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 read almost exclusively non-fiction; there are so many real stories that are worth knowing, and learning from.
In some ways, yes. I can listen often when I cannot read.
Marine Sniper, story of Carlos N. Hathacock, Jr.
The deaths of the other 3 SEALs in the battle for "Murphy's Ridge"....incredible courage
If you want to know what our SEALs and other armed forces endure in order to serve this country, I don't think you will ever find a better book by one who has been there, right in the middle of all out hell on earth.
Heart wrenching, heroic, grueling . . .and its true.
I don't know Marcus, but I know someone who does, and they say he's a true hero.
He's strong in every way.
This story has so much information in it - Patrick Robinson really helped fill out this story into something that paints the full picture.
Unbelievable. You can't write fiction that can create this scenario.
Unbelievable, yet true.
It got a little "conservative" and "overly patriotic" at times. One step beyond what I think what middle America is about. But regardless, he shares his true feelings and deserves a pat on the back (and more) for it.
Definitely get this one!
Mr Luttrell is an American hero and for his buddies that didn't make it back are American hero's as well. I have never gotten so emotional over a book as I did with this one. I was stuck to the book from beginning to end.
Yes captivating and inspiring!
Learning somewhat of how the Navy Seals train and what it takes to become one. Also the truth about what the media puts the true soldiers through that are only trying to protect them and all of the American people.
To Hell and Back
Better fact checking. Boeing does not make engines and the C130 is made by Lockheed. The Air Force does not have "1200 lb" bombs unless that is something new. KIA's are not shipped home in polished wooden caskets. Metal remains containers use to be the standard. I could go on and on but all these minor mistakes just make me wonder who took the time to edit this.
However all of that is picky. The biggest problem I had was the depiction of the argument over the military expediency of killing unarmed civilians who might be Taliban sympathizers. That is not just something Americans refuse to do because of the liberal press. At least in the U.S. Army Special War ops soldiers are trained that attrocities give aid and comfort to the enemy. Kill three unarmed tribesmen including a 14 year old and you will create 300 more combatents. At one point he mentiones they had no rope to tie them up. I can't believe they were not smart enough to cut some of the tribemen's clothes up into strips and do the job. Never mine that they blew it to begin with if three goat herders wandered up on them from behind.
I can't imagine the Navy is happy with this part of the story. Please don't tarnish the reputation of men who gave their lives for this country just to make political points.
Marcus A true American Hero
He put his Heart into the telling of the story , made you fell like you where there
Yes I wish i had had the time. And one you were sorry when it ended
My heroes have always been military and defenders of our country. This account of Seal training and what they have to endure , from the media and the leftist hate America crow, to defend us and do the job that has to be done but most would not want to , especially the left .It is must Listing/reading. For anyone to question the “Guts” courage of these men is despicable. This book made me cry so many times for the suffering and sacrifice the seals make. And unlike John Kerry (who served in Viet Nam you know) who is a hero in his own mine, these brave seals will tell you to a man that they are just common people. DON’T YOU BELIVE IT THEY ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST. GOD BLESS THEM ALL.
I was deeply touched by the moral dilemma the members of Operation Redwing faced when they encountered the unarmed villagers. My heart goes out to all our soldiers who have been in similar situations, who made the right decision, but now have to suffer with those memories and the consequences of those decisions.
Falling Down (then getting back up and fighting like hell)
This is a story that needed to be told.
I like the audio version when I'm driving or running or walking. But if I was just sitting around--I would probably like it in print.
Hell Week as Marcus describes in his book is amazing and he is very tough
of course the main character Marcus--a tough Texas cowboy with a twin brother by the name of Morgan. He is great because he always tries so hard at everything and he loves America and Texas.
I will hate to finish it. But then I would love to meet the author and his family and hear more about everything. It's very good
my body responded to many areas of the book. I swear i could feel the pure physical exhaustion and well. ...... A little bit of sand in my waistband. It really put me back in combat and reinforced my own dedication To our great nation and my brothers in arms
While i was with 502nd infantry reg 101st abn division invading Iraq i recall the effects of running missions without water. A day in the battle without water was the worst. My heart went out to marcus. Although it in my opinion may be impossible to write the words i know the feeling.
Must read for any left wing media nutjob.
I would try another one but if it also continued the same pattern of bashing his opposite political views I think I'd stop.
There was too much emphasis on the author's hatred for the political left. I understand the reasons why but it came up too many times in the book. It was like okay - enough already.
The narrator bought a real intensity to the story and incredulity that you would not get just by reading it.
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