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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751555940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751555943
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was a top-secret US military mission. Now, the SEAL team leader finally tells the stunning true story. Now a major Hollywood film starring Mark Wahlberg and Eric Bana.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary Wilson on 28 Feb. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I ordered this book for my kindle. I had recently seen and enjoyed the movie and was curious for more info. Initially I was wary as I had seen some negative comments about the book being too right wing, too elitist, too religious blah blah! BUT ignore these moaners, they're the types that always pick fault, you know the ones, the faceless types that sit in their bedrooms on their laptops trying to pull others down.
Yes, it's a bit over the top, but with all due respect, Americans usually are. It's in their nature but hey ho!! maybe read books on French heroism..........exactly!! others took a negative view at the 'Navy seals are the best at everything they do!' comments, but you have to understand that they are conditioned to think so, and after him describing Hell Week I can understand his elitism. I served in the British Marines, we all thought we were the dogs nuts......well we are...see, its easy to be proud of the Unit you served with. No disrespect indented, but I would suspect the majority of the detractors hadn't served in a military unit or can appreciate "Esprit de corps".
He also makes reference to the fact that the Royal Navy fired cruise missiles alongside their American counterparts during the opening salvos of the Afghan war, doffs his cap to the SAS and even quotes Rudyard Kipling, which sets him apart from his peers who often forget about the contributions other countries and their troops have made on the War on Terror!
Ultimately, however il-judged their mission was, these 4 guys were brave beyond belief, my only criticism is why they didn't take the goatherds with them, get some distance and then set them loose, but hey, I wasn't there, so my thoughts are irrelevant. They were there and by All accounts, fought like tigers in a hopeless situation and I salute their bravery.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2009
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Very hard review this, as I am from the UK and my perspective may differ from those of you in the US.

This is the story of Marcus Luttrell, a US SEAL, his training and his insertion with three others into a Taliban infested area of Afghanistan to track an al-Qaeda leader. The mission goes wrong and his team members a killed in a fierce fire-fight and Luttrell only survives because he is given shelter by an Afghan Pashtun tribe who take their oath of hospitality very seriously indeed.

SEALs are elite soldiers and have an astonishing level of ability and patriotism. Generally to the right of the political spectrum, they appear to despise the `liberal lefties' who stop them from doing their job and they see themselves very much as a breed apart. Initially this was a little hard to take, but then when the author guides us through his training, you start to understand where he is coming from, and then astonishing level of brotherhood these guys have for each-other.

This book starts with the author's Texan background and how he was almost `groomed' to become a SEAL, we then go through his training and then the detail of the fateful mission.

Surprisingly emotional as well as action packed as Luttrell's team go down with astonishing bravery and the tragic attempted rescue mission. While the author is MIA, the growing vigil at his family's home, highlights the local and Special Forces community and the deep sense of pride and patriotism they share.

3.5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By waynefitz on 1 Feb. 2014
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Lone Survivor is a factual, behind-enemy-lines action thriller on a par with Bravo Two Zero (1993) and Pathfinder (2012).

In June 2005 a four-man US Navy SEAL team occupied an OP over-watching a Taliban stronghold on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. Their mission, Operation Redwing, was to capture or kill a notorious al-Qaeda leader, who commanded 150+ seasoned Taliban mountain fighters and was known to have been responsible for lethal attacks on US marines. Petty Officer First Class Marcus Luttrell joined the US Navy in March 1999 and became a Navy SEAL in January 2002, becoming second-in-command to his best friend, Naval Lieutenant Mike Murphy, with whom he established a bond only soldiers know – a never-leave-a-man-behind creed bled into them on the battlefield.

An explanation of this bond of brotherhood and a full insight into the US Navy’s BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training is included at the start of the book before we get into the main body of the tale, a battle for life against overwhelming odds. This comes about when the Operation Redwing team, consisting of ‘Axe’, Danny, Mikey and Markus, are rumbled by three shepherds and their herd of goats. Modern war operates under Rules of Engagement and the Law of Armed Conflict so the SEAL team cannot eliminate these shepherds, but setting them free will lead to mission failure and more likely a fight to the death against a well-trained force in their backyard.

What ensues is a last man standing in the most gruelling battle for life I have ever read, losing his team one by one, with severe injuries Marcus manages to evade the enemy by crawling for days out of the area. He is eventually found by a Pashtun tribe who risk their very existence to protect him from the ever pursuing Taliban.
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