Before he could forge a band of elite warriors ... he had to become one himself.
Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist.
Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" and Course Manager of the Navy SEAL Sniper Program that trained some of America's finest and deadliest warriors - including Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle - that makes his story so compelling. Luttrell credits Webb's training with his own survival during the ill-fated 2005 Operation Redwing in Afghanistan.
Kyle went on to become the U.S. military's top marksman, with more than 150 confirmed kills.
From a candid chronicle of his student days, going through the sniper course himself, to his hair-raising close calls with Taliban and al Qaeda forces in the northern Afghanistan wilderness, to his vivid account of designing new sniper standards and training some of the most accomplished snipers of the 21st century, Webb provides a rare look at the making of the Special Operations warriors who are at the forefront of today's military.
Explosive, revealing, and intelligent, The Red Circle provides a uniquely personal glimpse into one of the most challenging and secretive military training courses in the world.
A portion of proceeds from this book will go towards The Red Circle Charitable Foundation, which helps families of fallen Special Operations Warriors.
About the authors:Brandon Webb is a former U.S. Navy SEAL; his last assignment with the SEALs was Course Manager for the elite SEAL Sniper Course, where he was instrumental in developing new curricula that trained some of the most accomplished snipers of the 21st century. Webb has received numerous distinguished service awards, including the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Commendation Medal with a "V" for "Valor", for his platoon's deployment to Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks. He is editor for Military.com's blog Kit Up, SOFREP's Editor in Chief, and a frequent national media commentator on snipers and related Special Operations Forces military issues.
John David Mann, who collaborated with Webb in writing The Red Circle, is an award-winning author whose titles include the New York Times best seller Flash Foresight and the international best seller The Go-Giver.
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Brandon Webb describes his life with just enough detail to keep the reader engaged without over doing it and loosing the reader. The extras in the audio book are priceless.
And as Brandon says in the book, "Don't judge a book by it's cover.".
Having read the work Chris Kyle and Marcus Lutrell, Brandon Webb fills in some of the blanks in the training that these incredible soldiers/heroes must undertake.
Captivating and inspiring! Great book that kept me engaged and wanting more! I had a hard time turning it off and bing listened through most of it and will more than likely listen a second and third time. Yes it's that good.
There's so much insight into the tough decisions these operators make on a daily basis. The hell they go through is, among many other things, challenging to my own life. As I listened to these stories I laughed, cried, and thought about how small and insignificant my own, seemingly catastrophic problems really are.
Brandon's relentless standard of excellence changed the way we train and view modern warfare. His willingness to stand to up to leaders and peers and challenge them on their poor decisions no doubt kept him and many others alive. Plus I'll bet a lot fewer SEALs will lie to their platoon about being married.
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I love the personal audio by the author between chapters.
The story was fast passed and easy to follow.
Lots of easy to follow explanations of tech data.
If you ever wanted to know exactly what is involved when it comes to being in the special forces. This is your book. Brandon goes in depth into his training and service to his country in ways not many other books have. As an added bonus he gives you a personal commentary track before every chapter as well as a great wrap up. With two stories about two legendary well known SEALS. I highly suggest this book to anyone.
This has been one of my favorite audible purchases ever. The book was great from beginning to end. Great lessons, great experiences shared, and an awesome treat at the end! Even if you have this in hard copy, this audible purchase is worth it!
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