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Fascinating inside look into the Navy SEALs elite SEAL Team Six.,
This review is from: SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper (Hardcover)
I was honored to get a pre-release copy of this book and I was very excited to read it. Then I read the news a couple of days later that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. Killed by SEALs from Team Six! Damn, now I could not wait to get my hands on this book! Talk about great timing.
This book is the memoir of Howard Wasdin, a sniper from SEAL Team Six, and co-authored by Stephen Templin, who met Howard when the two of them were going through BUD/S training together. While neither of the authors were on Team Six at the time of the OBL takedown, the book does give an excellent account of SEAL training and is one of the few books that actually talks about SEAL Team Six, which is an elite team inside the already incredibly elite world of the Navy SEALs.
The book is very exciting, written well, and gives in-depth accounts of Wasdins childhood. You can feel the pain he goes through at the hands of an abusive step-father. While that is a bad situation, you can see how Wasdin internalizes that pain and suffering and uses it to help him get through BUD/S training, which is hands-down the toughest training on this planet.
The chapter titled "The only easy day was yesterday" tells about a portion of Wasdin's time at BUD/S training. It goes into details about the rigorous training but can only cover some of it because the training is so intense and varied that it takes whole books to even come close to detailing it. If you are interested I highly recommend The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228 and The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Trident by Dick Couch. Those two books will give you an inside look into what it takes to become a Navy SEAL. After you read them you will never again question the dedication that these men have and you will be humbled in their presence because they are pretty amazing people.
Wasdin walks us through his Navy career, tells about his time in SEAL Team Two, and how he tested and interviewed to become a member of Team Six. It then goes on to give detailed accounts of his time at Marine Corp Sniper school, almost too much detail because the "deer tic" story is a visual I could have lived without. But I Guess that is something you never really think about when you are crawling into position to take a shot. Taking hours to crawl a hundred yards has got to be intense, when even the slightest movement can be picked up by the enemy. It is just another look into the intensity and dedication these professional operators have.
This book kept my attention from cover to cover, but the sections on Somalia were especially riveting. Wasdin was a key member in the Battle of Mogadishu which many of you know from the book Black Hawk Down and the movie by the same name. In this intense battle he was shot three times, almost losing a leg, but as a testament to his professionalism and training he continues to fight to save his fellow warriors.
The book wraps up with a few chapters detailing his recovery and re-insertion back into civilian life. He also tells how he finally came to peace with his retirement from the SEALs and has been guided into doing what he feels he is destined to do, helping others. I highly recommend this book.
Another great book you will enjoy is Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell which details Operation Redwing in Afghanistan. Another amazing book.
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Initial post: May 7, 2011 8:18:46 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2011 11:40:29 PM PDT
Good review, and I now want to read this book.
Posted on May 9, 2011 10:53:39 AM PDT
Chris Jaronsky says:
Thank you Gentlemen. I appreciate the comments. Its a good book and I really enjoyed it.
Posted on May 9, 2011 8:57:42 PM PDT
Jeff L. Sechelski says:
I can't wait to read "Seal Team Six", and I also cannot endorse strongly enough Chris's recommendation of Dick Couch's "The Warrior Elite". Dick, a retired combat veteran SEAL himself, had total access to BUD/s class 228 and followed it day and night from Indoc to graduation. It's always gratifying to find someone who has discovered he can write well as a second career, and Couch conveys these guys' stories with sensitivity and real insight. I couldn't put it down.
In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2011 5:43:52 AM PDT
Chris Jaronsky says:
Thanks Jeff. I lent Warrior Elite and Finishing School to a friend. I need to get those back. Warrior Elite is a great motivational book for me. Spring is here, so the workouts get harder. I can read that book and realize when I am getting tired that I can actually do so much more.
Have you read "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell? There is a picture of him in Warrior Elite because he was in that class. Its another great book. I am currently reading "The Heart and the Fist" by Eric Greitlin. SEAL training from a more humanitarian aspect. Pretty good so far. First half of the book tells about his volunteer work around the globe, then he decides to go to SEAL training because he feels if he can be a brave man of action he can help even more people. He talks about Matt Axelson in this book, who was one of the SEAL operators from Operation Redwing documented in Lone Survivor.
In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2011 6:43:53 AM PDT
John T. Turner says:
Great review. We both read the same books, it seems.
Dick Couch's books are great as is Marcus Luttrell's first
person account...."Lone Survivor."
Posted on May 14, 2011 1:24:29 PM PDT
Joseph J. Neuschatz M.D. says:
Many years ago, during my stay in the Israeli Defense Forces, I was invited to join a special paratrooper team. After spending a day in the "red-caps" training environment, I politely declined the offer.
It is nice to discover that not everybody is as chicken as the undersigned !
Posted on May 15, 2011 2:10:31 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2011 8:24:38 PM PDT
Jeff L. Sechelski says:
No, Chris, I haven't read Marcus Luttrell's book yet, either. It's on my list as well, especially since Marcus lives just up the road from me here in Houston.
Posted on Jul 1, 2011 10:57:30 PM PDT
Karen Norris says: