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.
Great read! Howard Wasdin is a true hero that doesn't forget his friends like his Uncle Earl...another unsung American Hero!
good listen second half of the book is like getting punched in the gut....one minute I'm feel in all GI-Joe next minute Howard is on the ropes...nice work howard....warts and all...and while his dad's tactics were horrifying it contributed to and was used by the author...what doesn't kill us...
It isn't a comprehensive history about the SEALS or a top to bottom description of who they are today. Its a story about a guy's life with most of the book being about his time as a SEAL. I loved it. It was fascinating to hear about all of the things these guys go trough to become a SEAL
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Well let me tell this, I don't review many things. This book weather you listen to it or read it, it is a MUST LISTEN/READ. It is not a book about the history or the Seals or just a military experiences of a Seal Sniper. The reason you must read this book it's because it humanizes the life of a military member, just one, elite yet just one very interesting member of the US Forces. I loved the way this book not only gives you an in site on the life of a Seal but also gives you a look into who the man was and how he became to be. Great pace and as far as the reader, he had great tone. He was not boring and that is important in a n audio book, it could of been the intriguing story. The book continues past his military life and it follows the Sniper well into his adult life and that is rare in military books in my experiences. Myself being a military member, if you want to see the true life of one of our nations heroes, not just the good stories. The whole story this is a must read or listen. You can spend hours of your life doing crap. Take my word for it spend some time with this story and you will be a better person. I hope you enjoy the book. Now I want to say thank you to all of our special operators and the support staff that keeps them going at home and work. Hope this review helps you pick this book for the right reasons. Enjoy reading or listening.
I listen to lots of books and this is one of my favorite. I listened to it while mountain biking and boy did it put me in the right mindset to push myself. All of a sudden, going over a root or a log didn???t seem like such a hard task. If you like military stories, you will love this one. The narration was great and really added to the story. Thanks to all who served this country.
With all of the recent news related to Seal Team 6, I expected more from this book. The book was a good review of Howard Wasdin's life and miltary career but the biggest military part was related to Somilia and Black Hawk Down is a far better and more thorough review of that incident. Any individual who completes SEAL training certainly has it and I am sure that Wasdin is no different, it is just too bad that the book doesn't have the same stuff.
Both the author and narrator combined to make this a very enjoyable audio book. The author's child hood provided the foundation for understanding the author's view toward later hardships including BUDS, Somalia and his post Navy life. Wasdin also provides a foot soldier's viewpoint of the command and control aspects of the 1993 battle, and how the convoluted system proved detrimental to rapid communication .His compassion toward the people he would later battle is a strong testament toward the concept of "winning hearts and minds". This book should be included in anyone's library on special operations forces.
I don't usually bother to write reviews, preferring to let people make up their own minds, but this book is horrible. I felt like I was in a high school locker room listening to egocentric half truths driven more by an insecure need to impress than intelligence. I truly hope this is an inaccurate portrayal of the brave men and women of the armed services. Surely the "military elite" have more to offer than bar fights and chest thumping. Don't waste your money!
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