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Seal Team Six: The incredible story of an elite sniper - and the special operations unit that killed Osama Bin Laden

Seal Team Six: The incredible story of an elite sniper - and the special operations unit that killed Osama Bin Laden [Kindle Edition]

Howard E. Wasdin
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As action packed as a Ton Clancy thriller (New York Times)

A compelling portrayal of a remarkable breed of men capable of things that few of us can imagine - and most would prefer not to (Daily Telegraph)

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A fascinating insight into one of the most elite special operations units in the world.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes a Certain Kind 28 July 2012
This book gives us a sense of the dedication, the work ethic and the extraordinary skills required to become a Seal Team member, it also highlights the constant struggle to remain an intricate part of an Elite group.

It starts with Mr. Wasdin story on how he grew up to become the top sniper in the military's most elite and respected group. His father was a disciplinarian who was especially hard on him and demanded perfection. This tough sometime cruel upbringing laid the ground work for the extreme tests the rest of his life had in store for him.

In his military training he describes the grueling selection process, Hell Week, boot camp and later on Sniper School where he was thought that the more you train, the less chance you will bleed in war. All through the pages he often describes his childhood memories and the lessons he has learned. In retrospect he has become a well discipline perfectionist who embraces his vocation extremely seriously.

As a Team Six member he took part in Operation Desert Strom and on another mission the team took on a rebellious and out of control village, their objective was to capture or kill Somalia warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. It is during this mission we learn how important intense training can affect results. When taken by surprise they still preformed a heroic rescue of downed pilots even though some including Mr. Wasdin received life threatening wounds. He was later awarded the Silver Star for his actions.

Skilled surgeons saved his leg and with extensive rehabilitation he returned to active duty but it soon became clear to him his performance was compromised so he eventually took medical retirement and went back to school to become a Chiropractic Doctor.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading on a deeply interesting topic 20 July 2011
Prior to purchasing this book, I was skeptical of picking it up. Ever since post-Iraq and Afghanistan invasion, there's been a flood of military related literature into the market. There's been some good accounts, and some pretty bad efforts. When I saw this I thought of the latter category. However after taking a chance and after racing through it, I'm pleasantly surprised and Seal Team Six has entered the realm of some of my favourite reads.

The book is well written. There is little error in grammar and punctuation, and many of the historical facts seem nailed down -- although with the caveat, I haven't done research into them. The type face is well set out and the use of contents make re-reading accessible. Wasdin and Templin's style of writing is engrossing. You want to continue to read and read. The language is broken down well, and newcomers will be welcome to the book. There's even a glossary at the front of the book to assist you in some of the book's more difficult to understand phrases.

As well as first hand information that Wasdin provides, there is also a bibliography to be mentioned. Although it is short, it displays that Wasdin took care to reinforce his points and facts, and secondly that he is encouraging you to read more about the elite fighting force. This is a positive for me.

Wasdin's work ranges from when he was an abused child, up to enlisting in the Navy and then onto the SEALs. From the damaging, dangerous and violent battle of Mogadishu we get to the end where he discusses life outside of the SEALs. It's a truly remarkable story. The punishment he suffered as a child, up to the searing reports on the streets of war-torn Somalia hits you with different emotions and combine to make excellent reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable but a bit flat in spots 27 Jan 2013
By moses
This is as book about life as a sniper. It is not written by a top selling author. It is written by an army sniper. Now retired!

I give it 4 stars because although not professionally written (many of the criticisms are valid) but it was a book that I enjoyed and will pass on to others. It does lack flow, does not build suspense, and does not have the twists and turns we have comes to expect of we'll written novels, and does not have any insight into Bin Laden's capture, but it is enjoyable
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 20 July 2014
Not a bad read, fairly interesting and entertaining. Not particular in-depth analyses of situations and very superficial - if that - approaches to the politics and ethics surounding the ops described. Nevertheless, readable. It includes a rather detailed description of the author's training as a sniper by the Marines which to me was a first.
This book provides a light read, similar to the "One Perfect Op" by Dennis Chalker.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent 4 Feb 2014
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Factual,no nonsense account, like the author one imagines.
An inspirational book in many ways.
For a man who has lived at the extremes to find fulfilment in civilian life is also a relief to the reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG 16 Oct 2013
By 2paczek
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Probably one of the best books ever written ..awesome absolutely awesome very very detailed and depicting true stories . BUY IT
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read 28 Sep 2013
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Nice story which has a lot of twist and turns.
Action packed with suspense during his SEAL team 6 days
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 21 Sep 2013
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An honest, sometimes humorous account of his time as a SEAL. A good book, worth reading, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Brave men doing a sometimes thankless job, but the camaraderie holds them together. Thank you for the insight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad story, overall
The best parts of this book for me are his description of his harsh upbringing, the Battle for Mogadishu, and ... once he retired from the service. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Philip
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Book might appeal to insiders. Very technical.
Published 1 month ago by Frank Strathmann
2.0 out of 5 stars Not dynamic
Not dynamic
I was pleased to have a signed copy and could wait to get stuck in. However ¾ of the way through, as much as I tried, it didn't keep my interest and I shelved it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by War-book-worm
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Not what I was expecting as I had already read "No easy day" the book about the OBL take down but still a good book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by David Hull
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable book
i liked this book, it maybe not great for someone who is an expert in this field, but for someone like myself who is fairly new to this sort of thing then worth a look. Read more
Published 12 months ago by c dilley
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Published 13 months ago by Mr Stephen Robert McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest literature, but fascinating
An insight into a world that, for most of us, can only be imagined. The author describes how an elite elite are selected and trained, in an often brutal manner.
Published 14 months ago by Roderick Owens
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
I read the Sampler and then downloaded the full book. However, when I started to get further in it became a book about what "Gucci" kit the guy had bought and where he'd... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dave R
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