I like.and have always enjoyed fist hand accounts of historic events. I like to feel as if I were sitting with the author, Listening to his telling of something that just happened. While it is still fresh and recalled with ease.
I don't think it increased it so much as it scratched an itch. As I really wanted some sort of straight dope about what happened in Pakistan.
I think he does very well. And one thing that helps achieve this are the stories about the people he served with. They were all funny or interesting. And they helped to give his account some depth by giving the reader some foreknowledge of the personalities and history of his group.
I think he did pertty well because I never felt that I was being read to.
I am the father of a four tour Afghanistan soldier. He served with special forces. But, he was just a simple soldier doing his less than glamorous job under very difficult circumstances. I felt that in the 2004 election the Kerry campaign were getting entirely too political with the war situation. I remember some of the things said about our ability to get OBL. I took this personally, Because my boy was putting his very life on the line while politicians made fun of and used our sons and daughters sacrifices for their own benefit. In this story the shoe was kind of on the other foot. I knew the politicians would be quick to tell eveyone how bold and brave they were in getting the job done. But what I wanted to hear was an account of how it really got done. Without the bells and whistles, and politicians patting themselves on the back. And for me, No Easy Day served that purpose.
I love his no nonsense approach to this life he has chosen. He loves it and it's clear he loves it.
That less than perfection in this line of work is unacceptable to the individual, even if it's forgivable with the team as a whole.
He made me realize that these guys have to face their fears and repeat the actions over and over until they no longer fear them. In other words, keep doing it until you love it. Then do it some more.
Also, he coined a term that he was more comfortable with discomfort than the other way around and I could relate to that. My line of work is NOTHING compared to what these brave souls do, but I could understand nonetheless.
My schedule only permits me upwards of 1 hour at a time, but I must say, I want to find any reason to turn my iPhone on to listen to this guy. He gives out NO SECRETS. So anyone who claims he is unpatriotic, obviously hasn't read the book. This book is really about the type of person that becomes a Navy Seal. These guys are amazing individuals!!
Exciting, see what these guys are put through by our government....
Mark, just how he tells the story...
No, but I will look up his other performances.
Yes I have recommended this to many; the author is very matter of fact, he has a driving need to be the best, he is not an arrogant chest thumping jerk, he comes across as 'the quiet professional ' .
The dog, AKA 'The Hair Missile'.
It is very bad luck to attract these peoples attention.
There are some really bad actors in the world... Thank God for the dedication of all the people involved in dealing with them.
I thought that the story was pretty good overall, but as my headline says, in my opinion it really is written in the format of the movie I fully expect will be made, if it's not being worked on right now, from this book.
That said, the first person account of the actual event in finding Bin Laden towards the end of the book, is very intense and very interesting.
I can't see why the stories coming out about the military being concerned over secrets being told about this mission, if you read just about any of the real good spy or military authors books, you'll read very similar actions described, and those are novels!
The reader was OK, he sounded a bit too much like a "Surfer Dude" for me but it didn't detract from the story as much as it could have.
Whatever was redacted can't keep this wild ride from being a compelling insight into the daily life of the toughtest men that protect this country. Great read, great story, great result!!!
Enjoyed his first hand account of the Bin Laden take down. Did not like the political analysis given.
The fact he had not given it the Pentagon before publishing.
The time in the compound.
Being a Special Forces retiree, we all know we don't publish works like this. The real story is about the intelligence community which Mark Owen knows little about. What he knows about lasts 20 minutes.
the narrator was very good to a pretty poor story.
The narration was very good.
Best recount of combat I've read so far.
Compares well to American Sniper.
A lot of people thought this book was unfair to the Obama administration. True, the guy is obviously not a registered Democrat, but he did give credit to the current administration when it was due. I think people get upset when the rosy picture they painted of something starts getting turned upside down.
As for secrets being revealed that the enemy can now use against us, I didn't notice any. Al Qaeda would be better off reading the New York Times for secrets.
It's a good book.