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.
Brazilian software engineer and amateur photographer.
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.
Tell us about yourself!
The author admits to being politically opposite from President Obama, and is far from complementary to the President, and that would be fine except his own story tells of the success of President Obama's approach. He seems to grumble that the current administration applies all internationally recognized anti-torture conventions to interrogations, and the Seals must be less trigger happy, yet the missions primary to the book, were accomplished with no Seal fatalities and few Seal casualties, if any at all. So, no evidence is provided for the benefits of enhanced interrogation. He also states how well the Seals were equipped and how freely they could plan for the success of the two primary missions told of here, both have been under this administrations watch and the most notable missions in the history of the Navy Seals. They were able to be excellent, and successful. This support was in stark contrast to the previous administration by the author's own accounting. So, if effectiveness and outcomes are not the reason for the politics, then it must be ideology, or perhaps a blind spot the size of Texas. That's the only reason it gets marked down a star over all. That said, all love and respect to our Seals, and all veterans. Let's hope they vote in their own best interests, for it will be in the best interest of all.
You must read this! This guy single handedly forced Obama and his Hollywood people to rewrite the Movie of the killing of BinLaden. The truth will set us all free.
Absolutely, It is refreshing to hear the first hand accounts of true pariots doing what needs to be done to protect and preserve our way of life.
The description of the raid on Bin Ladens compound
No, but I will search him out now.
Real results from real patriots.
I would just like to extend thanks to the brave man who wrote this book even with the threat of his own government punishing him. I understand there needs to be a certain level of secrecy here but to honor the work of the people who are nearly never honored by the general public is a great thing. I know they are silent warriors not looking for praise or medals, but lets be honest here. If someone puts their life on the line almost daily, there needs to be some sort of recognition even though they dont ask for it. To sum it up, THANKS!
A well-paced, well-structured story that is padded with lots of preamble, since the actual raid isn't enough material for a book. I would have been interested in hearing about how he overcame the ethical precepts (Thou Shalt Not Kill) his Christian missionary parents raised him with, and how his parents deal with his job as a government-employed mercenary.
One thing I found annoying was the constant grumbling about Obama and the politicians who took the credit for the hard he and his comrades did. The notion that soldiers are expendable tools for the implementation of foreign policy--and that their masters are politicians who have never worn a uniform--should have been obvious to this guy before he ever left college.