Lone Survivor

The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

Luttrell, Marcus

(eBook - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lone Survivor
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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316007504
Characteristics: 1 online resource (390 p.) : map
Additional Contributors: Robinson, Patrick 1939-
Overdrive, Inc


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Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to be very close to Bin Laden with a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days lat... Read More »

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Dec 11, 2014
  • BrendanRogers rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is exceptional. I read it in one sitting. Navy SEAL Sniper mission is almost completely wiped out by Taliban forces. One critically wounded SEAL is protected by a local tribe. (at great risk to the tribe.) Worth reading.

Nov 07, 2014
  • Adrian_29 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent book, good demonstration of the interaction of different religions, and how things aren't always as they appear on the surface.

When President John F. Kennedy created the Navy Sea Air Land commando units, or SEALs, it was to act as an aid to democratic insurgency movements the world over [also the reason he saved the Army Special Forces from extinction]. Unfortunately, with the Carter and Reagan administrations destabilizing the once-secular country of Afghanistan, ending with the situation which exists today, and Hollywood-like books and movies, such heroism is rendered misplaced and nonsensical by the powers-that-be and their ultimate agenda.

Aug 20, 2014
  • nappunkkomah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the navy SEALS and of course to all other veterans who have sacrificed to protect their country, as well as ours. I had a hard time fighting back my tears while I listened to the audiobook for this book. I agree with some of the reviewers that this author is not the greatest writer in the world, but his message is clearly told.

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.

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