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.
This was a decent read, learned a bit about the S.E.A.L.S, although some of if may have been fabricated along with part of the authors life story if you read responses from his own family to stuff in the book.
An excellent account of the challenging and demanding course of training for America's top special operations warriors. Training, deployment, field operations, it's all here, culminating in the terrifying Battle for Mogadishu during the 1990's. In descriptions of his professional life and training, Wasdin's tale is always interesting.
However, Wasdin's fascinating story is undercut by ill-informed observations about American foreign policy, an appology for the abusive relationship he had with his stepfather, and an odd, late-in-the-book conversion on the part of the author to the pseudoscience of chiropracty. Having left the military, Wasdin's second career is in this field and he even cheapens the work by providing a plug for his business and a testamonial for it. A weird detraction from the SEAL team story.
This book is worth the listen if you want a convincing story about the rigors of SEAL special operations training and deployment. Just skip the material after Wasdin's recovery from Mogadishu!
This book speaks of what it is to be a Navy Seal on their elite team. It's told by someone who rose to the top and had to retire and go on to a second career due to injuries. Very heartfelt book. Enjoyed it very much.
Excellent! It gives you new appreciation for what our armed forces sacrifice. The book is fast paced, interesting and informative. The narrator put you in the story. Even if we don't agree with the war, we have to appreciate the warriors!
This story of how a man's very tough childhood leads to becoming a Seal and what happens to him in the Seals and afterward was both fascinating and unexpected in so many ways for me. It made me want to thank all the ones who served, past and present. The timing of the book was also so appropriate with the recent events. Simply put it is a great story.
Mr. Wasdin tells it like it really is to become a seal. When you read this book, you'll really know what tough is, and why only a few make it. They are our county's best and this book explains why.
You won't be disappointed with this book and the story it tells!!
Timing is perfect for this book. Great insight into the making of and life as a seal. Surprising detail and opinion. Nothing astoundingly new or over the top, but fans of the genre will enjoy.
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