First, all the bluster about revealing operational secrets, etc.---it is not there. Nothing I heard in this narrative was particularly a surprise. If any adversary could gain some type of tactical advantage from this, they obviously have not done their homework elsewhere. I suspect some of that bluster is because the author is not particularly complimentary of Obama and his willingness to take credit for the operation. The author does not drone on about this, but simply makes an observation and moves on with the rest of the story.
To learn the inside story of what actually happened with the mission is very interesting, particularly how close it came to going horribly wrong. This book is mostly about the men who train relentlessly becoming professional operators and the work that goes on to allow them to succeed. If you have an interest in current events and like to know the intricacies of how this event actually occurred, this is recommended.
This was a fun read that is up there with a Tom Clancy novel while also giving a true look at the life of a real seal and a famous mission.
this is too much work.
really, am I in 6th grade?
Didn't hear any national security secrets but the lawyer said do not shoot him if unarmed and he doesn't fight. He was unarmed and didn't fight but yet was killed. He deserved death for all he did but the author never addressed the discrepancy.
Informative fast appreciated
Osama - cause hes dead.
Most people would read this book to know the details of the raid in Abbotabad. The writer does a good job of telling backstory for the main character and the other SEAL team members so that you are familiar with them when you get to the part of the raid. If you just want to read what happend on the riad then skip to chapter 11.
"Mark Owen" takes the reader along with him on this mission as if you are a member of the team. Almost like looking over his shoulder as you climb the steps.
I loved the backgound and insight into the training and personal build up to this heroic mission.
The book had minimal politics so don't heed the media hype.
A patriotic story from a true Patriot! Thank you "Mark" for your service and sacrific.
After hearing and reading some of the stories regarding the author spilling secrets, and violating his secrecy agreement, I was pleasantly surprised it did none of that. If you changed Osama’s name, and set it in a different country the story would not have been as good, but anyone looking for secrets will not find them here.
Well, in what regards to books, this is a rather average one. Not a great story, written in a very dry style, that even managed to describe the raid on Bin Laden's house in a very non thrilling way. I think this book doesn't bring much novelty in any of the different areas it covered - SEAL training, SEAL missions and the mission to get Bin Laden. Manhunt, from Peter Bergen, ends up being much better written, even if one detail or another is missing - of course, the first hand experience of a SEAL that was in the crashing chopper couldn't really be told but by someone who had experienced it.
I have read or listened to multiple books on special ops and this is clearly one of the worst. Chuck Pfarrer's Warrior Soul or Malcom MacPherson's Roberts Ridge are much better accounts of SEAL training or SEAL sacrifice. Robert L.Haney's Inside Delta Force is a much better book on the life of a special force's operator.
I ended up asking myself what did this book bring that I hadn't read before. Other than some minor personal details, it really does not bring anything you cannot find better told elsewhere. For those really interested on mission Neptune Spear, Manhunt is the book to read.
Considering the negative reactions of fellow SEALs to this book, I wonder if it had any reason to be written. The author claims the goal was to set the record straight. I really couldn't find any serious divergences when compared with the account from Peter Bergen's book, so I really don't think it achieves that purpose, either. Maybe the goal was to write that final chapter where the Obama's administration politicization of a military op is really criticized. While I cannot blame the author for doing it, frankly, there was no reason to write a whole book to achieve that.
Great book! I was riveted all the way through. The book was just as good, if not better, than I'd hoped. I noticed some negative reviews claiming that the author was guilty of having given away military secrets, but after having read the book I don't believe that to be the case. I read Manhunt as well, and that account has nearly the same level of detail, except for the details of the raid itself, which this book delves into. The details of this book, coupled with those contained in Manhunt and in photos leaked on the internet, I feel that I have a very complete mental picture of the historic operation and raid that resulted in the death of the world's most notorious terrorist.
This was a great Audio Book well narrated. One of the few I never wanted to stop listening too. A good amount of build up and history of his emersion into the Seals just a great listen.
If newspaper journalists provide us with the "first draft of history," then "Mark Owen" (a pseudonym) has provided us with history's raw ingredients, the unadorned and unedited account of an important event. Owens doesn't reflect on the politics of the wars he fights or the philosophical implications of his job as a deadly 21st Century super-warrior. Much of the book is filled with the mundane details of his trade: the equipment he wears, his sleep cycle, the importance of emptying his bladder before a mission, the sit-ups and pull-ups he struggled to do to qualify for the SEAL program. He is not an introspective kind of guy and he doesn't describe his work in glamorous or romantic prose. But there are two things that make this book worthwhile. First, there are the Obama-era rules of engagement for the Afghan War which render SEAL and other military operations less effective then before in eliminating the enemy and which expose our own soldiers to much more personal risk then previously. Second, of course, is Owen's personal account of the Osama bin Laden raid. US government officials have questioned the accuracy of Owen's account of how the bin Laden killing went down, but for my money Owen's account rings true because it is more morally ambiguous and less glamorous then the official version and raises the question of whether bin Laden could have been captured and flown away without any real risk to the SEAL team. There's not much about politics here and it's clear that the CIA effort to locate and kill or capture bin Laden proceeded seriously and unabated from September 2001 onward and just happened to gel when it did in 2011. President Obama makes an appearance at the end of the book to watch the takedown by video in Washington and, of course, take credit for the raid which would have taken place when it did regardless of who won the 2008 presidential election. The narration is first rate. Recommended.