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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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.
LCDR Denver writes what he knows. He tells a powerful story, but in an open, down-to-earth way. Many people see Navy SEALs are larger than life, and I believe that view is justified. The author maintains a lot of mystique, but also manages to make the SEALs seem like everyday guys. I've read too many books about SEALs that focus on the hardcore nature of their training and their lives. LCDR Denver allows the listener/reader to see the man behind the title.
The chapter where he writes about his wife was amazing. (This comes back to seeing the man behind the title.) It's clear that her support has made him stronger, and he makes it clear that it isn't just his wife. The Team's Wives/Girlfriends Network is there to take care of things back home, allowing the men to keep their focus on staying alive in a war zone. It was great to see him acknowledge that, rather than making it seem that SEALs are so tough that they don't need help.
The one issue I had with the book is that LCDR Denver's inflection never changes. He has the same tone when speaking about being in a firefight, how much he loves his wife, and training the next group of wanna-be SEALs.
Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.
Since I was a child I always admired tried and true 'warriors' and those successful in their chosen career path, regardless if business, sports, writing, or warrior.
If you enjoy listening and learning about the behind the scenes or the making of special ops then this is a book for you. I enjoyed how Rorke described what led him to being a seal and more important the perseverance it took to become a seal. Then the same drive which put him into a leadership role. I enjoyed the part when he outlined the importance of being a leader versus the 'doer'. Similar to the management statement in other books - if you are doing then you are not leading. Let others do so you can lead. If you are doing, then why do I need you as a leader.
Rorke describes some of the characteristics of the fallen heroes that he served with and knew. Additionally, he outlines in brief some of what goes on in the lives of the spouses and the difficulties they face.
There are two points that jumped out at me.
1. As he described the making of the movie - Uncommon Valor - many of the scenes now make sense since he outlined the 'true' part that went into making each aspect of the movie and why the movie is so important in telling the story of special ops.
2. Toward the end of the book he outlined the politics of what is taking place in recruiting seals and it is apparent he isn't in favor of some of the changes.
Both of these items moved the book up one notch for ranking. Overall, I enjoyed the book but it wouldn't have been a 4 star except these two vital parts which tells the positive character of Rorke. As others noted, his narration ability is not the best but it isn't the worst that I heard when an author decides to narrate his own book.
This isn't a book I would recommend to everyone since not everyone enjoys learning or listening to books about warriors. However, if you want to read a book about character building, leadership, and more important some of the how, then this is for you.
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