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In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive.

This is the story of team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. More than anything, this is the story of how his teammates stood beside him until he was the last one left - blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and breathing.

Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in by a Pashtun tribe that risked everything to protect him from the Taliban.

In this moving chronicle of courage, Marcus Luttrell offers one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare.

©2007 Marcus Luttrell (P)2007 Hachette Audio

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  • Nathan
  • Queen Creek, AZ, USA
  • 05-19-09

Very powerful book.

This is a must read for anyone who questions why we are the country we are. Anyone who could come down on the author for his political views or his feelings on the media should be ashamed of themselves. This man has earned the right to feel that way and knows better than anyone what the effects are of having such a bleeding heart media reporting opinions and not facts.

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  • Lyle
  • Williamsburg, VA, United States
  • 12-02-08

Lone Survivor

I really enjoyed this book. I read the hard copy first and listened to the Aubiobook next. I wish our Congress could be made to read this book so they understand what it is like to be given a mission to fight an enemy and then make it impossible to complete it without getting you or members of your team killed. After 33 years of military service I support members of our armed forces and wish Congress supported them as well. I believe we have some in Congress who do not support the men and women we have servicing in our aremed forces.

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A True Hero

I am so grateful that there are still americans like Marcus out there for us. Outstanding book. Everyone should read.

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Great Narrative

Took you from real world to in country and back - seal team and special forces are the best in the world

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  • Shawn
  • Sykesville, MD, United States
  • 09-22-17

True American Hero And SEAL Beat The Longest Odds

I'd first heard of his name in American Sniper & Overhauling yesterday. Thanks beto God!

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An Amazing Event BETTER THAN THE MOVIE!

I couldn't stop listening to this amazing story. The narrator could have been better but otherwise amazing. Epic story of a real American hero.

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inspiring

inspiring look into the life of a u.s. Navy SEAL hero and the operations of Seal Team 10

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Amazing

A great story that makes me think about a nephew of mine out there, helping our freedom. Thank you B. Benitez, from Uncle Jr.

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Survival of the luckiest!

What made the experience of listening to Lone Survivor the most enjoyable?

The narrator really got into the action and dawned the shoes of the author. It was fast paced and engaging throughout.

What did you like best about this story?

As a sucker for details, the story provides sufficient details to visualize the story as it unfolds. The narrator made a big difference to the experience. He was literally living the exhibiting the emotions of the author. You would certainly mistake him for the author!

The story is about camaraderie. The gory details and the ultimate goal to survive makes up for a passionate listen. It was good to know about the various stakeholders in the story. It was intriguing to know the role faith played for both parties.

Which scene was your favorite?

The battle scene where the Taliban had cornered these men and the sequence of events that followed.

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

The pain and doom that wars bring is undeniable. Yet, mankind resorts to it to settle disputes. Nobody really wins by killing fellow beings.

Any additional comments?

Excellent action packed read that one can complete in one or two sessions. Go for it.

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True heroism!

This shows us how far our men and women of the armed forces are willing to go for us, and I can't believe how many people are ungrateful for it. Each time I see someone in uniform I walk up and shake their hand, and thank them for all they do, and I know it means a lot because I see that sparkle in their eye. Truly amazing.