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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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powerful, relevant story

this blew me away. lately i've been on a spy-novel book kick, and somehow i saw "damn few". wow. just wow. i guess if i had to guess what the very best US warriors went through to be trained, and what they did in combat, this book spells it out and makes it real.
i cannot relate, but i am thankful.

this author is, dare i say, a true american. he's a gentleman and well read. he's also a killing machine and proud of it. proud to serve, that is.

if this seems a little interesting - get it. you will not be disappointed!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful autobio,but sort of deadpan delivery

What did you like best about this story?

When he was in BUD/S & when he dealt with the bullies in elementary school.

What aspect of Rorke Denver’s performance would you have changed?

He's a pit dead pan and would have liked to have seen more of his personality come through. The story might have been served better by a professional reader like Ray Porter. Loved his narration of Howard Wasdin's & Kevin Mitnick's books.

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

The BUD/S hallucinations made me laugh.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Hoorah Navy

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. I cannot get enough of these stories. Given that it is directly from the author makes it so much more meaningful.

Any additional comments?

I have been studying the Navy SEALs since joining the Navy in 1998 because I was never allowed to be a SEAL myself (I am female, you see.) Despite my obvious disqualification, I was honored to have worked with and enjoy the company of many SEALs during my time. I miss my friends who were lost on August 6th, 2011 especially. Denver does an excellent job of describing exactly what it takes to be SEAL. Thank you for what you do Denver.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Dennis
  • Fullerton, CA, United States
  • 05-17-13

Candid SEAL commentary narrated by Rorke himself.

Would you listen to Damn Few again? Why?

I've listened three times already. The anecdotes are awesome, the recounts of operations and the SEAL mindset are inspiring. Rorke's account would give any person thinking of becoming a Navy SEAL some good food for thought.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Damn Few?

His recollection of SEAL training tells just enough of what it take to become a SEAL without revealing anything sensitive to national security.

Which character – as performed by Rorke Denver – was your favorite?

Himself

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It's already been done... Act of Valor seems already a good representation as Rorke advised and incorporated some elements of his actual experience into the film in which he performs as a SEAL.

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  • Chad
  • Murray, UT, United States
  • 11-29-13

Excellent story... monotone delivery...

What made the experience of listening to Damn Few the most enjoyable?

The story of the Seals is awesome. The camaraderie, pride and excellence championed by the Seals inspires me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Damn Few?

Rorke's telling of the last couple of days of hell week tend to stand out the most to me. The hallucinations and the "steel pier" experience are particularly noteworthy.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I think the narrator made the story as well as detracted. The fact that it was the "real" guy telling the story helped. His monotone delivery and somewhat dry style didn't help the story.

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

I loved it when he talked about his daughters and the lessons he wanted to teach them.

Any additional comments?

Well worth the purchase.

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  • jeramy
  • CLIFTON, CO, United States
  • 03-26-13

Outstanding

Where does Damn Few rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Damn Few is the best of its kind.

What other book might you compare Damn Few to and why?

American Sniper, Lone Survivor, and Service due to the branch of the US military and the intensity.

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Must "read"!

This is an outstanding listen and one that every young man should venture into.. Leadership, commitment to masculinity and honor, as well as reinforcing integrity and values... I highly recommend this book.

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ok story

It was a good story, but it didn't stand out from to many other seal stories. But I thank him for telling it

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Thank you for sharing!

What made the experience of listening to Damn Few the most enjoyable?

I enjoy hearing about the events in life that made men like Denver choose this way of life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Damn Few?

Hearing some of the stories from his life that moved him in the direction he chose.

What does Rorke Denver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hearing him tell his own story made me feel as if i were talking with him and he was sharing the stories of his life with me.

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

I am not embarrassed to say that these true life stories effect me deeply and i often cry when hearing some of the things these brave men endure.

Any additional comments?

This is not a book that is divulging any SEAL secrets, this is a book that shares the life story of a man who has been and has forged the elite warriors of our Armed Forces.

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  • Kimberly
  • Grants Pass, OR, United States
  • 10-18-13

Incredible book!!

What made the experience of listening to Damn Few the most enjoyable?

The narrator has your full attention

What other book might you compare Damn Few to and why?

No Easy Day

Which character – as performed by Rorke Denver – was your favorite?

Rorke Denver

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

True story of the making of a Navy Seal

Any additional comments?

I bought this book to listen in the car with my husband to keep him interested. We both really loved this book. I bought it for my dad who really enjoyed it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ordo117
  • 05-18-15

the damn few

already read the book and i have the film but listening to the man himself was just a pure honour

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  • David Goessling
  • 06-05-17

Great insight in to life as a SEAL

Excellent story that gave ke an new appreciation for the role of Seals in USA's national defence.