- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (February 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455575690
- ISBN-13: 978-1455575695
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
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Eyes on Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs Hardcover – February 25, 2014
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About the Author
Scott McEwen is co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper, about a U.S. Navy SEAL with the greatest number of recorded kills. His book will be a major motion picture in 2013. Scott lives in San Diego, California.
Richard Miniter is the author of three New York Times best sellers: Losing Bin Laden, Shadow War and, in 2012, Leading From Behind. He writes the National Security column for Forbes.com, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek, Readers Digest, The Atlantic Monthly, National Review, and The New Republic. Richard lives in Washington D.C.
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I have read specific accounts of nearly every story relayed in this book, from Operation Red Wings (AKA Lone Survivor) to the capture of Bin Laden. In particular, the truth of the Bengazi story (13 hours) and its coverup is spelled out in detail and the alternative plans are well portrayed.
Scott has done a masterful job in telling the story of Americas Proudest Heros. Thank You SEALS!
Scott McEwen burst onto the scene after Coauthoring "American Sniper" with Chris Kyle and has been writing his "Sniper Elite" series since, which I will concede are entertaining, but perhaps he should stick with writing fiction rather then military history. This entry into military naartive seems to be an attempt to capitalize on that fame. While I am not familiar with Richard Miniter, his credentials would lead me to expect much more from this book the is delivered.
To start with, this book really delivers nothing new. To start out the book, a brief introduction to the UDT and its impact on the founding of the SEAL teams is discussed, a story that quite frankly is better told in more detail in any number of other sources, including Roy Bohem's "First Seal" and Richard Marcinko's "Rogue Warrior". Speaking of Marcinko, these authors seem to have been indoctrinated into the cult of Marcinko, which from other reading, while instrumental in getting things accomplished in the SEAL teams, and especially in DEVGRU, seemed to do more harm then good in the long run.
Many of the chapters in this book are simply recaps of operations/missions that are told in other books, much better, by the individuals who actually participated in those operations. For example: the creation of SEAL team 6, better told by Marcinko himself in "Rogue Warrior". The failure of Operation Eagle Claw at Desert One, again told better by Marcinko and Gen. William Boykin (ret.) who was actually there. McEwen and Miniter also try to capitalize on the success of "Lone Survivor" by including a mere 15 page recap of that operation, again better told by Marcus Luttrell in "Lone Survivor" and "Victory Point" by Ed Darack. Another 20 pages are spent retelling the story of the capture of Ahmed Hashim Abd al-Isawi and subsequent circus of a court martial alleging he was abused by Navy SEALs. Again, a story that has already been told in better detail by Patrick Robinson and 2 former SEAL's who were involved, in "Honor and Betrayal.
The remainder of this book is spent discussing the events of Benghazi Libya on Sept. 11 2012. Throughout this part of the book, the authors focus on 2 SEAL's Doherty and Woods, but seems to forget that there were other former Special Forces members on the team including another SEAL who is not mentioned at all. The authors account of the events seem disorganized and chaotic, more sensationalized then informative. The authors also devout a fair amount of pages to several "rescue scenarios" that they claim have been vetted and could have provided a different outcome on that day. When all is said and done, the account provided in this book, does not seem to line up with that in "13 Hours" which was written with help from the surviving members of the GRS security team.
What made this book incredibly difficult to read were several glaring errors that even the most amateur editor should have detected. First and foremost, the context would randomly switch back and forth between present and past tense making this very difficult to read. Secondly for 2 authors who have spent time writing about the military, they should know to double check their information. At one point, they refer to an AC-130 as a "helicopter gunship". Even a basic google or wikipedia search would clearly show that the AC-130 is not in fact a helicopter. Even reviewing Robinson's "Honor and Betrayal" would have prevented this gross over site. Additionally, in their "rescue scenarios" they suggest that fighters out of Aviano Air Base, which flies Air Force F-16 fighters, could have landed on carriers in the Mediterranean Sea. This is ridiculous for many reasons, not the least of which the authors admit that they do not know for a fact where in the Mediterranean Sea, a carrier actually was located. Additionally F-16 fights cannot land on carriers because they are not equipped to do so and the an Air Force pilot does not have the training to perform this difficult task. Finally, early on the book the authors state that the Beretta 92F was designated "F" in honor of a fallen SEAL. In none of my firearm research, SEAL specific reading, or military reading in general have I ever seen anything that would support this. In fact a quick search reveals that Beretta added the F to denote the model that was submitted to the US government for Federal testing and approval.
When initially picking up this book, I had very high hopes, which were dashed within the first few pages. I continued to read in the hopes that there may be some redeeming quality to this book. Alas this appears to be nothing more then an attempt to capitalize on the "Seal Fever" and "Benghazi Fever" that is sweeping the country. Save yourselves the time, aggravation and money and instead invest in the books that are actually researched and well written.