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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unbelievably riveting. Denver has a unique way of writing that draws you in and makes you feel proud to be an American and truly honored to have men of the Navy Seals and Armed Forces serving for us
Rourke tells a story about his personal experiences in the SEAL teams and gives a deep insight of what kind of men these guys really are. (Not what most imagine) Lots of other valuable source material can be found sprinkled throughout on poetry, philosophy, and and the warrior ethos. I plan on pulling a few gems out of this one for some hand-me-down advice to my teenage son. Rourke also seems to be a natural orator. Narration by the author is rare and he does an outstanding job!
Thanks for sharing, Rourke!
Designed to inspire a new generation of SEALs. A roadmap of mentality, physical activities, and other books that brought Mr. Denver to his destiny. It's a great read, enjoyable, and insightful.
This was a good book on the mindset and culture of the Navy Seals. It was good but not great. For a remarkable book about a Navy Seal and leadership, read the Trident by Jason Redman.
Well written,in depth sincere and honest,the perfect companion to Act of Valor,the personal stories reflect and give us that have not served a deep look into the heart of a true warrior.
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.
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