"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.
From the foreword throughout it seems manipulative and perhaps with the military mind in view with all the jargon.
Wow! This story was enthralling to me as the mother of a son who has just entered the armed services. The story is intense and had my heart in my mouth at times. I personally cannot imagine going into a building not knowing if there are people waiting inside to ambush and kill me. The bravery of these men and women takes my breath away if I dwell on what they do from day to day. The narration was very well done,in my opinion.
Anyone who would overlook the author's bias against senior military and governmental leaders.
The author overlooked the fact that without senior military leaders and elected officials the Seals would not be in existence and have the precise equipment they would need to do their job. In the military and in life in general we are all dependent on one another. We all do our share - including those who pay taxes to keep America strong. The author's disdain for the President and ranking military leaders ignored too many facts. I applaud the Seals' work - it was death defying, dedicated and necessary - but they had all of America behind them. They were not alone.
Good, clear and precise
The epilogue and derisive references to ranking military and governmental leaders
This book should not have been wrtten for at least five years or until the USA is out of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
This would have been a truly excellent story had the author left out his political leanings. Actually ruined the book for me right at the ending.