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Service: A Navy SEAL at War | [Marcus Luttrell]

Service: A Navy SEAL at War

Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom.
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Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom.

In Service, we follow Marcus Luttrell to Iraq, where he returns to the battlefield as a member of SEAL Team 5 to help take on the most dangerous city in the world: Ramadi, the capital of war-torn Al Anbar Province. There, in six months of high-intensity urban combat, he would be part of what has been called the greatest victory in the history of U.S. Special Operations forces. We also return to Afghanistan and Operation Redwing, where Luttrell offers powerful new details about his miraculous rescue. Throughout, he reflects on what it really means to take on a higher calling, about the men he's seen lose their lives for their country, and the legacy of those who came and bled before.

A thrilling war story, Service is also a profoundly moving tribute to the warrior brotherhood, to the belief that nobody goes it alone, and no one will be left behind.

©2012 Marcus Luttrell (P)2012 Hachette

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    Heidi 05-18-12
    Heidi 05-18-12
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    "love this book ~ add it to your must read list!!"

    So I just finished Service (in less than 2 days) and was not at all surprised to find it captivating and emotionally charged from the very beginning with his beautiful dedication to Morgan and Mel all the way through to the final acknowledgments. He cleared up so many questions that I had following the first book and also explained some things I didn't know that I didn't know (if that makes sense). The many amazing stories of his fellow soldier's valor and heroism were awe inspiring and heartbreaking and I thank God that we have such brave men serving our country. I loved hearing more stories about his friend Jon Tumilson and the amazing man and warrior that JT was, and I also thought the chapter by Amy and all the wives was very sweet and a poignant reminder of the many sacrifices that our military families make. I'm hoping that hearing these incredible stories of bravery will inspire everyone to do all we can to give back to our troops and their families since we owe them so much. Thanks so much to Marcus Luttrell for writing this wonderful book and may God bless him, his family and all those who served and continue to serve with valor.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-06-12
    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a Physics and Engineering student.

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    "An Emotional Roller Coaster"

    This was one of the best books I have ever read/listened to. Marcus Luttrell is a master story teller. It is hard to tell what he is better at, being a Special Warfare Operator or a Writer. This book was if not better than "Lone Survivor" than just as good. It had me laughing at some points, sad at others, and feeling everything in between the rest of the time.
    One feeling I felt through out the book was just a general thankfulness for all the unbelievable men and women in the armed forces. I can't really explain the feeling I got when Marcus told the different stories of the men and women who sacrifice so much for us, but it is a pride, respect, and a thanks all wrapped together.
    The Narrators were excellent. The main Narrator is the same one from "Lone Surviver." He is perfect for this topic.
    This book is not all about the writer. He tells many stories about many different people. At one point the story is told from a couple different Military Wives POV. Those parts are equally as excellent as the rest. If you buy this book you will not be regretful.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Derek West Chicago, Il, United States 02-05-13
    Derek West Chicago, Il, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wish I read rather than listened to Collins."
    Would you try another book from Marcus Luttrell and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    I'm a huge fan of Audible.com and will NEVER listen to Kevin Collins again. His eagerness to sell the story ruined it for me.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    Within the first hour of the book I was skeptical of Collins's performance. To me he sounded as though he was delivering a sermon and over emphasized much of the book. In my opinion, the last 25% of the content saved the book. Partly since Collins's role was limited and partly because it was an interesting perspective. One that I have not found in other SEAL books.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Perhaps. I don't feel as strongly about this book as I have other SEAL books previously.


    Any additional comments?

    Seemed Marcus Luttrell wanted to capitalize on his past success and write a public thank you note to all the people in his past. At times it seemed like a Navy sponsored fluff piece. I do hope that some of these stories get their own book in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fanel Glendale, AZ, United States 08-06-12
    Fanel Glendale, AZ, United States 08-06-12
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    "Thank You!"
    What did you love best about Service?

    The appreciation for the people that Marcus came in contact and served with.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Service?

    I had more, but one could be the ride home with the blue Chevy.


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    Great diction and sound. Thank you for the effort of beeing as authentic as possible.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Surprised when I learned who was the owner of Hawkey, the dog next to the casket of its fallen master.

    I cryed my eyes out for each guy that Marcus lost and laughed out loud at the crazy and funy experiences described in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    God Bless our Troops!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis Corinth, TX, United States 10-08-12
    Curtis Corinth, TX, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "If you're into seal books, listen to this one"

    It holds your attention just like his other book. You learn some pretty interesting things and most people that are into books like this will enjoy it like I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 07-30-12
    Mark 07-30-12
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    "Another excellent book by Marcus Luttrell"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Service to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. The Audio version was very good, Kevin T. Collins could have done a better job familiarizing himself with some of the terms and words prior to reading it aloud. It was obvious at times that he had no military or tactical experience by the way he pronounced certain words. I wouldn't let that deter me from listening to the audio version though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too many to list!


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    Overall he did a good job, as I said earlier Kevin T. Collins could have done a better job familiarizing himself with some of the terms and words prior to reading it aloud. It was obvious at times that he had no military or tactical experience by the way he pronounced certain words.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it, but particulalry the portion of the story about Operation Anaconda in 2002. It had a special place in my heart because my flight crew and I, had the honor of carrying back 8 of the hero's that were killed on that mountain.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book! Excellent Author! I'm glad Marcus took the time to share his experiences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth W. Gray III 12-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Impressed as usual"
    Where does Service rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high these are the people who do not get the attention they deserve


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Service?

    Its all first rate


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Solid job


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    Nick 11-12-14
    Nick 11-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A book I wished would hurry up and finish!"

    I found this book very disappointing, I have listened to Lone Survivor, Chris Kyle's Sniper, Roberts Ridge which were all great books, this was just like a thank you to all his buddies, with bits from those books put in to fill space.

    Nothing really new or exciting in this book, I turned it off in the end (which I rarely do) to start another book that will hopefully be entertaining.

    If you haven't read the other books I have mentioned this will give you a bit of an overview and will probably be more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 10-21-14
    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 10-21-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Not as compelling as Lone Survivor"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This follow-up book to Luttrell’s excellent Lone Survivor will appeal to those with an interest in the role of special ops in modern warfare (read: War on Terror), particularly the Navy SEALS. Unlike Lone Survivor, which more or less followed a conventional narrative structure in telling the story of the disastrous Operation Red Wings mission, Service reads more like a collections of loosely connected essays, with sections on his relationship with his SEAL brother Morgan, deployments in Iraq, the camaraderie of his fellow SEALS, as well as a few firsthand (and narrated) accounts of what life is like as the wife of a SEAL. All of this is written in Luttrell’s characteristic gung ho, patriotic fashion which is comes across more pronounced as an audiobook rather than read as a paperback. In the end, I didn’t find this as compelling as Lone Survivor (in some respects, it literally covers the same ground) yet I found it hard to dislike the message or even more so, the messenger. As long as you are willing to overlook these, then Service has a lot to offer about Luttrell and what it means to serve as a SEAL.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Stelk 08-21-14
    Randy Stelk 08-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "An emotional journey!"
    What made the experience of listening to Service the most enjoyable?

    As veteran I was able to visualize many of the things being described. It was like an emotional roller coaster ride with Marcus.


    What other book might you compare Service to and why?

    It simply is a way of completing Marcus Luttrell's journey in Lone Survivor.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As I listened to the book I was all over the place. I felt many moments of pride and honor being a vet. Then many times I felt like I just never did enough to call my self a veteran compared to the individuals in the book. I felt anger and hatred, and even tears as I remember learning of the deaths told in the story. In particular Extortion 17 which I was listening to on the anniversary (a very haunting feeling).


    Any additional comments?

    I actually gained a better understanding of many things about this war and the dynamics and challenges our service members face. A million Thank You's is never enough!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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