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
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I became so appreciative of these men as defenders of our country and way of life! The rigors they have endured for our freedom is over the top.
Not to diminish at all the heroism of these men, but, listening to Marcus' constant bashing of the "Liberal Media" wondered if Lutrell knows that the right to be liberal and have liberal medial is one of our constitutional rights. and the most egregious was his disdain for the Geneva Conventions. It takes away from his merits.
It's an incredible episode in our war with Afganistan, for sure - but there are other reasons that Danny Dietz, Matthew "Axe" Axelson, Marcus Lutrell and, Michael Murphy were caught in that scenario - It may have something to do with Iraq.
I've only listened to a few military books, but this has been my favorite! Even though you know the end- listening to the intensity of the time in Afghanistan was gripping.
This narrator totally ruined this book for me. It sounded like he was trying to fake the accent of a Civil War private from North Carolina. Glad I got this one on sale, but would still like my money back.
update - had a bunch of driving to do, and no other books, so I finished this one. still didn't like the narrator, but the story was great. what a stud. It's worth sticking out the bad narration.
I Truly have so much more respect for our armed forces after reading this book. The story really comes alive and you get a first hand account of the indomitable courage of a U.S. Navy Seal. I guarantee it will bring a tear to your eyes more than once as you get to know the guys in this book and the ultimate sacrifice some of them gave without blinking and they didn't stop fighting until the end. It's a truly admirable story that will be looked back at through the ages.
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