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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Very interesting story. I listened in bits and pieces over a long drive. I especially liked the science in the book that describes how things work.
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.
I really liked this book. Probably one of my favorites so far. The way the story is told really keeps you entertained. He goes into great detail explaining everything.
I bought the audio version of this book, and I find it really annoying that the guy they got to read it doesn't know the context of the content. The guy mispronounced Cessna, and several other words throughout the book. If your going to read books professionally, prepare appropriately. Hell the book is about elite warriors that do just that! Training, training!
Ok now that I have my rant out of the way. What great book about the exciting life this guy has lead. The stories about his days in Ventura Harbor and diving, made me long for my Spearfishing day out in SoCal. The description of the training SEAL's go through make it sound brutal and challenging but totally worth it. It's refreshing to hear about training that doesn't follow the tee ball mentality of everyone's a winner, we don't keep score and everybody gets a medal! The combat stories are great in detail and the excitement of the situations come through well. Great overall book, highly recommend it. Also, I really like the intros Brandon provides before each chapter. Brandon - please make sure the guy reading your future books understand the content.
Great story. One of my favorite Navy SEAL books so far. The only thing that bugged me was that the narrator was not corrected in the pronunciation of some of the acronyms. In my experience I have not heard "BUD/S" pronounced as "B-U-D-S" but rather "buds." I started to cringe by the time Brandon was about to graduate from BUD/S. The only thing that would have bugged me worse if he were allowed to pronounce SEAL as "S-E-A-L" throughout the story. This is by no means the narrator's fault. The editors or producers should have fixed this at the start of recording.
narrator has absolutely no sense of rhythm and only a hint of inflection for drama. his pace is steady but there is no depth or real conviction in his voice. a real struggle to listen to.
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