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Lone Survivor

The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
Luttrell, Marcus (eBook - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive. This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.--From publisher description.
Authors: Luttrell, Marcus
Title: Lone survivor
the eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10
[ebook]
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2007
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 1 online resource (390 p.) : map
Contents: To Afghanistan ... in a flying warehouse
Baby seals ... and big ole gators
A school for warriors
Welcome to hell, gentlemen
Like the remnants of a ravaged army
'Bye dudes, give 'em hell
An avalanche of gunfire
The final battle for Murphy's Ridge
Blown-up, shot, and presumed dead
An American fugitive cornered by the Taliban
Reports of my death greatly exaggerated
"Two-two-eight! It's two-two-eight!"
Epilogue : lone star
Summary: On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive. This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.--From publisher description.
Additional Contributors: Robinson, Patrick - 1939-
Overdrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780316007504
0316007501
9780316007528
0316007528
Statement of Responsibility: Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson
Subject Headings: Luttrell, Marcus United States. Navy. SEALs Officers Afghan War, 2001- Campaigns Afghan War, 2001- Personal narratives, American
Genre/Form: Ebooks
Topical Term: Afghan War, 2001-
Afghan War, 2001-
Additional Physical Form Entry: Print version: Luttrell, Marcus. Lone survivor. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2007 0316067598 (DLC) 2007921207 (OCoLC)151067825
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Jul 10, 2014
  • omahabahans rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have read a few books like this because 4 yrs ago my cousin was KIA in Afganistan. So far, this is the best book for describing what they go really go through in training to be SEALS & just how hard it is, physically & psychologically; which entails mainly the first half of the book. The second half of the book describes the Ops they were on when Marcus Luttrell's SEAL teamates were KIA. And what they went through and how Marcus Luttrell survived, which is a miracle in itself. You will be stunned by their heroics & never give in mantra ~ they literally fought to their last breaths. A must read for every American!

I agree with skisurf...sounds like sour grapes to me.

The basic story of what happened during Operation Redwing is quite compelling and very gripping. The men involved were truly brave and dedicated. The extreme bravado and the constant patriotic rants, specifically blaming the "liberal" media for just about everything, got rather old. However, on the whole, this was a very well done account of an actual combat situation in Afghanistan. And these young men are to be admired for their dedication and commitment to their cause.

Feb 25, 2014
  • DeanWH rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Another story about delusional, idealistic, American soldier that likes to say that he is part of some elite unit. If you have spent any time in a professional army and have been at the pointy end you will see the many flaws in this ‘elite’ soldier and his unit. - work-up training appears not to have been done properly – training for the appropriate terrain - mission planning appears to have been flawed, present geomatic software allows you to walk your patrol route and various RZs - battle prep seemed to be missing where the writer describes how he takes another 3 magazines for a total of 11 – no standardization/ take what you want - magazines contain 30 rds of –for argument’s sake lets say that each tm member had a 11 magazines, therefore they had a total of 1320 rds – for a threat level of 200 Taliban soldiers this is not enough. If each 200 Taliban had just one magazine of 30 rds they would have a total of 6000 – poor risk/threat analysis - the writer mentions how he packs three claymores but yet these claymores were not deployed when they were at their observation post or when they became after being compromised by the sheep herders at their new hasty RZ - there was a failure of taking an all around defensive posture when there were in Taliban territory to prevent being walked on - when they had ‘fast-roped’ in, the rope was dropped down with them – this should have be pre-briefed in the aviation annex orders with the aviation crew – it should be mentioned that the aviators came from the 160th Special Ops Aviation Regiment another ‘elite’ unit - when compromised by the sheep herders perhaps the mission should have been cancelled, comms established to inform of the compromise and actions to take - having the Texas flag on his helmet and gear – very poor operational security this tells your opposing force where you are from and your motivation – sterilizing yourself of any identifiers makes good patrol sense. - poor planning and preparation are some of the factors that resulted in the deaths of 16 persons (QRF) of Seals and flight crew Luttrel and crew truly under-estimated the resiliency and tenacity of the Taliban which is the same hubris demonstrated by President Bush and others which has dragged this war on for 13 years – had they just read a few history books of attempts made by the British or Russians. Luttrel likes to infer that Taliban are cowards for their insurgency tactics but that is how you fight when your opponent has all the technological advantages, i.e. NVGs, fast air and Spectre gunship. I am curious on Luttrel’s view of the use of Drones on the local population – pure hypocrisy by this ‘elite(?)’ soldier. It is interesting that US prides itself on the ‘guts’ and ‘guns’ and we will get it done; it is the same imperialistic overseas operation attitude that has 3 times the amount of people that were killed on 9/11 by gun violence annual in the US. You reap what you sow. On a personal note Luttrel seems a bit of whiner - Hercs are loud – Luttrel states that ‘elite’ soldiers don’t complain but then complains about the noise of the C130. Finally I feel Luttrel lacks maturity or has been brainwashed – typical spec operators are more mission-oriented and I feel that for him being a Seal was more out of something that he lacked in his character and not about quietly and effectively doing a tough job – this lack of identity is probably why he wrote the book(s), idolized Texas, etc. I am curious as to if maybe on the A’ghan mountain that he found out he was a coward with the trident. The suit (trident) doesn’t make the man. The good thing about this book is I borrowed it and didn't buy it.

What kind of weenie dislikes a book so much but yet finds the courage to read the entire book and comment on all the nuances? If you had any insight, you would notice the story is about the human spirit and connections, resiliency and faith...not an analysis of the tactical procedure. I suppose you have a lot of free time on your hand to comment as you wait for your unemployemnt check and government didvidends.......

Jan 23, 2014
  • Madreley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a really good book written from first hand knowledge of what happened. During the Seal Training you can almost put yourself into the pain the guys are going thru. Some parts of the book put me in tears. If you are looking for a good book that shows the dedication and commitment from the members of the armed forces get this book.

Mar 19, 2013
  • cobragunship rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another book I couldn't put down that shows the amazing dedication it takes to become a Navy Seal and their training never really ends. My second favorite book about a Navy Seal after "Fearless" by Eric Blehm which is available in the Burnaby Library System. As soon as I finished both of these amazing books I went out and bought copies to read over. Highly recommended!!

Jan 31, 2013
  • Treeves1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing read.

Jan 22, 2013
  • brandon16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very great brook, the seals are the best at what they do

Aug 10, 2012
  • ajbra rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Unbelievable read...The detailed descriptions made me feel like I was right there with them in the mountains of Afghanistan. Very descriptive. I cried during the first pages of the prologue and many other times throughout the book

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