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.
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..
Human side of a Seals. Also good representation of the politics associated with the Seal community.
Fearless...Real Seal Stories
The Red Circle...Real Seal Stories
Story about injury child...and the "right" think to do...
Avid reader/listener of romance, action, thrillers, and spy novels.
Whether this was ficticious or not (depending upon the controversy surrounding this book), the detail to the training and the personal lives of the SEALs really helps make them real instead of superior heros to the modern man. The fact that there's regular emotion, sadness, divorce, and life beyond the SEAL team really helps make the characters in the book relatable to the average person.
SEAL Team Outcasts, No Easy Day- they're written the same way and make you grateful that these men and women are willing to put their lives on the line for the rest of us, who they don't owe anything to. Thank you to all the servicemen and women. Thanks Chad and Daniel.
I have all of the Joe Ledger series because Mr. Porter read it. This one is awesome, just like the rest. Mr. Porter is #2 on my list of favorites.
There were moments of personal loss in this SEAL's life that made me sad, but I won't ruin it for you. The fact that they give up literally everything to fight for us... it's just too much sometimes.
Amazingly, I cried in the last part of this book, when Howie found his 2nd (and ultimate) career. It makes me happy he has found his purpose and life is good!
Good read, exciting in parts and best of all true!
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