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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 | [Marcus Luttrell]

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how 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.
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In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive.

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

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    David Seattle, WA, United States 02-02-11
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    "Kill them all, let god sort them out"

    "Kill them all, let god sort them out" is what this book should be called. I expected a story of survival under extreme odds, which it is, but the story comes across as a "Don't mess with Texas" type of narrative. He regrets not killing some people who he blames on getting him into the mess (How about tying them up and moving to a different location rather than letting them go?) only to be rescued by the same tribe members later on.

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    Carolyn Glen Mills, PA, USA 01-28-09
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    "Amazing Story from an Amazing Man"

    The author is an incredible man who survived under the most dire circumstances and graciously shares his experience with us. One of the most enjoyable listens I've had with Audible!

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    Neil Waverly, IA, USA 12-26-08
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    This book is absolutely amazing. A must read. Nothing else to say

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    I enjoyed hearing the story from one who was there. Good on you....

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    Joe Atlanta, GA, United States 10-22-07
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    H. Connelly Philadelphia, PA 10-20-07 Member Since 2003

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    Ronald Joliet, IL, USA 09-16-07
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    "Great story sad outlook"

    Its a fantastic story of real Heros. It almost made me feel that the liberals should be our next target. We do fight for freedom for all Americans don't we? Maybe we should look a little closer at who and why we are in this mess anyway.

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    Chris Richmond Heights, MO, USA 08-03-07
    Chris Richmond Heights, MO, USA 08-03-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Disappointed"

    I listened to the first 1.5 hours of this audiobook. I found it very disappointing. If you are interested in reading a 'Navy SEALS are really tough' book, you will enjoy it.

    I had been hoping for a survival narrative. One where the facts of the events are so amazing that they are inspirational in themselves, without a lot of hyperbole from the author. Something like 'Into Thin Air'. This book is not a survival narrative. If you look on Amazon, you will find a whole genre of books describing special forces training and toughness in hyperbolic terms. This book is more like those.

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    S. Schieber McMinnville, OR United States 11-30-08
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    "Brave soldier, good story, too political"

    This is Marcus Luttrell's story, and it's his absolute right to tell it in his words. And while his particular political views are an integral part of his experience, they are a distraction from the narrative. His ordeal and bravery would be no less significant if he did not frequently drop derogatory epithets about the enemy, gush praise for political leaders, or blame the "liberal media" for decisions he made in impossible situations that later went bad.

    The author's writing style was also distracting. He would emphasize powerful situations that needed no emphasizing with over-the-top comparisons (a time of heightened awareness: "I could have heard a goat fart from a mile away") or employ misstated analogies ("you couldn't have pried me off with a chainsaw").

    Books like Black Hawk Down tell a compelling story, give a basic political background, but do not get bogged up in extreme political opinions to the point where it detracts from the story.

    This is as much a story of Marcus Luttrell and his particular history and beliefs as it is a story of battle and survival. That is fine and legitimate, but it is not made clear from the book's title or publisher summary.

    It is a compelling story, but it is hard to follow the events with the frequency of the author's political interjections.

    The narrator reads well, and seems to have been picked for a down-home, Southern drawl to match the author's East Texas roots. It grated me a little that certain military words like Chinook were mis-pronounced (chin-ook instead of shi-nook).

    Overall, the story told about the author's amazing heroism was too hard to find amid the other commentary.

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    Don Bakersfield, CA, USA 09-13-07
    Don Bakersfield, CA, USA 09-13-07
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    "Lone Survivor"

    Great story. The reader does a great job.

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