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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 Hardcover – Illustrated, June 12, 2007
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About the Author
Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell joined the United States Navy in March of 1999 and became a combat-trained Navy SEAL in January, 2002. After serving in Baghdad, he was deployed to Afghanistan in the Spring of 2005. Patrick Robinson is known for his best-selling US Navy-based novels and his autobiography of Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward, One Hundred Days, was an international best-seller. He lives in England and spends his summers in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he and Luttrell wrote Lone Survivor.
From The Washington Post
If you're looking for a true story that showcases both American heroism and Afghani humanity, Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 (Little, Brown, $24.99), written with Patrick Robinson, may be the book for you. In June of 2005, Luttrell led a four-man team of Navy SEALs into the mountains of Afghanistan on a mission to kill a Taliban leader thought to be allied with Osama bin Laden. On foot, the team encountered two adult men and a teenage boy. A debate broke out as to whether the SEALs should summarily execute the trio to keep them from alerting the Taliban. Luttrell himself was called upon to make the decision. He was torn between considerations of morality and his survival instinct, and he points out that "any government that thinks war is somehow fair and subject to rules like a baseball game probably should not get into one. Because nothing's fair in war, and occasionally the wrong people do get killed."
Luttrell opted to spare the Afghanis' lives. About an hour later, the Taliban launched an attack that claimed nearly a hundred of their own men but also the lives of all the SEALs except Luttrell, who was left wounded.
Not long after that, the Taliban shot down an American rescue helicopter, killing all 16 men on board. Luttrell is sure that the three Afghanis he let go turned around and betrayed the SEALs.
But if nothing is fair in war, neither is anything foreordained. Luttrell was found by other Afghanis, one of whom claimed to be his village's doctor. Once again, Luttrell had to rely on his instincts. "There was something about him," Luttrell writes. "By now I'd seen a whole lot of Taliban warriors, and he looked nothing like any of them. There was no arrogance, no hatred in his eyes." Luttrell trusted the man and his colleagues, who took him back to their village, where the law of hospitality -- "strictly nonnegotiable" -- took hold. "They were committed to defend me against the Taliban," Luttrell writes, "until there was no one left alive."
The law held, and Luttrell survived, returned home and received the Navy Cross for combat heroism from President Bush.
Copyright 2007, The Washington Post. All Rights Reserved.
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Not a "the book is better!" review at all, great film all in all. The book just lends further knowledge and story to what the film lends. The story is well written and engaging and avoids getting bogged down in details the way some Clancy novels are.
Marcus does not paint himself as a superman....there were times he was scared, unsure, or wounded. He was very much a team player, as all SEALs are suppose to be. Marcus did not make himself out to be the only major player in this story either. He shared the credit with the other 3 members of his squad as well. At times the story brought tears to my eyes as each member of his team fell one by one. They certainly did NOT go down easy. They made their enemy pay dearly.
These events happened just 8 years ago, and to tell you the truth I do not remember much about this story. Now I had a bird's eye view of what actually happened and what these SEALs went thru. Makes you proud to be an American after reading this story. Currently selling for less than $4 ($3.99).
When I first started reading this book I was going in thinking right off the bat it would go into the details. But I thought wrong. For the first 60 pages or so it did not have that engaging effect that I was hoping for. It did have to explain the events leading up to what happened overseas. Once I got to the next 300 something pages. I could not put that book down! it just sucks you in as if you were actually there. Training and the Battle sections of the book were amazingly descriptive and painted a picture of the terrain and surrounding areas. It told the action packed story on how they had to survive through pain that went through each other and through the enemy. The reason they go to Afghanistan is because they gained intel of a man who was working with Osama Bin Laden and they were going to capture him. But what they did not know, was that this man was his right hand man. They go through the most grueling decisions and most painstaking experiences many people could not hold their gut to hear about. It shows what lengths this world has gone to to get what they want. I will not say much more of the book or else I could not stop! You must read this book if you like action and adventure. And a lot of time on your hands because you won’t want to stop reading it.
Marcus Luttrell was on the front lines to fight terrorism, the extremism that is so prevalent in the world to this very day. His story, told in the first person as the events happened, is at the same time terrifying and awe-inspiring. Our soldiers willingly place themselves in treacherous and dangerous situations, in harm's way, in order to protect what our forefathers held dear - our freedom and our liberty.
This is an important book that needs to be shared with everyone to help us remember what is truly important and how, if we are not careful, we can lose it and everything men like Marcus Luttrell fought so hard to protect.
I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Say what you may about the man and how he wrote his book. I for one am proud that there are such men willing to defend their country and protect our way of life. For without them we wouldn't have the freedoms we have today.