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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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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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    andres_dandrea Venezuela 08-28-14
    andres_dandrea Venezuela 08-28-14 Member Since 2014

    Andres

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    "Good glympse of what means to be a SEAL"
    What made the experience of listening to Damn Few the most enjoyable?

    The first person narration of the action.... Yo know he was there by listening to his voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it motivates one to get up early and hit the bloody GYM..... That's 100000 times lighter than what these people have to endure on a daily basis!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    BUDs training and HELL WEEK


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    They already made it, ACT OF VALOR. Loved it too.....


    Any additional comments?

    Numero Uno!

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    Dan santa cruz, CA, United States 07-25-14
    Dan santa cruz, CA, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent in every way!"
    What did you love best about Damn Few?

    Love Rohr and what he did to become who he is


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the way he shared so much of his inner story about himself, how it made him feel, what it was really like to participate and all the challenges it took just to do that. Phenomenol story of a great hero.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    there were many favorite scenes, the start of his training and where he went thru hell week, what it was like to be a part of real brotherhood and how they built it up to be so special and dying for each other...nothing was lost


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

    I had very extreme reactions...I did laugh, cry, Awed Alot and was flabergasted by the intensity of they had to do


    Any additional comments?

    You won't regret this book..it was written by a guy with a huge honest heart!

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    Bryan EAGLE MOUNTAIN, UT, United States 01-30-14
    Bryan EAGLE MOUNTAIN, UT, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Be Inspired by a true hero"
    If you could sum up Damn Few in three words, what would they be?

    Beyond Inspiring


    What other book might you compare Damn Few to and why?

    Marcus Luttrell - Lone Survivor


    What about Rorke Denver’s performance did you like?

    The confidence he has, you feel it.


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

    I just want to say thank you!


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    Gabriel LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 08-28-13
    Gabriel LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2004

    Criminal defense Lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read mostly non-fiction.....history, science, military biography. My quirky side likes Zombie Books? Will also pick up a fiction bestseller once in a while. Favorite movie: Being There

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    "I Like Rorke!"

    If you're interested in the SEALS, this is another in the well done accounts which have come out recently about the Spec Ops masters. The book is a little disjointed, but thats OK because the author gets his point across. I would have liked to have heard more about his time as a training officer, but overall I enjoyed the book. Some people have complained that Rorke Denver as narrator is a bad idea. I liked it. He may not have the English accent nor the sonorous tones of the professional narrator, but his no frills, direct, and sometimes dead serious narration just adds authenticity, and helps you realize you would not like to be on the wrong side of this guy in a firefight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 08-17-13
    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2004

    I love a good book...

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    "Good book, poor production."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Nepean, Ontario, Canada 08-15-13
    Ryan Nepean, Ontario, Canada 08-15-13 Member Since 2013

    University administrator. Commuter cyclist. Dad, husband. Loves books of course. Aspiring Jedi Knight and Warder.

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    "War Porn."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jones Anderson, SC, United States 06-22-13
    jones Anderson, SC, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Well written and read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Damn Few to be better than the print version?

    That's what I do, listen, not read


    What did you like best about this story?

    Denver is classy, upstanding, and his thought process is as deep as his physical toughness.


    Have you listened to any of Rorke Denver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Made me feel as if I can do more in life.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jake robert lee, TX, United States 06-12-13
    Jake robert lee, TX, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Seal with perspective."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David White City, OR, United States 06-12-13
    David White City, OR, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An honest look into the real world of Navy SEALs"
    Where does Damn Few rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What does Rorke Denver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You can hear his wry smile come through the recording, which helps the listener grasp his sense of humor,


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    Travel and read for business and pleasure Philadelphia, PA, USA 06-09-13
    Travel and read for business and pleasure Philadelphia, PA, USA 06-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A look into the real training and brotherhood"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It is not the ending but the content that make this book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The portrait of what it takes to get through "Hell week"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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