Decorated Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Columbia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. But his journey was not without its supreme challenges. He was critically wounded in 2007 when he was struck by machine-gun fire at point blank range. During his intense recovery period, Redman posted a sign on his door, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds." His sign became both a statement and a symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. Vivid and powerful, emotionally resonant and illuminating, The Trident traces the evolution of a modern warrior, husband, and father, a man who has come to embody the never-say-die spirit that defines one of America's elite fighting forces.
©2013 Jason Redman (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
I read a lot of memoirs and other nonfiction books about American men at war. The Trident is not just another book about the hell of BUDS or Seals doing heroic things. It has those elements, but it is different in showing that Seals are real flesh and blood men, not supermen and cartoon type superheroes. The author is brutally honest about his own mistakes and flaws, a big one being buying into the superman myth to the point of arrogance and thinking he was invincible and didn't have to live by the rules. You could call this a rise and fall then rise again story. And all of that is before he is deployed to Iraq where he is catastrophically wounded.
Mr. Redman also shows how much politics harms our troops. His Seal unit was punished after it succeeded in a night raid where they captured the "rocket man," an Afghan who was making bombs to kill and maim Americans. Unfortunately, rocket man was one of Karzai's good friends, and Karzai threw a fit. So, the killer was turned loosed, and the commanding US general wouldn't let Redman's unit go outside the wire any more.
I never thought I'd read a book where a Navy Seal admits that Army Ranger school is as tough as BUDS but he does. The story of how he was forced to go to Ranger school after already serving in the Seals for over a decade is worth reading the book.
And after he was wounded, his will to recover and help other wounded vets shows how courageous and noble a man he is.
Shows that the Seals are not mythical supermen or cartoon characters, but real men with incredible courage and determination, and they and their families are not invincible - they suffer and bleed.
It also shows that these extraordinary men are often sent on fool's errands and misused by their superiors and the politicians.
This is a lesson of personal redemption as Lt. Redman gets a second chance after nearly blowing his career. This is one committed Naval Officer! Erik Bergman is a very talented reader; he sounded really connected to the story which was surprising in its depth.
The most powerful images in the book were when Lt. Redman was traveling for medical attention after suffering devastating facial injuries in battle. The reaction of fellow travelers upset him by the lack of awareness and appreciation for the sacrifice of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom.
Too many of us take those in our armed services for granted. My outlook has been changed. I am glad there are so many committed men and women out there looking out for us.
Every American citizen that enjoys the freedoms that too many of us take for granted should read this book! You will learn to be a better citizen.
The story is put together well. While starting out at what is a life changing event, it nicely drops back in time to explain how Redman got to that point and what brought him past it.
The brutal honesty Redman has about his flaws, how he did not see them and why. We are all like him but my flaws don't have the life or death impact a person in a position as him has.
Great! His voice and inflection was perfect at sensitive times as well as heroic.
I would not say extreme, but more riveted. I could not quit listening wondering how Redman would react to his next situation.
Of read a lot of other books from Special Forces Operators, but this is by far the best. I do believe it will be used for years in leadership training. The way Redman identified flaws and then corrected them is supreme, but more telling is his love and honor of his wife. This book is loaded for a spectrum of different genre readers.
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Jason Redman had wanted to become a SEAL from a very early age. He made that dream come true. However, he had never internalized what it meant to be a leader. Redman did not respond well to criticism. He pretended to listen to other's but never considered that they might have good ideas. Instead, he did it the Redman way.
Redman's fellow team member's raised their hands high when asked if they considered Redman as a bad leader of men. Each man in turn refused to be a member of his squad. He had been reported to have put himself and the member's of his team in danger. There was no trust.
Redman's commander had no recourse but to hold a council meeting to decide if the coveted Trident that he wore should be taken away. There was one man participating in the council meeting who had worked with Redman who was adamant that he should be made to turn his Trident in.
A scathing letter had been written by the council's leader. Redman was shaken to his core after reading the report. He was told that the only way that letter could stay out of his permanent file was if Redman agreed to go to Ranger School to learn leadership skills. Redman was quite angry and did not concede that his leadership skills were lacking. However, he agreed to attend Ranger School because he did not want to give up his military career.
There were a few men who watched him closely during Ranger training. He had been taken aside and told that he needed to change his attitude and start putting all of his effort forward in order to survive. The Ranger's were the best when it came to leadership.
Redman continued with his bad attitude when he began his time with the Rangers. He requested to leave the Ranger's. His request was accepted and he would be taken back to his SEAL team in a few days. The letter that had been written would now become a permanent file in Redman's record and he would have to leave the SEALS.
Redman had an epiphany while trying to get to sleep. He realized, that instead of taking responsibility for his own actions, he always blamed his short comings on someone else. He withdrew his request to leave the Ranger's and made a commitment to himself that he could do his best and not allow that letter to be put into his permanent file. Redman wanted to stay a SEAL.
This memoir was very well written. I was reluctant to purchase this book because I had already read many books about the SEALS. However, I was wrong. The story of Jason Redman was a great listen. The narrator made listening enjoyable. This memoir only touches lightly on the rigors it takes to become a SEAL. The reader will know Jason Redman when he or she finishes this book. The character's are well developed and there is suspense and action. I don't think you will regret purchasing this book.
I spend about 55 hours a week driving and really enjoy having a good book to pass the miles.
Finished listening to The Trident by Jason Redman last night. I enjoyed the story and the narrator Erik Bergmann. The best one sentence review I can give it is sometimes it takes a swift kick in the butt to get your attention. His recovery story is inspiring should serve as a model for others who have suffered life altering traumatic wounds. It is certainly a book I will revisit from time to time.
One of the best first person accounts of the real deal. Every good as "Battle Ready" but so different.GOD bless our men and women in uniform.
This is the story of Jason Redman, a Navy SEAL, who ultimately overcame many obstacles to become a success story of sorts. As the title mentions, he forged himself into becoming a SEAL (for, as he put it, many of the wrong reasons). Because of his attitude, and lack of obedience, he gets himself into trouble with his Task Unit. So much so, that he almost gets himself kicked out of the elite teams.While serving his "punishment" in Ranger school he comes to realize his mistakes, and the reasons he joined the teams, may not have been genuinely the right reasons that would make him the ultimate operator. From this moment forward he found and truly understood his weakness and what others were saying about him, and moved forward Reforging his career. He went on to become a high performing operator, and just as he was "making his comeback," he became critically injured in a high risk op. The book was a great read and keeps you engaged throughout. In the beginning you see this somewhat arrogant and cocky guy who becomes a SEAL, then makes some mistakes. He then realizes the severity of his mistakes, and tries to become a better person and SEAL, and you begin to root for him. Just when everything is looking up for him, he gets injured. Overall, it's a great read and highly recommended if you like SOF, motivational, success story books.
Yes, the reader brought the story to life. It was mesmoriing and I listened straight through in a few sittings.
Jason Redman of course.
His voice showed respect and honor to the life and victories of Jason Redman. The emotions and voice changes paint the picture perfectly.
I too have spent months in hospitals and when Jason first saw his children after being shot it was very emotional.
This was my first ever audible book, and although I doubt future books will be as good as TheTrident, the "listening" was great.
Yes. The book and the person reading were both excellent. I think people should be aware of what our military, particularly special ops guys sacrifice.
This book was not what I expected. I expected this book to be a series of accounts of bravado and battle. Instead, this book was a very honest and open account by the author of his successes and failures. I did not expect him to be open about any failures, yet that is a great deal of what the book was about.
The performer did a great job. I would be very happy to listen to another audiobook read by him. He gave just enough emotion in the reading to give great meaning to the book while not going over the top.
There were several moments that were particularly moving. I'm sure most people who read this have different moments for them. For me, when the author was sent to Ranger School and had to wait a month before it started, he was put on trash detail, and that really moved me. I thought to myself, my goodness, this guy passed BUD's, had gone all the way through SEAL training, was an officer, had been in a combat environment, graduated Suma Cum Laude from college, and they have him on trash detail picking up other people's used cigarettes!!! I really felt for the author at that point. I know Ranger School is no walk in the park and for him to have to go through that after going through BUD's was really something.
The numerous acts of bravery also moved me. His fellow Seal Al, who helped him when Jason was injured was just awesome. In the epilogue, Jason talks about the organization he founded called Wounded Wear. This moved me above all. He talked about some of the guys who have been a part of it and the injuries they have sustained in battle.
It also moved me greatly how Jason's wife was there for him, and it troubled me how high the divorce rate was for the special ops guys. These guys sacrifice so much.
Even if this kind of topic does not interest you, you really should read this book so you can understand just what our military and specifically special ops guys sacrifice. It's not just what they give up, it's what their families sacrifice also. It's important that we respect what these people sacrifice and not disrespect them through ignorance and apathy.
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Much more than just a description of exciting battles. Very honest & very personal as well.
The story is delivered in a strong voice, with good intonation. The story is fascinating and enthralling.
The book can be compared to most stories about Special Forces - their recruitment, training and duties. However, the author tells how he was initially headstrong and foolhardy, in that he ignored advice and went his own way. In the fullness of time, and as his experiences increased, he became a strong officer and successful leader. Finally, the author sustained terrible injuries and was able to utilize his training and expertise to get over major physical injuries and mental challenges. This story is a lesson for everyone who ever was challenged by whatever life throws...and that's all of us.
Strong voice, good intonation, keeps the interest up.
Not just another war book...
I love this book and admire the author.
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