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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by [Luttrell, Marcus]
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On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive.

This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. But it is also, more than anything, the story of his teammates, who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left-blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still 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, who risked everything to protect him from the encircling Taliban killers.

A six-foot-five-inch Texan, Leading Petty Officer Luttrell takes us, blow-by-blow, through the brutal training of America's warrior elite and the relentless rites of passage required by the Navy SEALs. He transports us to a monstrous battle fought in the desolate peaks of Afghanistan, where the beleaguered American team plummeted headlong a thousand feet down a mountain as they fought back through flying shale and rocks. In this rich , moving chronicle of courage, honor, and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare-and a tribute to his teammates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4968 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (June 12 2007)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000QRIGLC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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A well written book that makes you feel as if you are there experiencing every wave of cold water, every bit of sand, every bit of determination taken to become a Navy SEAL. The absolute exhaustion and pain of HELL WEEK has never been so well described. So well written that I'm sure I got bruises as I ran the beaches, carried the boats, & shared the pain ..... all as I read LUTTRELS book.

Well written, well thought out and organised, the book was brutally honest and easily read & understood. The many lessons learned and shared in life are applicable to all walks of life.

I would recommend this book to everyone.
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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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By DTerry on Dec 20 2013
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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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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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I am continually amazed at what a human being can endure and still survive. It amazes me that a person is willing to undergo even the training that is necessary to become a SEAL, let alone embarking on missions later. At the same time I respect those who are willing to sacrifice their lives so that our freedom from tyranny can be maintained. What Marcus Luttrell and his pals endured during that operation is beyond belief. The fact that he survived to tell the news is even more unbelievable. This story shows how low people can stoop in order to support a cause in which they believe, while at the same time it shows the positive side of human nature when people rise to great heights to support a noble cause. To experience and survive such an ordeal, in spite of the training and preparation, must take a horrible toll on one's emotional and physical well being. If the time should come when there will no longer be any war, men like Marcus will no longer be needed. However, in the meantime, we must respect what they stand for, and remember their sacrifices with glad hearts.
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The writing was average but the story was very good. I learned more about what it takes to be a Navy Seal and more about what really happened vs the movie version. If you are interested in the Seals and special ops in general this book should be of interest to you.
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