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Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors | [Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo]

Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors

When Osama bin Laden was assassinated, the entire world was fascinated by the men who had completed the seemingly impossible mission that had dogged the US government for over a decade. SEAL Team 6 became synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. Only a handful of the elite men who make up the SEALs, the US Navy's best and bravest, survive the legendary and grueling selection process that leads to Team 6, a group so classified it technically does not even exist. There are no better warriors on Earth.
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The ultimate story of America's dominant warriors....

When Osama bin Laden was assassinated, the entire world was fascinated by the men who had completed the seemingly impossible mission that had dogged the US government for over a decade. SEAL Team 6 became synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. Only a handful of the elite men who make up the SEALs, the US Navy's best and bravest, survive the legendary and grueling selection process that leads to Team 6, a group so classified it technically does not even exist. There are no better warriors on Earth.

Don Mann knows what it takes to be a brother of this ultra-selective fraternity. As a member of Seal Team Six for over eight years, and a SEAL for over 17 years, he worked in countless covert operations, operating from land, sea, and air, and facing shootings, decapitations, and stabbings. He was captured by the enemy and lived to tell the tale, and he participated in highly classified missions all over the globe, including Somalia, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. As a current training coordinator for several civilian SEAL training programs, and as a former Training Officer of SEAL Team 6, he was directly responsible for shaping the bodies and minds of SEALs who carried out the assassination of Osama bin Laden.

But to become a SEAL, Mann had to overcome his own troubled childhood and push his body to its breaking point - and beyond. Inside SEAL Team 6 is a high-octane narrative of physical and mental toughness, giving unprecedented insight to the inner workings of the training and secret missions of the world's most respected and feared combat unit.

©2011 Don Mann (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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    Carlos Toa Alta, PR, United States 11-23-11
    Carlos Toa Alta, PR, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2008
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    "I hated the darn Bleeping!"

    They keep bleeping supposedly National Security information in the audio every minute, this drove me nuts in the first couple of minutes, just make the story around it or generalize it but do not put a bleeping sound that will drive the person listening nuts!

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos Perez "Darkoperator" 11-23-11 Member Since 2008
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    "I hated the darn Bleeping!"

    They keep bleeping supposedly National Security information in the audio every minute, this drove me nuts in the first couple of minutes, just make the story around it or generalize it but do not put a bleeping sound that will drive the person listening nuts!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    David Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-19-12
    David Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-19-12
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    "Skip it until you've read EVERY OTHER spec ops"

    First and foremost, there's no denying Don Mann is a complete, total and utter badass. He's the epitome of "badass"...and he knows it.

    In fact, this book is more about his "HOO RAH! I'M SUCH A BADASS" attitude in life than about anything pertaining to the SEALS. It's nothing but "I immediately INSERT AWESOME ACTION, thus proving that I'm the greatest INSERT ANY JOB FROM MEDIC TO COOK that has ever lived. I trained in INSERT ANYTHING FROM MEDICAL TO DOG GROOMING and loved every minute of INSERT ANY CRAPPY SITUATION THAT PROVES YOU ARE AWESOME. I overtrained so many times that I recieved INSERT ANY INJURTY THAT ONLY PROVES YOU ARE EVEN MORE OF A BADASS, SUCH AS RUNNING WITH A BROKEN FOOT, OR PUSH UPS WITH BROKEN SHOULDER! I ROCK SO HARD IT'S AMAZING MY HEAD HASN'T EXPLODED FROM THE AWESOME!!!"

    There's nothing really pertaining to SEAL missions, and really only focuses on various stories that took place during a few training missions. These are the type of stories you'd tell your buddies while playing poker, except they're filled with so much "I'M SUCH A TOTAL AWESOME BADASS THAT I SHOULD BE GIVEN EVERY MEDAL...EVER!" that even your best friends would kick your ass and stop hanging with you.

    On top of that, the book is filled with "confidential" parts that have to be bleeped, as required by "3 govermental agencies".

    In actuality, it's bleeped as a gimmick to make you think there was really something confidential written in the book, but everything that is bleeped is freely written about in other books.. the term "Delta Force" is bleeped, the nicknames of the teams within SEAL TEAM 6, like Redmen, and Apaches, even the names of weapons and air force teams are bleeped. It's obvious there was NOTHING confidential written in this book. Hell, there are books that are titled 'DELTA FORCE' and this book bleeps that. It would be almost laughable, were it not so frustrating.

    The stories Mann tells are "ok" at best. There's nothing in here worth really listening to. I've read MANY spec ops books, and honestly, this is the worst one I've ever found. don't get me wrong, if you're a spec ops junkie, you'll get some enjoyment from this, but on a scale of 1 to 10, if "INSIDE DELTA FORCE" or "ROGUE WARRIOR" would be considered a 10 (which I dont consider them a 10), this doesn't even rank. it's really bad.

    It really gets disturbing how much Mann talks about how awesome he is. He even talks about his awesomness rubbing off on other people. Stories where he sits down, talks with his brother, who's hard into drugs, boozing, neglecting and abusing his family and beyond help, but after just one conversation with Don Mann, his brother goes on the wagon for 30 years, is now a sucessful business man and he owes it all to his wonderfully badass SEAL brother.

    He talks about how he trained people, and then he tells THEIR stories of badassary, and takes credit. since, after all, he taught them whatever they used to be a badass. Even if they didn't use whatever he taught them.

    The book reads like someone who is so desperate to be a Navy SEAL, that he makes up and lies about all the awesome SEAL stuff he's done, when in fact, he's done none of it.

    I'm not suggesting Mann isn't a NAVY SEAL hero, or, obviously, a badass, but it's just so over the top, it's difficult to take seriously, especially when there's isn't more than 2 stories of actual SEAL missions. It's mostly training missions where something went wrong, he sprang into awesome action, saved millions of lives, taught hundreds of people who saved trillions of lives, and would be accepted into Hogwarts school of wizardry, if he wasn't so busy calling Chuck Norris a wuss to his face.

    On top of all that, on top of all the nonsense stories and self ego stroking, he tells the story of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, and actually GETS THE FACTS WRONG!

    I swear, think back to that kid you knew growing up that lied about everything. that kid that was a constant "one upper" and had to do one up on anything you did, or at least tell a story where he had done one better, but never could do it when you were watching. Thinking of that kid? Good. Now imagine he wrote a book about being a SEAL, but instead of telling SEAL stories, he talks about all the marathons, iron mans and physical endurance contests he participated in while being a NAVY SEAL.

    As I write this, i realize just how awful this book was. I'm surprised I even finished it.



    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    12-02-11
    12-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    What disappointed you about Inside SEAL Team Six?

    The bleeping bleeps. Why not write a story that you can tell. See inside delta force!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this! Could not finish!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The bleeping bleeps!


    Any additional comments?

    Why would you do this?

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    David Franklin, MI, United States 12-26-11
    David Franklin, MI, United States 12-26-11
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    "Waste of time! Not about SEAL Team 6."

    This book was not about SEAL TEAM 6 it is about how Don Mann trained for iron man races, and marathons. It is a book about Mr. Mann's experiances outside of SEAL Team 6 There were very little SEAL team situations, and the long beeping out of certain information was not only uncalled for, but it took away from the book. It was down right annoying.

    Unclassified names and places were beeped out and I don't know why, unless he didn't get permission to use their names in the book, and if that was the case he could have used a fake name and not beeped it out at all. The information that was beeped could have been "tweaked" so there were no frustrating long beeps.

    Any SEAL team mission, information, or experience seemed to be an after thought and kept very brief. It seemed like there was more enthusiasm about his races and how in shape Mr. Mann was. The Author could not get back to talking about extreme races or his personal life outside of the Teams quick enough.

    I'm sure Don Mann is a great person and a GREAT SEAL but the book was not about what happens inside a SEAL team, let alone SEAL Team 6, it was about how Don Mann grew up, and how he trained for long distance races.

    I look up to all SEAL's, and Don Mann seems to have been a great one with outstanding physical endurance, But if your looking for a book about SEAL TEAM 6 this is not the one.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    jim@mindofmen.com Boston, MA 05-23-12
    jim@mindofmen.com Boston, MA 05-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Bleeps were annoying - couldn't listen to it"

    This could be a good story. I'll never know. At the start of the book, the narrator says that whenever classified information had to be redacted, the listener would hear a beep. So here's my first problem - if you have to have info redacted, just re-write the parts with the redaction. This is not a formerly classified memo that was released under an FOIA request that needs to be presented in its original format with just the sensitive parts blacked out - it is a story and can be presented however the author chooses. If the DOD has a problem with details on one part, then simply edit it, don't leave it in and sound some stupid tone over it. The noise totally interrupts the flow of the story. Listening to this book made me feel like I was watching a Jerry Springer show.

    There must have been at least a dozen parts that were bleeped out in the first 15 minutes which is as far as I got. Furthermore, some of the parts redacted are just silly. One example was when the author was being shown the equipment of a young Seal. They bleeped several parts out. Anyone with an Internet account and access to Jane's military site or for that matter Wikipedia can obtain a reasonably close idea of what the Seals are packing today, so redacting this information is just stupid. And, if you are required to redact it, just modify the list of items in his kit so that the classified ones are not mentioned at all.

    The whole reason that I listen to audiobooks is to be immersed in the story. The incessant bleeping took me out of that immersion far too often to be tolerable. Maybe as the author gets further into his tale, the beeping will be less, but I'm not willing to listen that far. As one other reviewer mentioned, "Inside Delta Force" was probably also full of redaction, but the author had the good sense to write his story around them so the reader never knows. Don Mann should have done the same here.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Dallas, TX, United States 03-09-13
    Donald Dallas, TX, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "DO NOT PURCHASE!!!!!!!"

    There is a loud beeping sound inserted into the audio so often that it is unbearable! There might be a half dozen beeps in a single paragraph. They pretend that the beep is to cover up classified information, but it is a gimmick! In the introduction, it states that these beeps prove how much more information the author knows than what he was able to publish. It is so frequent, and breaks up the flow so severly, that I would highly recommend that you NOT purchase this audiobook!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    we la grange, KY, United States 03-08-13
    we la grange, KY, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "too much deleted"
    What disappointed you about Inside SEAL Team Six?

    there is entirely too many tones to block deleted material


    Would you ever listen to anything by Don Mann and Ralph Pezzullo again?

    my complaint is about the book and not the author


    How could the performance have been better?

    it would have been better to simply delete the audio tones or indicate what percentage of the book was censored.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ole Clayton, Australia 06-04-12
    Ole Clayton, Australia 06-04-12
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    "Bleeping is infuriating"

    The contents of this book is actually very very good and contains lots of entertaining and interesting material, however the bleeping of classified information ruined the experience for me. It seems that a lot of the bleeps are place names, dates, exact weapon, vehicle/aircraft models and other stuff that could be easily rewritten to not include specifics instead of bleeping out. The bleeping seems to be performed by an over-careful bureaucrat and I'm pretty many of the details censored here are mentioned in other SEAL related books and are fairly general knowledge and I'm surprised a guy like Don approved of this bullshit! Other than the narration and the story otherwise is good enough to resist shooting your speakers out during the bleeps.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Schalk Somerset West Cape Town, South Africa 01-30-12
    Schalk Somerset West Cape Town, South Africa 01-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting but repetative."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Focus more on ST6 than own personal life. Has more of a auto bio feel than an expose.


    Has Inside SEAL Team Six turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but mailly because the book largely misses the


    What three words best describe Peter Ganim’s voice?

    Fine


    What else would you have wanted to know about Don Mann and Ralph Pezzullo ’s life?

    Far more about ST6 and the opperations, skills, experiences. More examples of world events. Far less of the personal fitness and endurance.
    I bought the book to learn about ST6, I took it for granted that you SEAL types train hard.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the book title is misleading. Could not decide between mr SEAL or mr Triathlete

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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