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.
I wanted to see the movie version of this book after hearing the author on the radio state that the movie was very true to the story except for one unnecessary scene of him stabbing one of his capturers which never happened.
And the reviews on Audible were all so good I could hardly wait to listen to the book. Even if I am the only person who disagrees, I still found it impossible to listen to the narrator. Nor was I interested in the entire biography of Mr. Luttrell and his political views. Somewhere in the training for SEALS it seems they lose the ability to remember that ( A) they volunteered to do this work (B) that everything they got and became is because the American people provided it to them and they got the best of everything and (C) their unique and limited experience of the world does not reflect REALITY for the rest of the universe.
The title of this book is misleading as it implies it is the story of Operation Redwing. I fast forwarded and fast forwarded and never got to the story but did get to the end of my patience listening to Mr. Collins imitating a "good old country boy from Texas." Golly and gee whiz, I want another book Audible, you can keep this one.
I was recommended this book and I see why after reading it..BUT disclaimer- warning to those who are sensitive to bad language or plan on listening to this with children around. Only until Marcus is where he can't communicate because of a language barrier, does it slow down. I'm sure reading probably wouldn't be as bad but hearing the swear words constantly was not good for me. I won't be listening to it again.
Probably not, I don't typically read books more than once unless they are some sort of self help book or the Bible.
I loved Marcus, because he had amazing comrodary and respect for his fellow Seals. He pumped up all the others to be better than himself which made him stand out all the more.
There were really too many to pick a single favorite.
Finding out that Seals say prayers, and that while he cursed a lot he had a lot of faith and hope. Knowing he prayed prayers that was taught from a young age and held onto those things through the lonely rought times.
What an Insight
The book not only tells an incredible story, (A True Story, by the way) but gives the listener / reader an insight into the lives and training of a SEAL.
This book reminded me why their are words like Hero, Patriot, and Honor in the dictionary.
Above and beyond
The tumble down the mountain in the middle of a firefight!
Yes, but I really enjoyed listening during my commute. It was a very engrossing book.
There was a lot of "SEALs are better than everyone else" in the book. And I understand that. However, the training many elite troops go through are just as demanding.
I didn't read the print addition but I can't imagine it being better than the audio version.
Even though you know how it ends, the build up is wonderfully dramatic.
I would recommend this book to anyone! If you think you had a tough day at work, or at home…. listen to this story! We owe our lives and enjoy freedom at the cost of some truly heroic men who gave everything without questioning, why me!
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.
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