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Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic Hardcover – March 12, 2013
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“Although he doesn't like the term, Mark is a true American hero. Battle Ready is a well-written journey from training to combat to recovery.” ―Howard Wasdin, New York Times bestselling author of Seal Team Six
“Battle Ready is a compelling account of a remarkable American's journey in the military. Mark Donald's journey is unique and contains many lessons in life for everyone to reflect upon. There is no bravado and self-serving intent in this book. It is written from the heart from an American hero, and that alone makes it worth reading.” ―Wade Ishimoto, Former Senior Advisor to Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations / Low Intensity Conflict
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Mark's book adds a new and refreshing perspective on the modern day hero of the U.S. Navy SEALs and Special Operations community. His, like many Special Ops veterans of today, is an amazing story; from young Marine, to Navy SEAL, and beyond. His is a new path that deals with the elephant in the room nobody wants to talk about, PTSD, and how it can be dealt with in a positive manner.
If you want a feel good Navy SEAL book that is full of bravado and meaningless war stories then move on, this isn't your book. If you want a gripping, heart wrenching book about, human sacrifice, the brotherhood, and the pound of flesh that modern combat takes from all who have been down range, then strap in and hold on for the ride.
Brandon Webb, Editor of SOFREP.com, & author of NY Times Best Sellers, The Red Circle, and Benghazi: The Definitive Report
The book traces Donald's military career first as a Recon Marine, then Navy SEAL, and later as a combat medic. In mid-career he is selected to attend the Navy's grueling year-long physician assistant program. Upon graduation he receives a commission as a Navy medical officer. He soon finds himself on the battlefields of Iraq and northern Afghanistan as a SEAL "shooter" and as a medic, a conundrum he must resolve. The battle scenes are vivid and detailed.
The main theme of Donald's memoir is how he finally takes charge of the demons from his PTSD. Even as he comforts others, Donald shows signs of strain that overwhelm him upon his return from multiple tours of combat and threaten to destroy him and his family.
Mark Donald has written a book of personal courage and sacrifice that will tug at your heart. "Battle Ready" is very well written--it reads like a novel.
Thank you Mark Donald; you have written a book stemming from the heart that everyone should read, particularly veterans.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I only made it about 25% through this book. The story itself was interesting enough to have kept me reading, but I could not get over how often the author used "Needless to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Suzanne
This is a great book and a great read. It is also very insightful and honest about the emotional struggles of our returning veterans.Published 3 months ago by Lee Boothby
I have read quite a few books on war on terror. This one I thought was not as good as some others, American sniper, lone survivor, fearless, outlaw platoon, house to house, in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by david patterson
Interesting read, well written. Not quite what I was expecting when I bought it.Published 4 months ago by James Grant