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Publisher's Summary

The incredible true story of former Navy SEAL Mike Day, who survived being shot 27 times while deployed in Iraq.

On the night of April 6, 2007, in Iraq's Anbar Province, Senior Chief Mike Day, his team of Navy SEALs, and a group of Iraqi scouts were on the hunt for a high-level al-Qaeda cell. Day was the first to enter a 12x12 room where four terrorist leaders were waiting in ambush. When the gunfight was over, he took out all four terrorists in the room, but not before being shot 27 times and hit with grenade shrapnel.

Miraculously, Day cleared the rest of the house and rescued six women and children before walking out on his own to an awaiting helicopter, which flew him to safety.

While in the hospital, the Navy SEAL lost 55 pounds in two weeks. It took almost two years for Day to physically recover from his injuries, although he still deals with pain. Like so many veterans, doctors diagnosed Day with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury - the invisible wounds of war.

Perfectly Wounded is the remarkable story of an American hero whose incredible survival defies explanation and whose blessed life of service continues in the face of unimaginable odds.

©2020 Douglas Michael Day (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Inspiring.... Readers interested in care programs for returning veterans will find Day's account invaluable." (Kirkus, starred review)

"A memoir that goes beyond war - one that shares a story of awe-inspiring resiliency, courage, healing, and love on a thousand levels." (Major Scott A. Huesing, USMC (ret.), best-selling author of Echo in Ramadi)

"Mike Day is the living embodiment of the American fighting spirit, a true warrior who exemplifies intestinal fortitude, drive, and compassion. This book is a genuine display of the kind of 'never quit, no matter the odds' attitude that simply cannot be taught. PERFECTLY WOUNDED is the story of an American hero who always stayed in the fight, no matter what was thrown at him." (D. McBurnett, US Navy SEAL (ret.), author of Uncommon Grit: A Photographic Journey Through Navy SEAL Training)

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Perfectly written...

I wouldn’t want to hear Chief Day read another book, but I wouldn’t want anyone else to read this book! There is something about someone telling his own story that conveys on a deeper level. From cracking himself up, to his voice cracking with emotion, the impact was heard and felt.
When I say perfectly written, I don’t necessarily mean a literary work of art or genius... It’s that you get a clear view of Mike’s personality and outlook that comes across as absolutely authentic; he is very open and honest about what goes on in his mind. I’ve never been shot or in combat but I could relate to so much he said. He could have easily written this as the hero archetype, making himself 10 foot tall and (literally) bulletproof. Instead he plays down his accomplishments and seems the most excited when offering healing solutions that may possibly benefit others.
If you’ve bought this book then I’m sure you know the backstory, I’ll not repeat it. But the most impressive thing to me is not that Mike’s heart was still beating after being shot 27 times, but that his heart still beats to help and serve others. God bless you, sir.

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  • 07-14-20

Excellent Read

An amazing story of fortitude, perseverance, struggle and recovery. Thank you Mr Day for inspiring me.

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Exceptional!!

This is an incredible story!! I was hooked and didn't want to stop until I reached the end of the book. I also feel there is a lot to learn from his experiences. Seriously amazing!

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Excellent Life Lessons Book

Not what I expected..... much better. I like the fact that Mike read it and some smooth talkin’ narrator. Battle content and stories were amazing, what I had hoped for.

I was NOT, however, expecting the deeper side of this book. It has helped and inspired me. What a twist on what my mind was prepared for.

Thanks to Mike for telling the truth. For letting everyone ’inside the circle’. Perhaps I don’t truly need my circle as small as it has become.

Thank you, sir.
God Bless you and your family

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A book about overcoming. Anyone overcoming mental/struggle (especially veterans) need to read/listen.

From this Devildog to the Frogman behind this book.
Thank you.
Semper Fi
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OEF.

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Amazing! Check my Twitter review @CloseReviews

You laughed and i caught myself laughing thinking back to similar scenarios. You did a great job and continue to be that hard Charger Mike!

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Very insightful, liked him telling the memory. Also very encouraging to hear about the struggle.

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Not bad

Similar to most SEAL books I have read. These Gents are amazing. I liked hearing the early years. Looking for “more” of why they decided to be the elite and not about BUDS. Suggest a collective account of SEALs. Jocko, Marcus, Mike, The Admiral, etc. my 2 cents. Most of all Thank you for what you did and do.

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Read this!

I felt this on so many levels. Being a veteran, suffering from PTSD, depression and anxiety, this book helps to put things into perspective! please read this!

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One of the best books I have heard on Audible

Mike Day’s story is told in a very frank, humble and straight forward way for a Navy SEAL with such an inspiring life story! I highly recommend listening to the incredible life story of Mike in this book that will touch you and inspire you!

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  • 06-09-21

Unbelievable.

This story had to be written and narrated by the person who went through all of this.
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  • Sue Waldron
  • 05-10-21

Insipational

I got so much from this book, puts my life into perspective. A must read.

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  • mr
  • 10-26-20

Inspirational story of a can do man.

I cam by this book after listening to the author on Joxko wilinks pod cast...I try to be like Mike even before I heard of him lol

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  • George McNee
  • 08-13-20

Not what you may expect

On the surface the book seems par for the course but when Mike really starts to pull his story together in the first hour and thirty minutes and makes this book a really interesting. A deep dive into Mikes life becomes a rollercoaster of trials and tribulations of a brash but humble guy who found a way to make it through on the precipice of desperation and depression. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-20

Outstanding

Gave me chills in many different ways this book. It's so good Mike found his way.