, and I find it really annoying that the guy they got to read it doesn't know the context of the content. The guy mispronounced Cessna, and several other words throughout the book. If your going to read books professionally, prepare appropriately. Hell the book is about elite warriors that do just that! Training, training!
Ok now that I have my rant out of the way. What great book about the exciting life this guy has lead. The stories about his days in Ventura Harbor and diving, made me long for my Spearfishing day out in SoCal. The description of the training SEAL's go through make it sound brutal and challenging but totally worth it. It's refreshing to hear about training that doesn't follow the tee ball mentality of everyone's a winner, we don't keep score and everybody gets a medal! The combat stories are great in detail and the excitement of the situations come through well. Great overall book, highly recommend it. Also, I really like the intros Brandon provides before each chapter. Brandon - please make sure the guy reading your future books understand the content.
Great story. One of my favorite Navy SEAL books so far. The only thing that bugged me was that the narrator was not corrected in the pronunciation of some of the acronyms. In my experience I have not heard "BUD/S" pronounced as "B-U-D-S" but rather "buds." I started to cringe by the time Brandon was about to graduate from BUD/S. The only thing that would have bugged me worse if he were allowed to pronounce SEAL as "S-E-A-L" throughout the story. This is by no means the narrator's fault. The editors or producers should have fixed this at the start of recording.