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Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy Seal [Mass Market Paperback]

Chuck Pfarrer
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Dec 28 2004
“Since the first navy frogmen crawled onto the beaches of Normandy, no SEAL has ever surrendered,” writes Chuck Pfarrer. “No SEAL has ever been captured, and not one teammate or body has ever been left in the field. This legacy of valor is unmatched in modern warfare.”


Warrior Soul
is a book about the warrior spirit, and it takes the reader all over the world. Former Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer recounts some of his most dangerous assignments: On a clandestine reconnaissance mission on the Mosquito Coast, his recon team plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with a Nicaraguan patrol boat. Cut off on the streets of Beirut, the author’s SEAL detachment must battle snipers on the Green Line. In the mid-Atlantic, Pfarrer’s unit attempts to retrieve—or destroy—the booster section of a Trident ballistic missile before it can be recovered by a Russian spy trawler. On a runway in Sicily, his assault element surrounds an Egyptian airliner carrying the Achille Lauro hijackers.

These are only a few of the riveting stories of combat patrol, reconnaissance missions, counter-terrorist operations, tragedies, and victories in Warrior Soul that illustrate the SEAL maxim “The person who will not be defeated cannot be defeated.”


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Pfarrer, a former Navy SEAL assault element commander and now a Hollywood screenwriter (The Jackal; Navy SEALS; Darkman, etc.), looks back on his time in the special forces in this adrenaline rush of a memoir that grabs readers from the first page (in which he readies for his final-and nearly fatal-jump). Writing with the efficient clarity and brawn of one of the U.S. military's most special operators, Pfarrer describes the rigorous, nearly sadistic SEAL training that propelled him toward covert operations in the 1980s and early 1990s. He recounts his missions to various Cold War hotspots in Central America and the Middle East, where he patrolled Beirut's bombed-out streets as part of a multinational peacekeeping force during Lebanon's ravaging civil war. Pfarrer's somersaults through Navy service and personal challenges, including failed marriages and a bout with cancer, expose an introspective tug-of-war between disciplined combatant and human spectator, scruffy team leader and reluctant hero. Although chock full of military jargon (thankfully Pfarrar also includes a glossary of terms) and detailed descriptions of special operations, the story remains solidly human, highlighting this "Frogman's" facile combination of self-control and survival smarts in the face of adversities that most readers can only imagine.
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Had the author written his memoir in the 1980s, when he was an officer in the U.S. Navy's special-forces organization, he might have been busted to the fleet or thrown in the brig. Even now that his stories can be told, Pfarrer masks many of the names of his fellow "operators," a plain label that carries the highest cachet in the world of the SEALs. Earning and maintaining that designation is the theme that unites Pfarrer's memoir, as he relates his training, relations with comrades and superiors, and discharge. The values of the operator are crystal clear in Pfarrer's account: intolerance for mistakes and mastery of fear--with disdain for operators who can't command courage. These martial values are necessary for survival, and their enforcement by in-group psychology is amply illustrated by operations in Honduras, Beirut, and an unnamed Arab country, which are among the stories Pfarrer recounts. A must for military affairs readers, Pfarrer's recollections, allied with those of another SEAL (One Perfect Op by Dennis Chalker, 2002), vividly portray the elite warrior's arduous, perilous calling. Gilbert Taylor
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warrior Soul July 9 2004
Format:Hardcover
To start off, I thought this book was your normal memoir of someone who thought they were the greatest. This is unlike most of the other military memoirs.
Mr. Pfarrer does not talk about how good he was, or how great a leader he was. Unlike most memoirs, Mr. Pfarrer talks about how good his team was, not how great he was. He says stuff the way it was, he admits to not being the best husband, he admits to screwing up. This story is amazing, the stories he tells of America's secret wars that the news glanced over. It puts a lot of stuff in perscpective.
This is probably the best book I've read in the past year, and the absolute best book out there about the military, and special operations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Chuck can take simple words and twist them into a visual image that needs no further input. Going from the mundane hurry up and wait mentality of typical military ops, he takes you from humorous bar scenes to the horrors of terrorism and the mayhem resulting from underestimating the enemy and complacency. Political correctness takes its toll in attitudes, men, and the morale of entire countries. This can be read between the lines. Chuck pulls no punches and lays it out for anybody to see. The men who do the fighting and the ones who create the need for these men to fight are not generally on the same sheet of music. Politics and appeasement are the enemies. WARRIOR SOUL is not just another 'SEAL' book in typical fashion. I DO NOT compare it to the other books by former SEALs. This one is in a class by itself. Thanks for a great book and thanks for your service to our nation. Grab a copy of WARRIOR SOUL and devour it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real and personal July 11 2004
Format:Hardcover
So many books out there about the military carry the hollywood theme with them from the theatres. Its high adrenaline macho talk about some guy who thinks he is the best soldier there has ever been. However, Pfarrer's book goes completely the opposite direction. He seems to talk about combat the way it really was for him without any self-serving purpose. Beautifully written with many sections that just make you squirm with their realism. This book is about a man faced with the terrible realities of war especially his involvement with Beirut. It is not glitsy or glamourous. As a young man trying to figure out if I would like to be a part of our countries armed services, I appreciate such a realistic portrayal of what its really like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read Aug. 14 2012
By MIKER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Warrior Soul is a fantastic book for anyone interested in military setting, both fiction and non-fiction. I feared that the book might be dry or drag on in technical details, however I was surprised to find that I couldn't put the book down. In Warrior Soul, Pfarrer was able to convey much of his feelings and create pathos to keep the reader interested. His book lacks the otherwise undesirable qualities of "preachiness" I've found in other authors. He doesn't prop himself up in the book, but rather he humanizes himself and his team. The lucidity and descriptive language of this narrative are among the best that I've read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Candid and well written June 16 2004
Format:Hardcover
"Warrior Soul: The Memoirs of a Navy SEAL", by Chuck Pfarrer is quite a change from what I normally read. I subscribe to AVANTGO's RANDOMHOUSE channel and one of the excerpts they provided was from the first chapter of this book. After reading the excerpt, I was instantly hooked. I HAD to find out what happened next. I bought the book the next day. It's a real eye opener when you realize the things Pfarrer describes are true and part of our history. The author has a knack for conveying a wide range of emotion to the reader, making him/her feel like they were in the trenches, jungle, sub, boat or alley with him. Looking for a SAFE adrenaline boost? Read this book. The book also mentions a number of world events that someone from my generation may have heard of, but was too young to put into global historical context. The author generated a genuine interest in me, that lead to my researching a few of these events. I can understand why, when looking for this book at the book store, I found it under military history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true hero April 15 2004
Format:Hardcover
Pfarrar, a navy SEAL in the 1980s, has since become a screenwriter with several high-profile movies to his credit (e.g., Red Planet; Darkman). This highly selective look back at Pfarrar's life describes the intensive navy SEAL selection and training process and tells the story of some of the operations he participated in. Pfarrar is an excellent action writer who brings a strong sense of immediacy to his combat stories. He takes us from Lebanon in 1983, where he narrowly missed being in the explosion that killed 240 U.S. Marines; to the Achille Lauro hijacking; to trading shots with a Sandinista gunboat; and then to fighting terrorists in the Middle East. Along the way, he barely mentions three wives and devotes all of two pages to a serious bout with colon cancer. He does take time to express contempt for the clueless politicians, both U.S. and foreign, who risk soldiers' lives. Long on meditations about the soldier mind-set and spirit, this book is likely to be a popular choice in public libraries and subject collections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A warrior battles on! Feb. 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I grew up surrounded by family and neighbors who had served in the military (Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force) in World War Two. They spoke little about it to me, but I've always had a fierce loyalty and respect for their service to country. Even as I sensed these citizen soldiers hoped I would not have to go through what they had endured.
As an adult when not reading science or medical texts I find myself drawn to books like Warrior Soul. Mr Pfarrer does a terrific job of portraying the rigors, perils and frustrations of an elite warrior. As a life long multisport athlete who enjoys shooting targets and the comforts of a close family I was left strained by the stressful lifestyle Navy Seals must endure. Especially the members of Seal team six with their constant training, deployments, secrecy and out of their hands politics.
I always wondered why we had no response to the Beirut barracks bombing. I was even left with this impression after reading See No Evil by Robert Baer and other books about Lebanon. I thank Mr. Pfarrer for discussing his role as eyes on target for the French bombing of the Hezbollah HQ prior to leaving Lebanon. Perhaps there were other ops, in response, which we may or may not ever hear about as well.
His battle with cancer was equally visceral in a literal and figurative sense. Mr. Pfarrer tells a very perilous story where life hangs in the balance. He also reveals himself as all too human through his relationships with the women in his life.
Thank you, Mr Pfarrer for your service to country and for your more personal service to your readers. You gave me a glimpse of things I will never have to recon with in life.
I wish for you, a long, healthy and happy life with your wife and son.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm -- not bad-- needed more stories of combat
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Published 3 months ago by russ Salo
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice journey in the mind of a modern warrior...
The book give a very nice view of what made a navy SEAL. Without appologies, you get to see the vision of a man, in a place most of us wouldn't last a single day. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Travel Entity
4.0 out of 5 stars warrior soul
totally readable tales of navy seals training and ops. jeez these guys are tough. gives a behind-the-scenes view of the goings on in a few of the ratholes of the world.
Published on Feb. 25 2012 by ken macdonald exp
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Great book, Chuck takes you on the inside of what seal team 6 is and how they do what they do so well. I enjoyed this book a lot and found it to be an easy read. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2012 by Zeus
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The US Navy Seals are the pre-eminent commandos in the world. After all, they got Osama, with some help from the US Air Force. Read more
Published on July 19 2011 by DaveB
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read in years!!
I tend to read mainly business books with a few biographies added into the mix. I picked up this book on a recommendation from a friend and loved it! Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by oregonfamily
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Must-Have for the military enthusiast...
Anyone interested in learning about the Navy SEALs should read this!
Published on April 21 2004 by Deygan Brendan
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