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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.
That's what I do, listen, not read
Denver is classy, upstanding, and his thought process is as deep as his physical toughness.
Made me feel as if I can do more in life.
I didn't realize that this was the same guy that is in Act of Valor, I thought it was neat to be able to put the man with the author. I normally don't elaborate to this level because I am fairly happy and proud of my accomplishments, but listening to Denver makes me want to be more and be better at what ever I'm doing.
Very Insightful, Its nice to hear a seal who keeps things in the right perspective, concerning the govt and his role. His theology, seems a bit shady. I know its not a religious book but, he explains some person and theological thoughts and they just seem shady. I do however respect his service and his unique operators perspective. Seems to see himself as a Servant Seal more than an Alpha Male Seal. Refreshing.
This book was GREAT! I highly reccomend it. If you have any interest in the truth about the Navy SEALs, the lifestyle, their sacrifices, and uncommon heroism, this book is a must read.
You can hear his wry smile come through the recording, which helps the listener grasp his sense of humor,
Yes. It was informative and interesting. Mr. Denver is gives an excellent narration. The book gives a glimpse inside the mind and life of a SEAL warrior.
It is not the ending but the content that make this book
The portrait of what it takes to get through "Hell week"
If you've read any of these types of books, you have read them all. I thought this might actually show some insight into the training of these special op soldiers, but, NO it's just more of the same. "I'm a badass. I love my country. I love my family." No insight whatsoever. It wasn't a bad book, just absolutely NOTHING new.
Nurse, mother, wife, Catholic and avid reader!
My husband is a former Navy officer, so we met a few SEALs in our travels. Every one was just as decent, honorable and diligent as you could possibly imagine. Denver's story is typical, in that no SEALs story is the same. Their is not cookie cutter for SEALs. He could be your tattooed, heavy metal loving dive instructor or your kids (often absent) 5.0 Sunday school teacher.
The description of BUDS was the most comprehensive I have ever heard. In real life you are lucky to get more than a "It was tough" out of one of them. I now get itchy every time I hear the phrase "sugar cookie". I do think one way to expand the program is to open another training school. While Coronado is the one good deal the Navy has to offer, I always thought it odd that while they have East and West coast teams, they only have one training program. If you opened another on the east coast (in VA Beach), you would never have to worry about how hard the program is, the natural competitiveness between the two branches would have them pushing the candidates. Particularly if at the end the big races are between teams from the two programs.
The book is mostly apolitical, but does address some of the bigger political tensions facing the program. Success does have its drawbacks, and one is the tendency to overuse the successful programs in too many situations. I do think Obama has had such success using the SEALs because he resists the temptation to overuse them. The missions they have been sent on (that we know about) are exactly in the mission intention scope of the SEAL program and that is partly why they have been so successful.
I saw Act of Valor when it came out and had no idea they were real SEALs! Rats. It was not obvious they were not actors. I had no recollection of the kissing scene he talks about, but the hostage rescue! Yikes! That I remember! I just thought it was true stories, not the true stories by the real people. Cool.
Now, I like when an author reads his own work. (Still annoyed with you Fahreed!) But his performance is read like a non actor reading his own words. Some mixing issues where you can tell something was added in later, but nothing too bad. I do wish you got to download the quote list and reading suggestions with the audiobook. That is the only thing that would make me recommend getting a physical copy over the audiobook version.
26 years in SAC with the B-52's during the Viet Nam War.
Denver takes the listener into the hearts and minds of the warriors giving an insight few that have never been in combat could ever understand. The tight relationship between men that had been so different in civilian life is stressed.
Several other books look at the acts of war, but this one deals more with the men than their actual battles.
This is my first by Denver, but will not be my last
The ending was particularly moving, when a few visited Arlington. I have been there and understand.
To learn about the bravery of young Americans gives us hope for the future. On the evening news you hear about the youth that commit crimes and are failures. Fortunately the majority of our young men are like the ones in this story. The public needs to know about the ones that are the hope for our future.
Damn few was well written and very well put together. It flowed from one point to another without effort.
The history, honor (to self and country), the respect and how it was not based on immediate gratification but on sacrifice and determination.
This book should be mandatory reading/listening for today's generation. They need to learn about heroes, working for what you want, honor and patriotism. For way to many these items are missing in their lives.