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Suffer in Silence is thoughtful, fearsomely honest, and expertly crafted -- a genuine triumph. -- Midwest Book Review, February 1, 2005

About the Author

The author completed all of First Phase, including Hell Week, while serving as an officer and boat crew leader at Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S). He began writing Suffer in Silence shortly after leaving the Silver Strand, resulting in an unprecedented, raw look at the agonizing journey that every sailor must complete before he can call himself a SEAL.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589396480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589396487
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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92 of 96 people found the following review helpful By haoxiong on May 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
I decided to read this book because I had a friend that went through SEAL training. I was always curious about his experience. I got much more than I bargained for, inspiring me to write my first amazon review. Starting to read the book was like stepping into a roller coaster - once on, I couldn't step off till the ride was over! I was in the world... to the point where I was shivering every time they got surf torture.

After finishing Suffer in Silence, I was pretty disturbed. I couldn't believe that anyone (let alone anyone I knew) could/would go through this kind of experience. I asked my friend about his SEAL experience, specifically about the interaction with the instructors. He was surprised at what I knew, and pretty much confirmed that the kind of stuff portrayed in Suffer in Silence really happens. When I told him that I got the info from a book, he said that he wished he had read it to be able to mentally prepare himself before he had gone!

I feel pretty lucky to have had such a window into a world that I could otherwise never know, and I'm grateful for the new sense of connection that I feel with my friend. An outstanding book on every level!!
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By lejia on July 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Reid's Suffer in Silence is riveting from cover to cover. It's raw and intense, and rings of authenticity. It will give pause to anyone contemplating the agony of BUDS program, but incite and inspire those as focused and masochistic (self-declared by the author) as Reid. The details of the story are exhaustive, and the rhythm of the book follows the undulations of the long, sleepless nights of the Hell Week experience, leaving the reader spent by the end of the book and craving for deeply needed sleep (or just a nice afternoon nap, as in my case-- of course, after I finished the book!). Though portraying experiences that push the limits of human endurance, and offering a glimpse into a (sometimes dark) mindset and world far from most of our comprehensions, Suffer in Silence succeeds in also being fun and engaging... a great read.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Avalata on June 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
From the opening pages of "Suffer in Silence" you know you are in for a wild ride. Author David Reid puts the reader in the sand and surf alongside Ensign Mark Grey, a natural athlete and overachiever facing perhaps the supreme challenge of his life.

The Basic Underwater Demolition course (BUD/S) is the first step in becoming a Navy SEAL. The young men accepted for BUD/S training possess some of the best minds and bodies in the Navy, and still the majority will not complete the course. "Suffer in Silence" eloquently shows the reader why that is, and what it takes to become a SEAL.

We join ENS Grey in the second week of training for BUD/S Class 283. Hell Week is still a month or more away, and graduation just a distant mirage. Yet Grey and his classmates have already said goodbye to the ordinary world and accepted another; one of constant physical and psychological pressure, all-powerful instructors, and moments of good or bad luck that can make all the difference.

Mr. Reid skillfully conveys this atmosphere, and his characters are just as convincing. Class 283 is filled with memorable human beings, with all their strengths and weaknesses, being stretched to the breaking point. The BUD/S instructors are no less diverse or sharply drawn. Some are decent and others are arbitrarily cruel. Yet each is complex; moments of honor and grudging respect are intermingled with random acts of violence and pettiness.

There is one more character in this book that deserves mention - the sea. After finishing this book the reader will have a new respect for the quick, cold sea; it is more impartial, more implacable and more capricious than any BUD/S instructor could dream of being.

And that is the key to understanding this book and BUD/S.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Monarch on November 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
From the first page to the last, David Reid provides an insider's look into BUDs that you cannot turn away from. You either push it out, or ring it out! That's your choice. And that is the choice of every man that comes to BUDS. To truly fathom the small percentage of human beings within the United States that pass this grueling detailed challenge is remarkable. By the end of this book you will understand.

At first glance you think this is the most extreme form of hazing that you can possibly imagine. It's not a window into military jargon and method as a matter of fact its not sexy at all. The author presents BUDs as a dull repetition of physical demands that build a mentally strong warrior. It almost seems infantile in approach until you really start to think about how brilliant it really is and what it they are trying to achieve. The countless push ups and elephant walks with the rubber boats at extended arm carry are constant reminders that this is not a sexy lifestyle. Each exercise teaches discipline, endurance and that the fact that it pays to be a winner! Each candidate submits themselves to a life of physical pain and physical repetition that are the basic building blocks for a strong warrior and a test of every man's personal level of endurance. These volunteers are not quitters and they do not want them in their midst. The characters in this book come from every slice of life and endure pain the likes of which the common observer will never truly understand. The countless hours of surf torture, endless insults, being cold wet and sandy and mental endurances that these individuals have to experience is to say the least remarkable. And this is only the beginning! You are not even a SEAL when you finish this training.
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