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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I really wanted to like this book. I love books on military history, but this one had me constantly rolling my eyes. It features many re-hashed stories of former SEAL exploits that I've seen over the years on documentaries on the History Channel.
Many of the details are pretty superficial and many of Wasdin's personal anecdotes and timeline are pretty shaky - to the point where I was beginning to wonder if this guy was the 'real deal' (as far as I can tell - he is, but many of the sites I found were either referring to his book, his own site, interviews or of questionable origin). Regardless, I'll accept the claim at face value and I thank Mr. Wasdin for his service and sacrifice for our country.
If you're looking for better books on this topic and in this genre, I would absolutely suggest "The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL" by Eric Greitens, "One Bullet Away: The Making of Marine Officer" by Nathaniel Fick or "With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa" (although the Narration is pretty bland).
i buy at least one hundred books a year. of all types. just want a good story with a good reader. not so complicated.
I was hoping that this book would really explain what it was to be a SEAL. Wasn't really interested in his personal life. May be the right book for someone else, especially a Christian who won't mind the "life lesson" in the second half.
The author relays his life tale from the hardships and tragedy of childhood to the accomplishments he attained as a Navy Seal. For that I commend the author. What I didn't like was the course language and format, and performance. I was really turned off by the character of the author reflected in his story. Not necesarily something I would want to inspire my teenaged son who wants to go into the military. I enjoyed "The Heart and the Fist" by Eric Greitens, another story of a Navy Seal, much more than this book, though both had some similar redeeming qualities.
The story of the training in the first half was interesting; the action in the field much less so. What was really discordant was the use of derogatory terms to describe the enemy.
Well, it's a decent enough "story", but it's not all about SEAL Team Any Number...it's about Howard Wasdin...from being whooped on by a (tough?) stepdad to his spiritual "release" as a chiropractor. I'm guessing the book was written as a general auto-biography of Wasdin, interesting as that might be, and when the UBL drama came about, perhaps re-packaged as a (specifically) SEAL Team Six memoir. There's a fair amount of ST6 commentary, but it's more story telling than operational insight. Whatever floats your (inflatable) boat, I suppose.
Reading the other critiques, I don't know if Wasdin is or isn't what he says he was. If you care about that, do some research before buying the book. If you don't care, it's a quick and easy listen...I suppose.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It's a great account of what the Seals go through for training as well as the Somalia ops that they participated in. Lone Survivor is a better account of the actual training though...
Seriously, this guy is a fraud. Okay, maybe that's a little harsh. How 'bout a simple thug. Me, me, me is how this book boils down. If you like arrogant, little guys with big egos, Howie's your baby. Cry baby. After he made it to the Seals, one of the first things he did was mug a cop...bragged 'bout it and then dumped on his wife and kid. If this is a Seal, I feel sorry for the Navy. Don't take my word for it, the internet is filled with talk about how this guy and this book is not what the title suggests. You were warned.
If you're expecting a thorough history and look inside the elite Team Six, keep looking. Opportunistically titled and timed with the recent headlines, Mr. Wasdin took advantage of an otherwise unremarkable personal biography. Chapter after chapter are dedicated to his childhood, relationship with an abusive stepfather, etc... I'd be ok with that if it was titled "Howard Wasdin" subtitled "A biography of a guy who very briefly served as a sniper for Seal Team Six". But I'm sure that wouldn't sell near as many books now would it?
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