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.
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.