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
At first impression the voice was a bit strange but ends up telling a phenomenal story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
As a lefty, the blame that the author points towards liberals is irritating. Believing the media to be messed up because of its' liberal bias, rather than the lazy, or profit driven bias, is an all to common problem. I also find it hard to believe that the way the wars were executed under Bush 43, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, were overly (if any) influenced by liberals.
That being said, Marcus and his comrades paid in blood partly because of rules of engagement. His family also paid a price for the sloppiness of the media. He has a right to his belief's and I suspect that they are maturing after the release of the book and film. The irritating bits stand out, but are a very small part of the book.
The book seems to be in his voice. Marcus telling you of his service and the heroism of his team mates. It has the feel of a very heart felt story told to you during a weekend of barbecues and beer.
We learn a bit of Mr. Lattrell's history. He tells of the process of becoming a SEAL. He does a spectacular job in his quest to relate the battle that the book centers on. He also conveys great heart, respect, warmth, and emotion when he talks about his team mates, what was done for him by others, and pretty much everyone that was worthy of such consideration.
I really do recommend the book. Left/right rancor needs to stop preventing us from seeing value in others view points. His is a well told and important tale.
Shows the heart of our brothers and sisters in our armed forces. It's amazing what one will do for another when it comes to saving a life, and what they will do to complete the mission.
I saw the movie prior to listening to the audiobook and, as good as the movie was, the audiobook is far and away better than the movie. I HIGHLY recommend this audiobook to current and former military members, and those who hold military personnel dear.
I had to struggle to look beyond (hear past) the narration to consider the prose for purpose of review. I could not make it thru the first chapter due to unnecessary and distracting drama and cornpone voice. It made the story sound hokey and cliche, where if I read the book it would likely have seemed more engaging. I could not 'survive' 1 hour much less 14 hours of it...
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