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
As most people have already noted, the performance was fantastic and makes this story more personal, almost making you feel like you are there. But more importantly, this is one of the best first hand accounts I have read of a military operation from the only survivor of Operation Redwing in Afghanistan. Marcus Luttrel takes you through the experience with many flashbacks to put perspective into his story and make is very personal. From his life as a child and twin to his brother (and fellow Seal) Morgan, through Seal training and into the field for the mission. There were places where I was almost in tears - you can actually feel Marcus' pain in this story. I don't think it is possible to come away from hearing this story and not have a more profound respect and gratitude to those who sacrifice to protect us and the rest of the world from our/their enemies. My ONLY complaint is that there are a couple of tirades against the "left" which could have been either combined into a single treatise or just shortened. I understand his reasons for doing this for in his opinion, the rules put in place is what led to the disaster which this story tells.
Great insite into what goes on with the seals.
Unbroken and Ghost Soldiers. Great books too.
These men are true heroes. Outstanding loyalty and commitment to our country and their brothers. I wish more people could understand this kind of love and dedication.
Say something about yourself!
This story is so powerful, its hard to add anything to it. He was wise and made sure he didn't take anything away.
This book brought me to tears many times. The sacrifice that these men made is amazing. Lone Survivor is a must listen.
In the top 10!
The way Marcus tied multiple events from different points in his life into the whole story. His ability to define the importance of teamwork and his character development of his story.
No, But I thoroughly enjoyed his performance and he too will be in my top 10 performers list along with Scott Brick and Dick Hill.
Neither. But I have recommended this book to many friends and colleagues.
I really enjoyed hearing the story of an elite member of our Special Forces. I believe it is important for the USA to understand just what these men will do to protect and defend the country.
In a heartbeat. The narrator is outstanding and the writing is beyond moving. It conveys as best as words could the struggle of Marcus and the story of SEAL Team 10.
The whole book is a moving story of endurance and struggle. A fitting way to tell the story of the Operators of SEAL Team 10 and Operation Red Wings
Only Part 2. The author recounts the hellish experience of BUDS and SEAL training like every other account I've read. But the the experience in the Afghan mountains is an incredible account of the tenacity of what these men endure to insure our freedom.
Listen to it!
There are no characters, these are real people.
You do not ever notice the reader, it is as if Marcus is reading to you. The highest praise for Kevin.
Absolutely. It is a very riveting story that gives you the closest look into what it means to be a SEAL except for joining the SEALs yourself. It is also a story about some of the most brave and patriotic American's ever to exist.
The detail of what took place during their engagement with Taliban forces.
Not a whole lot. Its really annoying when he changes his voice when the person speaking in the book is shouting or yelling.
Yes, and I darn near did.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
This was an absolutely amazing story about a group of true american patriots. Great speaker.
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