I really liked this book and as I have been reading a number of books related to the Afghan and Iraq wars, was interested in the story of the Army side of things. The book follows a special forces team supporting the NATO alliance in Afghanistan who are supporting a major NATO offensive. As one might expect, the NATO side can't seem to function properly, but the US and Afghan soldiers they are supporting take control of a major position and fight in dire circumstances to hold that position and support the NATO offensive. A great story of American heroes and the Afghans they helped train and support.
I was a biochem major in college and loved genetics so I thought this would be a nice history lesson, which it was. It was also a very good story, with very funny stories and comments by the younger member of the team to discover the double helix structure of DNA. It details the rivalries, trials and frustrations over a 2 year period and is well worth the 4 hour listen. Enjoy!!!
I wasn't quite sure what to expect in this book, but it is one of the best I have read and presents the story of a man who was not afraid of anything except failure and the struggles he had after a bad turn in HS turned him into a crack addict. Adam Brown overcame this trouble and ended up being an inspiration to many of his fellow Seals who overcame the loss of an eye to become both a Seal sniper and Seal Team 6 member. Highly recommended.
The next to the last Odd Thomas book is a good read and flows well. Koontz takes interesting turns in the story line and does his usual job of making some of those turns more bizarre than you might expect. The book flows well and doesn't seem to have any obvious hangups, except perhaps some background not being covered as deeply as you might like. If you like this series, don't miss this book.
Overall, I liked this, although for me, the British narration was a little hard to take, but I am American and don't talk that way. The story begins with Queen Elizabeth's birth and does a great job of presenting the background which played into the kind of Queen Elizabeth became. My only complaint is that the book tries overly hard to paint a better than deserved picture of various members of the Royal Family and less than favorable of others, but I think that is to be expected. I liked the book and would recommend to others.
I found this to be an honest and fair account of both the Seal life of the author "Mark Owen" as well as the events leading up to an including the ultimate death of Osama Bin Laden. Although, like many of these style military novels, some level of political opinion and bad language are present, but the story is fair and even handed and although it departs from the official line offered from the White House, does not attempt to cast anyone poorly. Overall, a great book with good narration. I highly recommend it.
As most people have already noted, the performance was fantastic and makes this story more personal, almost making you feel like you are there. But more importantly, this is one of the best first hand accounts I have read of a military operation from the only survivor of Operation Redwing in Afghanistan. Marcus Luttrel takes you through the experience with many flashbacks to put perspective into his story and make is very personal. From his life as a child and twin to his brother (and fellow Seal) Morgan, through Seal training and into the field for the mission. There were places where I was almost in tears - you can actually feel Marcus' pain in this story. I don't think it is possible to come away from hearing this story and not have a more profound respect and gratitude to those who sacrifice to protect us and the rest of the world from our/their enemies. My ONLY complaint is that there are a couple of tirades against the "left" which could have been either combined into a single treatise or just shortened. I understand his reasons for doing this for in his opinion, the rules put in place is what led to the disaster which this story tells.
I got this to see how Horton presented his case as opposed to Roger Olson's in "Against Calvinism." While Olson I thought was more personal (against those who hold to Calvinism) while presenting his case, I found myself not listening to his message as openly as I might have otherwise. Horton on the other hand didn't appear to really offer a case for Calvinism, rather his perspective (at least what I got out of it) of what Calvinism should be. It just didn't seem to me to be a case for Calvinism, which was very disappointing considering that Michael Horton was the author.
I loved this book. The narrator did a great job of bringing the story to life and the story itself was fascinating. It tells the story of Howard Wasdin and what he went through to become a Seal team member and then what it was to be one. His story is one to be heard and it tells you how much these men invest in this country to make it what it is. Get it, you won't be disappointed.
Overall, it was an interesting story-line and had some good parts in it, but in places it seemed to drag along and you couldn't quite figure out where Koontz was going. Had the narrator been better, I might have enjoyed this more, but listening to this guy was tough.
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