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This review is from: SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper (Hardcover)
You read a book like this because you love the action, the scenarios and the pure learning curve it provides about one of the deadliest combat forces in history. Author Howard Wasdin was an actual member of Seal Team Six and retired out on a medical discharge after he sustained severe injuries on a mission.

This book simply gives you details of the life of a Navy Seal that you will not find anywhere else, and I believe I have read most of what is on the market. Wasdin was involved with missions such as the Battle of Mogadishu, and the first Gulf War. He pulls no punches and he minces no words. What is is, and he is unafraid to tell you about it within the bounds of protecting his fellow Seals.

As an example, he mentions that during the first Gulf War he thought it was reasonable that the Seals should have been put in charge of protecting the Kuwaiti oil fields from the retreating Iraqi army under Saddam Hussein. The generals in charge thought otherwise. As a result Hussein's troops set fire to the fields during the retreat. Some 600 oil wells were fired up. Kuwait lost 5 to 6 million barrels per day. Five percent of the physical country was a mixture of land and oil, and it cost $1.5 billion to clean up, and nobody talks about it.

Wasdin is also very clear about what service to his country does to a marriage - it simply destroys it. It does not take long for a wife to realize that a Seal is more married to his team than he is to a woman. Most marriages suffer as a result, including his own, but training and the mission come first and as Seals like to say, the more you sweat in peacetime, the less you bleed in war.

The book contains 307 pages in 17 chapters plus an epilogue. My favorite chapters were:

7) Desert Storm

8) Seal Team Six

13) Battle of Mogadishu

If you have an interest in the training and specific operational procedures that these professionals face, then this is the book for you. Whether it is learning to operate a .300 Caliber Win Mag sniper rifle or H&P MP-5 Sig Sauer 9 mm handgun, this book is full of absolutely fascinating state of the art information. From swimming in high seas to doing high altitude-low opening jumps from airplanes, these men are among the best trained warriors in history. Yes there are others such as the Army's Delta Force, or Air Force Search and Rescue, but now with the death of Bin Laden, Seal Team Six will enter into the stuff of legends.

If you have any interest in war and special operations groups than I urge you to read Seal Team Six, and thank you for reading this review.

Richard Stoyeck

Post Script:

When I was learning to shoot weapons many years ago, I sought out the best shooter in the world. I found him in Florida, and he was a former world champion. I traveled down from New York and upon arrival, I met a handful of Navy Seals who were training with this gentleman as well. Over a period of days we all hit it off. What I noticed which has never been written about anywhere is the brainpower that these warriors possess. Any of these individuals could have been doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers. They are extremely bright, and handle themselves in a highly professional and at the same time in a private manner. No braggarts in this group.
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Initial post: Nov 10, 2011 8:47:33 AM PST
ACR says:
Since you have obviously read this book, I wanted to know if you think it's appropriate for a 10 year old who is fascinated with the Navy Seals. He's seen a lot of war/training footage but didn't know if the language was questionable for an older child.
Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 7:18:22 AM PST
AXiD says:
I think he has a YA version of this book as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 9:47:59 PM PST
I would allow a younger reader to read this book. We live in a dangerous world, and we should protect our children from much of the pain of the world if we can. At the same time a responsible parent should be able to tell if the child is mature enough to handle certain topics, and also to be able to gauge the child's emotional stability. If you are comfortable with these aspects of your child's interior life, then by all means introduce him to such books. At the same time it is my opinion that Special Forces individuals have the highest respect for the sanctity of human life. I use to train with hand guns with these individuals in special civilian run training camp and I was always highly impressed with their minds. These are men that would have been successful in any profession or avenue of life. I hope this helps you in your decision.

Regards,
Richard Stoyeck
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