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
Marcus Latrell gives such detail that it is heart wrenching to listen to the events he and his teammates suffered through on that mountain. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat even, obviously, knowing that he survives. A wonderfully description of what it means to be a Patriot in every sense of the word. This is a story worth telling.
Postponed listening to it because my boys are serving in the military currently. However once I started it couldn't stop until it was over. I laughed, I got pissed, I cheered and I cried. Doesn't get any better than that
It explains everything from the training that goes into forging a navy seal to the minute to minute detail of the harrowing disaster that was operation red wing. Went back and listened to it twice it was so good.
No. I would tell them to just buy the paper book and take the time to read it, the narrator kills the book.
The story itself. I love our military and its history and all the stories that come from it.
His voice is just breathy and over-exaggerated and his fake texan accent is unbearable. It really distracts from and destroys such a good story. His voice just isn't fitting for a navy seal narrative.
I'll let you know when i read the paper back. I can't finish the audiobook.
Can this be redone with a different narrator??
Are you one of the ones who's views helps or hinders those who bleed and die for you, and our country without regard for their own lives. They just want everyone else to come home. So do you help or hurt?
Not much to tell. Absolutely love to read and or listen to books from Stephen King. I have almost every book he's written. I also love music
Absolutely loved this book and the people and military that it stands for. We so often forget or just don't realize the amazing sacrifices made by our military for the rights and freedoms of the american public. This should come as an eye opener for so many people, and for everyone against the American military you should really read it so that maybe you will understand what goes into giving you the freedom to be able to be against men such as the ones in this book.
A story this strong is what should be read in our schools today! Anyone who thinks we don't need to support our military should be forced to read about great accounts like this instead of what our media proclaims. God bless our military and everything they do!!
absolutely loved it, how the narrator read this story with intensity. towards the end of the story had me in tears just what he went through the families and all the others. just hit me Marcus Luttrell story is so powerful........!!!!!!
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