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When the Bullet Hits Your Funny Bone: The Essence of A U.S. Navy Seal
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2012
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I downloaded this book to my kindle. I served in SEAL Team One with the author in the early 70's, then spent the rest of my time as a member of a West coast SEAL reserve team (West Coast Puke). This book brought back some great memories of our time in the Teams and hit the point well for maintaining a sense of humor while engaged in a profession that only a few can endure. I was busting up laughing at several of Billy's stories since they carry the tone and flavor of typical SEAL extracurricular activities in it's day. Whether back in the states or somewhere deployed, when we were not having fun in the field, we were doing it after hours, and some were classic as illustrated in this book. A great read and a big BZ to Billy for writing this and bringing back the good ole days!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2012
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"When the Bullet hits Your Funny Bone" is a great read for anyone looking to see how some of the highly trained and most dedicated military professionals pull pranks on their buddies, handle the stresses of an intense job, and blow off steam. This book has a great balance of funny stories, amazing practical jokes and insight into US Navy SEAL training, life, and the bonds that are forged among these men. Most importantly, the stories of fallen comrades and friends truly honor the men who risk their lives regularly. A great read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is a funny book. And by "funny" I in no way mean that in any kind of politically correct, or easily offended description of that word. If you are easily offended, this is not the book for you. If you have never been in "life or death" situations with others that you have trained alongside of, then a lot of this humor may not make sense to you. It may actually seem pretty mean. But trust me, its funny if you understand where it comes from.

The jokes and pranks in this book are from a time that no longer exists. The old-school Navy is gone, and there are a lot of things about it that I miss. That is probably a good thing though. If you understand it you will probably find quite a few things in this book that make you laugh or make you remember the old days.

The book is written in many short, two to three page chapters. Each chapter sets the stage for the ensuing joke or prank. I found myself reading a chapter or two every time I had a few spare minutes.

There were many times during reading this book that I laughed. One was the chapter about the monkey and the safe. I could not stop laughing. Then I started to think, what went so horribly wrong in my life that I find this funny? I stopped laughing for a minute in contemplation, then realized "screw that, its funny" and I started laughing again. I also liked the story about culling goats on an island to protect an endangered fox.

I you spent time in the military, or worked alongside others where you spent lots of time together and put in long hours, then you will enjoy this book because there is a good chance you may have played a few of these pranks. Or maybe thought about doing some of them and then reconsidered because it was too mean?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2012
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I am not in the military, but I have about 20 years as a cop. Suffice to say, my sense of humor is about as messed up as you can find. Dark, cynical, pessimistic ... I've lived it ... the only way to mentally survive the ugliness of all that we see...is to laugh and make jokes about things that really shouldn't be funny at all. This book about SEALs made me laugh on more than one occasion ... and leads me to believe that those of us in ugly job descriptions are very similar in how we cope.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2012
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Bill is a much better warrior than a writer. This does not denigrate his writing skills but tells you how great a warrior he is. After you read this book you will appreciate the prior statement. I need however to go further, reading this book you will grow to appreciate how good a person Bill is. He is never down and no matter how bad the situation is, Bill will always find the humor and upside. Read the book and enjoy Bill's world.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2012
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The book is a series of vignettes which recount humorous, or more accourately, ironic situations that the author encountered in his SEAL experience. Some were maddening rather than funny, such as the situation where his CO refused to give his team Travel Expenses to a ligitimate training experience. Others were made me smile, such as the trout fishing expedition.

While SF and SEAL warriors that I have met are not slap-happy with other folks, this book illustrates the things that do "tickle the funny bone" for them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2012
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First and foremost, thank you Mr. Allmon for your service to our country. I'm forever grateful. Now on the my review... After reading and in some cases reading again books by Dick Couch, Osman, and Luttrell over the last 5+ years, this is book is the only one that gives you a unique "inside baseball" look into some of the things that go on behind the scenes on the Teams. It's a refreshing look into how Mr. Allmon and his fellow SEALs blew off some steam in their "down time" as well as sometimes while on duty. Each chapter is a specific first-hand true story that Mr. Allmon was part of. Most chapters are funny, some are really hilarious and one (Chapter 54) started off making me laugh and ends unexpectedly sad. Bottom line is that this book is not as polished/edited as those by Dick Couch but that's what makes it so good. In my opinion, this makes it more real. If you are interested in our elite warriors and you want a behind the scenes look of what some do to relieve stress and the concept of "payback", I highly recommend that you buy this book and read it. You will not be disappointed. Bravo Zulu Mr. Allmon!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2012
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Unlike any other Navy SEAL book in print! We live in a world filled with doublespeak, a politically correct language that pretends to communicate but doesn't. This is NOT one of those books. Straight up, first person accounts so packed full of raw humor, heart and over-the-edge antics, I had to stop and breathe deeply between chapters. Veteran Navy SEAL Billy Allmon does not pull punches. Outrageously funny, teardrop tender and a powerful testimony to the brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams. I laughed, I cried and oddly, I felt right at home.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I just learned of this book, downloaded it to my Kindle, and blasted through it in a few sittings. The book is mostly a series of short recountings of really crazy pranks gone totally wrong, and other looks at the funny side of being a Navy SEAL. It's true, as Allmon points out, that while the world may look at SEALs as cold-blooded "trained killers," there really is an incredibly funny aspect to life "in the teams." I've never seen so many side-splitting SEAL misadventures in one book. In fact, there is no book about SEALs like "Funnybone" at all. Anybody who served around "the teams" or any specops community will enjoy this book to the max, you don't have to have been a SEAL to "get" the humor. In fact, anybody who served in the military or who has any interest in elite military units will just purely enjoy the hell out of "Funnybone." I hope Allmon writes many follow ups, because I know that a ton of more great sea-stories will be coming his way from all quarters. I for one would read them all, if "Funnybone" became a series or a franchise. I loved it and wanted more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
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Having read more than 150 military books, this ranks in my top ten. The stories are hilarious, the only other book I have read where I found something to satisfy my warped sense of humor is the book Semper Cool by Barry Fixler, USMC.

Some might have a hard time believing this type of conduct has occurred but I assure you, when on deployment and adding alcohol, it happens all the time. It was so hard to identify my favorite story but Stick Lizard is certainly in the top three.

HOOYAH Chief!
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