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.
©2012 Brandon Webb (P)2012 Brandon Webb
This story was extremely entertaining. Webb talks about his childhood, selection into the teams, the SEAL sniper program (from a student/ intructor/ program manager perspective), his deployments and life after the Navy. A great autobiography. Of note, the actual author pre-empts every chapter with small interesting dialogues. He also speaks a bit after the ending of the book. This was a welcomed change from normal audio books in which the actual author never speaks.
The narrator was horrible. The book is worth suffering through him though. In the beginning of the book he sounds like a movie preview voice-over. Once you get over this, it becomes obvious that he knows nothing about the topic. Be prepared for pronounciations such as "Hell-O" for helo and "Be You Dee Ess" for BUDS. The guy is inept at best but like cow dung smell at a ranch, you get used to him eventually.
The book was really good. The narrator, Jon Bailey, really detracted from the story. It seems that the audio narration was completed before the company even had rights to it so the author possibly did not have an opportunity to have a say as to the horrible recording.
Yes, although the story is not a rivetting as some others and the narration by the reader was not very good, I still think it is a good story and worth the listen.
I enjoyed Brandon Webb's peronal additions/reflections at the beggining of the story, the start of each chapter, and the end of the book.
Not unless there was no other way to get to "read" the story. I would probably read the actual book before listening to him again. Someone should have at least gone over with him the pronunciation of the common military jargon used in the book.
Proper pronunciation of military jargon is a common error among a lot of the narrators/readers in audio books. It reflects a lack of military service or even knowledge of our military. If you choose not to serve, that's fine, but if you are going to make money off of the backs of those who did by narrating their story at least take a little time to educate yourself on their way of life. It comes across as "I don't care enough to learn how to pronounce "BUD/S". There used to be a work ethic in this country that went something like, "if you are going to do something....take the time and put in the effort to do it right."
First of all, the author comes across as extremely likeable. The addition of chapter intros in the author's own voice only adds to the experience. Brandon seems like a great guy to have a beer with. What I really loved is that despite the amazing things that Brandon has done in his life, you never get the feeling that this is one of those "Why I'm so great" books. Sure, Brandon tells of his accomplishments and exploits, but it is in kind of an "aw shucks, 'taint nothing sort of way. I also like the detail that Brandon put into the accounts of BUD/S and his other experiences. He never gives away any specific details on operational methods that could compromise security, but he does go into a lot of detail in areas that are not strategically significant, but very interesting to the reader.
I also read "Inside Seal Team Six" by Don Mann. That book was sketchy on details, and really was a "Why I'm So Great" book. Plus, Mann left in all of the redactions made to his book to show us how he knows much more than he can tell us. In the audiobook, these redactions result in a beep. A good author would simply rewrite the book around redactions which Brandon clearly did.
This is an inspirational book first and foremost to anyone and secondly to anyone who is interested in the shooting sports. Brandon gives a lot of useful details that lets anyone who wants to follow up to learn more about the topic on their own. Besides being a great story, it is a fantastic starting point for people looking for an inspiration to improve some area of their lives.
If you only have time to read one book this year, this is the one. You will take a lot of good information and inspiration away with you.
When the reader actually slowed down so I could understand what he was saying.
John Pruden or Kevin T. Collins
Due to Jon Bailey's poor reading...not
Don't you guys have anyone there who has been in Military or even understand the Mil. Jargon? Point is even a great story like a Red Circle can be made to sound awful when you have speed train reading it.
Take out the Authors repetitive speeches in between chapters. The reader of the book is doing a fine job with out you! This book is an "all about me and how much better I am than any body else" book. This guy acts as if there would be no great SEALs without him and all he's done. Besides he does not have a pleasant voice and or tone of voice. I might give it 3 or 4 stars without Brandon's reading parts.
No, I love to hear about how dedicated and devoted these Seals are. Just wouldn't recommend this book!
If the character Brandon wasn't involved sure.
Buy American Sniper or Lone Survivor instead, you'll be money ahead.
Yes. I think the training of the seals is facinating. It would be interesting for anyone interested in the military operations, our security, technology, and insight into the determination of a person who persues what could be considered by some to be almost impossible.
there is only one main character
The stories offered by Webb are as insightful and interesting as anything I've read.
Webb's own voice offers background into each chapter and even some bonus stories and explanation throughout the book. This was unexpected and unlike anythng in my audible library.
The narrator sounded inexperienced.
The stories shared were exactly the sort of thing I was searching for; however, the writing was a distraction. Had it not been for the unique features of this audible version I would have retired from this book within the first 2 hours.
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.
"fantastic real life account, brilliant read"
The best factual book I has listened to so far
How the book was structured, the author talks for a minute or two before each chapter to set the context and mood.
a real feel as to what these guys go through
It made me appreciate the level at which these guys have trained at and the sacrifices that they have made
If you want a true, real life no bull account of the US Navy Seals, this is the only book for you.
"A different perspective on life in the Navy SEALs"
First off this is an augmented audio book, with chapter introductions spoken by Brandon Webb. This includes some sound effects/additions to help listeners appreciate what is being described. All other points aside this is a welcome addition for audio books where many titles just reproduce the physical book and don't take advantage of the possibilities the format offers.
This is a nice alternative history of life in the SEALs. There are many books about BUD/S and progression into the teams, but this covers more ground. Webb is quite candid about his early life and the longer route he took to the SEALs through the Navy. It also covers his later career as a trainer and course manager.
Webb gives plenty of insights into his experiences and offers amusing vignettes where often the joke is on him. I laughed out loud a few times while listening.
At times it can be a bit saccharin, but generally Webb comes across as likeable with depth, rather than just two dimensional.
There are also a few inside stories that you'll probably not hear anywhere else.
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