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.
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.
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.