Great book! I was riveted all the way through. The book was just as good, if not better, than I'd hoped. I noticed some negative reviews claiming that the author was guilty of having given away military secrets, but after having read the book I don't believe that to be the case. I read Manhunt as well, and that account has nearly the same level of detail, except for the details of the raid itself, which this book delves into. The details of this book, coupled with those contained in Manhunt and in photos leaked on the internet, I feel that I have a very complete mental picture of the historic operation and raid that resulted in the death of the world's most notorious terrorist.
This was a great Audio Book well narrated. One of the few I never wanted to stop listening too. A good amount of build up and history of his emersion into the Seals just a great listen.
If newspaper journalists provide us with the "first draft of history," then "Mark Owen" (a pseudonym) has provided us with history's raw ingredients, the unadorned and unedited account of an important event. Owens doesn't reflect on the politics of the wars he fights or the philosophical implications of his job as a deadly 21st Century super-warrior. Much of the book is filled with the mundane details of his trade: the equipment he wears, his sleep cycle, the importance of emptying his bladder before a mission, the sit-ups and pull-ups he struggled to do to qualify for the SEAL program. He is not an introspective kind of guy and he doesn't describe his work in glamorous or romantic prose. But there are two things that make this book worthwhile. First, there are the Obama-era rules of engagement for the Afghan War which render SEAL and other military operations less effective then before in eliminating the enemy and which expose our own soldiers to much more personal risk then previously. Second, of course, is Owen's personal account of the Osama bin Laden raid. US government officials have questioned the accuracy of Owen's account of how the bin Laden killing went down, but for my money Owen's account rings true because it is more morally ambiguous and less glamorous then the official version and raises the question of whether bin Laden could have been captured and flown away without any real risk to the SEAL team. There's not much about politics here and it's clear that the CIA effort to locate and kill or capture bin Laden proceeded seriously and unabated from September 2001 onward and just happened to gel when it did in 2011. President Obama makes an appearance at the end of the book to watch the takedown by video in Washington and, of course, take credit for the raid which would have taken place when it did regardless of who won the 2008 presidential election. The narration is first rate. Recommended.
From the foreword throughout it seems manipulative and perhaps with the military mind in view with all the jargon.
Wow! This story was enthralling to me as the mother of a son who has just entered the armed services. The story is intense and had my heart in my mouth at times. I personally cannot imagine going into a building not knowing if there are people waiting inside to ambush and kill me. The bravery of these men and women takes my breath away if I dwell on what they do from day to day. The narration was very well done,in my opinion.
Anyone who would overlook the author's bias against senior military and governmental leaders.
The author overlooked the fact that without senior military leaders and elected officials the Seals would not be in existence and have the precise equipment they would need to do their job. In the military and in life in general we are all dependent on one another. We all do our share - including those who pay taxes to keep America strong. The author's disdain for the President and ranking military leaders ignored too many facts. I applaud the Seals' work - it was death defying, dedicated and necessary - but they had all of America behind them. They were not alone.
Good, clear and precise
The epilogue and derisive references to ranking military and governmental leaders
This book should not have been wrtten for at least five years or until the USA is out of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
This would have been a truly excellent story had the author left out his political leanings. Actually ruined the book for me right at the ending.
Further research has determined much of the book is untrue, and that the author was out for revenge. I wish I had not put money in his pocket.
Before you buy this, research what his co-workers say about thisaccount
Who wouldn't want to know more about the Navy SEALS and bin Laden? Right? The story has so much promise.
Unfortunately, "No Easy Day" is the most boring, trivial, simplistic account of nothing. Go ahead. Waste your money and time to read/hear the same things you already heard from news accounts and Mark Owens' "60 Minutes" interview. There's nothing new here. And, the platitudes… Don't get me started.
Holter Graham did the best he could reading this novel.
I'm Stephen, Rebecca's husband.
Absolutely - in fact, I have already listened to some parts of the book many times trying to digest the details of those who are SEALS.
By the way, I am Stephen, not Rebecca.
"Mark Owen" told about some of the times in his life when he failed, and although he did not grow up knowing that he would someday capture the attention of the world, he continued to learn from his mistakes. He continued to humbly accept the criticisms that would work to strengthen him. He never gave up, and he triumphed when it really counted.
Also, this book gave us an amazing privilege: to hear a first-hand account of one of the most breath-taking moments of history.
We saw the events of this book through Mark's life. He has to be our favorite character, but we cannot forget those who guided Mark to become the man he needed to be.
I WANTED to listen to this book in one sitting, but it's healthier to take a few breaks.
I greatly admire the men and women who protect our country; I was one of them. I also love our country, the greatest on earth. It bothers me, though, that all of the world -America included - follows and promotes such a degree of godlessness. We cannot be surprised: Scripture tells us it would be this way. I am just homesick for the life to come when our Christ returns. Until then we can be grateful for the brave, the honest, the productive and the altruistic among us.