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Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader | [Jason Redman, John Bruning]

Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

Decorated Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, 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."
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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

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    Richard Kerrville, United States Minor Outlying Islands 12-30-13
    Richard Kerrville, United States Minor Outlying Islands 12-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Superman - Real Man With Incredible Courage"
    What made the experience of listening to Trident the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Erik Bergmann – was your favorite?

    Jason Redman


    Any additional comments?


    It also shows that these extraordinary men are often sent on fool's errands and misused by their superiors and the politicians.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Christiansted, VI, United States 12-27-13
    John Christiansted, VI, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Great story, well read! Really affected me."
    What made the experience of listening to Trident the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul SCREVEN, GA, United States 11-23-13
    Paul SCREVEN, GA, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The honesty is overwhelming."
    What made the experience of listening to Trident the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Erik Bergmann’s performance did you like?

    Great! His voice and inflection was perfect at sensitive times as well as heroic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I would not say extreme, but more riveted. I could not quit listening wondering how Redman would react to his next situation.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    bill Sheffield Village, OH, United States 03-26-14
    bill Sheffield Village, OH, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Book with some Unanswered Questions"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The Authors


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    That's impossible.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Bergmann’s performances?

    Yes


    Do you think Trident needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo


    Any additional comments?

    I want to thanks the authors for serving this country, first and foremost, but the book itself tells you a whole lot about Jason. I do want to correct him and several other SEAL members that do Dick Marcinko an injustice.
    Dick served while I was serving, and these stories about him have taken on a life of their own. This author was not even born when Dick was serving, and these were the days when if you called in air support, more often than not, if they hit within 1000K, that would be called successful.
    Yes, Dick played hard, but he served hard under circumstances that no combat soldier today could ever imagine.
    This author is an outstanding man and a true patriot, but all through out the book he fluffs himself up at every opportunity, but then again, what sane soldier would walk up to a General and ask him why he is not in the action?
    I never knew one until this book, and that alone should tell you volumes on the man and what makes him tick.

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    Joe North Versailles, PA, United States 01-14-14
    Joe North Versailles, PA, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Life is Better than Fiction Personified "
    Would you consider the audio edition of Trident to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the reader brought the story to life. It was mesmoriing and I listened straight through in a few sittings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jason Redman of course.


    What about Erik Bergmann’s performance did you like?

    His voice showed respect and honor to the life and victories of Jason Redman. The emotions and voice changes paint the picture perfectly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I too have spent months in hospitals and when Jason first saw his children after being shot it was very emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first ever audible book, and although I doubt future books will be as good as TheTrident, the "listening" was great.

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    "Fascinating Insight"
    What made the experience of listening to Trident the most enjoyable?

    The story is delivered in a strong voice, with good intonation. The story is fascinating and enthralling.


    What other book might you compare Trident to, and why?

    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.


    What does Erik Bergmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Strong voice, good intonation, keeps the interest up.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not just another war book...


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book and admire the author.

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