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
Filled the time on long drives
The narrator was ok for the type of material.
I was humbled and honored to listen to this book and go behind the scenes with this American hero.Well written and articulate, the author was able to take the reader to a level that if you closed your eyes you could feel the wind from the chopper and smell the dust in the air.I always thought it was wrong for Obama to take his victory lap like a peacock. Then Biden the clown was sent out with the zinger line of "Osama is dead and GM is alive". As an American, I was embarrassed that they would stoop so low to try to take the credit for Osama's death.While the author didn't say anything about it, I now even more am offended when Obama tries to take the credit for it. It just happened that Obama was in the office at the time. ANY PRESIDENT would have had to make the same call. The credit goes to these American hero's who have worked on this project for 10 yrs. Thank you for taking us along with you on your journey. You are truely an American hero. I thank you for your service to our country.
There is a lot of controversy around this book and while I appreciate the sensitivity I do not feel that the author exposed anything outside of a first hand account. Also the money he is making from this book is being donated back to Special Operations Charities and I thought that was honorable.
That it was not from a bystander's point of view!
America at its finest, by its finest!
When the Navy Seal called out to Bin Ladins son, just before he doubled tapped him!
I enjoyed this Americans story about revenge for us all for 9/11. The closest we will get to justice!
It is with out a doubt in my top 5!! What an unbelievable story!
I am so thankful for the sacrifice all of our service men and women, and their families, have made for us to live in this great country and be free!!
First of all, if you are thinking about buying this book in hopes of learning the secrets of US Special Operations, the USN SEALs, or DEVGRU (SEAL Team 6)... stop right now and go look somewhere else. Regardless of the media's or government's assertions, there is NO classified information disclosed in 'No Easy Day'. Everything mentioned and/or described in the book is information that is in the public domain. All names (other than major public figures, ex: ADM McCraven) have been fictionalized. Descriptions of any unit designations, equipment, weapons, tactics, etc... are all publicly accessible. In my opinion, the uproar has only been caused by the administration's embarrassment over their own (multiple) accounts of this operation being shown to be false. That being said, Mark Owen at no time was disrespectful to the administration. There is NO partisan or political statement being made in the book, other than some minor griping about the speed in which decisions are made throughout the chain of command. This book does not deliver an indictment of the military's civilian leadership or command structure at all. In that area, it is remarkably neutral.
There has been SO much curiosity about Operation Neptune Spear and so many 'who and how' questions, that unless the book was completely horrible - it would be recommended by anyone who read it. However, 'No Easy Day' is well written and tells the story of the mission and the operators who carried it out, very well. Owen does a good job in describing his childhood in Alaska, his progression in the Navy from enlistment through BUD-S and 'Green Team', his teammates and their various and varied personalities, the preparations and execution of the mission itself, and its immediate aftermath.
There is a philosophy among the men of the special operations community that they are "silent warriors". Both from necessity and tradition. And, it is an honorable philosophy. No former operator would want to disclose ANYTHING that might endanger those that continue to work in the shadows. There are many among them who, no doubt, will carry on with the tradition of considering a teammate who speaks out as persona non grata... although there are many who have written books on various topics from their time in 'The Teams' without such harsh judgment. If there were something in this book that I could not have learned from a trip through searches of google, dvids, or the blogosphere, I might agree with them in condemning the author. However, in this book I've seen nothing actually new other than the step-by-step timeline of how the operation in Abbottabad happened.
While it's not the most well-written book I've ever read, it IS quite good. Even though the subject matter is interesting to the point of it being ridiculous, this is a true page turner. The narrator can at times be a bit monotone and distracting, however that didn't make me consider stopping at any time. Overall, Holter Graham did an 'average to good' job with a book that will, no doubt, set records. To put it another way... You will NOT regret buying the book OR the audiobook. I've read and listened to them both multiple times and highly recommend them.
The narration really added a lot to the delivery of the story. I prefer this to the print version.
I was particularly impressed with the insights into the life of Navy SEALS and the details of their day-to-day life. The account of the killing of Osama Bin Laden was just a bonus.
He sounds like a convincing SEAL and has good inflection.
As the author states, the target audience is middle school boys. Even so, I am the mother of a middle school son and daughter. All three of us enjoyed it. It is an interesting insight into the personality of a Navy Seal. Seals are not choir boys and not what the typical mother wants her son to become, but after listening to the audiobook, I have a renewed respect and appreciation for the Seals. The language and pranks described in the book are typical of what one could expect from a Navy Seal. Not the language or pranks I want my children to emulate, but, they are wise enough to make good choices. I recommend this book. It provides some important points for young people to consider as they mature to be wise adults. It a view in to the real world.
In regard to the controversy of the potentially classified information disclosed, the author's position and motivations are very well stated. Now, can we please move on?
A riveting account of what the Seals do and the training for getting Bin Laden. What a great story.
I loved how it was not just what "I" did-it was we!
Graham made it feel like I was on the mission too.
No, I listened to it carefully the first time. I rarely listen to a book more than once.
The final story about the raid on the compound.
I have not listened to any of his performances.
Various moments where he was in tense situations. In particular when he was being shot at through the door and the rounds hit the bolt cutters on his back.
Thank you for your service!
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