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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.

    10 of 11 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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    Anel M Abreu Havertown, PA, US 07-26-15
    Anel M Abreu Havertown, PA, US 07-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very entertaining and enlightening!"

    Great book with very useful advice applicable to civilian life. Highly recommend to anyone looking to strive for excellence in their life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    President Clinton 07-04-15 Member Since 2014

    President Clinton

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    "No Easy Day Refurbished"

    It's still a good book but it's almost "No Easy Day" told again with more details here and there.

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    Some dude 06-28-15
    Some dude 06-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Copy, redacted"

    Good book overall. The "copy redacted" stuff was total bs though. Literally everything that was redacted is common knowledge and only made the book seem cheap, like you were hearing about top secret info never before heard. Lose the cheap redaction ploy and it would be a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reviewer 06-26-15
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    "Amazing"

    I read this immediately after I finished reading "No easy day". I have to say that the life lessons and things that I could take away and relate to from this book are priceless.

    Great read, start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremiah Johnson Port Charlotte, FL USA 06-01-15
    Jeremiah Johnson Port Charlotte, FL USA 06-01-15 Member Since 2015

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    "My review"

    Wish it was longer. Some good action but most of all great advise and motivation to try harder.

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    Cs Pence Los Angeles California 05-15-15
    Cs Pence Los Angeles California 05-15-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great book about SEALS Community"

    Very different than the other special ops and SEALS books that I've read. It had enough about the operational sides of being a SEAL, to keep me intrigued but I really enjoyed the personal performance aspects of the book. I found it very motivating and very true to the emotional circumstances that many successful people go through. "Panic can kill you." That's just as true in our daily lives as it is in a war zone, i've been in both..... In our personal lives we just die a slower and probably a much more painful death from panic because it can drag out over a lifetime and kill a lot of people's spirits around us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Beachy 05-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The narrator sounds nothing like a Navy Seal."

    The narrator's voice was too proper. I like believing the narrator was in the action (whether true or not) it would help me connect more with the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steven bridges 04-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "God follow up to No Easy Day"

    Good all the way through. Lots of life lessons. Good mix of action and life lessons. Good for anyone looking to make a career of the Navy.

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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