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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 [Kindle Edition]

Marcus Luttrell , Patrick Robinson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8,851 customer reviews)

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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 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.


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410 of 446 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is a compelling, easy read that you will find hard to put down. The first part takes you through SEAL training in Coronado, CA and gives you a deep appreciation for just how hard it is to become a SEAL, while the second half takes you through a harrowing battle that in many ways validates just why the SEAL selection and training process is so difficult and so effective.

The battle sequence in Afghanistan and its aftermath is incredibly intense . The best screen writer in Hollywood couldn't have dreamt up something more intense, moving, and awe inspiring. If they make it into a movie it will in some ways be like a Afghani inspired version of Full Metal Jacket.

Reading this fills one with humility and gratitude for the sacrifice that all the members of our armed services make on our behalf, but especially for the men of the SEAL teams. All I can say is that I am very glad they are on our side.

As an aside, if you enjoy books like this you should check out Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab, an SAS operative who served in the first Iraq war. I found it highly ironic that in both cases great misfortune results from acts of human mercy that elite soldiers felt compelled to take despite the clear risk it posed to their own lives. These books should be required reading for anyone who questions the character and moral fiber of such brave men.
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543 of 643 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Unimaginable June 12, 2007
By Jengo
Format:Hardcover
This book takes you inside the Navy SEALs training program in Coronado. You are with Marcus Luttrell throughout BUD/S and Hell Week. You fly with him and his teammates in a C-130 to the Hindu Kush, where the hunt begins for bin Laden's right-hand man. But then it all goes terribly wrong, up there in the mountains of Afghanistan.

This book, written by Patrick Robinson, reads like a fast-paced thriller, told in Marcus's understated voice. It is a rivetting, important, sad story of lost friends, valor, courage and the intricacies of modern war. It is an important book, destined to become an American classic.
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585 of 705 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop reading reviews...Buy the book! June 21, 2007
By T. Wood
Format:Hardcover
Apparently some people are upset because Luttrell has an opinion and some attitude. I'll let you in on a little known secret...one does not survive any severe challenge without strong opinions and attitude. It is part of the man, therefore a required part of "his" story. Even if you still have your John Kerry bumper sticker still super-glued to your car and you truly believe in the vast right-wing conspiracy, you should buy this book for what it is, an amazing (and true) story and a great read. Stop pushing the liberal or conservative agenda for awhile and just be an appreciative American. Luttrell is the real deal.
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116 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa. May 15, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was recommended to me by someone I deeply respect. I'm not a military person so I have no basis of relativity here but suffice it to say I am proud to be an American and have guys such as this doing what they do best.

I read this book in one day. Start to finish. I couldn't put the thing down. It's that intriguing. You often hear about the SEALs but never really get to hear stories (or at least I don't) about the operations they go on. Yeah, they're dangerous but that's about all you get. You hear about their training and how they've gone through hell and back and the need to prepare but you don't really understand why. Maybe that's just me being a naive civilian (I'm sure other military folks understand firsthand) but I can tell you, reading this book gave me a much different perspective on what an "operation" is.

Again, I'm not a military buff. I've thought the military is absolutely something we need but this book isn't about rah-rah-rah go America, it's about the journey of one man - Marcus Luttrell - from his pre-training days, through the BUD/S training, then right on into Operation Redwing which brought him and his team into one of the most fierce battles I've ever read or heard about.

This story makes you want to cheer and cry at the same time. I turned the last page and was awestruck. Proud to be part of a country where Service, Loyalty, Honesty and Integrity still mean something and that we have a duty to thank and remember our military service members.

Coming face-to-face with Taliban and having to survive - sometimes with a bit of luck (maybe this is a higher power watching down, who knows) - six days in the backcountry, seeing your team members KIA, I can't even imagine it.
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242 of 294 people found the following review helpful
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Right before I bought this book, I heard all the promotional "buzz" and "word of mouth" associated with it. When I started reading it, after the first 60-70 pages, which were kind of boring, I was saying to myself, "woe, were they really talking about this book, it's kind of boring!" Then we got to Navy Seal training. Ladies and Gentlemen, (Future readers.) I recommend you fasten your seat belts, fasten your chest harness, and it probably is good advice, to put a pillow behind your neck to protect you from whiplash! This story, then rockets non-stop for the next 320 pages. I'm a U.S. Veteran, and I thought my basic training was pretty tough. But after reading this book, I realize, I probably wasn't in basic training, I was on some kind of holiday, and instead of cussing out my drill instructor every night, I should have been sending him candy and flowers. Basic Seal training is tough, but they're just getting warmed up with some basics, such as: "they just bound our ankles together and then bound our wrists together behind our backs and shoved us into the deep end (Of the pool). This caused a certain amount of panic, but our instructions were clear: Take a huge gulp of air and drop to the bottom of the pool in the standing position. Hold it there for at least a minute, bob up for new air, then drop back down for another minute, or more if you could." All along the way, the instructors are declaring that most of the potential Seals won't be here at graduation, they'll either be thrown out, or quit. (Note: Only 30 of the original 180 made it!) A number of these highly motivated seamen dropped out during basic Seal training, and now.. And now... we get to "HELL WEEK"! I will attempt to briefly summarize "Hell Week" for you. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Makes you proud to be an American. Just a great story. As a retired Naval Officer I always wondered if I could have been a SEAL. Now I know the answer is not a chance. Read more
Published 5 hours ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story of heroism and determination
Honest and Candid. An amazing story of heroism and determination.
Published 9 hours ago by Larry Alexanderson
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
My favorite book of all time! Really gives you views that aren't seen in the movie
Published 9 hours ago by Michael Stefanic
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good book for all to read......
Published 9 hours ago by Richard A Strom
5.0 out of 5 stars He and his SEALS get 100 stars!! I ...
He and his SEALS get 100 stars!! I saw the movie and immediately knew there was more I wanted to know, so I read the book. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Linda Barger
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
awesome
Published 18 hours ago by Dboss
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for every American!
I could not put this book down! Compelling account of what our troops endure for their countrymen.
Published 20 hours ago by jean h.
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and will make anyone appreciated the seals more. ...
Engaging and will make anyone appreciated the seals more. However, I was turned off by some of the language, which could have been toned down without hurting the story
Published 21 hours ago by Feeling Used
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really really good book
Published 22 hours ago by patti
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book
Loved the book, easy fast read. Puts a picture of the horrors the military face for us everyday into your head.
Published 1 day ago by Jana M. Thoams
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Petty Officer First Class Marcus Luttrell was born in Huntsville, Texas in 1975.


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Kindle edition costs more than physical book.
I still think it is wrong to pay even the same amount. We are out hundreds of dollars for the reader. Then add the fact that Amazon can pull books from our Kindles. We can't share the books with our friends - even if they have a Kindle themselves, and we can't resell them as we can with physical... Read More
Nov 1, 2009 by Rick Hartley |  See all 17 posts
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I really felt bad for him and his poor dog. I hope these criminals are caught and tried for their heinous crime. I hope Marcus finds peace. I am sorry about your loss, sir!
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