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 a great look into the life and training that our special operations go through. The audio book has great bonus features and stories that Brandon didn't include in the book that are great. over all is an awesome story
One of the best Navy Seal memoirs I've read, and I've read the majority listed here at Audible. The one gripe others have made about the audio version of The Red Circle is they didn't care for Webb's personal intro into each chapter. Some felt it was redundant and unnecessary. Well I loved his personal insight preceding the chapters. It made me more attentive to details and specific moments in his stories. Great book. Can't wait for future releases by Webb.
This is one of my favorite books on Audible. It is fascinating hearing about Brandon's accounts in life. I like how he is humble and gives personal introductions before each chapter. I also loved the bonus story at the end about Chris Kyle. I'd love to meet Brandon someday and photograph him for a project I'm doing.
I found the interjection of the author's comments before each chapter very distracting. It interrupted the flow of the story and adds no value as he covers what the coming chapter covers.
Writer does not speak before each chapter. Drags the story out and takes away from it. Let the narrator tell the story.
Insights of becoming a seal
Jon is fine the only problem I had was with the writer putting his to cents in before each chapter.
If it could flow with the story but not if the writer is involved with the talking on the audible.
Fluctuations in audio and some parts repeated immediately after 1 another (maybe 6 times)
That said Webbs dedication and sacrifice will at points bring you to tears and laughter! Thank you sir.
This was an awesome book. I actually read his second book first then had to get this one. It's kinda sad that he talks a lot about Chris Kyle and Glen Doherty which have both been killed since this book was written. You can tell that both of these guys were good friends of Brandon's and it was sad to think about that as he talked about them.
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