on March 15, 2014
The book, Lone Survivor, is a book full of heroism and American patriotism.
The beginning of Lone survivor takes us through Marcus Luttrell's preparation to become a U.S. Navy Seal. Marcus was interested in becoming a Seal since a young age, so in his teen years, he trained with an ex-Navy Seal named Billy Shelton. Billy Shelton taught Marcus important lessons that would allow him to survive Seal training. Once Marcus is old enough, he enlists in the Navy Seal program. Marcus passes his basic training right week course, and is sent to BUD/S training, which pushes him to his ultimate limit. BUD/S training is very extreme and brutal training, but Marcus graduates from BUD/S and becomes a Navy Seal.
Marcus Luttrell is then sent to Afghanistan as part of Operation Red Wing, whose mission is to kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. Marcus is apart of a 4 man seal team, with Axe, Danny, and Murph, to locate this Taliban leader. While they are hiking the Hindu Kush Mountains trying to spot Ahmad Shah, thy come across sheep herders. These sheep herders are apart of the Taliban, but they are unarmed civilians so killing them goes against their rules of engagement. If a soldier in the military kills an unarmed civilian, they can be charged with murder here in America. The Seal Team decides to let them go knowing there will be consequences for letting them go later.
Later in the day, the 4 man Seal Team is ambushed by a Taliban army. Danny, Axe, and Murph are killed in the combat, and when reinforcement troops were called in the helicopter full of troops were shot down. Marcus is fights desperately, but as the last one standing hides from the enemy troops. Marcus is left to die in the dry, hot, and rugged terrain of the Hindu Kush Mountains.
The mountains of northeastern Afghanistan is no vacation oasis. Surviving in this region is tough, especially for a foreign soldier. Marcus is found wandering these mountains by a man named Muhammad Gulab Khan, a.k.a. Gulab. Gulab is a native to this region, and belongs to the Pashtun tribe. This Afghan tribe is very unique because of their way of life. Pashtuns live by the Pashtunwali, way of the Pashtuns. One ideal of the Pashtunwali is to offer to protect someone from their enemy. Gulab and his tribe protect Marcus Luttrell from the Taliban with their life, and in doing so they are able to bring Marcus home safely. Even after Marcus leaves, the Pushtan’s experience persecution from the Taliban.
The Lone Survivor gives us, civilian, Americans, a personal image of the struggle in Afghanistan. This book personifies the extreme hatred of Americans in the terrorist infested areas. The War on Terrorism is a very relevant issue, and this book does an amazing job demonstrating the problem.
The engagement rules for American soldiers is a topic the author, Marcus Luttrell, is very outspoken about. Marcus’s opinion is very biased because he lost three friends as a result of the restricting engagement rules. Critics say he is too outspoken and too opinionated about this, but I think he has every right to be upset about these rules.
Marcus Luttrell’s book teems with life lessons on every page. The Lone Survivor shows you what extreme sacrifice really is. The book demonstrates to us how to be a patriot of American freedom. Lessons of hard work, dedication, and perseverance can be grasped from every event in the book from Marcus’s training as a young man to Marcus delivering news of his fallen brothers. This book has prime examples of how to push to become the best young man or woman you can be.
I strongly suggest you read The Lone Survivor. If you are looking for a book that fully captivates you in the life of a Navy Seal fighting for our country, go on Amazon right now and purchase it. Mr. Luttrell’s passionate tone will have you feeling as if you’re a part of his Seal Team. You will feel every loss, every struggle, and every victory that the team encounters. Don’t wait any longer, buy The Lone Survivor, and step into the world of a U.S. Navy Seal.
on January 20, 2015
In this moving account of Operation Red wings former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell brings to life the a true story of the courageous men who so willingly gave up their lives in an endeavor to protect and defend the lives and freedoms of others. This story begins with the cruel training every SEAL must face before joining the brotherhood, jumps to the tragic battle in which 19 (special forces) men were killed wile battling Taliban members in Afghanistan, then concludes with an outstanding tale of survival and a providential rescue.
My opinions/ recommendations:
The previously listed themes were what stuck out to me the most as well as some other subjects like: the problem of liberal media, the ruthlessness of our enemies, the constraints Rules Of Engagement place on our troops, and lastly the sanctity of life. I haven't read a whole lot, so unfortunately I don't have much to compare to. But, I would recommend this book for the sake of having a better appreciation for those who serve, and getting a taste of what war actually is. Of coarse it also has good moral values as far as the themes go. I enjoined this book, and walked away with a much deeper perspective of the struggle our military faces today.
*note the book dose contain foul language- cursing
on June 14, 2014
At first it was a little too Americanized. Don't get me wrong I love America, but it was so jam it down your throat. I get it, you're a white guy from Texas who is Christian and loves America. Once he started talking about training and the mission I fell in love with book. Highly detailed and it really gives you a sense of what it was like overseas. Great book, decently written.