For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moments....
From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines.
No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives. The blow-by-blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen's life straight through to the radio call confirming Bin Laden's death, is an essential piece of modern history. In No Easy Day, Owen also takes listeners onto the field of battle in America's ongoing War on Terror and details the selection and training process for one of the most elite units in the military.
Owen's story draws on his youth in Alaska and describes the SEALs' quest to challenge themselves at the highest levels of physical and mental endurance. With boots-on-the-ground detail, Owen describes numerous previously unreported missions that illustrate the life and work of a SEAL and the evolution of the team after the events of September 11.
In telling the true story of the SEALs whose talents, skills, experiences, and exceptional sacrifices led to one of the greatest victories in the War on Terror, Mark Owen honors the men who risk everything for our country, and he leaves listenres with a deep understanding of the warriors who keep America safe.
©2012 Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks
This is a must read book for all people interested in wanting to understand how the raid on Bin Laden went down. Well written and narrated. It makes me very mad that our pathetic VP and others leaked the identity of the team that carried out this mission. One of the that team was killed a month later and I hope Biden thinks about that when he goes to bed at night.
Part Time Soldier and Full Time Geek and Civil Servant... I love innovative thrillers and Science Fiction and Fact.
This was not a bad book, nor was it much more than a simple story, told with simplicity and fairness. I am military, and read all the DoD directives about this book's caveats about storage and discussion about any information leaked or disseminated in this book, but I gotta tell you, it was a very good, simple, almost-escaping mediocre book. It is worth a credit, and some may get much more out of it than I did, but I tend to appreciate history and biographies, and this one was understandably limited due to its author's subject and milieu.
More personal histories, and less jumping around from the "now" to his youth, to his "last year" and "during that exercise", etc. It was laid out as if someone were describing the screenplay that will inevitably be based on this material.
inflection, tone, and familiarity
No extreme reactions, that's my point. It is somewhat bland
I think I am biased a little, and may not appreciate that this book was meant more for young men and women who are seeking some inspiration for what to do with their lives, such as seeking a military career in special ops.
I couldn't resist.
Despite knowing that this guy had broken all kinds of codes, I listened.
It was interesting and a great glimpse into and SF life.
It is well written.
I was seduced by the idea that much of the proceeds would go to widows and families of fallen warriors.
I have since discovered that they have refused it and that more is going to the author than I knew.
If you're looking for huge secrets or major insights, there really aren't any. There are details.
I'd say the book is 80% about coming up in the SEALS with 20% on the actual mission.
The author has since been silenced by the SF community.
You have to decide whether just buying it is encouraging this type of thing or not...
It makes a statement,
If i could do it over again, I'd pass.
Long commutes need something to remove the boredom! Love history, mysteries/thrillers, scifi and bios, but read a little bit of everything.
I found this to be an honest and fair account of both the Seal life of the author "Mark Owen" as well as the events leading up to an including the ultimate death of Osama Bin Laden. Although, like many of these style military novels, some level of political opinion and bad language are present, but the story is fair and even handed and although it departs from the official line offered from the White House, does not attempt to cast anyone poorly. Overall, a great book with good narration. I highly recommend it.
Interesting story about a very remarkable band of men. Exciting from start to finish. A very easy but good read.
I couldn't stop listen to this audio book until it ended. I very liked it.
if you are looking for a book to kill time with its a great read but if your looking for something more you should look in to Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. lone survivor might be one of the most moving books i have ever read. well worth your time.
silent but deadly
everyone already knows the highlight of the book, but the step by step detail is what makes this particularly gripping.
Seal Team Six: Taking Care of Business!
it's nice to hear how our military takes care of business, whether they get credit for it in the media or not. No political slant here, just real men doing their jobs. Jobs that most of us couldn't handle. I give high praise for this soldier, and all men and women in each branch of the military.
"An interesting slice of history"
I had heard about this book from a podcast on the BBC. It is a very good snapshot into the life of a special ops soldier.
I did not think it was particularly well written, but it is certainly an easy listen.
I really wasn't sure what this book would be like. After all we've heard a lot about the mission so I wondered how it was going to be stretched out into a full book. How wrong I was! This book is a fascinating into the world of the elite navy seals unit. The 'big' mission is only part of a really interesting book about the training, culture and sheer guts that the unit has.
I'm not a fan of military books normally, but I really enjoyed this one. It had me hooked from the start and kept me engaged right until the end.
I totally enjoyed this tense and action packed book.recommended for everyone who enjoys military stories.
This book is compelling reading and gives a level of insight into the life of Mark Owen and the life of a special ops soldier. The author walks a balance between giving enough information to make the book understandable and enjoyable but without compromising secrets.
The book isn't particularly well written but this is forgivable as it's the fascinating subject matter your buying it for. What I liked more than anything else about this book is the authors tone. There is an obvious pride in his unit and his work but this doesn't boil over into some dreaded national chest beating which it could easily have been. Instead Owen has a number of reminders of the human element of the men that do this work and their vulnerabilities.
Owens kudos climbs further when you discover that some or most of the proceeds from this book are going to charities for wounded soldiers and their families.
"A glimpse into the life of a NAVY SEAL"
Clearly written by someone who has lived the military life, No Easy Day brings with it an authenticity and pace that grips from start to end. More than just a snapshot on an operation, Mark Owen gives us the context and lets us in on an extraordinary decade of war. I would recommend setting aside some quality time to listen to this book because once you start you won't want to stop.
"Like hearing history in the making"
Unsure if it's better as I've only heard this audible book (and seen the film Zero Dark 30) but as someone who spends a lot of time of the roads I'd say it's pretty good, I like historical literature and found this to be very informative of not just the raid but also SEAL entry, life, expectations....only negatives are it was a little full on the 'Yee-haw' Americanism for my liking but it is a book about American soldiers so what did I expect?!
The actual facts of the raid, the equipment used and why it was used.
Mostly he was fine although I did find his voice a little grating at times. Hard to explain, I just felt at times like saying "I know many would like to have been there and to have shot UBL but you weren't so just lay off a bit" - that said I guess someone narrating a book would put their spin on it to make it entertaining but maybe he put just a bit too much in?! Maybe I'm being too harsh though.
No real change in emotions, a guy got killed after all so whilst historical and maybe necessary, i cannot in good conscience take pleasure in someone else's death, no matter how 'evil' they are perceived.
"Great story, well told!!"
From a UK point of view it wasn't too 'American'. The US and UK military have very different mind-sets and, as a former UK soldier, some books about the US military just don't seem to strike a chord (no offence intended to the US, we just have different approaches to things, I'm in no way saying our way is better).
This book however really seemed to engage me, you are able to get into the mind of Mark and understand his drives and what his life must have been like in the SEALs. The actual Bin Laden raid is described well, with emotion, but it does not seem over the top.
I would fully recommend anyone who is thinking of getting this title to go ahead and do it, I have listened to it a few times and will probably do so again.
Everything, I have books I like where I find the narration lacking but I enjoyed this fully, the narrator does a great job.
Understanding his fear of failure as the drive to put himself through the types of brutal training they go through was good but I was most moved (to laughter) by the "staff of power and the jar of biscuits" - you will have to listen to it to understand :)
"Life as a Navy Seal the true sacrifices involved"
This is the best book I have listened to so far. It was respectful, non sensational and honest. The author acknowledges his own short comings and describes how he copes with his own A type personality and OCD. Its a testament to the power of the mind and wonderful guide on how to work with ones faults to make them an asset.
I never really thought about how the Osama Ben Laden mission would impact on the daily lives of the individuals involved. The description of how the cellphones started to buzz as the men got home really struck me. Their lives had changed forever. Their work lives would move into their private lives and nothing would be safe or private again. Its a sacrifice they hadn't counted on.
In the prologue the author expressed a concern about how this book would be received amongst his colleagues. I think that is really sad. This book is a testament to personal courage, determination and a love for country that I don't think anyone can fault.
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