- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781250006950
- ISBN-13: 978-1250006950
- ASIN: 1250006953
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 748 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper Paperback – 2012
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When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six.
In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard E. Wasdin takes readers deep inside the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S)âthe toughest and longest military training in the world. After graduating, Wasdin saw combat in Operation Desert Storm as a member of SEAL Team Two. Then the Green Course: the selection process to join the legendary SEAL Team Six--a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. As a member of Team Six, sniper school followed and Wasdin became one of the best snipers on the planet.
Soon he was fighting for his life. The mission: capture or kill Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. From rooftops, helicopters, and alleys, Wasdin hunted Aidid and killed his men whenever possible. But everything went quickly to hell. The Battle of Mogadishu, as it become known, left eighteen American soldiers dead and seventy-three wounded. Wasdinâs tale is one of the most thrilling and inspiring military memoirs in years.
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Wasdin narrates in a such a way where the reader has a clear view and understanding of his story. Supplied with a detailed explanation for every military abbreviation narrated, will never leave the readers puzzled.
Wasdin gives a thorough detailed insight on his SEAL training and challenges he faced, the missions his carried out to protect his country. He shares the bone chilling story of the Battle of Mogadishu, Operation Gothic Serpent to be specific which was carried out on 3 Oct 1993. The mission was to capture the key members of the late Somalian warlord Mohamad Farrah Aidid. The mission was only suppose to be completed within 1 hour but instead the US military was pinned down by Somalian militias within Aidid's most powerful district which is the Bakara Market.
Wasdin's narration does not only reflect his patriotism towards his nation, but he is also an icon of inspiration to other fellow Americans and the rest of the world who is planning on endeavoring into the world of military.
A must buy and read book!! Double thumbs up and hats off to Howard E. Wasdin!
I found the parts about the extensive training and the weeding out process that the people go through to become a Seal to be very interesting. I also like the information provided about the detailed preparation that was done before going on an operation. Undercover penetration into hostile situations was also very interesting and the life behind the lines was a story unto itself.
I enjoyed the descriptions of the weapons that the Seals carried and also the battle stories that Mr. Wasdin experienced. There were some gruesome and horrific battles and the loss of life of the troops and the situations that the military were put into had to be quite frightening.
What I thought was overdone was the continued repeating of Mr. Wasdin's growing up and the abuse that he faced from his father. I know those types of things make people tough and I grew up in a poor area and experienced some of that myself or saw my friends experience it. Unfortunately it is told over and over and over.
I also thought the stories were told in such a way that it gave an insight into Mr. Wasdin's ego. You have to expect some of that from an elite warrior with the type of drive and motivation. That is what creates that type of warrior it is what makes them become what they do. It is no different than top tier professional athletes or CEOs of companies. Ego is part of the success story and the drive of the person. It was amazing at how this attitude came across in the book and because of that I believe that the story was told in an honest manner as best as the storyteller could recall and present the facts as he recalled them.
Overall it was an interesting book and I liked reading it. I did feel that the writing was not up to professional standards especially the beginning as I found it to be choppy. I read a good book called Blackhawk Down which I thought was written much better. That being said I still enjoyed Seal Team Six and I rated it 4 stars.
I would like to give thanks Mr. Wasdin for his dedication to the USA and the military and the bravery that he exhibited in his service to our country. It is men like him that help to keep this country free.