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The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen Audible – Unabridged

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When you start a new book, you can tell pretty quickly if its gonna be a great read. Being
a military history buff, with a penchant for reading anything Spec Ops related, I have
read over 100 Biographies, memoirs, and historical accounts from SEALS, Delta, and all
the other elite units. I have a very small stack (less than 10) of books that are 'READ
AGAIN' and 'RECOMMEND' to friends and family. This will be added to the stack. The
last one I added was Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, who the author speaks about
in his book. When you think you have read them all or you won't learn anything new,
pick this up and be humbled. A fantastic read! And for the uninitiated, check out his site
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I highly recommend "The Red Circle" to anyone who wants to learn how to overcome the hard obstacles that life throws in front of them. Brandon Webb writes from the unique perspective of a highly trained Navy SEAL "operator" but some of the best take-aways from the book occur because Webb succeeds in explaining the critical role that the mind plays in accomplishing a goal, overcoming fear and surviving hardship.
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My girlfriend recommend I read this book, and being an athlete I can't say I have much interest in or time for reading. I flipped through the first couple of pages to humor her and was hooked. The book captivated my attention from the get-go and for the first time in years I finished a book within two days. I think anyone can relate to this book and it's cool to see an inside perspective on so many interesting things and stories. It's a fast read packed with stories that are mind blowing. Definitely an awesome glimpse into the life of a really inspiring dude. Thanks, Webb.
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To me a memoir is successful if the reader closes the book with the feeling that they have insight into the character and nature of the person righting the book. Too often memoirs are elaborate self justifications written by people with something to prove to others. The Red Circle delivers on the first count and surprisingly makes no attempt to justify anything to anyone. Brandon Webb makes no bones about who he is and how he got there and in being so brutally honest in the telling of that story, Webb pays a real compliment to his audience. The challenge in telling a story about Navy SEALs and Special Operations is that so much of it is secret that most writers are left with stories that are thin on operational details, leaving the reader no better informed than if he just read a newspaper account. Webb manages this task by writing as a witness to the operations in question and rather than dwell on the minute details brings the reader into the bigger picture of the operation. His account of tunnel ratting in Afghanistan is riveting to read. The way political considerations back home can effect the mission of what amounts to a mixed platoon of SEALs and Marines on a simple rec mission in the field is angering and amazing to read at the same time. Webb is at his best when he describes the smells, sounds and emotions of close quarters battle in the War on Terror.
In The Red Circle the reader is not going to be sold a rah-rah tribute full of glowing praise for the mythic status of the Navy SEALs and other SpecOps types. Webb doesn't pull a single punch, if he's going to say that a particular SEAL is a turd and can't pull his weight he going to call him out by name. Harsh as it may seem, it serves to humanize these people.
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My son just completed Navy SEAL training and he used to tell me a little about what he was up to (the things he was allowed to tell me about). I read a lot about SEAL training because I wanted to know more about what he was experiencing. The descriptions of BUD/S, SQT, and SEAL advanced training in RED CIRCLE are the most accurate of all descriptions I have read to date. In contrast, while definitely worth the read, Couch's books are dated: they refer to 9-week BUD/S phases instead of the current 7-week duration, for example. Nevertheless, Couch's books are still VERY useful reads to understand SEAL training and just as useful as RED CIRCLE. Together these books provide a good, relatively detailed overview of SEAL training. RED CIRCLE is well-written, interesting, relatively recent, and worthy to be read. I highly recommend it to you. RED CIRCLE not only describes the training but the life and motivation of a SEAL as well. The SEALs I have met live that life because they want to be the very best at what they do, are very competitive and mission-driven, like to work out, are blessed with great physical assets and abilities to withstand the cold, the wet, and the painful, are driven to persevere until they achieve what most consider unrealistic goals, enjoy danger, and are patriotic. And those are basically the reasons Brandon Webb gives for wanting to become a SEAL. Thank God for them because we really need them: they are the human alternative to drone aircraft and more.Read more ›
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