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
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.
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.
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