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Over the years I have read and reviewed numerous books written by U.S. Navy SEALS. This is one of the best ones I have read lately. The author, Chuck Pfarrer, a former Navy SEAL Officer gives us a first hand look at what it takes to be a U.S. Navy SEAL. He relates the many dangerous missions he has been on and his writing style makes you feel like you are there with him and his SEAL team mates. As a former U.S. Navy (regular Navy-1959-1963) sailor many years ago when the SEALS were still called UDT/SEALS, I have always had enormous respect for this Special Ops. unit. If it was not for some medical issues I was going to apply for BUDS training at that time.

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)
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on April 7, 2014
An excellent account of the making and deploying of a Navy SEAL. The author was in Beirut at the time of the bombing of the Marine barracks back in the 80's. He, like many of us, wonders to this day what the hell we were doing there in the first place. It is still a boiling kettle of the same mixture of people who hate and kill each other as a matter of routine. He tells of the ridiculous rules of engagement then that are still restricting our fighting troops today. Politicians, it seems, do not read history and doom our military to dying for no cause whatsoever. This is a story of extremely tough, extremely brave, and extremely patriotic men way beyond what the average person is capable of. A terrific read that will make you wonder why we are squandering our best trained fighters in the wrong places for the wrong reasons to this very day. You have to say, God bless our patriots.
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on May 11, 2017
This was an incredible tough man throughout his life. What a story about the life of becoming a Navy Seal and then moving up to Seal Team Six, the very best of the best. Lots of action and suspense throughout this book. I highly recommend this book to your readers.
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on June 22, 2014
Chuck Pfarrer is reputedly 'a legend' in the tightly-knit world of Navy Seals. Despite the numerous omissions in this narrative, omissions made necessary by the demands of confidentiality (some of the missions are still classified information) in the shadow world where these units operate, Chuck Pfarrer's story comes across as the authentic voice of a brave and intelligent man. Better than a fiction thriller.
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VINE VOICEon May 2, 2009
The author's odyssey from delinquent highschooler, to military school, through college, ocs, BUDS training/elimination and then advanced training is fascinating. The book profiles a sustained view inside the soul of a true band of warriors. Young MBA's could learn a lot from study of leadership and organizational structure in the teams.

The operations were interesting although obviously limited in their selection and description due to restrictions. Others have complained of the lack of discussions of many operations, however, my feeling is that the author more than makes up for that in the depth of the detail and of the many sub operations as part of the long deployment in the middle east.

The discussion of the transformation of Seal Team 6 from its original personality cult into something close to the other teams was enlightening.

Where Pfarrer really distinguishes himself is the weaving of the story of his personal life into the book. His transformation from near dropout to military school and the associated change in his behavior was great. His descriptions of his loves and breakups are told with real time passion. He cuts himself no slack as to his personal failings although one wonders how much can be attributed to living a random, high adrenalin life, often alone, far from home and surrounded by women seeking adventure with the worlds few true warriors.

The Seals must train like tomorrow might bring the Super Bowl, Olympic High Diving Finals, mother of all marathons or shootout at the OK corral in some randomly selected place from Holidays In Hell. However, with the addition of Roman tradition that the loosers are eaten by the lions. Team 6 required further separation from his "brothers" in the other teams. Further adding to the adrenalin shocks is the randomly jerked leash associated with the micro management of war by the flotsam and jetsam found high in the halls of power in DC.

The book is well written although some editing errors still remain. It is written as a first person account, not a top down history of the events. It excels in achieving its goal, telling the life of a warrior soul in today's world.
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on March 2, 2015
This is a terrific detailed account of one man's life as a Navy SEAL. I enjoyed it, and he survived many perils to have a great life in the teams. The author did work as a screenwriter and author later, so he has clearly lived an interesting life. I am glad he shared his tales with us. If you are a fan of the SEALS, grab this and enjoy.
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on May 25, 2017
An informative and exciting book encompassing the life of an extraordinary man. Definitely would recommend this book to anyone interested in peeking into the life of a SEAL.
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on June 20, 2012
It's been said that there are two types of Navy SEALs: those that can do anything, and those that can't do anything else. Having penned as simultaneously thoughtful and riveting of a memoir as "Warrior Soul," Chuck Pfarrer can undoubtedly be said to reside in the former category.

The story of how Chuck Pfarrer went from California surfer boy to SEAL Team Six operator is nothing short of fascinating, and more than a little improbable. Heartbroken over the loss of his long-time girlfriend, he shipped off to OCS and then BUD/S with no real knowledge of what the SEALs did, only that his career military father had acquired a deep and abiding respect for them from serving together in Vietnam. At BUD/S, like his fellow classmates, he endured a world of pain but got through it with the resolve to leave only in a stretcher or on graduation day. Class 114, of which Pfarrer was a member, would go on to win the "No-Bell Prize," that rarest of BUD/S honors awarded to the handful of classes that don't lose a single candidate during Hell Week.

This is only the beginning of Pfarrer's journey, however, as he still must pass through Jump School and Advanced Operator Training. At Fort Benning, Pfarrer riffs on the Army-Navy rivalry and the subtle and not so subtle ways that SEALs subvert authority there. After all, after having gotten wet and sandy for months upon months, nothing a square-jawed Army instructor could do or say could possibly inspire fear in the heart of a BUD/S graduate. The sheer fearlessness of these SEALs, even in "tadpole" form, is astounding. Consider the case of a friend of Pfarrer, Doc Jones. Wanting to get his wings without putting up with 3 weeks of jump school, Doc followed a platoon out onto the drop zone at Fort A.P. Hill and picked up a parachute. Using the ploy "Hey, could you help me buckle this," he was assisted by his new platoon mates and got onto the plane. He hooked up his static line and jumped like everyone else, and not only survived but went on to earn his gold parachute wings. It was discovered that he hadn't attended jump school and was sent packing to Fort Benning. The story followed him throughout the navy.

"Warrior Soul" is packed full of humorous stories like that one, including military witticisms like "where there's a will there's a waiver," but it's far from just being a book of funny anecdotes (if you just want that, check out When the Bullet Hits Your Funny Bone: the Essence of a U.S. Navy SEAL ). The second part of the book takes on a more serious tone as Pfarrer, now deployed with SEAL Four, navigates the madness of war-torn Beirut. The infamous bombing of the Beirut International Airport is described at length, a tragedy which was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in the history of warfare and resulted in the deaths of 241 servicemembers. An unconventional warrior forced to fight a conventional war, Pfarrer was frustrated, disturbed, and haunted by his time in the 'Root but managed to make it out alive.

I won't ruin the details of any later aspects of the book, including the many hairy moments that Chuck gets himself into and especially not the engrossing details of his initiation into SEAL Team 6. You simply must read it for yourself. This is a well-told, utterly intriguing memoir and is well worth your time. A big thanks to Mr. Pfarrer and the rest of the Navy SEAL community for their courageous service to this nation.
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on May 6, 2012
authentic, intelligent, modest, articulate, highly talented, creates a crystal clear vision using words only, this book is highly informative and entertaining. a most enjoyable read. a fascinating genuine likeable author.
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
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on June 29, 2011
If you are going to read one book about the SEALs then I recommend, "Warrior Soul" by Chuck Pfarrer. The author was a U.S. Navy officer who served in the elite SEAL Team Six at a time when it was so secret the name itself was not used and it was isolated from the other SEAL teams. In this memoir, the author is brutally honest and truly looks into his soul, allowing us a glimpse as well.

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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