I had read a lot about this book in the news and had conflicting thoughts about reading it. Part of me felt that it wasn't approached properly in regards to getting clearance from the government. It also felt like it was too quick to market and that someone was just trying to make a buck.
Nonetheless, I used one of my credits and ended up thoroughly enjoying the book. It was well narrated and the story had the right combination of detail and story line to keep it moving. It reiterates a lot of the same SEAL training that I have read elsewhere but provides enough of a unique single person context to make it interesting. The portion in regards to the raid is a little difficult to follow but was exciting to listen to. Great narrative of what purportedly went on that night.
Overall well worth the 1 credit.
I'm always blown away by how much the people in the service do for us. They will always have my gratitude and this book nails it. I'm a big fan of Vince Flynn books and this is different because it is non-fictional but absolutely amazing.
The humor and the heartache.
When the protagonist is jumped by his sister in law. Or, when he throws the candle lit birthday cake.
His sister's nostalgic attraction to her former boy friend.
A very good book that pulls you along with plot, humor and pathos.
A very engaging story. I enjoyed learning more about the intricate planning that went into the mission that killed UBL.
I was moved by the dedication of the U.S. Navy Seals.
This was a very tactical perspective. I think the author was a little short sighted with the big picture.
Clear, Accurate, representative
If the character Jen were enhanced it would be a better story otherwise her character did not add much to this telling of the story.
You can tell who I am by my reading, or can you?
One detail that caught my attention was the fact that only one of the SEAL team could speak Arabic. Thinking a little more about it, is not so simple. Language is a very strong cultural reference. Learning the language of enemies is a way to put yourself in another's place and weaken its position in a war. If all Americans who went to the Middle East speak of anything "Arab" communication would be much better but understanding the culture, the people and the region would also be higher, a fact that does not matter to a state that intends to dominate the other .
While the Arab people do not learn English, the U.S. will not win, completely, war. The language spoken is a very subtle form of colonization and subjugation. But it can be an even more advanced mean for integration and coexistence. An interesting strategy would be before invading a country the U.S. send English teachers, offer free English classes, teach rock, jazz, distribute iPODs with music and American movies in English. Would they encourage the knowledge of American culture, perhaps the invasion was not longer needed, they would be quickly made friends on facebook of their once enemies. Asd onde day, with a tweet, they would be asked to join for a Coke. Here in Brazil it worked out just fine.
The 6+ hours could have been covered in 2 or less. The writing was terrible, often repetitious. The commentary was negative and self-serving. If we had not been on a road trip with no alternatives, we would not have finished listening. Not worth the money at all.
This was a book written to make money. I don't really know how someone could make the capture of Osama boring, but this author did exactly that!
Typical of this genre...author tells us about his life and tries to personalize story but never really engages the audience. Gets boring and slow. Also, the risks he took producing the book are just hype to make you think you were getting something original but its the same blather present in most books of this type except for the book "House to House" which stands alone as the best book ever of this type.
no comparison this is first and likely the only
His performance was okay, well read but material killed it sorry Mr. Graham but an excellent read still cant shine a turd.
To the author, try harder and maybe you'll hit the mark next time. The book wasn't bad, bad it just was like a jelly donut minus the filling...kept waiting for the story to start. The raid on OBL compound was the climax but even that was written so dispassionately it kind of killed the ending of the book.
The book's a good, easy, compelling read, and it really does offer a unique insight into the mindset and daily routines of our most elite group of SEALs.
It is also, as both a strength and limitation, exactly what it says it is on the cover: a firsthand account. It is at times spotty on details (sometimes for the protection of the people involved, to be fair) because it's a single viewpoint on a complex event. But as an unapologetic "this is what I saw and this is what I felt" account, it's really quite amazing.
Holter Graham gives a very good read. He has the deliberate cadence and efficiency of speech that I've come to admire and respect in almost every warfighter I've had the pleasure of working with. Even though he was just narrating the book, I never felt like I wasn't hearing Owen speaking directly to me.
Some reviews complain this book editorializes a little, but it's incredibly minor, and Owen's very quick to acknowledge his own biases. Again: firsthand account. This is what you came here for.
The book's just the right length - it spends exactly how long as it needs to set it up and make you understand who these people are and how they operate and then gets to the actual raid. It doesn't overstay its welcome and the epilogue's very welcome.