This is the story of team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. More than anything, this is the story of how his teammates stood beside him until he was the last one left - blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and breathing.
Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in by a Pashtun tribe that risked everything to protect him from the Taliban.
In this moving chronicle of courage, Marcus Luttrell offers one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare.
©2007 Marcus Luttrell; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
From start to finish the story moves. Marcus draws you into the story in such a way that one feels like he/she is actually there with him and his fellow Seals. This is a true accounting of outstanding courage. Marcus deserves a wonderful rest of his life. Thank you and your friends in arms for all you do to protect this country.
I'm not generally a fan of military stories, but this is a story worth hearing! An amazing true tale - not so much of a hero - as a man faced with terrible odds and guilt at the loss of his comrades, who manages to survive the worst of luck and live to tell the tale.
He's a bit over-the-top military in his descriptions and attitudes - but of course, that is exactly, authentically who he is - and what makes the tale so engaging right to the end.
Having been raised in a military atmosphere and then working as a nurse to war veterans increased my respect and amazement what our patrotic members of armed services do for us. I felt as if were right there with these seals thru their training and then war. I felt as if I lost my family when the seals were wiped out, and my love and heart goes out to Marcus, Thanks for writing this story; their story. Everyone who has any family in the military, or not, need to read this book. We as americans are so much a greater people with men like these seals.
A remarkable and fascinating account. Of particular interest is the way the firefight is related in a cool, clinical, almost detached manner, yet the author's political commentary is delivered with great intensity! It would be easy to dismiss his politics as blinkered and jingoistic, and yet within the context of a soldier the logic is simple and straightforward, allowing no room for the colour grey. For me, his tale is not just an engrossing and horrific account of a soldier's survival, it is also an insight into a soldier's survivalist view of the world - a world so different from any western civilian's.
This is a terrific "read". I was completely engaged even though I knew the outcome. You will want to listen to this before it becomes a movie. If you liked "Black Hawk Down" you will like this book.
Bravado, brotherhood, teamwork, and testosterone - clearly four traits that create serious soldiers.
This is a gripping dive into a terrible story of a mission gone wrong and how valiantly the Navy Seals can and will fight.
The book focuses on the single mission but does little justice to the training required of Navy Seals. The portion of the book that focuses on the training does so by discussing the physical trials that Seals are required to endure. Unfortunately it gives little information or background on the academics and intellectual level of training e.g. language, culture, medical training etc. There's a reason that these guys are so self-sufficient, and it's not just their physical prowess.
Another downside of the book (IMO) is that the author essentially blames the liberal media for the failed mission. (You'll have to read it for this level of detail.)
Otherwise an exciting adventure story and insight into the culture that gives cover to the Taliban.
I cant begin to put into words what I felt while listening to the absolute heroism by these 4 Navy SEALs as they fought against overwhelming odds. They are a shining example of the heart of a soldier, a patriot, and a true american!!
You will never regret listening to this story. HOOOYAH!!!
I have always admired the people that serve our country. This book raised my admiration even higher. This book makes you feel like you are with them on that journey. Very well written and I hope they make it into a movie.
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