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 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 N... more »avy 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.« 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.
This is an incredibly moving book. You may be skeptical about the work of our country's military but after reading this book, you will be grateful for the dedication of men and women who protect our country. I highly recommend this book.
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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!
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.