Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive.
This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors.
A born and raised Texan, Marcus Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training, where he and his fellow SEALs discovered what it took to join the most elite of the American special forces, to a fight in the desolate hills of Afghanistan for which they never could have been prepared. His account of his squadmates' heroism and mutual support renders an experience for which two of his squadmates were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism that is both heartrending and life-affirming. In this rich chronicle of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers a powerful narrative of modern war.
©2007 Marcus Luttrell (P)2012 Hachette
I've read quite a few histoy/military history books so far, and this ranks right up there as one of the best tales to date. Dick Couch's 'Warrior Elite' edges this one out as the best so far, and I mention it becuae there is a relation betwen the two books. In this story, Marcus Latrell, USN SEAL, talks about his training with BUD/S class 228, the same class that Mr. Couch expertly documented in his book.
The novel begins a bit slow, and the readers attempt at a 'texas good ole boy' accent is distracting, but once the story shifts to Operation Red Wing, the pace picks up. If you want to be inspired, truely inspired, then read this AND 'Warrior Elite'. Navy SEALS are not just the toughest, best trained fighting division in the world, they are also an ultra rare breed of men. Their stories are simply amazing.
Listen to the Authoritarians
The guy who reads this book, with his psycho-pathological over-enunciation of every word, is the most distracting, horrifying thing that could happen to an otherwise interesting book. How anyone could enjoy this is beyond me. I would honestly rather listen to a cute-voiced 5 year old read this than this clown. He's just soooooo terrible. Marcus, for the love of god, have it re-recorded by a normal person.
DIFFERENT READER!!!!!! Without the fake over-exaggerated accent. I can BARELY listen. I've heard amazing things about this book, which is the only reason I even trying to push through this nightmare reader.
I will never buy any other book in which BOZO the psycho-pathological over-enunciator reads. It's just so unbelievably bad.
This is one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of listening to or read. I'd heard a very brief introduction of Marcus' experience listening to American Sniper (another book that I really enjoyed) and wanted to know the rest of his/this story. I found the book to be enlightening, entertaining, and solemn at the same time. The commitment of the SEALs to their fellow warriors and their country is an inspiration to us all.
It's hard to pick an individual scene I found memorable... the beginning of the book, which covers the training and team formation is essential to set the stage for the rest of the book. Without that, the passion of the individuals and the team isn't readily understood. Once you get into the battle though, when the bullets started flying, the whole rest of the book was something that I'll never forget.
This is the first book I've heard that was narrated by Kevin Collins. Truth be told, I almost didn't "buy" this book because of the negative comments about his narration. Boy, were those comments wrong - and I'm glad I ignored them!! Kevin did a great job and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to any other book he narrates. He clearly conveyed the literal intent of each chapter and captured the emotional content - I readily understood what Marcus, his team (actually Mike's), and those around them were going through. This book was written exceptionally well AND the narration was excellent too.
Nearing the end of the battle of Murphy's ridge when Danny, Mike, and Axe died. You knew it was going to happen, but hearing the full story, and of their heroism was was just amazing. I am in awe of these guys, what they do, how they do it, and what they stand for.
I would listen to the book again to catch something I may have missed. I didn't know all of the acronyms.
Marcus. His brutal honesty, positive and negative, was moving. His accurate depiction of the story was incredible.
When Marcus sat down with his Commanding Officer after being rescued.
Honor without compromise.
This is my first review of an audiobook after listening to fifty books. The book and performance were superb. I can not imagine how either could be improved.
Absolutely, the story in and of itself is one of the most incredible stories of perseverance.
Quite simply, the string of luck he has to make it out alive.
Many people dislike Kevin Collins' readings because he is very dramatic. While it is true it is a bit overwhelming at first, the story is worth the listen… Plus, you get used to it rather quickly. The people vilifying the book simply for Kevin's reading are being overly dramatic.
Yes, it absolutely has it's moments in which you tear up. It also has moments that are too incredible to be perceived as true at first glance.
I've read or listened to a vast array of military nonfiction. From World War II and Vietnam, to the Cold War and contemporary writings, I've got a decent amount of experience with the genre. This is, without question, the most incredible true story I've ever read… With all due respect to 'Unbroken.' If you listen to one story, one military nonfiction, one SEAL book, I hope it is this one.
Yes, it's great book to listen to while working out with of the action!
Marcus, because he wrote this book!
I don't think there were any happy sciences par say but it was a good book
When the army found him!
Marvelous, Astounding, Flabbergasted
I loved the part when his voiced cracked while fake screaming during the SEAL training.
I bawled the whole time it talked about his friends dying. Unbelievable! How they continued to fight with all their gunshot wounds is a mystery to all but God.
Loved it, but I wish that no one ever had to go through what these guys went through.
Emotional, educational, intense
The fire fight of operation redwing.
He sounded like aaa navy seal
COULD NOT TURN THIS BOOK OFF!! Best one I've ever listened to.
This is a top 10 story.
Details of SEAL training.
Last moments of the battle when they had to jump off a cliff to survive!
Don't miss this story.
This book makes me proud to be an American. The story is told without fluff and buff, it's pure and straight from the heart. I must read/listen to anybody who wants to know what true sacrifice is all about.
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