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When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency.

In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.

After graduating, Wasdin faced new challenges. First, there was combat in Operation Desert Storm as a member of SEAL Team Two. Then, the Green Course: the selection process to join the legendary SEAL Team Six (ST6), with a curriculum that included practiced land warfare to unarmed combat. More than learning how to pick a lock, they learned how to blow the door off its hinges.

Finally, as member of ST6, he graduated from the most storied and challenging sniper program in the country: the Marine Corps Scout Sniper School. Eventually, of the 18 snipers in ST6, Wasdin became the best—which meant one of the best snipers on the planet.

Less than half a year after sniper school, he was fighting for his life. The mission: capture or kill Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. From rooftops, helicopters, and alleys, Wasdin hunted Aidid and killed his men whenever possible. But everything went quickly to hell when his small band of soldiers found themselves fighting for their lives, cut off from help and desperately trying to rescue downed comrades during a routine mission. The Battle of Mogadishu, as it became known, left 18 American soldiers dead and 73 wounded. Howard Wasdin had both of his legs nearly blown off while engaging the enemy. His explosive combat tales and inside details of becoming one of the world’s deadliest snipers combine to make this the most thrilling and important memoir by a navy SEAL since Lone Survivor.

©2011 Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Seal Team Six

This one kept my attention. The Seal in the book is just a regular guy with some extraordinary abilities that came from a tough and demanding life growing up. Made me think you can't just take the average young man and make him a Seal. Something has to happen to make him not just survive, but to endure extremes along the way. The story is fascinating and gives you an inside look of what it takes to pull off undercover assignments and how they do them. This is the real life version of "James Bond" and "Mission Impossible" movies.

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Very timely

The recent capture of Bin Ladin made this book even more pertinent and interesting. The narrator was fantastic. At first I thought the author had narrated the book himself because of the strong feeling and intonations that were used in the narration.

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Great book , great navy seal A true warrior

One of the best books I have ever read great story I recommend to everyone.

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Eye Opening!!

This was an enlightening book! I never realized the kind of training it takes to be counted amongst the Elite Soldiers. This book tells of the mental and physical strength that is required. It also displays in a healthy way; and sometimes not so healthy way, how relationships are built and severed. Seal Team Six Memoirs is a real story told from the first hand perspective of a real Elite Soldier about the intricate details of war. The reader Ray Porter made it more enriching in a matter of fact kind of way! Totally a joy to listen to. I laughed, cried and prayed. This was a great book!

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kick ass

kick ass book from the start, it has you by the edge of your seat

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A Fantastic Tale of Heartbreak and Triumph

The story of Howard Wasdin's life, up until the time of publishing, is a fascinating tale. It glosses over many of the long parts of initial SEAL training (BUD/S, SQT, and the like) in favor of more human and relatable moments. I highly recommend this audio book.

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  • Nicholas
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Excellent storytelling

Extremely interesting story about a part of our military that is very intriguing and mysterious. The training that they go through is unbelievable. And his story about his life after the military is just as incredible as his stories of combat missions. Glad I gave it a listen. Stories like this make me even more proud and more grateful of our military!

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Nice read

Good book. lots of interesting information and powerful situations. its good to know there are real men looking after this country.

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great story telling while keeping secrets out. usa

farther was an army Sniper. he never shared stories but he did teach me his trade. now my sons are interested in this lifestyle. Christians and motivated who knows where this book takes them

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Outstanding Story, Outstanding Narration

Great book. Howard's candid story is powerful and tremendously informative. The detail is great. The stories are very well told. And the ethos of the SEALs is upheld.

Some have commented on the end of the book being too soft. I disagree, though it definitely is a different tone and story line. The SEAL action is replaced by real life. I thought it was cool to follow that next step of his life. It is his memoir... So to me it was appropriate. I've read other books that have not done so well at this, and so appreciated this writing all the more.

Thank you Howard for your service.

I highly recommend this book.