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No Easy Day: The Only First-hand Account of the Navy Seal Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden

No Easy Day: The Only First-hand Account of the Navy Seal Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden [Kindle Edition]

Mark Owen , Kevin Maurer
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No Easy Day amounts to a cinematic account of the raid to kill Bin Laden: you feel as if you're sitting in the Black Hawk as it swoops in. (New York Times)

A blistering first-hand account (The Sun)

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No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer is the first-person account of Bin Laden's execution.

For the first time anywhere, a first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from inside the US Navy SEAL team who carried out the extraordinary mission to kill the terrorist mastermind.

No Easy Day puts readers inside the elite, handpicked twenty-four-man team known as SEAL Team Six as they train for the most important mission of their lives: the SEALs were going after bin Laden.

From the crash of the Black Hawk helicopter that threatened the mission with disaster to the radio call confirming their target was dead, the SEAL team raid on bin Laden's secret HQ is recounted in nail-biting second-by-second detail.

In No Easy Day, team leader Mark Owen takes readers behind enemy lines with one of the world's most astonishing fighting forces, in the only insider's account of their most spectacular mission.

Praise for No Easy Day:

'No Easy Day amounts to a cinematic account of the raid to kill Bin Laden: you feel as if you're sitting in the Black Hawk as it swoops in.' NY Times

'A blistering first-hand account' The Sun

Mark Owen is a former member of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six. In his many years as a Navy SEAL, he has participated in hundreds of missions around the globe, including the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean in 2009. Owen was a team leader on Operation Neptune Spear in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on 1 May 2011, which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Owen was one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist mastermind's hideout, where he witnessed bin Laden's death. Mark Owen's name and the names of the other SEALs mentioned in this book have been changed for their security.

Kevin Maurer has covered special-operations forces for nine years. He has been embedded with the Special Forces in Afghanistan six times, spent a month in 2006 with special-operations units in east Africa, and has embedded with US forces in Iraq and Haiti. He is the author of four books, including several about special operations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2465 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (4 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718177517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718177515
  • ASIN: B0094KF4WG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,600 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AN ACCOUNT TO BE READ 24 Jan 2014
The book, as well known, describes the operation that the NAVY SEAL Team Six, known also as DEVGRU, has conducted for eliminating Bin Laden. The account of the intervention alternates to the personal history of the author, his training to become a member of this famous, even if secret, special team.
The various training phases, aimed to gain the maximum perfection, are narrated in simple way, deprived of emphatic affirmations.
The description of the special equipment (some photos show a few of them), not known to the public, gives a look on some available high-tech armaments and material for high risk interventions of such kind.
There are described some real operational moments in the various theaters of war. Also these stories are honestly reported with the possible unforeseen event and incidents. The men are not super heroes, but only elements highly motivated and determined to accomplish the assigned mission.
The story is honest and free of those boasts and pseudo-statements of petty national policy present on many accounts (more or less reliable) written by former members of Elite Forces. The "Neptune Spear" is told with simplicity, without exaltation. Certainly a few "secret details" have been omitted for understandable reasons. This must be kept in mind when doubts arose on the real carrying out of the action. We can discuss (approve or disapprove) if such operations guarantees more security to all of us, but surely it is a clear message: there is always someone with the ability and resources to find men like Bin Laden and to call them to answer of their crimes.
In any case, the book is well worth a read.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
I have never reviewed a book on here, but I felt the need to provide one for this book (even though I didn't buy it here).

The book deals largely with the events that led up to the death of Bin Laden last year. The author does an excellent job of providing just enough information about his career and the brutal training and missions that these guys go on to ease the reader into the story. There was nothing in the story regarding details about operational procedures of the SEALs that could not be found publicly elsewhere. The story does tend to jump about a bit however through different events that seemingly have little in common except to help understand how these men think and operate.

Now down to the nitty gritty. Without ruining the events as he describes them (despite these revelations being plastered across many media outlets), they do indeed differ somewhat from the official account given by the American Government. How significant these differences are, I will leave for you to decide. The chapters that deal with this are extremely tense, thrilling stuff. I couldn't put the book down once these chapters started kicking in, and the book ends on this thrilling climax leaving the reader wanting more. Always a good way to end a book.

The profits from the book will go to veterans charities that support former Navy SEALs so it is definitely worth the buy. The author states that he does not want to profit from telling the story, simply that he wants the truth to finally reveal itself. This is quite believable, and for that reason alone should hopefully convince you that the events unfolded as he has described. He hasn't appeared to have gained anything from telling his story, and may in fact get himself slapped with a lawsuit from the Pentagon and some unwanted media coverage at this rate.
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I found the book quite informative and written in the style of how special operators I've known would have written it. The first part about the training was heartwarming to me as it brought back so many similar, familiar thoughts and emotions. I enjoyed reading a member of a younger generation's thoughts about wanting to serve with the best in perhaps the most difficult profession and then persevering through whatever it took mentally, physically and psychologically to succeed. The authors knew the readership would be from many sectors of many societies and cultures making the background information of what a man must endure to be chosen to be in a place like the door of Osama Bin Laden's bedroom in the dark of night.

I was humbled by the candidness of this SEAL who spoke of his fears and how he handled them. He spoke of his family and loved ones back home warmly. He was honest about his tiredness and how he had learned to set aside even thoughts of being comfortable so as not to take his full focus off the tasks before him. Reading this book may bring many surprises to a great deal of the public who rely on the two weakest links in obtaining news and seeing characterizations formed of people in special operations. Those weak links are the "the mass media" in broadcast or print; and "Movies/documentaries" from Hollywood. The SEAL reminded me that the bravado and chest thumping we often see when the news seeks out a "former (fill in the blank) military member", but does little to verify the credentials or relevence of experience of the guest. Occasionally, they will get the right person, but then the interviewer usually asks the wrong questions and keeps steering the interview toward the agenda of the station/network.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool
Worth a read
Published 13 days ago by Jeffrey Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
A brilliant read, engaging and thrilling from the start. Very well written with great attention to detail and a fantastic story from the perfect person to tell this story.
Published 21 days ago by M. Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Read
once you start you can't put it down. great first hand account that puts you amongst the navy seals. definitely worth buying.
Published 1 month ago by tynemaninyork
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read
This book is a cracking read. There is nothing 'gung ho' about this book. It takes you through the authors career in the SEALs, which is well paced and holds the reader. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic insight
This is a fantastic insight to the life and training of a seal from first hand experience, the book is concluded by an in depth account of the mission that killer Osama bin Laden. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr DR WALSH
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
It's not only about the Bin Laden operation, all about Navy SEAL training, strategies, other missions.
It tells a bunch of excellent stories. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Callado
4.0 out of 5 stars Unglamorisation makes this book real and authentic
Good account of SEAL missions and obviously of one that got OBL. Also covers of the SEAL training and earlier missions. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rocke Harder
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read
A fantastic read a good insight into the operation that gripped the world. blow by blow account in detail I couldn't put it down.
Published 2 months ago by Marvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
Tells the story very well without giving too much away I enjoyed it very much indeed like I said I could not put it down
Published 3 months ago by M. J. Gravestock
3.0 out of 5 stars Killer Story
A solid if unspectacular read that reflects and expands on the stunning events portrayed in the final scenes of Zero Dark Thirty.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. James Seale
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