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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition/First Printing edition (November 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052595452X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525954521
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for No Hero

"Simple, well-told stories that will interest general readers and certainly anyone contemplating a career in special operations." - Kirkus Reviews


Praise for No Easy Day

"This harrowing, minute-by-minute account by one of the highly trained members of Navy SEAL Team Six is narrative nonfiction at its most gripping, taking the reader through the mountains of Afghanistan and inside the slightly dilapidated-looking family compound in Pakistan."
- Entertainment Weekly
 
“The Bin Laden story is the marquee event in No Easy Day, of course. But the formative steps in the author’s own story are just as gripping.”
–Janet Maslin, New York Times
 
“The book is a stomach-twisting close-up look at that historic mission in Abbottabad, told from the point of view of a super-elite member of SEAL Team Six who fired a bullet into bin Laden and helped carry away the corpse. Written in clean, polished prose... No Easy Day often reads like a gripping novel as the author recounts remarkably vivid details... No Easy Day puts you right there for every tense moment.”
Entertainment Weekly
 
" ...A cast of characters, including Owen himself, artfully drawn, yet painfully human, passionate descriptions of a lifestyle that few are privy to, as well as its breathlessly paced, inexorable march toward an inevitable ending…it's a remarkably intimate glimpse into what motivates men striving to join an elite fighting force like the SEALS — and what keeps them there.”
-Associated Press
 
“Make no mistake: No Easy Day is an important historic document. Think if we had a first-person account of the last minutes of Hitler in his bunker. No Easy Day is brisk and compelling in its telling of the training, execution and immediate aftermath of the Bin Laden mission by the elite Seal Team Six.”
-Los Angeles Times
 
“[Mark Owen] has given us a brave retelling of one of the most important events in U.S. military history.” 
-People Magazine
 
“The writing is fast-paced, and Owen and Maurer tell some good yarns in a conversational style. They also neatly capture the camaraderie, the pranks, the constant training and the evident love that the men of SEAL Team 6 have for their jobs."
-Washington Post

About the Author

MARK OWEN is a former member of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six. In his many years as a Navy SEAL, he has participated in hundreds of missions around the globe, including the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean in 2009. Owen was a team leader on Operation Neptune Spear in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 1, 2011, which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Owen was one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist mastermind’s hideout, where he witnessed Bin Laden’s death. Mark Owen’s account of the raid, in No Easy Day, remains the only accurate eyewitness account on record.

KEVIN MAURER has covered special operations forces for nine years. He has been embedded with the Special Forces in Afghanistan six times, spent a month in 2006 with special operations units in East Africa, and has embedded with US forces in Iraq and Haiti. He is the author of four books, including several about special operations.

Customer Reviews

Great read, thank your for your service to me and our country.
Katherine A. Maeurer
He gives great meaningful lessons for us to apply in life as he relates to his great career as a NAVY SEALS TEAM 6 operator.
binayas
Lastly, read No Easy Day as well.....it was an incredible book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The Maverick on November 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
No Hero is a fast-moving, episodic account of "Mark Owen's" 13 year career as a U.S. Navy SEAL. I really enjoyed this book, although I wish it would have been a bit longer (in addition to being fast-moving, it was also a quick read). This review is intended to give you a detailed overview of the book's organization and content in hopes that you will join me in supporting the author by buying and reading it!

No Hero is an admirable follow up to Owen's controversial No Easy Day. Overall I think No Hero is the better of the two books. That being said, I wholeheartedly agree with the other reviewers who have suggested that you read No Easy Day first. However, readers well-versed with the Navy SEALs, or other special operations units, will be able to jump right into No Hero.

Rather than simply presenting a chronological overview of his time with the SEAL Teams, Owen's narrative jumps around in time and place to give us snapshots from his selection, training and operations. Each chapter is centered around a significant incident or event. In turn, each chapter is also intended to illustrate a key principle or lesson learned, as reflected by the chapter subtitles: Purpose, Confidence, Fear, Stress, Mind-set, Trust, Communication, Relationships, Accountability, Discomfort, Evolution and Compartmentalization. This structure makes No Hero somewhat reminiscent of books like Pete Blaber's exceptional The Men, The Mission and Me (concerning Delta Force) and Richard Marcinko's The Real Team (concerning the SEALs).

No Hero begins with a moving prologue describing the author's personal response to news of the downing of a CH-47 helicopter in Wardak province, Afghanistan. This was a notably tragic event for the SEAL Teams (and U.S.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan D. Myers on November 12, 2014
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the book is well written and consists of numerous vignettes that the author uses to illustrate lessons he learned while serving in the SEALs. I have read over half a dozen books on the SEALs and this ranks near the top, but certainly wasn't the best one I've ever read. I think the author gave a very honest account of his time in the navy and demonstrated a great deal of humility and self reflection in writing this book. The only reason i didn't give it 5 stars is that i am partial to books that have a more linear story line and I found myself wanting to hear more about his life before and after the teams. This is just my preference...I think the author set out to do exactly what he planned and although the book isn't entirely linear, it is very easy to follow. One strange thing was that there were numerous instances of words (and in some instances, entire paragraphs and even pages) being "blanked out" as if some one had taken a black marker and crossed out the words so you couldn't read what the author wrote. Based upon the comments in the book's forward, i presume these are instances where the author was instructed to redact something by the department of defense but chose not to based upon principle. While it certainly illustrates the author's commitment to telling his story, it definitely left me feeling like I was missing something. The only other reason i didn't give it 4 stars was that i think a reader would not appreciate this book as much if they had not read, "No easy day." Myadvice would be to read "No easy day" BEFORE 'No Hero." If you do this, i think "No Hero" will feel far more "complete."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Glyn Black on December 8, 2014
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"No Hero" is refreshingly self-effacing. This is the story of a seal who's afraid of heights and who doesn't like the water. His account of getting stuck and freaking out while rappelling high on a rock precipice is funny as hell. I'm sure I will always remember the advice he got from his ex-con instructor high up on that cliff -- about staying in a three-foot world -- and it already has come in handy.

This book has a contemplative and fearlessly veracious writer at the helm. It opens not with seal team derring-do, but with two seals sitting in the dark on a backyard deck in Virginia Beach learning by text messages that a dozen of their seal buddies were just killed in Afghanistan. The names slowly trickle in on cell phones over the course of the night and a 12-pack.

Seal books tend to be rah-rah stories that depict mythic superheroes, caricatures with no human frailties (Dick Couch books come to mind, but I still read them). And most are written on a high school level. These authors say they're writing to inspire young men, so maybe their books are simplistic by design. But for this adult, the cool guns, exciting maneuvers and the well-known hell of seal training are entertaining and informative but ultimately just a fast read with very little to think about.

I don't expect seals to earn a Pulitzer along with their Silver Stars, but if I were their editor, I would ask them to dig deeper.

Owen, on the other hand, goes beyond the firefights, and describes the aftermath -- the nightmare scenario of a cat licking a dead man's blood while a child looks on is just one scene among many of war's cascading horrors. This is a well-written book that stays with you long after you put it down.
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