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Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy Seal Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Pfarrer, a former Navy SEAL assault element commander and now a Hollywood screenwriter (The Jackal; Navy SEALS; Darkman, etc.), looks back on his time in the special forces in this adrenaline rush of a memoir that grabs readers from the first page (in which he readies for his final-and nearly fatal-jump). Writing with the efficient clarity and brawn of one of the U.S. military's most special operators, Pfarrer describes the rigorous, nearly sadistic SEAL training that propelled him toward covert operations in the 1980s and early 1990s. He recounts his missions to various Cold War hotspots in Central America and the Middle East, where he patrolled Beirut's bombed-out streets as part of a multinational peacekeeping force during Lebanon's ravaging civil war. Pfarrer's somersaults through Navy service and personal challenges, including failed marriages and a bout with cancer, expose an introspective tug-of-war between disciplined combatant and human spectator, scruffy team leader and reluctant hero. Although chock full of military jargon (thankfully Pfarrar also includes a glossary of terms) and detailed descriptions of special operations, the story remains solidly human, highlighting this "Frogman's" facile combination of self-control and survival smarts in the face of adversities that most readers can only imagine.
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Had the author written his memoir in the 1980s, when he was an officer in the U.S. Navy's special-forces organization, he might have been busted to the fleet or thrown in the brig. Even now that his stories can be told, Pfarrer masks many of the names of his fellow "operators," a plain label that carries the highest cachet in the world of the SEALs. Earning and maintaining that designation is the theme that unites Pfarrer's memoir, as he relates his training, relations with comrades and superiors, and discharge. The values of the operator are crystal clear in Pfarrer's account: intolerance for mistakes and mastery of fear--with disdain for operators who can't command courage. These martial values are necessary for survival, and their enforcement by in-group psychology is amply illustrated by operations in Honduras, Beirut, and an unnamed Arab country, which are among the stories Pfarrer recounts. A must for military affairs readers, Pfarrer's recollections, allied with those of another SEAL (One Perfect Op by Dennis Chalker, 2002), vividly portray the elite warrior's arduous, perilous calling. Gilbert Taylor
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This book tells about the author's early life and how he decided to join the Navy. He knew what he wanted right away, which was to become a U.S. Navy SEAL. After Officer Candidate's school he entered BUDS training. It is truly amazing what these Navy Commandos have to endure before becoming fully trained SEALS. If you have any desire to become a Navy SEAL you would be wise to read this book first and even that will not prepare you for the real physical and psychological pressure you will receive in training. There is no tougher military training than to become a U.S. Navy SEAL.
In conclusion, if you are seeking a real thrill ride of real life combat experience, told by someone "who has been there and done that" this book is for you.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Predator Hunter: A warrior's memoir)
The only thing I didn't like was he spent so much time on Beirut. That isn't to say I wish he had left that out - it needed to be told. But those months take up so much of the book, especially when, by his own account, not a lot happened until the bombing. I feel the book would have been better if he had cut some of his account of Beirut and used those pages to tell of other things.
Pfarrer has a gift for writing and he uses a few words I'd never heard before like benthic, fellaheen, baleful, hove, putative, sitzkreig, legations. Fortunately my Kindle has a built in dictionary and these occasional words made it a more interesting book to read.
Another intelligently written book worth reading is Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney.
great sense of humor - LOVED the bar stories.
wow!!! a credit to his unit and nation.
i love his non-sycophant mentality, there is zero ass licking politically correct nonsense here. just pure common sense and honesty!
i loved how he adapted to situations and used his own mind (thinking - not blind obedience) and changed tactics or plans to keep him and his men safe and still accomplish the mission (eg sinking the NASA equipment when chased by Russian ship).
absolutely loved reading this. outstanding writing ability and great stories.
buy it - love it - recommend it to your friends. this one is a classic!!!
5 stars absolutely.
pity about some of the cry babies who have written negative petty minded reviews complaining about language or something - they should be playing with their barbie dolls not reading books for men. haha
It isn't always pretty but there is no doubt it is genuine. As a writer myself, I can only guess how emotionally painful writing this book was. An Honorable German
I can't think of a military memoir written by a post World War Two veteran which is this powerful.
The author was an officer and had a broader view of what was going on than an enlisted man outside of a senior chief petty officer. While the SEALs are apparently informal amongst themselves, calling their officers by their first names for instance, there is no question of who is in charge and as the author shows that responsibility is heavy.
Pfaffer is a well educated man and even more, he is a professional author and screenwriter. Unless you have the gift of words to express how you felt and what you saw in a way a reader can understand, then what you have to say won't have much impact. Pfaffer's book will make an impact on you. In addition to his many achievements as a screenwriter, novelist and author, he also is a cancer survivor. Having survived that monster myself, I can only saw he writes about that part of his life in a way much deeper than I would ever be able or willing to do.
He has both the gift of words and a story to tell about his life in the SEALs which is compelling and written with great passion and style. Well worth reading. Five Stars.
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