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
What amazing and heroic men! Thank you for telling the story Marcus! Navy Seals have got to be the baddest warriors ever to walk the earth. The grit and determination is unfathomable.
The Lone Survivor is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to so far, though I found the tone and tenor of the narrator voice a bit jarring at first, The accent which I believe to be Texan didn't quite denote the seriousness of the story, but I got used to after a while.As for the story, it was compelling. If this was a fiction piece, critics would have panned it for being far fetched
If I had to compare Lone Survivor to any other book, it would have to "Bravo two zero" by Andy McNab, which I read about 15 Years ago. Very similar. . About a small team of SAS on recon op in Iraq that goes wrong, and they are fighting for their lives.
Cannot name a favorite scene there were too many. .
The scene where the battle with the Taliban ensued, though out gunned, out numbered, and badly injured, facing certain death a the hands of a ruthless and determined enemy, their resolve never wavered, the courage, fighting spirit and love those four men showed for one another in their last moments was not only moving but inspiring. .
My only problem is now to find another special ops book that exceeds or even just equals this one. Something tells me it is not going to be easy. .
This account of what and why it happened on that I'll fated day on Murphy's Ridge must be written in our history books and read by all who grow up in these United States of America, for all Eternity!
action-packed, heartbreaking, and intense
LT Michael Murphy - He showed true heroism and great leadership until his dying breaths.
Marcus Lutrell - He was great at showing his emotions and getting into character. It made the story come to life listening to it.
Yes. But it didn't turn out that way.
Amazing story. Must-listen or read
Writing wasn't great and there were quite a few scientific errors. Probably wouldn't bother most but I'm a scientist and they bothered me. On the upside, the story of American heroism is incredible. What a country we live in.
Fantastic story, and what those men did was amazing and awe inspiring. My only gripe is a personal one for how many times the author complained and expressed hate to "liberal media" and "rules of engagement". The opinion was made clear about 5 times a chapter. Got a bit old and tiresome to go out of the way of the story to complain about other people so regularly. Overall amazing story.
This was a great story . . . One of the best I've heard. I enjoyed everything about this book, and I have listened to this one more than once. This is a great story, and inspiring story, don't miss it!
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is one of those books the grips you from beginning to end. The accuracy in the foot behind the writing of this book I thought it was extraordinary. Highly recommend this book.
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