Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
I started out the year listening to the 9/11 Commission Report, which was extremely detailed and chilling. I was left wanting more, even though I, of course, "knew the ending".
Unlike the 9/11 Report, which was written by a committee in the third person, "No Easy Day" is a first hand narrative of the raid that killed 'UBL', in the preferred acronym of the Seal Team that conducted the operation. The author details his extensive training and previous mission experience, as well as that of some of his fellow Seals, to show how what to ordinary Americans appears to be an extraordinary feat was the product of years and years of training, working as a team, and practice. The raid that killed UBL was "No Easy Day", but the author makes it clear that other missions were much harder. In fact, the subsequent loss of secrecy and publicity was much harder on 'Mark Owen' than the actual mission.
This book does not discuss the morality of any side in the conflict, and it makes clear that even at the line level, military service members know there are more than two sides. 'Mark Owen' makes it clear that Seals kill - but also that they are careful to avoid injuring or killing non-combatants. However, combatants can and do include women and children.
'Mark Owen' shares the credit for the mission's success so generously that I was left wondering if he has endangered the lives of the other people involved in the mission, and their families - especially since actual identity is generally known. Since 'Mark Owen' often describes having very short term goals - such as making it to lunch - as a necessary mechanism to make it through difficult situations, and compartmentalizing missions and his life, his ability to be a good front line Seal may have made it impossible for him to see far enough into the future to anticipate the consequences of writing this book.
I have some criticism of the writing, and that is the use of acronyms, unexplained jargon, and the sometimes failure to explain some military weaponry and equipment. I served in the US Army from 1982 - 1986. For example, I know what an AK-47 is, what it sounds like, why they are common in the Middle East, but a reader new to this genre might have to Google that, which is disrputive. The AK-47 is easily explained in a sentance or two, without disrupting the flow. There were a few acronyms that threw me, either because they weren't explained, or they were explained much earlier in the book and I'd forgotten what they meant.
The narration was one of the best I've heard on Audible, and the audio editing was excellent.
I'm at the Audible Professional Level rating, and this is my first 5/5 rating.
First off, the narrator was great. It’s easy to believe his emphasis and intonations are the same as the author would have used himself. The author does create an engaging narrative about his experiences as a Navy Seal that is hard to put down.
The book starts with a teaser introduction to the helicopters arriving at the compound. It then digresses to the training and combat history of the author. Then only the last third of this short book is about the preparations, raid and the aftermath.
Unfortunately, this book does not add too many details about the raid than was already known generally. In the days after the raid I had read a few news articles and watched Obama’s speech on YouTube. But the book doesn’t really add too many details that I did not already know.
The main revelations and surprising nuggets are the details of how Osama’s Corpse was handled by the Seals. This is about the only aspect of the raid the author seems to have no qualms with reveling the shocking details. These details are what I suspect upset the pentagon the most. The only other new information that he provides about the raid is very terse and otherwise there is a distinct lack of details. It is easy to tell that the words where crafted very carefully not to reveal too much. The chapter detailing the encounter with Osama Bin Laden is the shortest in the book at only 6 minutes long.
Excellent audiobook, there was alot of accurate details about the raid. It's good to hear it first hand from someone who was actually there rather than from some biased Hollywood screen writer.
Would have been better if Scott Brick or Dick Hill did the reading, but that's a small matter in the grand scheme of things.
I don't have time to write as many reviews as I should or would like to but was glad to use precious time for this one. A no BS background of what it is like to be a member of what is probably the most elite special military the US has.It made me proud of how the real life story was told without revealing any critical information that could be used to endanger our intelligence, methods or technology used by special units of military or law enforcement in the fight against terrorism. Coming from more of a law enforcement background I had no problems reading between the lines to glean all the technical information much like Tom Clancy or other good writers have available to both tell a story that needs to be told and the technical how it's is done by the best teams whatever the nation or branch of service might be. I never forget how much our teams Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines or other more covert units we might have. THANK You To All Of THOSE That STAND The WATCH.. SACRIFICE So VERY MUCH And THANKS To THEIR FAMILIES That By SUPPORTING THEM MAKE IT POSSIBLE. THANK YOU ALL
From the beginning to the end I listened to this over and over. I have read thousands of both narrative and technical how to manuals this is truly good on so many levels I both enjoyed and learned so much that I now rate this as a must read, and recommend this to all of my professional friends!
I was able to savor this while I went through my day, driving, shopping or what ever I did for a week or more listening again and again to this unfiltered by a President bs PC spin coming from an appointed official or news source.
No I wanted to dwell in this world as long as I could. LOL much better than a fictional movie or story. My only regret was that it was only a few hours long and would have enjoyed much more.
Yes! The story was quick moving and very engrossing. I enjoyed every second of it. I highly recommend for a very enjoyable read.
A touching story about Gods path for one mans life.
Sacrifices that are made for us each and everyday.
How is wife relentlessly sought after her husband and her unconditional love for him. A Perfect picture of how God relentlessly and unconditionally loves us and will never leave us.
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.