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Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs - the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow’s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed.

Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees. He recounts his experience evolving from a young SEAL hopeful pushing his way through Hell Week, into a warrior engaging in dangerous stealth missions across the globe, and finally into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination, requalification programs, and the “Hero or Zero” missions his SEALs undertake.

From his own SEAL training and missions overseas, Denver details how the SEALs’ creative operations became front and center in America’s War on Terror - and how they are altering warfare everywhere. In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin America, stood up to violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Leading 200 commando missions, he earned the Bronze Star with V for valor. He has also served as flag aide to the admiral in charge and spent the past four years as executive officer of the Navy Special Warfare Center’s Advanced Training Command in Coronado, California, directing all phases of the basic and advanced training that prepare men for war in SEAL teams. He recently starred in the film Act of Valor. He is married and has two daughters.

Ellis Henican is a columnist at Newsday and an on-air commentator at the Fox News Channel. He has written two recent New York Times best sellers, Home Team with New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and In the Blink of an Eye with NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip.

"With all the SEALs’ recent successes, we have been getting a level of acclaim we’re not used to. But something important has been missing in this warm burst of publicity.... Correcting that is my mission here.

"My own SEAL dream was launched by a book. My hope is that this one teaches lessons that go far beyond the battlefield, inspiring a fresh generation of warriors to carry on that dream."

—Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver

©2013 Rorke Denver (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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I've always respected military, special forces and their worlds. I understand a little more each day why that is. thank you. I loved that commander Denver narrated this himself.

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Fascinating Listen

I loved listening to this book. Rorke Denver gives an awesome description of his training and field experience as a Navy Seal.

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good listen

great listen. variety of interesting sides of the profession. worth the price without question. respect

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  • Chepa
  • Summerville, SC
  • 04-26-17

Great book and great reader

This is a different type of SEAL book. Trees, there are battle scenes, but this book is written by a brilliant SEAL commander. With that comes the knowledge, experience and wisdom that was not only earned through combat, but also through leading these fierce warriors. It is such a well written book and I place it song my favorite military books. He shows you what it takes to protect our country and provide us with the freedom that we have. Thank you for your crevice Commander!

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  • Steve
  • LA PORTE, IN, United States
  • 04-20-17

eye opening!

This was another great book to give me perspectives on my own life. these are true heroes!

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Great work.

Great piece of literature for anybody that has a "service mindset". This should be mandatory reading on our Captains promotional assessment.

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BZ

Outstanding- I read reviews commenting on the narration - I thought it was on point.

Thank You- for your service and for sharing. Simply outstanding read.
V/R

MAJ Sneed-son of a PBR Chief- who worked closely with the teams in Vietnam- I miss him.

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Great Story

I heard Roarke Denver speak at a lacrosse coaching convention and was inspired to hear more from him. From a great career as a leader, his story can bring many points to any person with a leadership role. Definitely worth the read or listen

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Awesome standards and read

Denver is a very talented writer and very passionate about his lifestyle and proud of his background. highly recommended for all who want a look into the life of SEALs and for those who understand what patriotism is all about.

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Best audio narration ever

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Rorke has an amazing teaching ability and therefore his story telling is awesome - straight forward delivery which keeps you listening - no hero BS just a true warrior and leader