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.
this blew me away. lately i've been on a spy-novel book kick, and somehow i saw "damn few". wow. just wow. i guess if i had to guess what the very best US warriors went through to be trained, and what they did in combat, this book spells it out and makes it real.
i cannot relate, but i am thankful.
this author is, dare i say, a true american. he's a gentleman and well read. he's also a killing machine and proud of it. proud to serve, that is.
if this seems a little interesting - get it. you will not be disappointed!
When he was in BUD/S & when he dealt with the bullies in elementary school.
He's a pit dead pan and would have liked to have seen more of his personality come through. The story might have been served better by a professional reader like Ray Porter. Loved his narration of Howard Wasdin's & Kevin Mitnick's books.
The BUD/S hallucinations made me laugh.
Absolutely. I cannot get enough of these stories. Given that it is directly from the author makes it so much more meaningful.
I have been studying the Navy SEALs since joining the Navy in 1998 because I was never allowed to be a SEAL myself (I am female, you see.) Despite my obvious disqualification, I was honored to have worked with and enjoy the company of many SEALs during my time. I miss my friends who were lost on August 6th, 2011 especially. Denver does an excellent job of describing exactly what it takes to be SEAL. Thank you for what you do Denver.
I've listened three times already. The anecdotes are awesome, the recounts of operations and the SEAL mindset are inspiring. Rorke's account would give any person thinking of becoming a Navy SEAL some good food for thought.
His recollection of SEAL training tells just enough of what it take to become a SEAL without revealing anything sensitive to national security.
It's already been done... Act of Valor seems already a good representation as Rorke advised and incorporated some elements of his actual experience into the film in which he performs as a SEAL.
The story of the Seals is awesome. The camaraderie, pride and excellence championed by the Seals inspires me.
Rorke's telling of the last couple of days of hell week tend to stand out the most to me. The hallucinations and the "steel pier" experience are particularly noteworthy.
I think the narrator made the story as well as detracted. The fact that it was the "real" guy telling the story helped. His monotone delivery and somewhat dry style didn't help the story.
I loved it when he talked about his daughters and the lessons he wanted to teach them.
Well worth the purchase.
Damn Few is the best of its kind.
American Sniper, Lone Survivor, and Service due to the branch of the US military and the intensity.
I enjoy hearing about the events in life that made men like Denver choose this way of life.
Hearing some of the stories from his life that moved him in the direction he chose.
Hearing him tell his own story made me feel as if i were talking with him and he was sharing the stories of his life with me.
I am not embarrassed to say that these true life stories effect me deeply and i often cry when hearing some of the things these brave men endure.
This is not a book that is divulging any SEAL secrets, this is a book that shares the life story of a man who has been and has forged the elite warriors of our Armed Forces.
The narrator has your full attention
No Easy Day
True story of the making of a Navy Seal
I bought this book to listen in the car with my husband to keep him interested. We both really loved this book. I bought it for my dad who really enjoyed it.
I am an avid reader and listener of books and audiobooks. I love my new Kindle as I can enjoy both mediums! I live in Australia and love thrillers!
This was a very different book and Audiobook because the author narrated it. This made the flow of text and narration very natural. As a result I soon became hooked. Denver has a very unique way of prefacing thoughts and topics and then entering into it in depth and making his point. It was very effective and engaging and his authority and genuine passion for his work and service was obvious and came through clearly in the narration.
I liked the fact that Denver is the real deal and laid out what he could in a genuine way which was honest and matter of fact but indicated his incredible professionalism, his passion for his military career, his family, his friends and his genuine desire to write a book and narrate it to tell the truth about what he does and avoid the hype, but to do so with a sensitive touch that in the end only did himself and the Seals and his friends and family proud.
No, but I thoroughly enjoyed his narration of his own book which in itself is outstanding.
This book drew on a gammit of emotions and evoked so much thought. I was not prepared for the diverse emotions it would evoke.
This book is not just another Seal Book. It is an outstanding contribution to the topics of Seals, service, professionalism, sacrifice and the support that a Warrior needs to do such a job. I was thankful and grateful to hear of the role that family and friends have in supporting these extraordinary service personnel to do their job. It is a vocation and calling and one that should not be taken lightly and is not. This is an extraordinary record of Specil Ops Warfare in a very unique time in our world and political history. Special Operators and other Units of the services have all made very unique contributions that can only fully be measured by future eventualities that are still to come to fruition, despite some positive results and some negative ones as well!
"the damn few"
already read the book and i have the film but listening to the man himself was just a pure honour
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