LCDR Denver writes what he knows. He tells a powerful story, but in an open, down-to-earth way. Many people see Navy SEALs are larger than life, and I believe that view is justified. The author maintains a lot of mystique, but also manages to make the SEALs seem like everyday guys. I've read too many books about SEALs that focus on the hardcore nature of their training and their lives. LCDR Denver allows the listener/reader to see the man behind the title.
The chapter where he writes about his wife was amazing. (This comes back to seeing the man behind the title.) It's clear that her support has made him stronger, and he makes it clear that it isn't just his wife. The Team's Wives/Girlfriends Network is there to take care of things back home, allowing the men to keep their focus on staying alive in a war zone. It was great to see him acknowledge that, rather than making it seem that SEALs are so tough that they don't need help.
The one issue I had with the book is that LCDR Denver's inflection never changes. He has the same tone when speaking about being in a firefight, how much he loves his wife, and training the next group of wanna-be SEALs.
Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.
Since I was a child I always admired tried and true 'warriors' and those successful in their chosen career path, regardless if business, sports, writing, or warrior.
If you enjoy listening and learning about the behind the scenes or the making of special ops then this is a book for you. I enjoyed how Rorke described what led him to being a seal and more important the perseverance it took to become a seal. Then the same drive which put him into a leadership role. I enjoyed the part when he outlined the importance of being a leader versus the 'doer'. Similar to the management statement in other books - if you are doing then you are not leading. Let others do so you can lead. If you are doing, then why do I need you as a leader.
Rorke describes some of the characteristics of the fallen heroes that he served with and knew. Additionally, he outlines in brief some of what goes on in the lives of the spouses and the difficulties they face.
There are two points that jumped out at me.
1. As he described the making of the movie - Uncommon Valor - many of the scenes now make sense since he outlined the 'true' part that went into making each aspect of the movie and why the movie is so important in telling the story of special ops.
2. Toward the end of the book he outlined the politics of what is taking place in recruiting seals and it is apparent he isn't in favor of some of the changes.
Both of these items moved the book up one notch for ranking. Overall, I enjoyed the book but it wouldn't have been a 4 star except these two vital parts which tells the positive character of Rorke. As others noted, his narration ability is not the best but it isn't the worst that I heard when an author decides to narrate his own book.
This isn't a book I would recommend to everyone since not everyone enjoys learning or listening to books about warriors. However, if you want to read a book about character building, leadership, and more important some of the how, then this is for you.
The first person narration of the action.... Yo know he was there by listening to his voice.
That it motivates one to get up early and hit the bloody GYM..... That's 100000 times lighter than what these people have to endure on a daily basis!
BUDs training and HELL WEEK
They already made it, ACT OF VALOR. Loved it too.....
Love Rohr and what he did to become who he is
Loved the way he shared so much of his inner story about himself, how it made him feel, what it was really like to participate and all the challenges it took just to do that. Phenomenol story of a great hero.
there were many favorite scenes, the start of his training and where he went thru hell week, what it was like to be a part of real brotherhood and how they built it up to be so special and dying for each other...nothing was lost
I had very extreme reactions...I did laugh, cry, Awed Alot and was flabergasted by the intensity of they had to do
You won't regret this book..it was written by a guy with a huge honest heart!
Marcus Luttrell - Lone Survivor
The confidence he has, you feel it.
I just want to say thank you!
Criminal defense Lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read mostly non-fiction.....history, science, military biography. My quirky side likes Zombie Books? Will also pick up a fiction bestseller once in a while. Favorite movie: Being There
If you're interested in the SEALS, this is another in the well done accounts which have come out recently about the Spec Ops masters. The book is a little disjointed, but thats OK because the author gets his point across. I would have liked to have heard more about his time as a training officer, but overall I enjoyed the book. Some people have complained that Rorke Denver as narrator is a bad idea. I liked it. He may not have the English accent nor the sonorous tones of the professional narrator, but his no frills, direct, and sometimes dead serious narration just adds authenticity, and helps you realize you would not like to be on the wrong side of this guy in a firefight.
I love a good book...
I appreciated this book. I learned a lot about modern warfare and the SEALs in particular. Unfortunately, the production of this audiobook was lacking in several ways. When there was a need to dub over a section where an error must have been made the voice sounded out of place like it was not the narrator. There were at least 12 times that the book also reread a sentence or phrase which became annoying. I appreciate Mr. Denver writing this book, it is too bad the audiobook quality did not equal the writing.
University administrator. Commuter cyclist. Dad, husband. Loves books of course. Aspiring Jedi Knight and Warder.
First off I want to acknowledge a few very important things. What the author achieves over the course of his military career is nothing short of amazing. His dedication, perseverance and military skills are something to behold. I respect that. I also respect that he wrote down his experience. Writing is not easy and he did it pretty well. Another testament to this gentleman.
These things being said, I disliked this book. While on the one hand it will serve anyone who is looking to become a special forces soldier very well as they attempt to prep joining a particular service, I was saddened by the author's treatment of war. He glosses over the horrors that US soldiers and Iraqi civilians have had to endure. There are several exceptional books out there that speak to the futility of these wars and the impact it has had on individual soldiers and their families. Were you only to read this book you would be forced to conclude that war is relatively cost-free vis a vis humanity and resources. If I were a young man looking to join the military and I read this book, I would join convinced war is a less than costly endeavour where at the end of it I will be an unaffected and greatly improved human being. I don't believe this is the reality.
Perhaps my view of this book was tainted by the fact I listened to All Quiet on the Western Front just before reading Damn Few. The contrast between the two couldn't be any more different. Interestingly and to his credit, in the final chapter of the book the author provides some required reading for anyone who wants to better understand war. One of the books he provides is Matterhorn. I'm glad he does this as this book is an incredible testament to how terrible war can be.
Bottom line: this is a great book if you want to know what it takes to be a Navy Seal. He almost makes war sound fun - hence my War Porn title. However, it lacks depth and fails to acknowledge the broader impact of the Iraq and Afghan wars on both soldiers and civilians.