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 was a great story, well written, well read and true! I could not stop listening. I would rather listen to this book than watch TV, thank god for DVRs. I highly recommend.
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.
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.
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.
I was disappointed in both the narration and the content of the book. Lots of flag waving, lots of chest-beating. While there was an occasional insight, I was bored to tears.
The author clearly had a very rough time, but this book has a number of problems. First off is the issue of politics. I repect the SEALs and what they do, but I do not respect G.W.B. This book contains a lot of flag waving BS which does not belong. The author has clearly mixed up patriotism with presidental hero worship - it makes me question the truthfulness of his story. The section in which he blames "the liberal media" for a bad military choice he makes under pressure is esp. distrubing and probably not an honest depiction of what he was thinking.
Second the book leaves out a discussion of what went wrong. Why didn't they have better intel? Why did the radios stop working? Why was this mission so important to go in without intel and working radio?
Third the "god stuff" is very distrubing.
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