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Lone Survivor: The Incredible True Story of Navy SEALs Under Siege [Kindle Edition]

Marcus Luttrell , Patrick Robinson
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In June 2005 four US Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the 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 than twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs was alive.

This is the story of team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing. Blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing, Luttrell endured four desperate days fighting the al-Qaeda assassins sent to kill him, before finding unlikely sanctuary with a Pashtun tribe who risked everything to protect him from the circling Taliban killers.

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455 of 496 people found the following review helpful
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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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559 of 665 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Unimaginable June 12, 2007
By Jengo
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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142 of 166 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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630 of 757 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop reading reviews...Buy the book! June 21, 2007
By T. Wood
Apparently some people are upset because Luttrell has an opinion and some attitude. I'll let you in on a little known 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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272 of 326 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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Published 3 minutes ago by Lyn Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth the read
Marcus' account of his and his fellow SEALs is well written and moving. This is worth reading! Pit really brings out your patriotic side
Published 6 hours ago by James P.
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Dang good reading.
You might not be able to put this down.
Published 7 hours ago by Chief
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing story!!
As an American we owe it to those brave men to read this book. To read about the bravery and dedication as members of Americas elite fighting force
Published 14 hours ago by Nathan L. Thaler
5.0 out of 5 stars devotion!
Without ever hearing of personal accounts of war..I always knew...these soldiers are a special breed. After reading this.. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by EMOS
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked the book
Yes, in a way that I cannot explain I kind of liked the book. Specially that part when the author write about the combat against Taliban.Unbeliable.
Published 21 hours ago by Marcos Luz
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
This was another amazing book of another amazing man giving his all out to help get rid of those nasty people. I can't say enough but awesome!!
Published 21 hours ago by David heuerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It shows real seal commitment to do the job and brother hood to all.
Published 1 day ago by Michael Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book. A true hero. Makes you feel the pain of a SEAL, who saw his team decimated.
Published 1 day ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful read
Was Easy reading. Couldn't put it down. Wonderful insights into SEAL expertise and code of honor due to rigorous training.
Published 1 day ago by Paul Germann
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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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