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Service: A Navy SEAL at War Paperback – May 7, 2013
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Praise for SERVICE
"An action-packed...reflective saga of contemporary military service."―Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Marcus Luttrell became a combat-trained Navy SEAL in 2002 and served in many dangerous Special Operations assignments around the world. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Lone Survivor, and is a popular corporate and organizational speaker. He lives near Houston, Texas.
James D. Hornfischer is the author of four bestselling books on the U.S. Navy in World War II, The Fleet at Flood Tide, Neptune's Inferno, Ship of Ghosts, and The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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All were great students. I still remember his twin brother Morgan shooting me that steely eyed Texas glance as he said, "you going to take care of my brother when he comes through?", "of course", I said. I wasn't let down either.
I remember him being a bit hard headed at times, especially during the stealth and concealment phase. Most Texans I've met are like this in a good way, including our mutual friend Chris Kyle. Marcus was a great student and we became friends during the process, even though he got me quite drunk after graduation. My head still hurts thinking about it.
I'm still waiting for the hard copy of "Service" his wonderful wife Melanie is sending me. I couldn't wait, I'm impatient like that, and bought the eBook for my iPad. I'm a fast reader and don't normally read SEAL books but this was one I read in one sitting.
Marcus takes you through the rest of his career in the SEAL Teams and shares some excellent stories from Iraq that you would never hear about if his story was not told. Most importantly, he selflessly features other heroes and their stories.
All gave and some gave all since 9-11.
Marcus is a great story teller and you need to buy this book.
Looking forward to that joint signing soon Marcus. Great to see you and your family representing yourself and the SEAL Teams in an exemplary fashion as always.
"The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday"-US Navy SEALs.
Former US Navy SEAL, Editor-in-Chief of SOFREP and author of The Red Circle.
I say all that to say that in writing Service the author downplays his own heroism throughout, instead pointing to the bravery and heroism of many others. This book is rich with excitement, dread, brotherhood, grief, grit, and love. However, it's not a "page turner" for two reasons. The first is that there is just far too much on many pages to absorb quickly. And second because of the dread of turning the page to read the fate of one (or many) of those you've gotten to know through the introductions from the author.
This book is a chronicle of how a few Americans live, love, and sometimes die in Service to their country. This is not the kind of book one can say they "liked," loved, or even hated. The word I can give it is revered.
The author is a talented writer who gives voice those we may otherwise have never heard from. He gives space in his book to a few of the wives of sailors who's stories brought laughter to my heart and tears to my eyes. He doesn't stop there, he also pays homage to those who have served in the U.S. Army, Marines, and Air Force... and Texans!
This is a great book! Highly recommended. Thank you Marcus Luttrell for writing it.
Service is an amazing book written by a real American hero, Marcus Luttrell, who was in injured in Afghanistan and rescued in an elaborate mission. Since then he has served in Iraq, retired from the navy, and taken up a number of entrepreneurial aspirations.
What can be said about it? I honestly don't know where the Navy finds these men. They seem to have plenty ready to try to live to this standard. But few make it through the training. This book details a little of what it takes to be at the tip of the spear and focuses on what it takes to push that spear point into the soft flesh of nation's our enemies.
One of the more enjoyable things about this book remains how humble the author appears to be about his moment in history. I suspect it has a lot to do with the character of the man. Like he said, "those who have done something don't have to brag about it." I also enjoyed knowing that his faith is critical to his foundation as a man.
I also enjoyed knowing that the man who saved him in Afghanistan came to visit Lutreell in the United States. The difference in cultures was rather interesting to read about. We have so many freedoms in our country that many of them are simply taken for granted. This man understands that. I suspect Mr. Luttrell also understands it better than most.
This is a top shelf book. It's easy to read, extremely well written and edited, and a joy to read. It's not exactly for the faint of heart. It gets into some of the dirty work men like Marcus Luttrell deal with on a working level. Amazingly, he has a twin brother who also served in the same capacity. This book rather dramatically shows, integrity and character of the United States and those who serve her.
Reading this book was a rather humbling experience. If you enjoyed it, I would strongly suggest obviously reading Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, American Sniper by Chris Kyle and My life in the Red Circle by Brandon. Webb.