Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 Mass Market Paperback – November 19, 2013
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About the Author
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.
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; Media tie-in edition (November 19, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 031632406X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316324069
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 1.25 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #247,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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This is similar to American Sniper where Chris Kyle had an amazing story, but tainted it with too much fabrications and false claims. The actual story would have been great through.
* He talks about the silent warriors who need no recognition for what they do, yet he writes a book demanding recognition for what they do, and boasting throughout the book about their accomplishments, abilities, and importance.
* He complains about the rules of combat and inability to kill civilians when he wants to, and sites the fact that it has been done in war for "a million" years, but then complains about the enemy that what they are doing killing civilians is barbaric and from the middle ages.
*Complains about the enemy being barbaric, yet defends the torture at Abu Garib
*Talks about how the SEALS will gladly do whatever their government asks including die, but then complains about the "suits" who don't know what the hell they are doing and shouldn't be telling them how to fight a war.
*Talks about the how SEALS have no fear and would gladly fight to the death with no signs of fear, yet he starts the book with the memory of his fellow sealing crying out to him to help save him. (please note, I have no doubt these are the bravest of men, and there is no shame is calling out for help of being afraid... my point is only that he contradicts himself.)
*promotes the long since debunked WMD myth from Iraq
*promotes the long since debunked link of Al Qaeda to Saddam.
*describes the enemy fighting for a god that condones killing civilians, then talks about how the SEALS fight for their own God, and that killing Civilians is a normal part of wars throughout history and necessary.
*Describes the enemy numbers at over 100 when most reports say there were probably no more than 20-40 men.
*Describes killing dozens of enemy, however the Marines were unable to recover any bodies or confirm any kills.
*Describes the only options as killing the goat herders or letting them go, however there were other options such as taking them captive and aborting the mission.
*Talks about Ahmed Shah as being one of the highest ranking Al Qaeda leader, however he was not.
*(this one is not an inconsistency, but just detracts from the book) Goes on a long tirade about the liberal media, politicians, and liberals in general. Too political.
All I took from this book was a far right conservative who was beat by his father(but he can’t admit it to himself) wants extra recognition for something he signed up to do. I respect the SEALS and their service, but Marcus is not humble about it at all, which has now put a poor taste in my mouth and affected my perception of SEALS. My advice to the author is to be humble about his service, and understand that when it comes to politics, both sides do not care about him, and there is sufficient proof to defend that.
Top reviews from other countries
It's well put together and gives you a short, interesting insight into SEAL training and the famous 'Hell Week' that they have to go through, before launching into a version of the story a lot of you will have seen on the telly.
Overall I enjoyed it a lot, and happily recommend it. I have a lot of respect for anyone who has experienced combat in the name of protecting our perceived freedoms and whilst this won't make my top ten, I'm happy if the fella makes a bit of money off of my purchase.
Buy it and enjoy it.