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Not worth the time to read,
This review is from: SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper (Hardcover)
Let me preface this by saying this is simply a book review. I am well aware of the sacrifices our servicemen and women in general, and Special Ops operators in particular, make for our country. Mr. Wasdin no doubt possessed great courage to be able to endure the hardships he describes in his book.
That being said, this could be the worst book written on the subject, and there are quite a few. Maybe I'm a cynic, but I find it hard to believe four SEALS can put the beat down on 30 police officers, with Wasdin getting a phone number from a flirtatious female officer he, an elite warrior, had just thrown against a car; another SEAL taking a bite out of a police canine; several officers ending up in the hospital; and all of this leading to the court date where the judge dismisses the case entirely for "youthful vigor" and the courtroom erupts with applause. This happens fairly early on, so I took the rest of the book with a grain of salt. The prose is choppy and simplistic. The stories are boring and seem to have the sole purpose of illustrating how awesome he is. Wasdin is so quick to describe how much he is loved and admired it borders on Narcissistic Personality Disorder (I would be interested to hear Wasdin's teammates' view of him and the book. He doesn't give them much credit). And the constant, innane, unneeded product references ("Wearing Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses, I stood on the outer deck of the aircraft carrier...."). Seriously.
Dalton Fury, author of the excellent "Kill bin Laden" gave this book a glowing review, as did Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin, author of "Shooter." I found it hard to believe until I realized both books were published by the same company, St. Martin's Press, as "SEAL Team Six." Fortunately, I was loaned this book and didn't have to buy it myself. Even so, I wouldn't recommend it even as a loaner. It's truly that bad.
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Initial post: Jun 17, 2012 9:19:33 PM PDT
Definitely hit the nail on this review... no disrespect to DR. Wasdin but i have yet to see any other recent members of this elite unit pushing books. In fact the Navy highly frowns upon SEALs taking public credit or even referencing team 6. Even in Service- Marcus Luttrell's second book, he never mentions DEVGRU. No doubt Dr. Wasdin selflessly served his country but for him and his buddy to be pumping out novels in this post-Bin Laden American infatuation of DEVGRU you'd think he'd be more concerned about operational security. I too would love to know what his other team mates thought of this book.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 6:57:47 AM PST
I agree a lot with this review. It seemed more about bravado than anything. If you read Kyle's or Owen's books, they give big, big credit to their fellow service people. However, I doubt Luttrell would have mentioned DEVGRU since he was not part of their unit.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 7:55:15 AM PST
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