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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation REDWING and the Lost… (edition 2007)

by Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson

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Title:Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation REDWING and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
Authors:Marcus Luttrell
Other authors:Patrick Robinson
Info:New York : Little, Brown, 2007.
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I wanted to read this book because Danny Dietz is from Colorado and I wanted to honor the memories of those who died during their mission by reading the story about their final moments. It was a decent book, the narrative wasn't great and I didn't really care much for the bravado displayed in the book but I respect the process that the Navy SEALs are put through and the sacrificies they give for our freedom and country. I don't know how much is truth and how much is exaggeration, which can happen under extreme pressures such as the events Marcus Luttrell was faced with and I've read about the contradiction to the actual number of Talibans present, but I don't think that really affects the overall story or take away from the bravery and courage of these men.

So I'm not going to judge this book based on the truthfulness of the story but on the quality of story telling because that's why we all read books. The quality of the story telling: I didn't find it as compelling as I wanted too and I really wanted to love this book because of the SEALs who lost their lives during that day but I found it to be mediocre and lacking. I can't quite put my finger on what it lacked but the story didn't flow seamlessly during the transitions. I think a bit of it may have been because the story was being told in first person narrative and the voice was so full of cockiness and bravado that it was hard to really relate or empathize. Also, I get being proud of where you're from but all that Texas hoopla really wasn't necessary and didn't add to the richness of the story, in fact it seems to deter from it because I think as Americans we know that when tragedies strikes any commmunity, regardless of state or city, the community come together for support.

I don't like the Liberal media either but there were a lot of jabs at the Liberal media that I think might prevent others from enjoying the book and appreciating what the soldiers went through regardless of their stance on war. I suppose with him being from Texas we know where his loyalty lies. I must concede though that he is right in calling out the Liberal media on how they villianize those on the front line, as if they themselves are holier and better. I really have taken quite a dislike to the Liberal media and Americans who love to reap the benefits that our country affords them because the men and women in the military make sacrificies on a daily basis - yet they think that our freedom come at no cost and that love will make the world go round. That's delusional and war is a neccessary evil and only few are able to make the sacrificies needed and so anyone not willing to risk their own lives should think twice before they villainize the very people giving them the freedom to freely express themselves.

I will watch the movie now that I've read the book. I am hoping that it's much better than the book. I think the story could have been so much better if it had been written by another author and if the story was better organized. ( )
  jthao_02 | May 18, 2017 |
Account of a battle in Afghanistan between American Special Forces and the Taliban. ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 9, 2017 |
I really enjoyed this story of courage and commitment, but I would have found it more noteworthy if the author had eliminated his harsh critique of liberals. It added nothing to the story and shed a negative light on him. Military members should attempt to refrain from stating political opinions. ( )
  tmmeyer | May 22, 2016 |
To get five stars a book must pull me in and keep me there. I was counting the time till I could read it again. It isn't a hard read and moves pretty quick. Certainly something more teens should be exposed to so they understand a little more about the cost of freedom and how life really is. Most today do not really understand hatred or compassion, honor and decency.

I might just have to go to the Bush Jr. library just to see that patch. ( )
  tillywern | May 12, 2016 |
There are two parts to this true-life account. Part One: Marcus Lutrell becomes a Navy S.E.A.L.: Sea Air Land. We are with him during Hell Week. We are with him every grueling, push-up doing, breath-catching, drill-sergeant-yelling-at-him moment. Part Two: Lutrell and three of his S.E.A.L. cohorts (and best friends) are dropped from helicopter into a copse of trees just outside a small Afghanistan town. Four passing goatherds stumble across the four S.E.A.L.s. Lutrell and his friends must decide, in a snap-second, whether to kill the goatherds, the youngest of whom appears to be 10 years old, or let them go. Lutrell makes the decision -- the wrong one, it turns out -- and they suffer the consequences. Hang on for the ride. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
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Just because Luttrell got his facts wrong, criticized the rules of engagement needlessly, and misunderstands counter-insurgency, that doesn’t mean his memoir is bad art. Misguided definitely, but not necessarily a poor piece of writing.

Except Lone Survivor is a bad piece of writing, and I hope it will be forgotten in twenty years.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316044695, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

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.

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"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 Navy 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 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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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