Publisher's Summary

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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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

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  • Rob Strait
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outstanding read

unbelievably riveting. Denver has a unique way of writing that draws you in and makes you feel proud to be an American and truly honored to have men of the Navy Seals and Armed Forces serving for us

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Great Book!!

Absolute great book! Written and read by a true American Hero. Have listened to it five times and still can't get enough.

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A must read!

Rourke tells a story about his personal experiences in the SEAL teams and gives a deep insight of what kind of men these guys really are. (Not what most imagine) Lots of other valuable source material can be found sprinkled throughout on poetry, philosophy, and and the warrior ethos. I plan on pulling a few gems out of this one for some hand-me-down advice to my teenage son. Rourke also seems to be a natural orator. Narration by the author is rare and he does an outstanding job!
Thanks for sharing, Rourke!

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Insightful

Designed to inspire a new generation of SEALs. A roadmap of mentality, physical activities, and other books that brought Mr. Denver to his destiny. It's a great read, enjoyable, and insightful.

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Good book on Seal Culture

This was a good book on the mindset and culture of the Navy Seals. It was good but not great. For a remarkable book about a Navy Seal and leadership, read the Trident by Jason Redman.

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A perfect companion to the movie Act of Valor...

Well written,in depth sincere and honest,the perfect companion to Act of Valor,the personal stories reflect and give us that have not served a deep look into the heart of a true warrior.