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 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.
I'm not a book-worm by any means. I sometimes read a little fiction to relax and send my mind to another place. This means that I won't comment on the language of the book. I'm simply "not qualified". However, I can comment on how well narrated it is, and how thrilling the story is.
I finished this book in one sitting. The first half hour was so-so. Mainly because it was mostly about glorifying the US military, patriotism etc. I'm from Europe, so I don't really buy into that, but it wasn't too distracting. But when the story takes off, it is really a good adventure! The balance between describing the current state of the main character, and his history which brought him there, was very well done. The narration is also very captivating! I'll be finding more books narrated by Kevin Collins!
All in all, this is a book I can highly recommend. Especially if you like US patriotism (whether you are a patriot, or just like the fact that patriots exist, or something else entirely..). The story is thrilling, and the characters are captivating!
No. For me it was like listening to a high-school essay. Truly highlights the the fact that writing great history (even your own) is quite difficult.
No. He sounds like he was a fantastic warrior and it is a great story- but it is about 100 pages longer than it should have been. Many of the scene descriptions were full of trite provincial blurgh which caused me to push the skip button more than a few times.
Less farmer- more warrior.
No- I fought through it.
"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.
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!
"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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