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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 Paperback – November 19, 2013
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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..
The story doesn't just stop there, the story also tells of other members of this little known Valliant Fraternity of Soldiers sacrifices willingly given to try and save they're outnumbered surrounded and over ran team of four. Lastly breaking barriers of popular belief, the humanity and selflessness given by a villager that found our last wounded and dying solider. This simple villager provided physical care as well as putting his own life, the life of his family members, and even the life of his entire village in the line of fire and risk of slaughter to honor a generations old code that required him in his village at the cost of death to provide safety and help to a stranger who needed it. In keeping to this code a friendship was founded on more than most of us will ever know and lives to this day countries apart. Without this man in his village is help are only surviving soldier and this story to be tall stories would have never been known or told.
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