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No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy SEAL Hardcover – November 10, 2014
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"Simple, well-told stories that will interest general readers and certainly anyone contemplating a career in special operations." —Kirkus Reviews
“Owen's writing is genuine and insightful....No Hero may have been intended for the next generation of SEALs, but the book's lessons can also be useful to civilians.” —Associated Press
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.”
" ...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.”
“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.”
“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."
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Get this book if you want insight of what Navy SEALs really do, experience, and feel. It's shows the true courage and commitment of the men and women who lay it on the line,... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was the best book I have ever read! I loved this book because it was action packed and full of detail. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed listening to this book and his other book called no easy day.Published 13 days ago by Michael L Scott Jr
I loved it but had to return the digital format because there were many pages blacked out for some odd reason; but from what I could read, it was very interesting and motivational... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm generally not much of a book reader but I couldn't put it down .Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A clear explicit account of life as a Navy Seal. The chapters capture a significant episode that follows the emotion or quality reduced to a single word as the chapter title. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lewis Tau