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 would definately recommend this book to a friend. It is heart wrenching and joyful at the same time.
Marcus is a legend in my eyes. I have known of his story for a while but never really understood what he went thru until I hear this book. Wow...
The narration was excellent. Each character was brought to life thru his words!
The entire thing was very moving.
If you don't want people to see you cry, listen to this in private.
This was absolutely the best book I've read/heard in a long long time. Really a wake up call!
Narration although different fit the dialogue perfectly. Loved the wry sense of humor. The beginning although similar to some other books laid an essential foundation for the meat of the story. I will listen to this more than once. Might not appeal to all but I loved it. Thanks to the author for sharing this, hope it helps.
This book sounds like a recruiting advertisement for the Marines. There is no balance or appreciation for other viewpoints on why the US sent troops to Afghanistan. Unless you can handle multiple hours of what sounds like something off of Fox news, this isn't for you.
I listened to about 30 pages and the guy told me how wonderful he is about 50 times. Boring.
At least 80% of the self-aggrandizement.
Say something about yourself!
Heroic, patriots, all-giving.
Expressive vows of love of family, brotherhood, and country.
Too many to list.
Same as my 3 word list.
This guy has maybe earned the right to say whatever he wants to say and, yes, it is a free country because of folks like him.
I'll take issue with his little rant about liberals though. He claimed that if he shot Osama he'd probably be put up on war crimes charges and condemned by the "Liberal Media."
Of course, OBL was shot, right in the face, and the mainstream media didn't really get upset about it and only the fringe of the left had any issue with it. I'm liberal as hell and I celebrated the death of OBL just like any Texas red neck.
We can love our country just as much as anyone else. The rant he made about liberals did put me off a bit.
The narrator is a bit dramatic too, which I wasn't really fond of, but the story is what I got the book for.
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.
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