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
Wonderful narration and fast-paced story. Despite all the 'controversy' of it giving secrets, that's just the Defense Dept making much ado about nothing. He goes into why he wanted to be a SEAL and all the hard work they do. His fellow SEALS are also charmingly portrayed. He also, rightfully, explains the reason he didn't go through traditional military channels before publishing is because he was afraid some higher-ups would want to change things to make themselves look better. He wanted his accounted to be as accurate as he could possibly make it.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
The raw images of tests, practice, practice and pain
The voice was good, emotion heard, excitement edged
The one who did not get away
Yes. Excellent story how the author got from enlisting, to the mission that got Bin Laden.
The details of the assault as can be told only by someone who was there. Also, it was just another day at work for the author and his teammates.
I don't think I've listened to any of Holter's other books. I'm not sure I want to. His voice tails off too often at the end of sentences. That makes it hard to hear or understand the narrative while driving my car, with windows open. I do easily 95% of my listening in the car, so that was a problem for me. However, I buy books for what they are, not by who is narrating.
The only reaction I had was being extremely proud of our intelligence efforts and the US Navy SEALS who's team efforts removed this cancer of society from the face of the earth.
If the author revealed trade or operational secrets in the book I sure don't know what they were. I don't understand what all the negative press was all about when the book was released. I enjoyed listening and may well buy the paper copy to read again.
They are warriors
I felt like the author was being honest about entire story. No political agenda.
When Seal Team 6 arrived back in the States. It angered me about the political leaks but I was happy that the public showed their appreciation.
I was very curious about the operation Geronimo that killed UBL. That book answered most of my questions
No Easy Day is one of the best military inspired books I have ever listened to. The author and narrator do an excellent job of conveying the atmosphere & emotions that surrounded the capture and elimination of one of history's most notorious religious zealots. I, for one, am glad this story came out because it speaks volumes about the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect the innocent.
A very well written Non Fiction book, with no gimmicks. Easy to listen to, understand, with a great ending. This book is a " must purchase" Audible selection.
Non fiction, straight to the facts. The book flowed great in Audible form. Couldn't put it down.
I'm coming off one of the worst books in the Audible library( The Kings of Cool ) with the same narrator, Holter Graham. The Kings of Cool is the book that inspired the movie "Savages". It was friggin torture. The time of the audio book is about the same as No Easy Day. I finished No Easy Day in one day. I couldn't put it down. After two months Ive yet to finish The Kings of Cool. And when I heard the voice of Holter Graham I cringed.Even in this book he can give a feminine voice where it definitely doesn't belong.In my opinion, No easy Day was a Home Run, Had a different narrator been chosen the audio book would have been a Grand Slam.
So many things could have gone wrong. Because of the quick action of the helicopter pilot " Teddy" soldiers lives, and the mission were saved". This was no sure thing. And I have to say some disappointment. There is a 2008 movie titled Virtual JFK, director Koji Masutani. The movie examines JFK, and his Vietnam policy. What difference can the President make regarding the lives of those who serve our country and Military? By the end of that war, 58,000 American soldiers died with over 2 million enemy/civilian deaths. I do not believe America would have been taken down that road if JFK had been alive. The President can make all the difference, He's choosing the path.
This book needed to be written, just to set the record straight. This is a special case, and I wish the Matt well. Now go cut the grass brother.
This is an awesome inside look at a part of the military few know about. I enjoyed every minute of it. This guy and his fellow team mates are true heroes.
Good, Fast & Concise
Seal Target Geronimo , same story but I different Perspective.
It was just a good clean reading, he kept it interesting.
Well written firsthand account, interesting from beginning to end, and I can see why the Whitehouse didn’t want it to get out.
I've read many military books and this one follows the same, old mold. Training chapters, guy stuff chapters... then finally at the end the interesting stuff. The prose is better than most but this book will not be a classic. All the hype over "classified information" in the book is surely just hype.
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