Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs - the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow’s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed.
Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees. He recounts his experience evolving from a young SEAL hopeful pushing his way through Hell Week, into a warrior engaging in dangerous stealth missions across the globe, and finally into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination, requalification programs, and the “Hero or Zero” missions his SEALs undertake.
From his own SEAL training and missions overseas, Denver details how the SEALs’ creative operations became front and center in America’s War on Terror - and how they are altering warfare everywhere. In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin America, stood up to violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Leading 200 commando missions, he earned the Bronze Star with V for valor. He has also served as flag aide to the admiral in charge and spent the past four years as executive officer of the Navy Special Warfare Center’s Advanced Training Command in Coronado, California, directing all phases of the basic and advanced training that prepare men for war in SEAL teams. He recently starred in the film Act of Valor. He is married and has two daughters.
Ellis Henican is a columnist at Newsday and an on-air commentator at the Fox News Channel. He has written two recent New York Times best sellers, Home Team with New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and In the Blink of an Eye with NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip.
"With all the SEALs’ recent successes, we have been getting a level of acclaim we’re not used to. But something important has been missing in this warm burst of publicity.... Correcting that is my mission here.
"My own SEAL dream was launched by a book. My hope is that this one teaches lessons that go far beyond the battlefield, inspiring a fresh generation of warriors to carry on that dream."
Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver
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One of the things I liked most was that the book was read by the author. There's just something about knowing/relating the experience to the man behind the voice.
This book has planted the seed and the desire to read more war/military novels.
Not Guildford! NYC, and damn proud of it. My mother's tongue used to cleave to the roof of her mouth from reading to me, now i pay others.
I am artsy fartsy. I hold an arts degree. Have worked among arty, left handed, right brained people my entire adult life. One of the things I use books for is to open myself to experiences I will never have. That is precisely why I opted to read this book. Because I wanted to be exposed to someone who I would never meet and never have the chance to talk to. Admittedly I hold the eastern elitist attitude that people who join the military are drones, looking for others to make their decisions for them. Cult leader, general, it's who happens to appear at the right time in front of the easily manipulated.But this book is about a kind of person I did not think existed. If you take the book at face value, and I hope Mr. Rourke is a pretty WYSIWYG kind of guy, he has equal measures of independence and allegiance to a group mentality. This coupled with a genuine desire to serve. (Yes, A DESIRE TO SERVE!)Personally, I would love to have a desire to serve my fellow humans, but am too judgemental, not believing most of humanity is worth the sacrifice. Mr. Rourke makes no such value judgements, though he could easily do so, living as he does taking personal responsibility for any decision he makes. He does not scoff at the rest of us who settle for living life at 70, 50 or even 20% capacity. So, he and his comrades live their lives with 2 purposes, to as much as possible zap the thrill seeking, testosterone soaked quadrant of his brain, but also in a genuine desire to serve a country that he loves. Once again, I love America too. But I think she is a bit tired, a bit corrupted and certainly not worthy of my precious life.The world needs people like Denver Rourke. More of them.Read this book to learn about excellence. About commitment. About drive and perseverance. Read it because in this world of celebrity addled, naked consumerism you have to be reminded there are other values and other goals that should be considered before you down your next half fat frappicino and turn on "I'm a celebrity, get me outta here" or "Lizard Lick" or "Honey Boo Boo" or any other of that post millennium twaddle.Oh yeah, and finally. Shame on the producers of the audio book. You couldn't shell out the cost of an engineer or PA to sit through the whole book!??? There are at least 3 mistakes where you hear Denver complete a sentence and then you hear the pick up line AGAIN. Three Times! If you worked for me, I'd can your sorry behinds before I let you work on a product for my company.
First, let me say I'm very glad to read your story and to get to know you as a patriot. I myself was in the Navy and early 70s. I looked into the Navy SEALs myself, I realized I could not make the cut. All I can say is thank God for the SEAL teams!!! I kept hoping for some, "THIS IS NO SHIT" sea stories! The few that were there, we're not enough. Every member of the Navy has earned the right to tell their sea stories. The differences, is your sea stores will be way cooler than ours. Please write another book. This time put in some sea stories, that will hold our attention!
This was a no nonsense view inside the mind and motivations of a Navy Seal. I enjoyed the fact that there was no sensationalized writing. Great writing !
The story was just fine. The narration left for much to be desired. I understand that the author is a do it yourself type of guy but he is far too monotone to convey a story like this even if it is his own. The listeners have to be moved--I wasn't. I was very disappointed that the recording was this poorly done. There were edits that should have been removed that were left in! The story itself was decent. If you have the money to spare I'd just buy the physical book.
Inspirational, heartbreaking, humorous, and moving, Rorke Denver delivers a message our nation is in such dire need of.
His craft as a writer clearly reflects his identity as a warrior and Seal instructor. His rhythm is clear, direct, and unfiltered. This is where his powers lie. His voice and tone as a writer allow his story, as well as all Seals' stories, to resonate directly to the reader.
Our current generations and the youth of our nation need to understand the truths found in this book: pride in our nation, true integrity, the cost of our freedom, the fact that true evil does exist in our world and that this evil must be hunted and killed by men capable and willing, our responsibility to the world, and simply, what it means to be a man.
This was an amazing book written and narrated by the Author himself.
His story is gripping and tells what it was and is like for him to live in this modern world as a Seal Warrior. His humility honors himself and the Seal Teams. Rorke Denver also played the leading role, or one of them, in the movie, Act of Valor. His follow in the film was as great as his on book. Thank you Rorke for this book as it is a true gift to all Americans.
This book had some problems playing however. There were multiple repeated sentences and Rorke's voice fluctuated from high to low pitch at time throughout.
It really didn't matter much to me though cause I will listen to it several more times I'm sure.
Without any confirmation, I realized the author was one of the "real" Seals in Uncommon Valor as I watched it. He was either a real Seal or the best actor I had ever seen. It seemed clear that he really believed everything he said in the movie.
His book provides a clear picture of the type of men that become seals, how they do it, and the type of challenges they face in the name of protecting freedom.
The book differs from some others that I have read on the subject in that it is from the perspective of someone who has been deeply involved in the training program with definite opinions on the direction of the program and is able to communicate that clearly to a layperson. And he has a good sense of humor throughout.
I can say that, I for one, will sleep better at night knowing that men like Lt. Rourke are working through the night to keep us safe.
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