I don't know what all the fuss is about, other than the fact that the story from a guy who was THERE contradicts the "official" political spin.
This is a direct accounting of what happened, without any national secrets divulged. The author's motives for writing this down are simple. He didn't like the way that politics started to spin inaccurate stories about what happened in the raid. I am glad he wrote this story.
If you like action and adventure, you will enjoy this book.
This was a wonderful inside look at how the special operations live there lives, ending in a detailed account of the raid on Bin Laden's compound.
It was an enjoyable story and interesting to hear the firsthand account, but there wasn't much more than I already knew from other accounts
Told in first person, which gave it a stronger feel of being there when it happened
Overall enjoyable and gives you a feel for what exactly happened, but contrary to what the author may think, there wasn't anything particularly revealing from a factual standpoint. Also, despite some protests from military insiders, I highly doubt there was anything secret revealed beyond what is already available -- it also seemed to be cleansed of revealing facts.
The simple truth
The author made you feel like you were right there in the story.
I finished the book wondering why the Obama administration has has a bad reaction to the book.
I would recommend the book since it was well written and informative. It went through the Seal training the raid and it's aftermath.
I don't consider this the best, but merely the most striking point. I was saddened and angered with respect to the the naive and haphazard approach taken with regards to the security measures taken following the raid. We could have scored a major coup if only the "chest beaters" in Washington had given ample time to disseminate the valuable information captured during the raid instead of attempting to gain political points for something they had no part in other than giving the Green light. The fact that the Seal Team 6 group was identified as being those who had carried out the raid within 4 hours of the President going on the air displays an extreme breach in our ability to keep things secret which need to be kept secret. This point, far from being what I consider to be the best, was certainly the most disturbing. What would have happened in World War II if it had been broadcast when we got the information from the captured "Enigma" or when our intelligence community broke the Japanese code and took out Admiral Yamamoto ?
I thought that the information was narrated well. The story, as told, kept my attention and never became boring or monomtonous.
I don't know. Maybe "Mission Accomplished - Warriors Compromised".
None that can be recorded here.
This book is written in a very straight forward manner probably much like the author seems to approach life. I personally loved it. It gives a great insight into the sacrifices that these men make every day to keep us safe. Thank you for your service!
Yes, I enjoyed the story of how a man became a Seal .
This is now just about killing Bin Laden, it is more a story of a solider who happened to be with the group that killed a very bad man.
I really like to listen to Holter Granham.
Humble Accurate Succinct
Lone Survivor, Horse Soldiers Both are Navy Seal books and give personal accounts of real missions in Afghanistan.
This is a compelling and gripping story of modern warfare from a first-person perspective that humanises what could have simply become an action-movie script. Mack Owen and Kevin Maurer tell that story with gritty detail and real-life drama.
At first, I was unsure about Holter Graham’s narration, thinking that it sounded like a caricature of a young warrior. But as I listened it became more and more genuine, and in the end I was most impressed with his performance.
Of course the discovery and killing of UBL (read the book to decipher) is a story that almost demands reading. But I was also struck by the surreal confrontation between modern, highly trained, high-tech soldiers battling small bands of fighters, living with their families in the mountains and villages of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It made we think that this may be a war that cannot be won.
Informative; direct; revealing
Personal information of his life from toddler to completion of college.
The format of the story of UBL assassination was well presented with the first chapter opening the story of the event with their helo riding to UBL; than jumping back to his childhood and taking us forward to the helo riding.