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.....
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.
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.
This book ranks at the very top of books that I have listened to so far.
One of the most memorable moments of the book was when the author was ticking off the reading on his "fear meter" as the engagement escalated from dangerous to almost hopeless. He never went higher than an 8. Awesome!
The narrator really seemed to capture the author's voice in this book. Fantastic performance.
This book was hard to put down. It was compelling.
There are a number of reasons that I rated this book so highly. I thought the author did a superb job of weaving in and out of his own personal history to give background essential to understand the SEALs. This kept the book interesting from start to finish. I also really enjoyed the author's tendency to talk in detail about the gear and equipment that he liked and didn't like. It really helped that reader to visualize his experience. And finally, the author's ability to master the superhuman then to go on to master the human elements of life is what makes him one of a growing number of modern day heroes!!! You can't help but be better off after reading his story!!! Thanks for the opportunity!
I would, there's a replay-ability to this I'm not sure how to put into words. This is my first military-book read, and I learned quite a few fun things about it. Like Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is their "wtf", haha.
Main character. No one else really got any "development", it was just the people he came into contact with or worked with.
Great emphasis on certain parts! Really made it seem like he was actually Wasdin himself going through a frustration or whatever emotion, haha. I actually had to check if it was the SEAL himself who was reading his own story at one point because I had forgotten.
There were parts that I shared with co-workers because after reading it I thought it was pretty cool. I was excited when he got to Somalia, surprised it didn't last all that long, amused when he helped out a teenager with a gangrenous leg (the whole having to hard enter his house every time to treat him was cool to me, and he did it against orders). Also enjoyed the story about having to approach his young son about an incident in the pool with another little girl! :) It's the "little things" stories amongst all the adventure, you know? :)
Felt like half or more of the book was on his training, but I didn't mind it so much, because the training in itself was pretty impressive to hear about (for me). The book wrapped up very nicely with what happened after his injury (he was lucky to have survived the battle of Mogadishu, wow what a hell) and his life after the military. Very satisfying end.
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