- Paperback: 390 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books; 1st edition (May 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316067601
- ISBN-13: 978-0316067607
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
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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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About the Author
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.
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. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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This gripping tale left me with a pride in the people defending our country, and respect for the training they receive. I found that the book was surprisingly well written, with a good use of vocabulary and conventions. The only complaint that I have involves the length of the book spent on training. A good third of the entire book was spent describing Luttrell’s time at BUD/s (Seal Training), and I found that it got fairly repetitive during times. Although, his fast-paced, heart-pumping tone during his time on the mountain most certainly made up for it.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and found it extremely hard to put down. The backstory, while slow at times, was interesting to hear about, and the tale of his time on the mountain itself was absolutely gripping. I would rate this book 9/10, although the scoring is out of 5, so I’ll round up to 5/5. Please, do yourself a favor, and read this book!
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).
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It is as if you walked with him as a young boy, then doing his basics to the seal training on that beach, now you are on the mountain fighting next...Read more