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Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior | [Rorke Denver]

Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

©2013 Rorke Denver (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    1DrummingAddict Mount Juliet, TN 07-07-15
    1DrummingAddict Mount Juliet, TN 07-07-15 Member Since 2014

    I love just a few things... Family, Drumming, Baseball, and Intellect.

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    "Everything you should expect"

    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.

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    drivergdg 07-03-15
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    "Well Done !"

    Loved the book, would recommend this to anyone that enjoys a milatary read. Thanks for sharing this.

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    Patrick 06-23-15
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    "Outstanding"

    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

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    Cory T Fall River, Ma. USA 06-04-15
    Cory T Fall River, Ma. USA 06-04-15

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    "Damn Good!"

    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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    Mark Chicago, IL, United States 05-30-15
    Mark Chicago, IL, United States 05-30-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Rorke is the best of the navy seal authors"

    Rorke is very articulate and well read. He has an agenda and he is not shy about it. I don't agree with all his opinions, but you know what they say about opinions.
    The production was mediocre. There were at least five instances where a sentence was repeated unintentionally.
    All in it was quite an enjoyable listen would recommend. Also fire the editor.

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    Heidi T 05-20-15
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    "Excellent First Hand Account"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Damn Few to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book has planted the seed and the desire to read more war/military novels.


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    Vaughn 05-19-15
    Vaughn 05-19-15
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    "Less is more, more would have been better."

    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!

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    Moses Martin 05-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Straight To the point. "

    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 !

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    "Where was the attention to detail?"

    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.

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    Cody 04-29-15
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    "Lessons our nation needs"

    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.

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