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.
The most memorable thing about this book for me, was that the author have a run down of every chapter porous to the narrator reading it. Basically he told you what he was about to tell you. That I found to be odd and pulled me it of the story. The last 3 or 4 chapters could have been shipped as they had nothing to do with the book and part of it was the author reading of acknowledgments.
They seemed real to life. I understand they are real Brandon just did a good job of authoring them.
The discussion about memory and there are many more
The ending about the red circle and what it really meant.
This is an amazing book, full of heart felt stories and realizations.
There were minor mistakes mainly dealing with acronyms, which outside of the military community are hard to get right, so they were more funny than anything else.
I read Brandon Webb's 2nd book (I'm blanking on the name but it was about heroes who have passed) first and loved it. I'm looking forward to anything else he publishes and would love to spend a day on the range with the guy.
I thought I might be in trouble when in the first minutes an entire sentence was repeated...an obvious production error.
Sure enough, I tried but couldn't enjoy the way the narrator read the story. Seemed rushed without the slight pauses between sentences that helps make it a story rather than an attempt to get through the script. I also didn't like the narrator's voice. Really seemed like a low-budget production.
The quality of the sound was poor in this production. My speakers were struggling to produce clear sound at relatively low volumes...turning up the volume resulted in disturbingly poor quality.
I also found it strange that the author provides commentary at the start and prior to each chapter...not really providing much added value to the written book. Made for an incoherent listening experience.
Don't get me wrong...I have the highest appreciation for what the author did in serving our country and what he went through...but the way this audiobook was produced prevented me from enjoying his story.
My only other experience so far has been Unbroken, so maybe I'm spoiled. That was a superbly produced and narrated story that was tough to stop listening to.
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