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Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior Hardcover – February 19, 2013
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"If you've ever wished you could read the testament of a Jedi knight, here it is. Damn Few takes us inside the mind of a born warrior. LtCdr Denver has trained SEALs and led them in combat. He tells us what it takes to reach the super-elite level, why he does it, what it means to him, what he thinks the future holds. This is timeless stuff, worthy of being read in the era of Caesar, Alexander, Leonidas--or a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away."―Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire and The War of Art
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I've read and reviewed quite a few military memoirs. I admire men who put themselves in harm's way for the greater good of their fellow soldiers and their country. Rorke Denver, former head of Basic and Advanced SEAL Training is one of these men. In his book, he shares his own experience as a SEAL and later as the man who directed SEAL Training, as well as his philosophical insights into the mental and emotional makeup of a candidate who successfully completes SEAL training and wins the Trident, the gold pin that is the visible symbol of being a SEAL.
Of all the books I've read about Navy SEALs, this is the first that offers the perspective of an officer who was an active duty SEAL and who was the officer in charge of a SEAL team. Denver shows the hard decisions an officer must make to consider the risk and reward of every operation, to deploy his team effectively, and to know that every decision he makes will affect not only a SEAL in his command but also the wife, children, parents, and siblings waiting stateside for that SEAL to return.
Although not characterized by "war stories" of firefight after firefight, Denver's story has power that comes from the emotion and philosophy he infuses. To be perfectly honest, he had me from the first line of the dedication: "For my wife, my heartbeat." There is not a woman on this earth who would not be affected by such a declaration of love.Read more ›
It was an accident of fate and a fortuitous set of circumstances for the Teams that Rorke was selected to work on the Act of Valor project. Rorke and the cast deserve a great deal of credit for making what is going to be the seminal SEAL recruitment device for the next decade.
In Damn Few, the reader gets an exceptionally candid look at the Naval Special Warfare Community through the eyes of a well-respected operator and officer. Plus, the reader gets inside the head of a man who continued a mission in print that he started with the movie: to set a shining example to those who will come after him.
I hope that Damn Few becomes Act of Valor`s literary equivalent for recruitment. Saying that a book is the sort of quality that will inspire the right sort of men being inspired to become SEALs, is the highest praise that I can give. Read it for yourself and see.
The book for me was a continuation of a novice's outlook of the true meaning of Act of Valor other than what the word depicts. I had seen the movie and was moved by the authenticity and portrayal of every SEAL. One knew the SEALS were a close brotherhood and the special operations team you wanted in every terrorist act. I lived through the Vietnam era and the world for a period of time at least the United States appeared safe. The landscape changed on 9/11. Each one of us can remember where we were sitting, what we were doing, and how our minds and bodies reacted to the horror and what potentially may happen.
As the reader moves through the chapters of joining the SEALS, feels their bodies in the cold wash of the Pacific with the SEALS, carrying boats above their heads, running obstacle courses designed for machines, it suddenly brings to light the intelligence, the psychology, the finite details of planning every facet of becoming a seal. It defines the small number in this special breed of warriors.
The master plans designed in missions were so strategic, so detailed, that even a dropped M & M from the target was something a SEAL would never miss. Signs, not words, were just an added language that made their entrance and victory over missions accomplished.
Threaded throughout the stories of being a SEAL, training SEALS, and leading missions were beautiful quotes from past books Rorke read that influenced his life and influences it to this day. They were woven so well one found themselves in his boots in raw sewage thinking of Winston Churchill and that defined this Warrior.Read more ›
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Great book. I read it and then bought this for my teenage son to read.Published 3 days ago by Michael Fisher
great book could not put it down. point of view from an American warrior.Published 11 days ago by D. Hennessey
It's a superbly entertaining book and the descriptions are very vivid - you feel like you're right there with the SEALs and you feel the camaraderie, the principles and motivations... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Reviewer XYZ
Great read. Informative and entertaining. Makes you want to be better at whatever you do.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have read several books on these warriors and I am never surprised by their commitment. Learned a great deal more from this book.Published 21 days ago by david gonzalez
Well written. There's not big ego & outlandish stereotypes. Very thought provoking. You get a insightful & professional look inside one of the strongest brotherhoods on the planet.Published 25 days ago by bryan harris