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.
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.
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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