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
Jack of all trades, but expert at none. Newest and lates adventure is learning to fly and rebuilding my business.
Really sad story, but so crazy well written and read. I loved this book, makes me so proud to know that we have men like these fighting for us.
Say something about yourself!
Yes. It's just good story telling. The old war chief by the fire place can not be beat. Everyone has something to learn from stories such as these.
Marcus.. His cursing delivered both humor and honesty in a way no formality can do.
He carries the tone well.
Worth your time.
Writer is WAY to full of himself, not a good writer, and just generally obnoxious. I know - he's a brave Navy Seal (which I admire and respect greatly), but geez, this author is just such a bloviator, and so certain that his view of the world is the only correct one. He's that guy at the party who insists on taking center stage, and thinks everyone is enthralled with his stories and jokes, when really everyone is just wanting to get away. I think this author not writing this book would have made it much better. The subject matter is compelling, but not from this writer. As a fellow Texan, his juvenile rants about the greatness and superiority of all things Texas is just tiring. Get over it - there's nothing magical about Texas. Its just another state with a lot of folks who have brainwashed themselves into thinking they are special.
Nothing by this writer or reader.
The reader seems to be shouting most of the way through. Maybe he was just frustrated to have to read such awful writing by this blowhard author.
Not any that I can think of.
Overall, and while I am usually easy to please, this one is so bad that I am considering asking for my money back. Unless you just have to know about this particular Seal team, and this particular mission, etc. avoid avoid avoid. Sorry to have to write that, because I really wanted to like this book.
Wow. I have no words to describe how amazing and awful this story was to listen to. Amazing because of the usually untold heroics of these silent warriors. Awful in the fact that they went through that experience. The book has very few, if any dull points. The story is well played out. The narrator, Kevin Collins, does an amazing job. So much so, I'm looking at other books he's narrated just to hear his excellent ability to tell stories.I could almost feel myself in some of the moments with U.S. Navy Seal Luttrell. I often felt deeply emotional about what he and his U.S. Navy Seal buddies went through. And I applaud the fact that he wants the world to know, not so much about him, but the ultimate sacrifice made by his colleagues, in the name of freedom. I also valued the unfiltered, unapologetic, God-fearing, pro-American manner in which the story is told. I appreciate Marcus Luttrell's love for God and country, especially in an increasingly PC-sensitive, American-hating world we're seeing more and more each day. God bless you Marcus and all your buddies who made the ultimate sacrifice.
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.
the story is good
The narration was terrible. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and you have to settle into the reader sometimes. I couldn't with this one. The reader over emphasizes every word. I really wanted to listen to this book but could not do it. I gave it a good two hours on different days and finally had to just stop it and buy the text version to read. (I don't get much of a chance to just read so gives you an idea of how hard I tried to stick with the Audio) I actually check the narrator on books now to make sure I don't get a book with this one again. I see he's narrated a few others so maybe this was just a bad one for him but I'm going to pass for now.
Would be great if it was narrated by someone else and someone should help the current one with his over dramatizing and elaborate pauses.
As x warrior i have to tell that this is incredible book and very well written . This is describe you really well what is a courage and scarifies , friendship and commitment to protect this incredible country .
The phone call that one of the Seals made under fire to ask for help .
The survival frog !
It make me drop a few tears i not gonna lie .
Spatial tnx to Kevin Collins he definitely made it sounds very realistic and helped to imagine the story .
True Story and the Narrator
His experience in Afghanistan and the loss of all of his friends and his strength and emotions.
at the top
knowing it lets people at home know what our brave service members are willing to sacrifice so private citizens can have the freedoms they do back at home.
the voices and accents really capture the characters well.
NEVER EVER FORGET
I am only sorry this book needed to be written. I look forward to the movie version.
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