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.
That is was based on a true story
His voice was too monotone
A more expressive narrator would make the story not be boring
The book is a first-person, dry, narrative of a series of training and mission events. It could be the "and this is the Seals" manual issued to prospective team members to discourage them from joining. The book is informative but lacks a sense of adventure. There is no suspense or building tension.
This potentially fascinating series of stories are written like mission briefs. We rarely get any building suspense or sense of adventure.
This is the story of the narrator's life and there are no other characters of consequence.
We normally use audio books as traveling entertainment. We lasted 6 hours waiting for him to get out of training and do something interesting. Never happened.
The story is incredible and unexpected. I will recommend this to my Mother, even though she is not really someone who would normally be interested in a book about Navy Seals.
Truly enjoyed this read (or listen for that matter!). You become so connected with the character (Howard Wasdin) that you just can't put it down!
This is one of the best books I have listened to. They talked about people that I have heard about or followed in the Seals from Viet Nam to operations Like Blackhawk Down. I found it very interesting and would recommend it to any Vet or history buff.
Long commutes need something to remove the boredom! Love history, mysteries/thrillers, scifi and bios, but read a little bit of everything.
I loved this book. The narrator did a great job of bringing the story to life and the story itself was fascinating. It tells the story of Howard Wasdin and what he went through to become a Seal team member and then what it was to be one. His story is one to be heard and it tells you how much these men invest in this country to make it what it is. Get it, you won't be disappointed.
Good pace, keeps your interest.
Good insight into what it means to give yourself to something completely which is the key to being at the top in any endeavor.
Reading was consistent in tone and feel of book; enhanced book; did not interfere.
If I could have I would have read in one sitting. Captivating.
Porter does an incredible job of delivering the life of Wasdin. I often forgot it wasn't actually Wasdin's voice I was hearing. His accents are effective.
The overall story is incredible. This man has literally risked life and limb, not just for our country, but for complete strangers in foreign lands. Hearing about the exploits of Howard Wasdin makes me want to go and sign up to join the military. If I wasn't 36, I might just do it! Instead, I might choose to be chiropractor.
You will not regret your investment in this book!
If you're into learning about what drives a person to be in the SEALs and what it is like to be in SEAL Team 6, this is a great listen. I very much enjoy learning about life in the teams as well as what personal experiences the author had that motivated him to enter the SEALs.
At the end, the book goes a bit off topic and strays onto the benefits of chiropractic medicine of all things. A bit odd, but really doesn't ruin the experience of a otherwise great listen.
Refreshing! No out of this world powers or skills, just the story of a guy who became a sniper, before, during and after.
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