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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I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It's a great insight into the mindset, culture and experience of becoming, operating as, and training Navy SEALs. Cmdr Denver's passion and dedication definitely comes through in his writing and he does a great job of mixing engaging anecdotes, historical context and personal reflection.
However - his narration does suffer from a couple things. One: his speech cadence is very rapid (at least compared to other similar audiobooks I've listened to). I found myself rewinding on multiple times because I missed something due to his rapid delivery. Two: His tone is calm bordering on deadpan. He narrates a pulse-pounding firefight with the same calm, businesslike near-monotone he uses when explaining the layout of The Grinder. Lastly, and this may be more of a recording/editing glitch - there are times where lines repeat, almost like he recorded the line multiple times, and they included both takes into the audiobook recording.
Overall, absolutely enjoyed this book despite some of my quibbles with the narration. Very highly recommended if you've enjoyed similar books such as "No Easy Day"
Pretty good book, the only thing that bothered me was that that the author would say "expecially" instead of "especially".
Not the best navy seal book I've ever read but it was interesting.
awesome book. a few times he repeats a sentence, its more funny than annoying, like a random easter egg here and there.
Enjoyable read for the most part, but the last few chapters could've been deleted. Forced myself to finish it the way parents force kids to finish a bad meal. Found myself rolling my eyes after the 100th time I heard how superior seals are to everyone in the world, including other branches of the military. Perhaps the Navy ought to start serving up some humble pie. It's one thing to let me come to that conclusion myself, which I may have, but it's another to just say it over and over and over again. Speaking of repeating the same thing over & over, the editing job was poor. At least half a dozen times the same sentence was repeated during narration. And it was abundantly obvious where a piecemeal voice over edit occurred. Was excited to read this, but it just left me feeling annoyed.
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The is a story of a SEAL. Why he became a SEAL and what he has done as a SEAL. Anyone who has served in the U. S. Military will be very familiar with the tone of the narration and feel the sincerity in LT's tone. Great book to get a tremendous insight into the long elusive and mysterious world. Bravo.
This book brought back a lot of really good memories. I recommend it for anyone thinking of joining the military, anyone currently serving in the military and anyone that has been in the military
Very interesting perspective from the officer in command of one seal company. Where the realities of war and politics meet in a truely interesting equasion. I enjoyed listening to every detail in admiration of these warfighters and the sacrifices they make for our freedom as Americans. Respect and Honor!. Airborne! Cory T.
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