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 wanted to read this book because so many people had told me how great it was. However, I must have been naive to expect the story to be written as a narrative versus as a sort of long conversation with the writer. The book is full of very far right Conservative, anti-Liberal rhetoric, which, these days, I'm getting a bit tired of all the political hate, from both sides. I understand that should maybe be expected from some military guys but I felt it severely distracted from the story. I appreciate and agree the sacrifice anyone in the military makes needs to be remembered, which is part of why I wanted to read the book. But the author so clearly expected the "liberal media" to criticize him that his criticism of the very far left Liberals (though he seemed to expect this of all liberals) and defense of his and the military's actions pervaded the entire book. I ended up being taken out of the story every time he would do this, even though I agree there are sometimes necessary evils and tough choices made in the time of war.
It was interesting to hear about some of what the SEALs have to go through for training. However, this also felt more like Navy advertising versus being a part of the book. Yes, it was good to give the back story and idea of the mindset and personalities of the SEALs, but it was a little more than the first 1/3 of the book which just seemed unnecessary. It is amazing what Marcus Luttrell and his team went through and great to know there are people out there who will fight so hard to save a complete stranger, especially at high risk to themselves.
The narrator really wasn't that great. He over enunciated every word and spoke just far too slowly. I listened to the entire audiobook at an accelerated speed. The first third at 2X speed and the part that was actually about the operation at about 1.5X and had absolutely no problem listening to the story. It helped the narration sound more normal, especially since, like I said, the book was written more as a conversation Marcus Luttrell was having with someone versus a retelling.
Anybody. Mickey Mouse, perhaps? Bugs Bunny? His narration was so painful, that I couldn't get past the first hour of the audio book.
Oh, Lord, no!!!!!
Yes captivating and inspiring!
Learning somewhat of how the Navy Seals train and what it takes to become one. Also the truth about what the media puts the true soldiers through that are only trying to protect them and all of the American people.
To Hell and Back
Truly a blockbuster of a story. I would definitely put this one on the "Don't Miss It" list.
I had never heard of this story until I saw the synopsis on Audible and decided to give it a try due to the outstanding reviews. Add my review to the listeners who give this one an exceptional rating!!
Not only does this book give the reader/listener a good basis for understanding what it takes to become a SEAL, it really hits a home run describing the relationships of the SEAL brotherhood and their undying love for each other and their Country.
The book also takes some pretty good shots at the ultra-liberal hypocrites who are ruining this Country from top to bottom. I did find out that parts of the story and some of the factual troop accounts by Lutrell were challenged. However, when I researched it further, I found that the challenges came from liberals who were out to bad-mouth Lutrell due to the fact he was so critical of liberals hypocritically jeopardizing the safety of our soldiers in hostile areas around the world.
The narrator does a fine job and I truly enjoyed the story from top to bottom, beginning to end.
Overall, Highly Recommended!!
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?
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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........!!!!!!
This truly is a book I couldn't stop listening to! I'm a retired U.S. Marine, I am telling you... you must get this!!
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