When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency.
In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.
After graduating, Wasdin faced new challenges. First, there was combat in Operation Desert Storm as a member of SEAL Team Two. Then, the Green Course: the selection process to join the legendary SEAL Team Six (ST6), with a curriculum that included practiced land warfare to unarmed combat. More than learning how to pick a lock, they learned how to blow the door off its hinges.
Finally, as member of ST6, he graduated from the most storied and challenging sniper program in the country: the Marine Corps Scout Sniper School. Eventually, of the 18 snipers in ST6, Wasdin became the best—which meant one of the best snipers on the planet.
Less than half a year after sniper school, he was fighting for his life. The mission: capture or kill Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. From rooftops, helicopters, and alleys, Wasdin hunted Aidid and killed his men whenever possible. But everything went quickly to hell when his small band of soldiers found themselves fighting for their lives, cut off from help and desperately trying to rescue downed comrades during a routine mission. The Battle of Mogadishu, as it became known, left 18 American soldiers dead and 73 wounded. Howard Wasdin had both of his legs nearly blown off while engaging the enemy. His explosive combat tales and inside details of becoming one of the world’s deadliest snipers combine to make this the most thrilling and important memoir by a navy SEAL since Lone Survivor.
©2011 Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The guy was too perfect. He attempts to leave you with the impression that everything he does is right. There had to be some failures in his story that he omits. Overall though it was a good lesten and the narrator did fine.
The test of indurance needed for the training.
Made you feel like your there.
Pretty high, easy to listen to
More humor than expected, very dry humor.
Narrator was good, story moved quickly. Lots of dry, wry humor.
Yes. Gripping story telling. Good sense of humor in serious situations. Very honest.
Real life navy seal stories and training/battle accounts
No because I already listened to it.
I liked that Howard gave details of his whole life.
I liked the battle scenes. The description of the scenes were great.
Thought the story was cheesy
No part of my dislike was the way the book was read
Honest, insightful, humorous
The honest explanation of how politics hindered these men from completing their tasks.
Aside from "Inside Delta Force" it is the best military book I've read (heard). They are both books that should be required reading for all High School graduates, they truly remind us of the sacrifices made that allow us to live in a free society.
I listened to this book everyday for a week. I loved it, Howard described the battle of Mogadishu so clearly, it brought tears to my eyes.
How he spoke of his childhood was a great background for how he became such a strong Seal.
When Howard and his team helped that little boy and his foot in Somalia.
Brother Seals in Somalia
I have listened to almost 200 audio books from Audible and this is in the top 10%.
Howard was my favorite character. He is the type individual who is drawn to the SEALS and does his job with little or no fanfare.
I enjoyed the encounter with the local rednecks.
I was moved by the compassion shown to the young boy who had his foot and leg blown away by the militia and the risk taken by Seal team six to treat the boy and risk detection by the hostiles.
Excellent insight into Special Ops training, tactics, missions and their psyche. Howard Wasdin gives an honest and entertaining account life in such an elite unit as well as how his childhood prepared him and how he coped after..
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