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
The story was that of a very proud Navy Seal. His loyalty to the Seals, Navy, family and this country, America, squirted out of every word he printed. Just had a really hard time getting through this book because of the language! It was horrible!!
I read the book before and it was one of my favorites, however the narrator made this a whole new book for me and not in a good way. The narrator whispers during the parts of the book where someone is yelling and it completely takes you out of the book.
Great story. Would have seemed unreal if it was not non-fiction due to the amazing feats of the SEALs. I never realized how the ROE affected the military and the impact of the media on their choices. To view the current style of war from the eyes of someone there, and the real struggles they face, this is the book. This book was honest and it has been a long time since I have read a story that made me laugh, cry, and understand the core of the people involved.
If only to honor the memories of the fallen warriors of this story, as well as every other lost solider of war.. this should be on your read list.
Marcus - I can't imagine how hard it was putting this experience to print, but thank you for sharing your story.
an incredible story of some true American heroes and Patriots. The only downside for me was the reader. Something about the way he told the story at times it seems like he was reading a children's story to some kids as opposed to a very serious and dramatic situation. also, I understand that the main character is a good old boy from Texas, but I felt that the reader overdid it in trying to portray it.
Marcus Luttrell is an American hero along with all other American military men and woman listed in this book. We must hear the true words and stories of these men's sacrafies so that we may attempt and yet always fail to try to understand or relate in some manner. These men's doing is far out of reach and understanding to all civilians and I say that as one. Those who don't read ooks like this or research credible resources rely on Hollywood's depiction and idea of war past and present. The film Lone Survivor greatly honored all those invovled unlike many other military movies made today. Thanks you. Marcus and thank you to all men who lost there lives in and around Operation Red Wing. Also, thank you to all of America's great Freedom Fighters and Defenders. You are greatly loved and appreciated.
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