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.
This book intrigued me because it really puts you into the psychology of the sniper. Its easy to have preconceptions about jobs like that of a sniper or SEALS in general (or team 6 in particular, if you've read certain other books about it) and I found this book to be pretty enlightening as to the human side and the psychology of them. Listening to him talk about realizing the humanity of the enemy, for example, and making real choices about how to best control intensely hostile situations really gives an appreciation for the life of an operator in combat. Great book about overcoming adversity. I highly recommend this.
I downloaded this book, mostly for my husband. We were headed on a 4-hour drive on a vacation trip. Naturally, the hype about the Navy Seals and the killing of Osama Bin Laden has been a lot of PR about our special forces. The book started out to be really interesting. Unexpectedly, I got sucked into the story, though I usually listen to historical novels or mysteries. That says a LOT. My husband, having worked with Navy Seals, enjoyed the way the author shares his humorous and yet very serious stories about his training. Once he began to share the story of his mission in Mogadishu, I was riveted to learn more about this very sad chapter in our history. I found myself getting angry all over how the political mess that caused these people to suffer so much. Then, the storyline went flat. I felt as though Howard had just scratched the surface of what I thought could have been a more compelling story. I won't give the ending away, but suffice it to say that it's not what I had expected. Overall, it's a good listen. Maybe I'm spoiled after listening to "Unbroken", which is one of the most riveting stories I've read in a long time.
I started listening to this book yesterday morning and barely turned it off before completing the first six hours. The story of the making of an elite Navy Seal was gripping. The reader was pleasant to listen to and even did accents for some of the the different non-American players in the story.
From five years old to "retirement" from the Seals, the author tells a gripping tale of the high-stakes world of the elite Navy Seals.
I am a Physics and Engineering student.
One man's journey.
In a way it is a cross between "In the Company of Heroes: The True Story of Black Hawk Pilot Michael Durant and the Men Who Fought and Fell at Mogadishu." and" Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10" but only kind of. Only if I HAD to compare it to some other book.
I enjoyed this book. It gives a pretty good insight to Team Six. The author is very likable and the narrator was pretty good. I have listened/read better and I have listened/read worse. I would recommend it, but it is not in the top five of military books I would recommend, it is in the top ten though.
Isn't that what you want?
This is a fascinating look at a career the vast majority of us simply couldn't do. The author seems interested in exploring his own psychology, and recognizes he has done something highly unusual in becoming a Seal Team member. So, he has the self-awareness to write about his experiences in a meaningful way. I was pretty impressed.
Yes and I have. I have listened to it probably 3 times already. Why? I thoroughly enjoy the narrator and his nuances throughout the book.
The training element that Mr. Wasdin went through. Also the end of the book when he talks about how selfish he had been through his life and alienated not only his wife, but his children and others who loved him.
He made it sound just like it was Mr. Wasdin himself telling the story.
Both. There are parts that you laugh at his humor, but cry when he is injured and has to be transported for medical care and then eventually back to the states. One could feel how much he enjoyed being a part of
I would highly recommend this book for listening or reading. The listening experience is so much more poignant though.
unless you know what these elite volunteer to put themselves through you cant understand the difference between committed to being the best, and the those that do the time. We suffered more than just the lost of life with the helicopter crash Aug 6, but a loss of heart...
god bless to all that give more than is asked...
Physician and Educator
This was a great book up the point where the author started talking about his "human" side. The memoirs are nicely described; the scenes are set and realistic but the psycho-drama comes up sorely lacking and should have been left out. I am all for personal growth and "getting inside your own head" but this book didn't do that very well.
I came away appreciating all that the men and women in uniform do for the country. I came away with great admiration for the sacrifice and continuous pursuit of excellence of the elite of the armed forces but just about 3/4ths of the way through this book, it flopped miserably and never got back on track. Fortunately for us, the first 3/4ths is well worth the price of the book.
I loved how deep he went into mission operations and side stories that occured during missions and other classified activities. The story about the boy next door to the safe house in somalia and tales of having confirmed rat kills were just the cherry on top. Didnt sound like he was a team six member for very long but his stories about having a major role inside desert storm and ops inside somalia in a very short period of time were absolutely breathtaking. He also lets us peer into his childhood and the events that shaped him into one of the baddest men walking the planet. If it were not for my age and a few mistakes here and there this book would of single handedly inspired me to enlist. One of the best books I have ever listened to. Highly recommend.
Casanova, Little big man and Sourpuss.
The author delivers an enthralling and captivating history of his experience as a member of the US Navy SEALs. This gentleman, one badass mother, is somehow able to maintain humility in tone while sharing his experience. The narrator also gave a very good rendition.
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