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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Marcus Luttrell , Patrick Robinson , Kevin T. Collins
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Book Description

May 1 2008
Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors. A born and raised Texan, Marcus Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training, where he and his fellow SEALs discovered what it took to join the most elite of the American special forces, to a fight in the desolate hills of Afghanistan for which they never could have been prepared. His account of his squadmates' heroism and mutual support renders an experience for which two of his squadmates were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism that is both heartrending and life-affirming. In this rich chronicle of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers a powerful narrative of modern war.

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All good boy s' own stuff British Army Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell joined the US Navy in 1999 and became a combat-trained SEAL in 2002. He was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism in 2006. Patrick Robinson writes navy-based novels and he ghosted the autiobiography of Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Fictional thrillers about elite combat units pale by comparison to this true story. All Americans should read this book to learn what our armed forces are doing to prepare for and engage our terrorist enemies . . . and how difficult and dangerous those tasks are. The book squarely poses the question of whether military or civilian lives should have greater priority in terrorist combat. In this case, following the rules of engagement seems to have led to the deaths of many SEALS and other American military personnel . . . as well as the deaths of many enemy combatants.

The story of Lone Survivor focuses on a mountainside battle during which four SEALS were outnumbered about 35 to 1 by Taliban forces that were protecting an al Qaeda leader. The SEALS were in a tactically compromised situation with no adequate communications to call for help. The SEALS defended themselves as vigorously as anyone could, and three of them died despite amazing heroism and great training. The fourth SEAL, Marcus Luttrell, survived only through the grace of God and the protection of Pashtun tribe while being tracked and menaced by the Taliban.

Before the battle, Lone Survivor moves backward in time to describe how Leading Petty Officer Luttrell became a SEAL and how even that intense training wasn't nearly as demanding as combat turned out to be. The book concludes with his rescue, recovery from his wounds and illness, and fulfilling his promises to his comrades.

There's a lot of heartbreak in this story. You'll be changed by what you read and how you feel about what happened.

As an American, I feel very proud of those who serve in the American Armed Services and feel enormous gratitude to the elite units for the special risks and rigorous training they endure for our sakes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating right to the last page... May 27 2013
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There's certainly a lot of 'chest-thumping' and 'flag-waving' going on (especially in the beginning of the book), but if you bear with it, you will not be disappointed. These guys put themselves through so much just to be the front-line men of the global chessboard and they deserve your attention and support.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading - authentic and powerful March 22 2009
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This book is as advertised, a solid well written first hand account of one young SEAL's desire and ordeal in become a SEAL, followed by his first hand account of the terrible battle where he was the lone survivor of a small kill team inserted into the Hindu Kush mountains early on in the Afganistan War.

I haven't given this five stars because it is not at the same level as the great eyewitness battle accounts - such as With The Old Breed by E.B. Sledge.

Nonetheless,I strongly recommend the book with the caveat that is is a very good book, but not a great one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Ricky
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Recommend this book to those that are interested in what really happens in war and what it takes to be a soldier of war.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Read But Heavy On Non-Combat Events Jan. 15 2014
By kendai
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This man certainly deserves all the medals and praise he received for his heroic actions in Afghanistan. The telling of the actual battle was well done but I found myself skipping through large sections on Seal training and events at home while listed as missing in action.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Dec 20 2013
By DTerry
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What an amazing read. The work and dedication to be a SEAL is mind blowing. Marcus did a great job of writing about an emotional, tragic experience that honours the sacrifice of his fellow soldiers. I am in awe of the dedication and fortitude that these men demonstrated. I have the utmost respect for their sacrifice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lone Survivor Oct. 17 2013
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ONe of the most heart wrenching, gripping books I've ever read. Once operation Red Wing starts you will not be able to stop reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping! May 5 2013
By Doogs
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Although there are some inconsistencies in some of the fact (ie. number of Taliban attackers) the underlying reselling of the battle is staggering. A great read book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Read the book
Great book. Read the book..then saw the movie. The book gives you so much more. Highly recommend this as a great read.
Published 9 days ago by Imelda's Riival
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner!
Solid read. As usual it was much better than the film.
Published 10 days ago by Adam Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
I saw the movie and it was good. But the book bring rich details about the days of those warriors in the mountains of Afghanistan. A must read if you liked the movie!
Published 12 days ago by Wesley Nogueira Rodrigues
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing detail!
Wow, what a great read! I really appreciated the detailed intel concerning the training requirements the recruits undergo to become a SEAL. ... Read more
Published 26 days ago by David MacLaurin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing account of a tragedy. Couldn't put the book down
Published 2 months ago by bru514
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent true story
Oh my, what can I say?! An excellent eyewitness account of an amazing survival story told by Marcus! We saw the movie prior to reading the book and were not disappointed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melissa Acton
5.0 out of 5 stars Every person that I have talked to loved this book despite the wide...
This book is a must read for anyone and everyone. Every person that I have talked to loved this book despite the wide variety of people I know who've read it, stop reading this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Travis
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brought a tear to an old veterans' eye...
Published 3 months ago by robert meek
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Published 3 months ago by realboss
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Honoured to had read this account of the brave men who valiantly embarked on this mission fraught with peril. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lorna Muth ldale1960
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