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.
This was one that was hard to put down. It really puts into perspective HOW DIFFICULT life is for a Navy SEAL recruit and what they have to go through to prove themselves. There's some humor here and there, and it is extremely detail oriented. You feel like you're there in theater with them.
What makes this story so great is that it is not just the firefights and combat stories of being a a SEAL it's the training stories, being away from your family, this shows the human side of our most elite warriors.
I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
I'm not a ex-Navy-SEAL. But, I served in the Navy; I've lived in the two cities on the east and west coasts where the Navy SEALs are stationed; I've been personally acquainted with several active and former Navy SEALs; and I've read many books published by ex-Navy-SEALs; I have the utmost respect and admiration for them; but they have got to stop being a bunch of entitled prima donnas! They haven't done anything more than the Army's Delta Force, or any other Military Special Forces around the world (most especially the British SAS and SBS). The Navy has got to reign their people in by making them sign nondisclosure agreements and enforcing them just like the Army's Delta Force or the CIA does. Disclosing mission tactics, mentalities, and social habits only puts their brothers-in-arms in harm's way. I think many of the ex-Navy-SEALs have a difficult time going from hero to zero, and they're stuck in the past. So writing a book could make them money and give them the notoriety they crave for. They're almost like has-been movie or rock stars fighting to stay in the limelight. Frankly, it's pathetic!
It is about excellence.
Brandon Webb tells his story about being the best one can be and how is life story took him from winning ski races at 6, to becoming a seaman navigating one of the most traveled harbors at the age 16. Me. Webb tells his tale of how he became his best and helped others become their best by consistently being challenged and not accepting "good" as enough.
The stories Brandon tells helped me see that "excellence in all we do" matters and makes a difference in our lives and in the lives we touch.
May we all honor God, humanity, community, and family by becoming the best we can be by doing the best we can do, despite our circumstances and situations.
The authors content before each chapter was excellent and unexpected. Really made a difference for me! Beating able to listen to him speak made it way more interesting.
I hope to see more audio books using this format.
I've read several seal books including ones that are mentioned in this audiobook. This is definitely a keeper one of my favorites. The narration is good the Personal Touch by the author is great. The stories are motivating and informative
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