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
I've recommended this book to all of my friends
Mark Owen's life story
He has an excellent voice for narration.
The author should be commended for presenting this book to the public.
If you enjoy military novels, this is a keeper. I can't address the secrecy issue the military has with this book, as I am not qualified. However, I found it much like a Tom Clancy novel in technical detail.
with purchasing it on audio, the action keep rolling.
Perhaps, but since the best time I have to listen to audio, is on my commute to work, the time breaks (about 30-45 min) was just right for me.
Work is Way Busy. Relaxation with a good book is mandatory. Audible lets me get into many more books per year than before.
This book is an inspiration to trust and believe that our Armed Forces are not only trained to keep us safe but also that their incentives come right from their hearts and not from the politicians or even the various ideologies of this world. I'll listen again when ever I think that there are missions around the world that our leaders think cannot be controlled by military force.
It struck me from the beginning that the author had absolutely none of the animosity that the US press and his fellow military folks accused him of. Listening to the entire story - especially the last five minutes - proves to me once again that most journalists shoot their mouths off without doing their homework. No secrets are revealed, this guy is not out to make a buck for himself, and the various operations which are described are great adventures. Not to mention that the taxpayers of the USA are about the only ones kept in the dark about these operations. Congress and usually the enemy are all generally fully aware.
Mr. Graham does a great job with the material but the story didn't lend itself to choosing any one particular character.
I didn't want to but that didn't help me shut down, except for a meal, and then come back for the climax and ending.
Awesome weapons experience. Although we know these arsenals are available to our guys, its nice to hear the funds being spent in a manner that protects our men and allows them total advantage day or night - over the enemy. $80,000 Night vision units - Awesome!
As a Vietnam Vet I found it interesting and easy to listen to. Glad to hear facts
other goverment stories but true
I like.and have always enjoyed fist hand accounts of historic events. I like to feel as if I were sitting with the author, Listening to his telling of something that just happened. While it is still fresh and recalled with ease.
I don't think it increased it so much as it scratched an itch. As I really wanted some sort of straight dope about what happened in Pakistan.
I think he does very well. And one thing that helps achieve this are the stories about the people he served with. They were all funny or interesting. And they helped to give his account some depth by giving the reader some foreknowledge of the personalities and history of his group.
I think he did pertty well because I never felt that I was being read to.
I am the father of a four tour Afghanistan soldier. He served with special forces. But, he was just a simple soldier doing his less than glamorous job under very difficult circumstances. I felt that in the 2004 election the Kerry campaign were getting entirely too political with the war situation. I remember some of the things said about our ability to get OBL. I took this personally, Because my boy was putting his very life on the line while politicians made fun of and used our sons and daughters sacrifices for their own benefit. In this story the shoe was kind of on the other foot. I knew the politicians would be quick to tell eveyone how bold and brave they were in getting the job done. But what I wanted to hear was an account of how it really got done. Without the bells and whistles, and politicians patting themselves on the back. And for me, No Easy Day served that purpose.
I love his no nonsense approach to this life he has chosen. He loves it and it's clear he loves it.
That less than perfection in this line of work is unacceptable to the individual, even if it's forgivable with the team as a whole.
He made me realize that these guys have to face their fears and repeat the actions over and over until they no longer fear them. In other words, keep doing it until you love it. Then do it some more.
Also, he coined a term that he was more comfortable with discomfort than the other way around and I could relate to that. My line of work is NOTHING compared to what these brave souls do, but I could understand nonetheless.
My schedule only permits me upwards of 1 hour at a time, but I must say, I want to find any reason to turn my iPhone on to listen to this guy. He gives out NO SECRETS. So anyone who claims he is unpatriotic, obviously hasn't read the book. This book is really about the type of person that becomes a Navy Seal. These guys are amazing individuals!!
Exciting, see what these guys are put through by our government....
Mark, just how he tells the story...
No, but I will look up his other performances.
Yes I have recommended this to many; the author is very matter of fact, he has a driving need to be the best, he is not an arrogant chest thumping jerk, he comes across as 'the quiet professional ' .
The dog, AKA 'The Hair Missile'.
It is very bad luck to attract these peoples attention.
There are some really bad actors in the world... Thank God for the dedication of all the people involved in dealing with them.
I thought that the story was pretty good overall, but as my headline says, in my opinion it really is written in the format of the movie I fully expect will be made, if it's not being worked on right now, from this book.
That said, the first person account of the actual event in finding Bin Laden towards the end of the book, is very intense and very interesting.
I can't see why the stories coming out about the military being concerned over secrets being told about this mission, if you read just about any of the real good spy or military authors books, you'll read very similar actions described, and those are novels!
The reader was OK, he sounded a bit too much like a "Surfer Dude" for me but it didn't detract from the story as much as it could have.
Whatever was redacted can't keep this wild ride from being a compelling insight into the daily life of the toughtest men that protect this country. Great read, great story, great result!!!
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