The companion volume to the multimillion-copy bestseller No Easy Day by former Navy SEAL Mark Owen reveals the evolution of a SEAL Team Six operator.
Mark Owen’s instant #1 New York Times bestseller, No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden, focused on the high-profile targets and headline-grabbing chapters of the author’s thirteen years as a Navy SEAL. His follow-up, No Hero, is an account of Owen’s most personally meaningful missions, missions that never made headlines, including the moments in which he learned the most about himself and his teammates in both success and failure.
Featuring stories from the training ground to the battlefield, No Hero offers readers a never-before-seen close-up view of the experiences and values that make Mark Owen and the SEALs he served with capable of executing the missions that make history.
This follow up to the pseudonymous Owen's No Easy Day (2012) appears destined to follow in the first book's big-selling footsteps, as it is well suited to the public's almost insatiable appetite for action-filled true stories by former SEALs, Green Berets, and other special forces members. In his previous book, Owen offered a first-person account of the killing of Osama bin Laden. This new work again told with writer Maurer describes other SEAL missions in which Owen took part. Owen says this book is not "another navel-gazing battle memoir"; instead, it focuses on "the most important moments" that took place during unnamed missions, "and the lessons from each one that define me." The book, he says, is a "way to honor my brothers in the SEAL community," some of whom died in service to the country. After several chapters describing the arduous SEAL training, Owen and Maurer provide fast-paced accounts of a series of missions in Iraq and Afghanistan that took place during Owen's 13-year career. Owen emphasizes the selflessness and service of his fellow SEALs, along with the lessons he learned, in a book that is sure to appeal the many fans of in-the-trenches special forces memoirs.
Glimpses inside the life of tier one special operation forces servicemen are quite rare, and this one more than lived up to expectations. If there is any pair of books you read about US special forces, No Easy Day and this should be it.
As a real Navy SEAL...
I've been in the Teams for 15 years and on behalf of everyone in my platoon I just want to say that we hate this. I love how guys get out of the Teams, write these books, and leave the rest of us who are actually still deploying left to have to deal with the constant comments made by our Green Beret counterparts down range. I think it's funny and tragic but there is some truth when the Greenie Beanies joke about not letting us into their SCIF because we may put it into our book or movie. I know civilians enjoy getting a peek into our world, and that is fine, but just know that the majority of Team guys can't stand this crap and don't support it.
Certainly enjoyed. Not many books have I looked forward to getting home from work to read. I want to thank the author for sharing his life experiences and his service to our country. Jim Ford