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
This was truly an "experience" for the listener. What a true patriot and amazing man Marcus is. It must have been the challenge of a life time for him to share his story.
One of of the things about this book that hit me hard was my personal thoughts and beliefs on some of the frightening challenges presented to our nation's safety were truly validated and brought out crystal clear in this book. When the liberals, both in government and the media were putting our nations brave and best on "trial for murder" I was sickened. To see how this affected Marcus and his team...I can't find the words to describe how infuriating it is.
Thank you Marcus for your service to our country and for keeping us all safe and free, regardless of those who, without a clue about your reality, tried to put you on trial.
You will sit in your car and be late for work as the story unfolds. You cannot get enough. Extremely captivating.
The performance was A+. Perfectly chosen narrator for this story.
I WILL listen to it again. Great story and next time I have a bad day, I will remember Redwing and understand my day isn't really all that bad.
No Easy Day, The Red Circle, Acts of Valor, On Combat etc. Shows the true nature of a warrior. Also Service, the second book by Lurtrell. Another great book.
Passion. Believed in the story he was telling. Has continued this in Marcus's second book Service.
His survival instincts during and after the fire fight on the mountain.
I would place this book in my top 10.
The best thing about this book is the level of detail that it was written with.
Texan, Silly, Dramatic
The Voice talent really got silly sometimes. Totally pulled me out of the story in some instances, because of how over the top it was.
Yes. To a point, when reading the print version you aren't aware of the level of emotion that Luttrell has for his fallen teammates. Listening to the audiobook gave me a better understanding of the 'full story'.
The bravery and sacrifice of LT Michael Murphy's final actions. His leadership and heroism was so well and dramatically described, it's impossible for it to not be the most memorable.
I've listened to Marcus Luttrell speak and seen him in videos. While there are differences in their voices, Collins captures the character of Marcus Luttrell extremely well.
In the beginning of the book, when Luttrell describes his visits with the families of his fallen teammates and the difficulties he had relating details to them - it's impossible not to be broken up. There were several parts of the book that bring the same reactions.Also, Luttrell's descriptions of BUD-S (especially "Hell Week") are at times, hilarious.
Marcus Luttrell can be described many ways. A Texan, a SEAL, a patriot, etc. But, the most appropriate way I can describe him, is genuine. Accounts like the one in 'Lone Survivor' are sometimes described as overly dramatic, self serving, or exaggerated. Largely I feel this is because of a lack of understanding of who these men really are, and of what they do. Most people never know someone from the Special Operations community. Often if they do, they aren't aware of it. I have been fortunate enough to know a few of these men, and simply put, they are the most unassuming and honorable people among us. They are truly the best of us. The selection processes and the brutal training does a lot to weed out the types of men that are just seeking a spotlight. Those types just do not survive the winnowing out process. Those that DO, are quickly exposed and sent to the fleet before they ever make it to "The Teams". I am grateful to Marcus that he gave us all a glimpse of the lives and heroism of the men of Operation Redwing. I'll never forget it.
Yes. The story is gripping. It is amazing to think one man survived this encounter and that three others lived as long as they did during this battle.
I loved the connection Marcus' twin brother had with him during this time.
My favorite "scene" was from the time the four Seals landed on their mission to the time Marcus was saved. I was awestruck the entire time.
While I have always appreciated our soldier’s willingness to do our countries dirty work, I now respect them more than ever. Even if it is slightly embellished, as some claim, the story is fabulously dramatic and riveting. Luttrell gives a great picture of the mind set, discipline and intensity necessary to succeed as an elite warrior. And where would this country be without such heros?
The story also tells of the frustrations experienced by our military when we let the politicians plan and execute our military endeavors. Lutterll shares the anguish and danger of having to fight under policies built on lessons we apparently didn’t learn in Viet Nam. These ‘rules of engagement’ not only keep us from winning wars but put our soldiers at risk and get them killed.
The read was a bit flat and I found the Southern accent distracting (even knowing Luttrell is a Southerner). But, his passion for the subject and the action and drama made me want to listen straight through.
A great Book. I would recommend this book for any and all. This is what really happens in war. This is how strong the bonds are between men in war.
I read almost exclusively non-fiction; there are so many real stories that are worth knowing, and learning from.
In some ways, yes. I can listen often when I cannot read.
Marine Sniper, story of Carlos N. Hathacock, Jr.
The deaths of the other 3 SEALs in the battle for "Murphy's Ridge"....incredible courage
If you want to know what our SEALs and other armed forces endure in order to serve this country, I don't think you will ever find a better book by one who has been there, right in the middle of all out hell on earth.
Heart wrenching, heroic, grueling . . .and its true.
I don't know Marcus, but I know someone who does, and they say he's a true hero.
He's strong in every way.
This story has so much information in it - Patrick Robinson really helped fill out this story into something that paints the full picture.
Unbelievable. You can't write fiction that can create this scenario.
Unbelievable, yet true.
It got a little "conservative" and "overly patriotic" at times. One step beyond what I think what middle America is about. But regardless, he shares his true feelings and deserves a pat on the back (and more) for it.
Definitely get this one!
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