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
This book gives a great insight into what went into the operations and what actually happened when they got on the mountain. It also gives a good idea about SEAL training and BUDS/Hell week. You'll be happy with this book if you like the Special Forces!
Highly recommend. We had 2 boys (16 years old) in the backseat who thought they wanted no part of an audio book. After 45 minutes they were begging us to not turn it off.
We all learned so much about Afghanistan. I've read many books on Afghanistan - this offered a new perspective.
This book is truly amazing. I don't care what your stance on the war on terror is. You will come away with a better realization of how lucky we are, even blessed, to live in a country where brave men have always risen to the threat against our families, country, and liberty! Marcus makes my heart swell with pride in the american defined attribute of uncommon courage by common americans. I am so greatful for the sacrafice that so many have made that freedom may ring through out this land.
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.
"I wish I'd got an unabridged version"
I have attended a talk by Marcus Luttrell, and I think Kevin T Collins does a great job of replicating the voice while talking with clear diction so after a few minutes I could really imagine that it was Luttrell I was listening to.
That said, there's more to the story and background of Luttrell than is presented in this version, so an unabridged version would appeal to me too. I'd like to hear more about the Why? aspect of the things that happen here, beyond the sheer patriotism and determination to succeed, but what is presented is a great story.
I have seen various criticisms of the paperback version on Amazon, but I think this is a fair representation of the thoughts of a man who lived through something that most of us cannot really imagine without his own testimony. You may disagree with him, but this seems honestly enough presented.
The one thing that I miss in audiobook format, and it would be great if it could be arranged, is some form of graphic download of a map, or photo, or diagrams of the geography involved. It's hard to get a sense of the distances covered, or the relationship of the towns or army bases or hills and mountains. So although there is a lengthy description of a fight and falling down hills, I don't really have an appreciation for where the places are that the various things happened.
I seen the movie a dozen times but it never hit as hard as this book. I have gain a massive amount of respect for the SEALs and Marcus Luttrell
"What a story"
I'm British and I admire all who are in the forces. This story is a testament to all those heroes who fight the war on terror. The well placed humour was an added bonus. This book is a fitting tribute to the three men (not forgetting the other SEALs) who fought heroically to bring one lone survivor home.
P.S. The Lone Survivor film is a brilliant adaptation
"First part is familiar if you read Owens books"
The first two chapters are yet another report of Seal training, much like done in Owens book and as such don't offer any new insights if you read Owens reports already.
From chapter 3 onwards the book gets much more interesting when the actual combat ops are described.
Voice over is doing a great job throughout the book.
Listened to this book 4 times now and just gets better and better. Super book #neverendthefight
"A poor account of a life changing event"
2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs in northern Afghanistan travelled to the Pakistani border. To capture or kill an al Qaeda leader. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive.
I really wanted to like this book. And Operation Redwing, led to the largest loss of life in SEAL history, And yet this turned out to be anything less than absolutely gripping but miraculously Marcus Luttrell and his co-author managed it. , .
Then follows in gruelling detail his every breath in the Pacific of course no one does it better than Luttrell, of course, after this self adoration you want to hear about the mission.
Don't waste your money or credits buying it.
There is an autobiographical rant, that a liberal press is to blame for everything and no Navy SEAL is better than Luttrell himself
"From a fellow navy man."
LOVED this book and wish it wouldn't have ended definitely will read it over again.
they are spartans, they are one,they give it there all, they give there last drop of blood, they struggle for the dream, for in the struggle lies the strength and fulfilment to fight for what they believe in, B.U.D.S,there trident, there country, and there stars &strips.
I found it ok; I certainly found time to enjoy it. An unabridged version would have been better perhaps, as the abridged context can feel a little false.
Good to listen to, although I did find a few facts a little hard to believe. Overall, well worth listening to.
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