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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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    david 05-19-13
    david 05-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Same Ol, Same Ol"

    If you've read any of these types of books, you have read them all. I thought this might actually show some insight into the training of these special op soldiers, but, NO it's just more of the same. "I'm a badass. I love my country. I love my family." No insight whatsoever. It wasn't a bad book, just absolutely NOTHING new.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen 04-03-13
    Colleen 04-03-13 Member Since 2001

    Nurse, mother, wife, Catholic and avid reader!

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    "Excellent story, pretty good listen"

    My husband is a former Navy officer, so we met a few SEALs in our travels. Every one was just as decent, honorable and diligent as you could possibly imagine. Denver's story is typical, in that no SEALs story is the same. Their is not cookie cutter for SEALs. He could be your tattooed, heavy metal loving dive instructor or your kids (often absent) 5.0 Sunday school teacher.
    The description of BUDS was the most comprehensive I have ever heard. In real life you are lucky to get more than a "It was tough" out of one of them. I now get itchy every time I hear the phrase "sugar cookie". I do think one way to expand the program is to open another training school. While Coronado is the one good deal the Navy has to offer, I always thought it odd that while they have East and West coast teams, they only have one training program. If you opened another on the east coast (in VA Beach), you would never have to worry about how hard the program is, the natural competitiveness between the two branches would have them pushing the candidates. Particularly if at the end the big races are between teams from the two programs.
    The book is mostly apolitical, but does address some of the bigger political tensions facing the program. Success does have its drawbacks, and one is the tendency to overuse the successful programs in too many situations. I do think Obama has had such success using the SEALs because he resists the temptation to overuse them. The missions they have been sent on (that we know about) are exactly in the mission intention scope of the SEAL program and that is partly why they have been so successful.
    I saw Act of Valor when it came out and had no idea they were real SEALs! Rats. It was not obvious they were not actors. I had no recollection of the kissing scene he talks about, but the hostage rescue! Yikes! That I remember! I just thought it was true stories, not the true stories by the real people. Cool.
    Now, I like when an author reads his own work. (Still annoyed with you Fahreed!) But his performance is read like a non actor reading his own words. Some mixing issues where you can tell something was added in later, but nothing too bad. I do wish you got to download the quote list and reading suggestions with the audiobook. That is the only thing that would make me recommend getting a physical copy over the audiobook version.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Walker Paisley, Oregon 03-25-13
    Jim Walker Paisley, Oregon 03-25-13

    26 years in SAC with the B-52's during the Viet Nam War.

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    "Exciting story Excellent performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Damn Few the most enjoyable?

    Denver takes the listener into the hearts and minds of the warriors giving an insight few that have never been in combat could ever understand. The tight relationship between men that had been so different in civilian life is stressed.


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

    Several other books look at the acts of war, but this one deals more with the men than their actual battles.


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

    This is my first by Denver, but will not be my last


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was particularly moving, when a few visited Arlington. I have been there and understand.


    Any additional comments?

    To learn about the bravery of young Americans gives us hope for the future. On the evening news you hear about the youth that commit crimes and are failures. Fortunately the majority of our young men are like the ones in this story. The public needs to know about the ones that are the hope for our future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brekk Macpherson Meridian, ID 03-24-13
    Brekk Macpherson Meridian, ID 03-24-13
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    "Integrity, respect, patriotism and honor"
    What made the experience of listening to Damn Few the most enjoyable?

    Damn few was well written and very well put together. It flowed from one point to another without effort.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history, honor (to self and country), the respect and how it was not based on immediate gratification but on sacrifice and determination.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be mandatory reading/listening for today's generation. They need to learn about heroes, working for what you want, honor and patriotism. For way to many these items are missing in their lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Levin Chicago 03-22-13
    Thomas Levin Chicago 03-22-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Simply outstanding"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A great, compelling and personal story of dedication, bravery and commitment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything.


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

    Absolutely


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The description of the funeral of his colleague killed in action


    Any additional comments?

    A highly motivational story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miss Camberley, United Kingdom 03-18-13
    Miss Camberley, United Kingdom 03-18-13
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Damn Few the most enjoyable?

    The fact that the author narrated the book himself is great. This made for a very authentic and personal experience.


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

    Will be interesting to compare with 'Fearless' which I will be listening to next!


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this audio book. It's compelling, and written with real passion and love for the SEAL brotherhood. It pays homage to the bravery of the men who serve, and to the families who support them and hope they come home safely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Lutherville, MD, United States 03-18-13
    John Lutherville, MD, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Damn Few, true stories of our modern day warriors"
    Would you listen to Damn Few again? Why?

    yes, well told and riveting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The training, professionalism, and dedication of our Seal warriors.


    Which character – as performed by Rorke Denver – was your favorite?

    Rorke Denver


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Rorke Denver and all our Seals are modern day Spartans. They are dedicated to keeping us free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hugo Edmonton, Canada 03-06-13
    Hugo Edmonton, Canada 03-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "6 out 5 it is that GOOD!!!!!"
    What did you love best about Damn Few?

    Well narrated and one can only have respect for the "SEAL WARRIORS"!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Seal team's ethos - they do their job for the greater good!!! The story is one that is hard to press stop - you want to continue listening to the narration about these elite warriors!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The author's will to NEVER GIVE UP!!


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

    NEVER GIVE UP!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended book - you will not be disappointed!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    robert 03-01-13
    robert 03-01-13
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    "Inspiring Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes It's one of the best books I've ever read Men of Honor being my favorite movie you can see why


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

    Books that captivate your interest such as Tin Roof Blowdown and even Deep Sea Divers but this book is also Inspirational It will bring emotions in the listener ,Thank you sir from an ex-submariner


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

    didn't know he had any


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

    They did that already and I just ordered the movie "Act of Valor"


    Any additional comments?

    Good job! I only couln't relate to the ancient military books

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Sarasota, FL, United States 02-23-13
    Carol Sarasota, FL, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Thank you for doing such great job!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. It is wonderful to hear from someone so dedicated to service of his country.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rorke


    Which character – as performed by Rorke Denver – was your favorite?

    Rorke


    Do you think Damn Few needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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