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SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama Bin Laden [Kindle Edition]

Chuck Pfarrer
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On May 2, 2011, at 1:03 a.m. in Pakistan, a satellite uplink was sent from the town of Abbottabad crackling into the situation room of the White House in Washington, D.C.: 'Geronimo, Echo, KIA'. These words, spoken by a Navy SEAL, put paid to Osama bin Laden's three-decade-long career of terror.

This is the story of Bin Laden's relentless hunters and how they took down the terrorist mastermind, told by Chuck Pfarrer, a former assault element commander of SEAL Team Six. After talking to members of the SEAL team involved in the raid, Pfarrer shares never-before-revealed details of the historic raid and the men who planned and conducted it in an exclusive boots-on-the-ground account of what happened during each minute of the mission - both inside the building and outside.

Pfarrer takes readers inside the operation as the SEALs flew over the wall of Bin Laden's shabby compound and then penetrated deeper and deeper into the terrorist's lair, telling us just what it looked, sounded, and smelled like in that sweltering Pakistani suburb. He takes us to the exact spot where the al-Qaeda leader was cowering when the bullet entered his head. SEAL Target Geronimo is an explosive story of unparalleled valour, clockwork military precision, and deadly accuracy carried out by one of the most elite fighting forces in the world - the U.S. Navy's SEAL Team Six.

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'It's an amazing story, written about a world no one knows better than Chuck Pfarrer himself' Doug Stanton, author of In Harm's Way and Horse Soldiers.

'A marvelously engrossing account of the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden' Kirkus Reviews.

'Richly told in broad, cinematic strokes, this is catnip for readers who enjoy special-ops tales' Kirkus Reviews.


'A marvelously engrossing account of the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden' Kirkus Reviews. 'Richly told in broad, cinematic strokes, this is catnip for readers who enjoy special-ops tales' Kirkus Reviews. 'Chuck Pfarrer writes with the brilliant eye of a novelist and the real-world authority of a soldier who has fought in the world's most mysterious corners. He's not only a poet and soldier, but also a deeply read historian. Pfarrer has written a true page-turner about the inside story of Operation Neptune's Spear. There is enough action here, enough human drama, enough fascinating history, to keep you reading until dawn - you simply have to know what happens next. SEAL Target Geronimo is first-rate storytelling. It's an amazing story, written about a world no one knows better than Chuck Pfarrer himself.' Doug Stanton, author of In Harm's Way and Horse Soldiers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1012 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (24 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BDDU4S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed by the mixed reviews 22 Jun. 2012
As the title of my review would suggest, I am extremely surprised at the relatively poor response to this book. As you will see by some of my other reviews, I am not shy in criticizing a book if I feel did not enjoy or rate it. I have no affiliation with the author or the US Military, and both my political and religious views are neutral.

This is one of the best books of its kind I have read, and I have read many. The primary reason for this is that Chuck Pfarrer is an excellent writer, and in this genre that is a rarity. I respect all former members of the military, especially those from Special Ops who tend to write these kind of books, but in fairness to many of them writing is not their main strength. Mr Pfarrer however is an excellent writer - intelligent, articulate and creative.

I read this book in two days then read it again straight away, I enjoyed it so much and was utterly absorbed by it. Not only does it give a unique and virtually first-hand account of the mission but it goes way beyond that. The book is roughly split into three parts, one is a very solid background on the US Navy SEALs (history, recruitment, training, Teams), the second is a comprehensive (and I agree, at times) perhaps lengthy biog of Al Quaeda and Bin Laden, then finally the build up, execution and aftermath of the mission. This is far more than I was expecting from the description of the book and, again, I found the read to be very rewarding.

So, let me quickly offer my view on the criticisms outlined by other readers:

- It has been said that the account of the mission has been exagerated, if not fabricated. Chuck Pfarrer is an ex member of SEAL Team 6, who had unparalleled access to the mission, and it's protagonists, in both the preparation and aftermath.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of a let down 3 Jan. 2012
By AdamG
I heard an interview with the author on the radio and that's what made me buy this book. I have to say I was a little bit disappointed after finishing it. First of all there were few spelling errors here and there - which you expect not to happen in books in general. But the main reason I think this book is just okay is that it focuses mainly on Osama Bin Laden's biography. Half of the book is Osama's stories. The other half is interesting enough to keep you going. Apart from that we are getting a very little peak into SEAL teams operations but there is not much of that and I felt at points that the information given were very vague. On the other hand you can't expect 100% true facts on SEALs and their operations. To summarize the book is OK and just OK. It's not exactly what it says on the cover. Taking Osama's biography out and at least 50% of the book's content is gone. But it's cheap enough and author is not just all "Hell Yeah America" in his approach. Having said that you will find there some very funny and dramatic quotes praising the USA.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative account of a much disputed event 23 Oct. 2013
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Forget Zero Dark Thirty this book is the account of how a global man-hunt was planned, conducted and executed by one the best Special Operations team in existence.Pfarrer being an ex-Seal, ex Seal Team 6 member offers superb insight, expert knowledge, no gung-ho narrative pandering to bloodthirsty arm chair "warriors", just excellent writing. Even if you're not a fan of this genre, have a read as it's a fascinating glimpse into the world of operations conducted under the radar. Well done Mr Pfarrer. Easy day!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and informative 9 May 2013
By Tomatoe
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My test of a good book is did I read it as quickly as possible without missing a single word. The book passed and I will go on and research if some of the WMD info is correct.
I'll reread the book and would recommend it to anyone.
I have a huge amount of respect for anyone prepared to defend the West. And it's a great shame people slate the author when actually he gives a non biased view of how Al Q were able to gain influence.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written account on several levels 9 Aug. 2012
As has already been pointed out, an uninformed and politically biased rant is not a "review" and why there is a cluster of 1-star type "reviews" here.

I have just read and immediately re-read this account. Based on people who were there, Chuck Farer actually knows the subject; is better than most military authors; and his three-part book (about SEALs, Bin Laden, and the final operation) is more cunning than may meet the eye. It contrasts the professionalism of the SEALs with such bungling by Bin Laden and Al Qaeda that it's hard not to laugh. Where it gets serious and uncomfortable, is how politicians and the free world's press have dealt with and obfuscated some of the key issues. It's good to hear a clean account on things like WMD. Let alone the turmoil in Al Qaeda and exactly why Bin Laden was found.

It's a book on several levels: expect to be surprised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative about bin laden and al qaeda 30 April 2013
By Patrick
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I must point out that this book really starts talking about the operation at the 60 percent point, before that it gives a thorough life story on OBL, however don't let that put you off as it's well written and very informative.
A good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting and easy to read 5 Jun. 2013
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a fascinating insight into the specialist units of the US navy etc.It deals with the period both before the rise of Bin Laden and his eventual demise.
i found it very interesting overall .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great choice.
Everything as expected, Excellent choice, great purchase.
Published 5 months ago by Tomasz M.
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish.
I'm currently writing a short expose, if that's the right word, of all the mistakes and false assertions that litter this book. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dortmund Jana Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
This book is great reading it explains a lot of the issues that have been in the political circle and why it is a good read
Published 24 months ago by g0rd0n50
5.0 out of 5 stars very good, easy to read
It is a really good book, captivating, written in the way that make you see the clear picture of what happened not only in Abbotabad but before that. Read more
Published on 4 Nov. 2012 by Anda
5.0 out of 5 stars confusing
Seemed a well informed version of events, especially about Osama. The seal 6 saga was well written without thrills (which is good) However towards the end of the book, Mark Owen's... Read more
Published on 1 Sept. 2012 by geoff ainslie
2.0 out of 5 stars Fake: This book is fiction
This book should be labeled fiction in my opinion and the opinion of others including Peter Bergen
(see this CNN article [... Read more
Published on 30 Aug. 2012 by C Nilson
3.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating account compromised
This highly readable, gripping portrait of Bin Laden, Seal Team 6 and operation thay set them on a collision course is compromised by the author's own misguided prejudices. Read more
Published on 13 Aug. 2012 by Mr. Warren M. Fisher
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