A great fan of stories and audiobooks. Good ones.
While the story is stretched to make one event last an entire 6 hours of audio book, the background is interesting enough. What makes it worthwhile is that this is not a writer telling this story, it is a soldier, pure and simple. A person trained to be a cool calm detached killing machine. Just cause, yes, and if anyone is good at his job, this person is. What is impressive is the level of training, the professionalism, the dedication that is depicted. Total respect for these top level "CEO" calibre fighting men. This is what the story is about. How a group of men can be handed the task to undertake this serious mission and just do it, almost flawlessly. (The HILO did crash for some reason). I would recommend it. And I did have to listen over and over more than a few times the thump thump thump of those few rounds that were actually the ones that rid the world of bin laden. Yes, the book is worth a listen for those seconds alone.
This is a SEAL story like no other, well written and simply told. Brilliant details without operational compromise.
We are fortunate to have such dedicated and capable people defending our liberty.
I'm surprised this is getting such good reviews. I thought two other similar books ("American Sniper" and "Lone Survivor") were significantly better. The stories about Non-Osama missions just ramble on.
I rated down the performance - but it wasn't the performance specifically that I wanted to rate. The editing was ATROCIOUS. There were numerous times where the reading volume, tone, pitch etc. changed in the middle of sentences, stories, etc. It is clear that they had to go back and redo parts - it became very distracting.
First, all the bluster about revealing operational secrets, etc.---it is not there. Nothing I heard in this narrative was particularly a surprise. If any adversary could gain some type of tactical advantage from this, they obviously have not done their homework elsewhere. I suspect some of that bluster is because the author is not particularly complimentary of Obama and his willingness to take credit for the operation. The author does not drone on about this, but simply makes an observation and moves on with the rest of the story.
To learn the inside story of what actually happened with the mission is very interesting, particularly how close it came to going horribly wrong. This book is mostly about the men who train relentlessly becoming professional operators and the work that goes on to allow them to succeed. If you have an interest in current events and like to know the intricacies of how this event actually occurred, this is recommended.
This was a fun read that is up there with a Tom Clancy novel while also giving a true look at the life of a real seal and a famous mission.
this is too much work.
really, am I in 6th grade?
Didn't hear any national security secrets but the lawyer said do not shoot him if unarmed and he doesn't fight. He was unarmed and didn't fight but yet was killed. He deserved death for all he did but the author never addressed the discrepancy.
Informative fast appreciated
Osama - cause hes dead.
Most people would read this book to know the details of the raid in Abbotabad. The writer does a good job of telling backstory for the main character and the other SEAL team members so that you are familiar with them when you get to the part of the raid. If you just want to read what happend on the riad then skip to chapter 11.
"Mark Owen" takes the reader along with him on this mission as if you are a member of the team. Almost like looking over his shoulder as you climb the steps.
I loved the backgound and insight into the training and personal build up to this heroic mission.
The book had minimal politics so don't heed the media hype.
A patriotic story from a true Patriot! Thank you "Mark" for your service and sacrific.
After hearing and reading some of the stories regarding the author spilling secrets, and violating his secrecy agreement, I was pleasantly surprised it did none of that. If you changed Osama’s name, and set it in a different country the story would not have been as good, but anyone looking for secrets will not find them here.
Well, in what regards to books, this is a rather average one. Not a great story, written in a very dry style, that even managed to describe the raid on Bin Laden's house in a very non thrilling way. I think this book doesn't bring much novelty in any of the different areas it covered - SEAL training, SEAL missions and the mission to get Bin Laden. Manhunt, from Peter Bergen, ends up being much better written, even if one detail or another is missing - of course, the first hand experience of a SEAL that was in the crashing chopper couldn't really be told but by someone who had experienced it.
I have read or listened to multiple books on special ops and this is clearly one of the worst. Chuck Pfarrer's Warrior Soul or Malcom MacPherson's Roberts Ridge are much better accounts of SEAL training or SEAL sacrifice. Robert L.Haney's Inside Delta Force is a much better book on the life of a special force's operator.
I ended up asking myself what did this book bring that I hadn't read before. Other than some minor personal details, it really does not bring anything you cannot find better told elsewhere. For those really interested on mission Neptune Spear, Manhunt is the book to read.
Considering the negative reactions of fellow SEALs to this book, I wonder if it had any reason to be written. The author claims the goal was to set the record straight. I really couldn't find any serious divergences when compared with the account from Peter Bergen's book, so I really don't think it achieves that purpose, either. Maybe the goal was to write that final chapter where the Obama's administration politicization of a military op is really criticized. While I cannot blame the author for doing it, frankly, there was no reason to write a whole book to achieve that.