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.
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SEAL Team Six ranks on the top of all the books that I have listened to about the SEALS.
My favorite character was Howard Wasdin. He truly emulates what I know about the SEALS. Howard fought long and hard for his country. He truly would've laid his life down for his country. When fighting in the Battle of Mogadishu, Howard was wounded three times. He was awarded the Silver Cross for his bravery in the Battle of Mogadishu. He loved and believed in the USA. Wasdin was a true patriot. He never tried to avoid any mission. He was the elite of the elite. He became a SEAL sniper. He had the honor of being the best of the best when he achieved the honor of being the number one sniper in all the world.
My favorite scene was difficult to choose because there were many. However, I chose the Battle of Mogadishu. To listen to how Wasdin fought and never gave up was powerful. He and his men were given the wrong directions over and over and it was during that time that he sustained his three injuries. He went on to receive the Silver Cross but he finally left the SEALS after that mission. He understood for himself that he would no longer be able to fight as he had fought. He was offered any other position in the SEALS but if he couldn't be a sniper, he knew in his heart that he would have to leave.
The moment in the book that particularly moved me was after Wasdin had had his surgery for a compound fracture of his leg. They gave him two IV injections of morphine but he was in the one percent of people who do not respond to the drug. Wasdin finally was hooked up to an IV pump of Demerol. While he was there, a DELTA Force soldier was in the bed across from him. The soldier was in excruciating pain and kept calling out for medication. When no one responded, Wasdin grabbed a mop that was nearby and pushed his bed over to his comrade, by using the handle of the mop. They had both fought during the same mission in the Battle of Mogadishu. When he was finally close enough, he took the needle out of his IV pump and inserted the needle into his comrade's IV pump and administered him two pushes on the button, providing him with the pain relief he so desperately needed. When finished, Wasdin replaced the needle back into his pump. He was unable to push himself back over to his own side because his strength was wasted. He stayed beside his comrade and they both slept.
I loved the SEAL Team Six book. The narrator, Ray Porter, did an outstanding performance. It's amazing how the narrator makes or breaks a book for me. Ray Porter made the book come alive. I learned so much more about the SEALS that wasn't in the other books that I have listened to about the SEALS. Wasdin wrote the book in such a way that anyone and everyone is able to understand. There were snippets of humor throughout the book that made me smile and even laugh. When Wasdin received his TRIDENT, there was no one more proud than him. I believe Wasdin had reached his nirvana. Wasdin had to find a different way to earn a salary after he left the SEALS. He tried many different jobs in order to earn a living before he was able to truly find his place in the world. I won't tell what that occupation is because it's an important part of Howard Wasdin's journey back into civilian life. Listen to this book if you're inclined and I hope that you can enjoy it as much or more than I did.
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great stuff if you like AR 15 with silencers. covert missions, american bad asses, youll love it. spending a sh*t ton of our tax money occupying sh*tty countries using the fear factor not my thing. the special opps worth every penny. Did you every wonder ehy we can not purchase a ghid special in the states? I do every day. a Toyota, mazda ect, 4 wd, 4 cylinder turbo diesel pick up truck. 40 mpg. need a 5 ton 800hp ford f 900, no problem!
Great background story with good emotion flux and very descriptive action stories.
Absolutely. I almost did on a road trip.
I didn't have the print edition.
Wasdin recognized his strengths and weaknesses. I enjoyed how he brought his abusive childhood full circle -- how it made him a better Seal, and how he reconciled with his dad.
The narrator made me feel like he was in the author's head! Great job.
I am retired military, but never had the level of training, risk or responsibility that these SEALS have. This book gave me a tremendous respect for these guys.
Many reviewers seem to think that the book quality declines after Wasdin describes the battle of Mogadishu, but I really enjoyed hearing his struggles and eventual success in reintegrating into the real world. He shares elements of his faith that helped him survive coming home. It was nice to hear the end of the story, and I'm glad things turned out well for him.
One of the more fascinating books I have listened to.
The story is told with the right amount of detail and without the normal vulgarity that comes with these types of genres. This was an amazing story that was not lost in the language.
Made me appreciate the men and women who protect our country even more.
Highly recommend this book
The guy was too perfect. He attempts to leave you with the impression that everything he does is right. There had to be some failures in his story that he omits. Overall though it was a good lesten and the narrator did fine.
The test of indurance needed for the training.
Made you feel like your there.
Pretty high, easy to listen to
More humor than expected, very dry humor.
Narrator was good, story moved quickly. Lots of dry, wry humor.
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.
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