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.
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.
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.
The way his story was led from the beginning of his adventure to the finale killing.
Haven't read anything comparable.
I didn't have a favorite.
My extreme reaction was when Bin Ladin was FINALY GONE!!!
A really MUST READ book. Being a retired military man, I can really relate to this. Again, it's a great book.
This is an awesome book. You feel like you are right with the seals as they go to kill or capture Bin Laden.
Also, I didn't see anything in this book that had not been on the news already.
Good for Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer.
Holter Graham does a great job reading this book.
Don't pass this up!