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.
The person they have narrate this story shouldn't be doing this sort of job. very spotty. doesnt pronounce the military terms correctly. very spotty audio.
I quite enjoyed this bio. While listening in the car I frequently found myself sitting in a parked car at my destination waiting for a good place to pause.
One issue... Random sentences in the audio are repeated. Random sentences in the audio are repeated.
Each chapter has an intro written and read by the author (not ghost written nor performed by a voice actor) it gives a nice personal touch.
this was an incredible book. well written, well read. spectacular stories. held my interest from the very beginning to the very end. thank you for your service Brandon Webb!
Webb's youth should give hope to all young people.
I like how Webb previews each chapter and how I wish that at the end would throw in an extra mention of two men that are often mentioned throughout the book and are now dead.
I didn't find that the story itself was all that interesting. He does have a lot of character but the story doesn't stand out from other special ops operators.
I think his experience prior to being in special ops was most interesting. I also like the conflict that he explained occurred in his time in service with superiors.
I enjoyed the book very much. The Author's self-promotion is excessive, but if he really achieved the many things described in the book, I suppose the boasting is OK.
You probably won't learn anything revolutionary new either about the SEALs, or about the U.S. military and involvement in the Middle East in general, but many moments give you a good inside view into the lives of special ops. I personally actually liked the part of the book where the Author describes his involvement in redesign of the SEAL sniper training. Some reviews complain about too little about that, but I found there was enough to make the book worthwhile. Not sure why, but some parts of the book are repeated twice. Literally, as if the audio files were merged incorrectly with some segments pasted twice. No major problems, just noting.
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.
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