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 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!!!
Enjoyed his first hand account of the Bin Laden take down. Did not like the political analysis given.
The fact he had not given it the Pentagon before publishing.
The time in the compound.
Being a Special Forces retiree, we all know we don't publish works like this. The real story is about the intelligence community which Mark Owen knows little about. What he knows about lasts 20 minutes.
the narrator was very good to a pretty poor story.
The narration was very good.
Best recount of combat I've read so far.
Compares well to American Sniper.
A lot of people thought this book was unfair to the Obama administration. True, the guy is obviously not a registered Democrat, but he did give credit to the current administration when it was due. I think people get upset when the rosy picture they painted of something starts getting turned upside down.
As for secrets being revealed that the enemy can now use against us, I didn't notice any. Al Qaeda would be better off reading the New York Times for secrets.
It's a good book.
this is an excellent book, give a good picture into the life of the navy seals and it was very enjoyable
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