In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive.
This is the story of team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. More than anything, this is the story of how his teammates stood beside him until he was the last one left - blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and breathing.
Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in by a Pashtun tribe that risked everything to protect him from the Taliban.
In this moving chronicle of courage, Marcus Luttrell offers one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare.
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One of the best books I ever read and listened to.
After listening to the audiobook, I found myself listening to it again. And again. A true memorial to true patriots for this country.
Every teenager should be required to listen!
I've been interested in the Navy SEAL program and mindset since joining a basic local fitness program taught by former Navy SEAL John McGuire (SEAL Team Physical Training), but truly had no full understanding of what, or why these men do what they do untill I listened to this book. The hero tells his horiffic tale of events with a great insight into the sacrifice and determination of charachter to not only recap his experience, but give the average civilian a true understanding of 'the no non-since- get the job done mentality it takes to be a U.S. Navy SEAL. It is not only an interesting true story, but one that carries many lessons today's teens/youth seem to have lost; sacrifice for others, commitment to promises, sacrife for others before oneself, and simple will to never give up or take the easy way out. My kids (when I have them) will be reuired to listen to this work, and I would suggest you do the same. It will make your daily complaints about things in your life vanish from your thoughts, and should give you a true appreciation of the training and deep inner drive of he elite SEAL group of soldiers that protect our freedoms of those who often fail to pause to appreciate those that serve.
Exceptionally good book!!!
Will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat, but far more importantly, leave you with deeper respect, admiration, and gratitude for those who fight on our behalf. I was (and still am!) disgusted, enraged, and ashamed to hear that battlefield decisions made by our highly-trained military personnel are influenced by fear of prosecution by our judicial system and/or crucifixion by our media, rather than their own immediate survival. I highly recommend this book for its insight into the training of our military's elite, their role the war in Afghanistan, and Afghan culture.