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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 Paperback – May 1, 2008
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Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell joined the United States Navy in March 1999, became a combat-trained Navy SEAL in January 2002, and has served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He lives in Texas. 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 bestseller. He lives in England and spends his summers in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he and Luttrell wrote Lone Survivor.
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Today I took the book planning to read a chapter or 2 and finished the book, I just couldn't put it down.
I believe this book will stay with me for a while. I loved reading everything that he wrote, I never felt bored, there were a few times where I had tear filled eyes and was wishing that was not what those men really endured. I sat here thinking WOW I don't know how they did it and how there are people still doing it.
I send thanks to the man who suggested this book to me, because I enjoyed every minute of it and understand things better. Kudos to the team and to Marcus, thank you for sharing your story and serving, as well to all that serve.
I think the best part of the book, with no disrespect to those lost during Operation Red Wings is Luttrell experience during BUD's. He gives some of the best stories of his time trying out to wear the coveted Trident.
My only problem with the book is no mention of Lt Mike Murphy's Medal of Honor citation. Maybe that is because this book was written before he was awarded with it (posthumously).
Looking forward in watching the movie now and reading the other books about Red Wings.
It would be better with a little editing to smooth out some of the vagaries in the events being described and to insure consistency in the fact-checking. For example, I seem to recall Marcus at one point said he had a magazine and one-half left of ammo (should be 45 rounds), but near the end it said he had 75 rounds left when he once again was facing an encounter. (He may have pulled additional mags from his comrades who died.)
From the descriptions, I was confused as to what rifle Marcus was carrying (it seemed to imply early on a M-4), but at the end he was carrying a Mark 12, which is Navy special forces rifle based upon the M16/M4 platform, but has been modified and has its own designation. I suspect two of the crew were carrying M4's and the two team snipers (including Luttrell) were carrying Mk-12's. This is where a little more editing help would avoid possible confusion and challenges to a fantastic story of courage, perseverance, and sacrifice.
Do not let my nitpicking keep you from reading the book because it will be time well invested. I expect I will be reading it again.
My only disappointment was in Marcus' using the LORD's name in vain. While he claims Christ as his Savior, he doesn't seem to realize how painful it is to Christ to hear His name used as a cus word. It was also painful and confusing to read that Marcus said prayers with his Muslim befrienders....even though Marcus said he threw in a prayer to "his" God also..
Speaking as a combat veteran I found that the need to make a moral decision which ended up revealing the Seal team to the enemy was on the team and wrongly placed on "liberals". That is sort of like saying that the Geneva Convention is the "fault" of liberals. To me it was the moral decision of the team and it turned out as a bad one. I cannot say I would have done differently. In a combat situation in enemy held areas, killing any man, woman or child to survive is always a possibilty. They were in a rough place on what to do. Regarless, the team made it and Luttrell should have owned it without blaming people who think different in a political sense. We faced similar conflicts with morality in Vietnam.
The ability of the Seal team and the story of their valiant attempt at survival was to me the high point of the book. The book demonstrated that Seals are supreme soldiers of the highest order. Pretty good read.