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 didn't dislike him as much as some of the other reviewers but a lot of parts were over emphasized. The "Hooyah Instructor Reno" drove me insane though.
When they announced to his mom that he was safe I got the ol "cutting onions" experience.
I really disliked the assumption that every "liberal" hates our troops and wants them all put in jail. I found it to be far off base and not true at all. Some people in this country are going to always dislike our armed forces, but to paint an entire group (if you can even call "liberals" that, as if people are all the same) with such a wide brush was annoying and small minded. All in all though this was a good book by an incredibly heroic man.
The story of Marcus Latrell is an inspiration. The narrators voice is annoying. Can't wait for the movie.
His voice with it's high pitch and drawl was annoying and didn't make me think it was a Seal telling his story.
A great story about resolve, survival, and what men just like me put themselves through to protect our nation.
When Marcus was finally rescued. I literally put my fists up in the air in victory.
The movie did not do the book justice at all. The book developed the story much deeper and the relationship between Gularb and Marcus. This book is a nail biter through almost the entire read.
Don't have time for reading, but audio books let me multi-task. I like that.
I wouldn't know, but it was good.
Maybe I'd compare it to unbroken. Both of the protagonists are real and went through some hard core @#$%, but Unbroken still has Marcus beat. Either way, I respect the hell out of both of them for never giving up and keeping hope alive. Just keep moving forward.
This guy did a great job. Really conveyed the emotion in the words.
To many to mention. He's a great man and his story is one of tragedy and overcoming that tragedy.
This book goes to show that whatever your problems are, they can be worse. Get up and keep moving forward. Give them hell all the way.
I do not like the Narrator.
The reader is to soft with his reading.
I just can't listen to the guy go on about how strong, smart, stalwart and heroic he is. The relentless details of his training are not what i thought this story was about but here I am 5 hrs in and we're still in training!. Early on it reads like a military recruitment commercial and all the light hearted comments are so corny its like it was written for another era. Not sure I can listen anymore. I think the movie must cut out all this stuff.
A better narrator.
I don't know that I could pick just one. It's such an intense story from start to finish.
Awesome true events
The moment I decided to delete it, sorry, can't listen to the horrible voice reading this wonderful text
He is horrible, his fake Southern accent is so bad I couldn't finish it. Willl buy and read from Amazon
Buy the printed copy and read it, dont bother with the audio
The combination of history, opinion and fact.
I think Mr. Collins played Marcus Luttrell perfectly. It was a joy to listen to.
YES! However at just around 16 hours of audio that was pretty much impossible.
I literally spent the last two hours of this audiobook in tears. Crying out loud, tears.
In reviews I don't get political. Personally I don't feel this is the right place for it. While I respect others that might; I simply don't feel the need to engage in that sort of discussion with pretty much anyone. Because I've found that most people's political (like their religious) beliefs are deeply held and resistant to change. Again, I respect that.
So I won't engage in a political discussion about this book. I will, however, explain why this book impacted me so deeply.
I hold the United States Military in the highest regard. Government? Politicians? Not so much.
The men and the women who volunteer their lives to protect the country I love? The people who lived their personal and private lives with respect, honor and dignity - I will never speak a bad word against.
My father was a U.S. Marine. My husband served in the U.S. Navy and now serves with honor in the Air Force. My father-in-law, my brother-in-law and my son are all either U.S. Air Force veterans or currently serving. My father-in-law is a veteran of the first Gulf War. My close friends include retired Army Rangers, retired Navy Seals, current Air Force officers and enlisted and even a Coast Guard officer. To say I am pro-military is to make a understatement so great I don't even have the words to express it.
What this book was to me was a look into the heart and soul of an American hero.
Marcus Luttrell takes us on a winding journey at first; back and forth between present time, his childhood, his Seal training and what was present day. We learn about the heart of a Seal in general, the heart of one Seal in particular. The heart and soul that allow a man to walk deep into hostile, enemy territory because he believes he is doing right and defending his country. The type of heart and soul that keeps a man fighting as his brothers fall and die beside him. The type of heart and soul that helps a man with severe injuries fucking crawl almost 5 miles on an Afghan mountain. The type of heart and soul that I can barely comprehend. That you, if you are honest, can barely comprehend. Or we'd be there too...willing to pay the ultimate price for the United States and her people.
I learned more about terrorism (from a man who has looked terrorists in the eyes) and the history of Afghan tribes from this book than I've leaned from the media or politicians since September 11, 2001. I discovered how the media impact warfare. How politicians who have never set foot in a hostile environment influence command and control. I discovered the deep integrity and honor with which some Afghan tribes operate. And the ruthless warfare the Taliban engage in.
Perhaps this book is preaching to the choir, though I wish everyone would read/listen to it.
Because while it is political it is also written to honor the heartfelt sacrifice of the men who perished during Operation Redwing. Men who were husbands, brothers, fathers and sons. Men who decided to risk their lives so that I can be free and safe. Men who deserve to be remembered (as do all of our fallen soldiers) for all eternity for doing so.
While the movie that is based on this book does follow quite well, there is so, so much missing. Much that deserves to be read, understood, pondered.
As I said previously, people hold their political and religious beliefs closely and deeply. It is my hope that they do not hold them ignorantly, taking the word of talking heads in media or government as truth. If I could wish one thing it would be that people would gladly take it upon themselves to be educated in their opinions. Research. Listen to opposing views. Most opinions have a grain of truth and the truth is not always something that we want to hear. However, we as a people, as a nation, need to understand what goes on around us. We need to understand current affairs. We need to understand history. We need to comprehend how it all ties together.
Or it all falls apart.
I highly recommend this book/audiobook to everyone.
P.S. The narrator did a phenomenal job. I've seen and heard many interviews with Luttrell and I felt like it was the author himself narrating the book! Well done and bravo! I was mesmerized for over 16-hours.
The best, most dramatic and inspiring audio book I have ever listened to.
It is true.
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