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Trident

The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader
Narrated by: Erik Bergmann
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Decorated Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Columbia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. But his journey was not without its supreme challenges. He was critically wounded in 2007 when he was struck by machine-gun fire at point blank range. During his intense recovery period, Redman posted a sign on his door, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds." His sign became both a statement and a symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. Vivid and powerful, emotionally resonant and illuminating, The Trident traces the evolution of a modern warrior, husband, and father, a man who has come to embody the never-say-die spirit that defines one of America's elite fighting forces.

©2013 Jason Redman (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Paul
  • SCREVEN, GA, United States
  • 11-23-13

The honesty is overwhelming.

What made the experience of listening to Trident the most enjoyable?

The story is put together well. While starting out at what is a life changing event, it nicely drops back in time to explain how Redman got to that point and what brought him past it.

What did you like best about this story?

The brutal honesty Redman has about his flaws, how he did not see them and why. We are all like him but my flaws don't have the life or death impact a person in a position as him has.

What about Erik Bergmann’s performance did you like?

Great! His voice and inflection was perfect at sensitive times as well as heroic.

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

I would not say extreme, but more riveted. I could not quit listening wondering how Redman would react to his next situation.

Any additional comments?

Of read a lot of other books from Special Forces Operators, but this is by far the best. I do believe it will be used for years in leadership training. The way Redman identified flaws and then corrected them is supreme, but more telling is his love and honor of his wife. This book is loaded for a spectrum of different genre readers.

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  • John
  • Christiansted, VI, United States
  • 12-27-13

Great story, well read! Really affected me.

What made the experience of listening to Trident the most enjoyable?

This is a lesson of personal redemption as Lt. Redman gets a second chance after nearly blowing his career. This is one committed Naval Officer! Erik Bergman is a very talented reader; he sounded really connected to the story which was surprising in its depth.

Which scene was your favorite?

The most powerful images in the book were when Lt. Redman was traveling for medical attention after suffering devastating facial injuries in battle. The reaction of fellow travelers upset him by the lack of awareness and appreciation for the sacrifice of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom.

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

Too many of us take those in our armed services for granted. My outlook has been changed. I am glad there are so many committed men and women out there looking out for us.

Any additional comments?

Every American citizen that enjoys the freedoms that too many of us take for granted should read this book! You will learn to be a better citizen.

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Gripping story.

Finished listening to The Trident by Jason Redman last night. I enjoyed the story and the narrator Erik Bergmann. The best one sentence review I can give it is sometimes it takes a swift kick in the butt to get your attention. His recovery story is inspiring should serve as a model for others who have suffered life altering traumatic wounds. It is certainly a book I will revisit from time to time.

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  • Richard
  • Kerrville, United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • 12-30-13

Not Superman - Real Man With Incredible Courage

What made the experience of listening to Trident the most enjoyable?

I read a lot of memoirs and other nonfiction books about American men at war. The Trident is not just another book about the hell of BUDS or Seals doing heroic things. It has those elements, but it is different in showing that Seals are real flesh and blood men, not supermen and cartoon type superheroes. The author is brutally honest about his own mistakes and flaws, a big one being buying into the superman myth to the point of arrogance and thinking he was invincible and didn't have to live by the rules. You could call this a rise and fall then rise again story. And all of that is before he is deployed to Iraq where he is catastrophically wounded.
Mr. Redman also shows how much politics harms our troops. His Seal unit was punished after it succeeded in a night raid where they captured the "rocket man," an Afghan who was making bombs to kill and maim Americans. Unfortunately, rocket man was one of Karzai's good friends, and Karzai threw a fit. So, the killer was turned loosed, and the commanding US general wouldn't let Redman's unit go outside the wire any more.
I never thought I'd read a book where a Navy Seal admits that Army Ranger school is as tough as BUDS but he does. The story of how he was forced to go to Ranger school after already serving in the Seals for over a decade is worth reading the book.
And after he was wounded, his will to recover and help other wounded vets shows how courageous and noble a man he is.

What did you like best about this story?

Shows that the Seals are not mythical supermen or cartoon characters, but real men with incredible courage and determination, and they and their families are not invincible - they suffer and bleed.

Which character – as performed by Erik Bergmann – was your favorite?

Jason Redman

Any additional comments?


It also shows that these extraordinary men are often sent on fool's errands and misused by their superiors and the politicians.

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SEALS and Leadership

Jason Redman had wanted to become a SEAL from a very early age. He made that dream come true. However, he had never internalized what it meant to be a leader. Redman did not respond well to criticism. He pretended to listen to other's but never considered that they might have good ideas. Instead, he did it the Redman way.

Redman's fellow team member's raised their hands high when asked if they considered Redman as a bad leader of men. Each man in turn refused to be a member of his squad. He had been reported to have put himself and the member's of his team in danger. There was no trust.

Redman's commander had no recourse but to hold a council meeting to decide if the coveted Trident that he wore should be taken away. There was one man participating in the council meeting who had worked with Redman who was adamant that he should be made to turn his Trident in.

A scathing letter had been written by the council's leader. Redman was shaken to his core after reading the report. He was told that the only way that letter could stay out of his permanent file was if Redman agreed to go to Ranger School to learn leadership skills. Redman was quite angry and did not concede that his leadership skills were lacking. However, he agreed to attend Ranger School because he did not want to give up his military career.

There were a few men who watched him closely during Ranger training. He had been taken aside and told that he needed to change his attitude and start putting all of his effort forward in order to survive. The Ranger's were the best when it came to leadership.

Redman continued with his bad attitude when he began his time with the Rangers. He requested to leave the Ranger's. His request was accepted and he would be taken back to his SEAL team in a few days. The letter that had been written would now become a permanent file in Redman's record and he would have to leave the SEALS.


Redman had an epiphany while trying to get to sleep. He realized, that instead of taking responsibility for his own actions, he always blamed his short comings on someone else. He withdrew his request to leave the Ranger's and made a commitment to himself that he could do his best and not allow that letter to be put into his permanent file. Redman wanted to stay a SEAL.

This memoir was very well written. I was reluctant to purchase this book because I had already read many books about the SEALS. However, I was wrong. The story of Jason Redman was a great listen. The narrator made listening enjoyable. This memoir only touches lightly on the rigors it takes to become a SEAL. The reader will know Jason Redman when he or she finishes this book. The character's are well developed and there is suspense and action. I don't think you will regret purchasing this book.

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If you're a veteran, get ready to cry.

What did you love best about Trident?

One of the best first person accounts of the real deal. Every good as "Battle Ready" but so different.GOD bless our men and women in uniform.

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Great story

This is a fantastic story. It will make any true man examine his motives for his actions whether civilian or soldier. Definitely worth listening to.

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  • Joe
  • North Versailles, PA, United States
  • 01-14-14

Life is Better than Fiction Personified

Would you consider the audio edition of Trident to be better than the print version?

Yes, the reader brought the story to life. It was mesmoriing and I listened straight through in a few sittings.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jason Redman of course.

What about Erik Bergmann’s performance did you like?

His voice showed respect and honor to the life and victories of Jason Redman. The emotions and voice changes paint the picture perfectly.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I too have spent months in hospitals and when Jason first saw his children after being shot it was very emotional.

Any additional comments?

This was my first ever audible book, and although I doubt future books will be as good as TheTrident, the "listening" was great.

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great book for you to listen to. I recommend it. t

this is a great book. You can learn a lot from this man. AThank you

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realistic and motivational

the most realistic representation of the life of a SEAL through a book I've read yet. how you approach obstacles and overcome them, how you find new purpose, and how to live with no regrets. it's about making genuine mistakes, dealing with your own immaturity/perception, and controlling how you handle adversity thrown at you. this isn't just a great book for aspiring SEALs or those interested in knowing more about them. if you need help dealing with problems in your life, I'd recommend this book to you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-18-18

Respect the Brotherhood.

One of the Best Books i have ever read based on the Navy Seals. Jason Redman is a truly remarkable man as are all who wear the Trident. Well written and very moving at times. A True book about the lessons in life and the gratitude we should show to all who serve. Highly Recommended....

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  • nazareno
  • 08-29-16

Amazing book just awesome

The best navy seals and leadership book I've read, and although I loved extreme ownership by jocko and leif, the trident got 1st place imho, outstanding; jay should have a podcast as well on thriving through adversity and leadership, we need less bs and more reality. I keep replaying the last minute of the book.

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  • jerllew
  • 12-15-15

a great story of a great man. recommended

couldn't stop listening to this gripping story. being a incomplete paraplegic since I was Twenty one. this story took me back to some of the things I went through myself. can't recommend this story enough I listen to it back to back just about

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  • mark
  • 01-13-15

awe inspirering / must read

What made the experience of listening to Trident the most enjoyable?

I listed to a lot of milatery based books but don't often rite a review.After this read I just had to make the effort. This is a must read It's all there with nothing held back

What was one of the most memorable moments of Trident?

The emotional rollercoaster this book took me on it made me take a good look at myself and my valuesI feel I'm a better person after reding this book

Which character – as performed by Erik Bergmann – was your favourite?

All the armd foses taking the the stand against terisem

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Indebted to you

Any additional comments?

I need to say thank you to all are forces making sackrafices so we can live in safety

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  • Mike Tucker
  • 11-15-13

Fascinating Insight

What made the experience of listening to Trident the most enjoyable?

The story is delivered in a strong voice, with good intonation. The story is fascinating and enthralling.

What other book might you compare Trident to, and why?

The book can be compared to most stories about Special Forces - their recruitment, training and duties. However, the author tells how he was initially headstrong and foolhardy, in that he ignored advice and went his own way. In the fullness of time, and as his experiences increased, he became a strong officer and successful leader. Finally, the author sustained terrible injuries and was able to utilize his training and expertise to get over major physical injuries and mental challenges. This story is a lesson for everyone who ever was challenged by whatever life throws...and that's all of us.

What does Erik Bergmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Strong voice, good intonation, keeps the interest up.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not just another war book...

Any additional comments?

I love this book and admire the author.

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  • Arn
  • 09-25-18

amazing story by a true legend

well written and read true account of what happens in and after war and how people can learn from their mistakes and become a better person

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  • Justin
  • 04-20-18

its a personal journey

this book is an intresting biography of a warrioir.
i have learn alot from his story.n reminded myself of my journey forward. thank you for ur service J

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  • Nick
  • 05-31-16

Excellent

An excellent book and account of this guys life, would highly recommend!
Very honest description of his own flaws and failures, good insight to what happens to soldiers who are wounded in battle!!