Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
Lone Survivor The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 Author:Marcus Luttrell 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 be very close to Bin Laden with a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive... more ».
This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL fire 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 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.« less
This is honestly one of the best books I've read in a long time. I could not put it down. The book covered everything from SEAL training to the actual Redwing Operation to what it was like for Marcus coming home. I especially enjoyed his perspective on the U.S. media and our politicans.
One of the gut wrenching accounts I've ever read of an military operation. Marcus Luttrell and all the SEALS who lost their lives that day are true hero's. And it sickens me that the entire thing could have been avoided but for the "fear" of liberal media.
Lisa H. (westnlisa) reviewed Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 on
Helpful Score: 4
I had a hard time in the beginning. I found it easy to get lost in the story of how he visited the families of his brothers. But there is a point where the story puts you shoulder to shoulder and then wham- your stomach heaves and your heart races. After that, I couldn't put it down. I've never felt such a physical reaction from a book before. Of course reading this I knew it was a true account. That probably had something to do with it, as I generally read fiction. I told myself I was going to get in at least 1 non-fiction per year and someone passed it to me and said- this needs to be the one. Godspeed to our troops!
Hollywood is jealous that they did not dream this story up first. If you determine that you are going to read this book, then get ready for a wild ride. For those who have never been in the military, the bravdo expressed throughout the book may become tiresome. But to those who have served and had the privledge to know special men such as these and call them friend, it will seem like comon place. Luttrell's views of our politicians and news media are in line with my own views I had when on the line and I am sure that it will strike a common cord with most readers.
Timothy R. reviewed Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 on
I checked this book out from my local library and read it! The things him and his go through in order to defend America I find scary. I highly reconmend it and find it very educational as well as fasinating!
Tim U. - reviewed Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 on + 3 more book reviews
I've always had greatest respect for the Seal teams, being prior Navy and having supported them, but this book just tells it like it is, as far as the training they have to go through, and their mental and physical ability to survive. Very well written, book that is hard to put down.
Chris Y. (detectiveyoung) reviewed Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 on
This is probably my favorite book out of the hundreds I have read. The courage and sacrifice Marcus and his team expressed were enough to inspire me to join the military. Now I understand why the military views the US media and politicians the way we do. Great book, a must read.
I would give it 10 stars if the options existed. An excellent accounting of a mission gone bad and the moral
dilemma these men faced. How our government offers up ROE's (Rules of Engagement) that can't be maintained if one wishes to survive. How our country has a double standard. I never realized what it took to become a navy
seal and what these men are willing to risk for God and country. Marcus Luttrell has done a noble thing by publishing this book and honoring the lives of those men
who were killed in the mission. I found the book thought provoking,action packed, patriotic and motivational.