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.
A must listen!!! Thanks to all our men and women for their great service to our country!
Thank you to the authors of this very insightful book. Glad to see this nations SPEC OPS still have spiritual minded people. you are heroes to us all.....
Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.
The book is tremendous! The audio quality is excellent! This book answers a few questions I had and will paint a different perspective than what Hollywood and the media portrayed. The book moves quickly and has enough detail to enable the reader/listener to paint a picture of what took place. I highly recommend it. The only reason I rated it a 4/5 stars is there are a few 'cuss' words (which was expected). I give the author credit for not using the "F" bomb and put a new twist on a substitute.
Wow, what an amazing story read by Howard Wasdin the author himself. I was pulled into his story and couldn’t believe how much I really enjoyed this book. This is not a war story, or tales of crazy military action. This is the story of one man’s struggle with his past and how he overcame his own adversity in life and chooses to rise above his surroundings and be the best he could be. I truly found Howard’s life inspiring and I found that this book not only entertained me but really motivated me. I'm so happy I made this purchase, it was worth it.
I like the way the author goes back and forth between different stages of his life (e.g. SEAL training then childhood then war then back to SEAL training, etc.). He ties all those different things together really well so that they build on each other.
Fantastic story full of insight, adventure and humanity. I highly recommend. And thank Wasdin and his fellow service men and women for their service to our country and the sacrifices they made. Best of luck to you all.
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
The DuffelBlog is to military news what The Onion is to standard news: profane but well written, sarcastic and caustic, and exquisitely satirical. One recent post, after a third? forth? SEAL claimed to have assassinated Osama Bin Laden? "Top 13 Jobs Navy SEALs Take After Service" (May 7, 2014, reposted November 7, 2014). The first career in the article? "Author of yet another go***** Navy SEAL book." The paperback print edition of Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin's 2006 book, "SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper" is at the top of a photo of a pile of SEAL books that accompanies the article.
Later, The DuffelBlog broke the following 'news,' "THE PENTAGON — Navy officials announced the extension of Navy SEAL training by one week, adding a grueling 40 hours of creative writing classes to the already intense selection program, Duffel Blog has learned."
I've read several SEAL books, and enjoyed all of them - to varying degrees. Wasdin's book contains a good discussion of what it takes to qualify to train and to make it through The Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S). Well, mostly - he's a little fuzzy on current fitness standards, and he doesn't remember what they were when he trained. Wasdin did a lot of missions over the years, most of which he mentions only vaguely. I assume that - unlike the author of the 2013 "No Easy Day," Wasdin actually vetted the book through the military and edited out classified information.. He was badly wounded in the Battle for Mogadishu and eventually took a medical discharge.
Going back to the DuffelBlog piece, "sources confirmed SEAL candidates would be trained to glorify themselves as much as possible without looking like self-centered a*******". Wasdin did come across as pretty arrogant - talking about being treated like a movie star; being hero-worshipped by Military Academy cadets; and getting the best of the best in Navy equipment and living quarters. Anyone who decides to become a SEAL to be a hero better learn that the heroics are team heroics.
Wasdin's probably more interesting for his post-SEAL career. Let's just say that after going through about half the jobs on the DuffleBlog list, he went to school and . . . Well, what his day job is unexpected and inspiring. Wasdin's also written two fictional SEAL books with Templin. I'm intrigued.
Ray Porter was a good narrator, in a too-many-cigarettes and too-much-whiskey kind of way. Wasdin's from the south, though, and Porter's got a quick delivery that's more East Coast.
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This one kept my attention. The Seal in the book is just a regular guy with some extraordinary abilities that came from a tough and demanding life growing up. Made me think you can't just take the average young man and make him a Seal. Something has to happen to make him not just survive, but to endure extremes along the way. The story is fascinating and gives you an inside look of what it takes to pull off undercover assignments and how they do them. This is the real life version of "James Bond" and "Mission Impossible" movies.
The recent capture of Bin Ladin made this book even more pertinent and interesting. The narrator was fantastic. At first I thought the author had narrated the book himself because of the strong feeling and intonations that were used in the narration.
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