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No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy SEAL | [Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer]

No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy SEAL

The second book by former Navy SEAL Mark Owen, following his multimillion-copy classic about the bin Laden mission No Easy Day, in which he tells the stories from his career that were most personal to him and that made him the operator and the person he is today.
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Publisher's Summary

The second book by former Navy SEAL Mark Owen, following his multimillion-copy classic about the bin Laden mission No Easy Day, in which he tells the stories from his career that were most personal to him and that made him the operator and the person he is today.

While Mark Owen's instant New York Times best-seller No Easy Day focused on the high-profile targets and headline-grabbing chapters of the author's career, No Hero will be an account of the most personally meaningful missions from Owen's 13 years as a SEAL, including the moments in which he learned the most about himself and his teammates, in both success and failure.

Mark Owen describes his intentions for his second book best: "I want No Hero to offer something most books on war don't: the intimate side of it, the personal struggles and hardships and what I learned from them. The stories in No Hero will be a testament to my teammates and to all the other active and former SEALs who have dedicated their lives to freedom. In our community, we are constantly taught to mentor the younger generation and to pass the lessons and values we've learned on to others so that they can do the same to the guys coming up after them. This is what I plan to do for the reader of No Hero."

Every bit as action-packed as No Easy Day, and featuring stories from the training ground to the battlefield, No Hero offers listeners an unparalleled close-up view of the experiences and values that make Mark Owen and the men he served with capable of executing the missions we read about in the headlines.

©2014 Mark Owen (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    Derek West Chicago, Il, United States 11-12-14
    Derek West Chicago, Il, United States 11-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Did not meet my expectations. Could be 3.5 stars"
    Would you try another book from Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer and/or Paul Michael?

    I pre-ordered this book months ago and had been eagerly anticipating it's arrival ever since. Needless to say, my expectations were high. I was ultimately disappointed because, in my opinion, No Hero lacked depth and emotion. While listening and writing this review I tried not to compare Owen's two books to one another. In fact, No Hero is similar in content to The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander although not as good. This in no way diminishes my admiration for Mark Owen for the things he has accomplished and I will continue to look for coverage about his journey in the news and online.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer ? Why or why not?

    Owen's first book is my all time favorite and I for that I will continue to buy every book he ever writes.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He had a fine performance but the content wasn't there. His voice and consistency deserves another listen.


    Do you think No Hero needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    YES, but there needs to be more!


    Any additional comments?

    As I was listening to this book I found myself wondering much how the Government editorial process affected his writing. It seemed like a watered down version of what he was trying to say.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nado Frog 01-05-15
    Nado Frog 01-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Tired same SEAL stories."

    No hero is probably a good overview of being a SEAL for someone who is not a part of the military or another Special Operations community. For those who have read any one of a number of SEAL books it treads VERY familiar ground. BUD/S, a bad free fall parachute jump, first time in combat, all the "smooth is fast" platitudes, etc. As a SEAL myself I found the book to be somewhat tired. I think it's high time this author and the others who write and speak for profit about the SEAL Teams too often (and usually in a spirit of self-promotion) take a break. I get it that the SEAL Ethos were written after you went through training MB (or MO). Same here. But they make sense and define us as warriors, not opportunists. Give the Ethos another read. Then live by the document.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heyzeus Christ 12-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as first book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to a friend, wasn't that exciting. It was an above average book enough.


    Would you recommend No Hero to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Paul is the only reason I kept listening. The story was so so, but he kept it listenable.


    Do you think No Hero needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Uhhhhhh, no.


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing nearly like his first book which was phenomenal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Howard ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, United States 12-06-14
    Howard ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, United States 12-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Too many redactions"
    What would have made No Hero better?

    This would have been a terrific book if he wasn't forced to make so many redactions. I understand that he cannot reveal too many details, but because of this, it takes away from the story. Eventually the story becomes redundant.


    What could Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If he were to reveal more details of the missions without giving too many classified details. I think the government restrained too many details that are now made public.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    O'Neill


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Oakley, CA, United States 11-29-14
    Jeff Oakley, CA, United States 11-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid US Navy SEAL Memoirs"
    What made the experience of listening to No Hero the most enjoyable?

    It is a solid memoir of US Navy SEAL. I enjoy hearing about different experiences. Seems to me there was a lot of material that was not allowed to be disclosed. Which I understand. It took me a bit to get used to the reader. I would recommend this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Corey United States 01-30-15
    Corey United States 01-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Book!"

    Great listen. You will not regret it. Good storyline with a great flow. If you're into military books this is a good choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    r___22 01-24-15
    r___22 01-24-15

    Retired physician.......proud father & grfather!!

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    "INSIDE LOOK"

    A great deep inside glimpse into Spec Ops and Seals.....how do they think?

    Highly recommended!! Buy read contemplate emulate!

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    Andrew 01-22-15
    Andrew 01-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "inspiring"

    great lessons and wisdom for all walks of life. for service men and women but everyone aspiring to be greater than they think they could be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Bennett 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "All Heros"

    After I had read Lone Survivor I was hooked. I couldn't get enough of the modern books depicting Seal life. No easy day and No hero are so well written giving you the intimate details about our modern warrior hero's lives. I feel grateful to have the opportunity to read these stories and books that these seals share with us. Thank you for your service!

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    Brigham 01-15-15
    Brigham 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome book!"

    No Hero is one of the best books about the SEAL's I've read, and I've read a lot of books. It gives a great insight into the world of the Navy SEAL's. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Same old, same old.."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was not well-spent, but had to be done. No Easy Day was a good book, this was not. In fact, it tells the same stuff, but from a slightly different angle, which is odd since is the same guy telling the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer again?

    Don't know. Maybe they'll try to cash in with the same story 3rd time?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Michael’s performances?

    No no and hell no. Narrator was the old professor who bored people to death.. and the voice acting of women.. Horrible. Absolutely horrible. These types of "performances" make you regret you opted for the audiobook instead of reading the book by yourself.


    Was No Hero worth the listening time?

    Yes and no. Leaning towards the no.


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