This book is amazing. Definitely a great read.
I'm a fan of military books both fiction and non-fiction and have a profound respect for members of our armed services and especially our elite fighting forces, like the SEALs. Before I even say what this book is about I have to warn you that if you've got a patriotic bone in your body, you will have tears in your eyes by about 3/4's of the way through, like I did.
Lone Survivor is the story of Marcus Luttrell and the three other men of SEAL team 10 who were sent to high up in the Afghan mountains on a surveillance mission where a predominant Taliban leader was reported to be seen along with anywhere from 80-200 Taliban warriors. After detailing the events in his life that lead to this mission, including recounting BUDs & Hell Week, Luttrell tells the true story of how one judgment call cost 3 members of his team their lives after the Taliban was made aware of the team's position high up on the Hindu Kush. Luttrell also explains the story of his rescue, aided by the help of a local Pashtun tribe.
You should read this if:
a) You enjoy military related subject matter
b) You are the least bit Patriotic
c) You are from Texas (you'll understand after you read this book)
d) You want to understand the definition of Valor and Bravery.
truly inspiring..........for sure! i was at a bar the other night and i look to my left and there's Marcus. Oh wait, no it was his twin Morgan. HOLY ****. i was so freakin nervous man.
he bought my dinner and my beer. wow. he was truly cool to talk to. these SEALs are such humble guys on the outside but you know inside they are truly badasses.
*What are you expecting from a guy who trained to be a SEAL from a very early age? These extremely motivated, highly talented, type-A personality, killing machines. I'm not sure what you were expecting?
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
I was looking for his story on the mission. I really wasn't expecting nor was I looking forward to political musings. In reality, I didn't need 1/3 of the book devoted to the training as I've read enough on it.
I wish it had been more like Black Hawk Down or Band of Brothers which concentrated on the operations and left politics to the politicians.
Both of those historians interviewed the participants first hand - sort of like Luttrel's co-writer Patrick Robinson.
All I'm saying that IN MY OPINION, it would've been a better account without all the political barbs. Yes, the mainstream media doesn't understand what it's like in battle - just like in any major war.