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
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!
Powerful, Heroic, American
Trying to understand the simplicity and yet complexity behind the killing of Geronimo.
The "invasion" of Pakistan.....
A story that is uniquely and truly American
I loved this book! I wasn't sure I was going to like it because I am not usually into the violent, shoot-'em-up, action novels that play out like your typical "guy movie". However, I was fascinated by what I had heard in the media about the mission that killed Bin Ladin. The book was much more interesting than I had imagined. In fact, I couldn't stop listening. The author sets up the final mission by first recounting various other missions and training that lead up to the final mission which was critical information to really understand what they were up against, the training that prepared them for the mission and how they got there. It was fascinating to see what the life of a navy seal is like. It made me really appreciate the daily sacrifices that these men make for our country. The narrator did an excellent job. He made me feel like he was the navy seal giving me his first-hand account. I would highly recommend this book.
The story drew you into the actual event. As I listened to the gear this warrior was wearing I could picture it. The detail was great. As he is going up the stair well, gun drawn, my heart was beating fast and my palms were sweating. OUTSTANDING!
No Easy Day!! Perfect Title. Perfect Tag Line.
Excellent book. I raved so much about it that two of my friends and my brother got a subscription to audible.com just for this book.
The narration was dynamic.
He didn't just read the story... he brought you into the story with his nonverbals.
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!
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