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Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive.

This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors.

A born and raised Texan, Marcus Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training, where he and his fellow SEALs discovered what it took to join the most elite of the American special forces, to a fight in the desolate hills of Afghanistan for which they never could have been prepared. His account of his squadmates' heroism and mutual support renders an experience for which two of his squadmates were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism that is both heartrending and life-affirming. In this rich chronicle of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers a powerful narrative of modern war.

©2007 Marcus Luttrell (P)2012 Hachette

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Best book I've read!!

The narrator makes this book! As I am not that great of a reader it makes me so happy that they chose the right person to read this book for us. The emotion he conveys throughout the ENTIRE reading makes you feel like you are actually apart of it, sharing in their pain and sorrow. I have never cried when reading a book, but I almost did with this one. 10/10 would recommend.

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Fantastic Book

Thank you to Marcus Luttrell, and all of our servicemen around the world. This was a great book, and very immersive. Funny, sad, tragic, and just beautifully written.

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Great read!

Gives you a glimpse of what our special forces are faced with on a daily basis to protect our freedoms!

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READ & Live in a manner to honor them!

Absolutely incredible book. I have the utmost respect for these men and those like them. This is a must read, must react and most live your life to the fullest. Jesus Christ is the only one I know that has served His mission to a higher degree. Thank Marcus, thank you Lord for keep him alive (with his rifle always there) and thank you to ALL who serve or have ever served this great country!

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Incredible story, brilliant narration

I found this to be such an incredible and agonizing story. Provides fascinating insights into the lives of the extraordinary individuals who voluntarily submit to physical and emotional extremes, put their lives on the line to defend our country, way of life, and dutifully carry out the orders given by our elected leaders.

I know that some listeners have been critical of the narration by Kevin Collins, yet I loved his narration...for me, the brilliant narration added immensely to the story...brought me closer to the characters, situations...made me feel like I was there.

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Excellent book!

This book makes you laugh, cry, think and pray sometimes all at the same time. God bless our military home and abroad! Thank you all for all you have done and are doing for us!

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Incredibly touching

It was an amazing story. Such a true patriot who gave all. Loved every page!

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Tear Jerker

What an intense sorry that is true! God bless all of our men, women, and families in the services!

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A book for every American

This book in bodies courage and extra ordinary commitment to America and its principles of freedom. There's so much honesty encourage in this book it's unreal.

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Most Excellent True First Hand Account of War!!!

Every American should read/listen to this account of VALOR, COURAGE AND LOVE OF LIBERTY!!
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