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

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Kevin T. Collins

14 Hours 19 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

May 2012

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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 have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors. A born and raised Texan, Marcus Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training, where he and his fellow SEALs discovered what it took to join the most elite of the American special forces, to a fight in the desolate hills of Afghanistan for which they never could have been prepared. His account of his squadmates' heroism and mutual support renders an experience for which two of his squadmates were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism that is both heartrending and life-affirming. In this rich chronicle of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers a powerful narrative of modern war.

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  • Keith B.

    The movie has nothing on this book!!! Amazing!!!

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  • Travis W.

    While listening to this at work, there were points where I had to pause and choke back the tears that were starting to form. I’d like to say thank you to every person who has made such sacrifices in their life to give us the freedoms we seem to take for granted all to often.

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  • jason s

    Well written by a true American hero. Much respect for Marcus, as a well as every other man and woman that serves. THANK YOU! It's a powerful story that's often hard to hear in more ways than one. I've often felt that ROE's cost more lives than they save. It's a double edge sword, but I'd rather it cost some unfortunate "collateral" damage than cause any soldier to fear prison and die because of such fear. If the damn politicians want to start wars, maybe they should go fight them. If they're not willing to do that then they really need to shut the hell up and let our men and women do what they need to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Kept me on the edge of my seat. Very well written and narrated. The fact that a person can survive to \"tell the tale\" is remarkable in itself. Much respect to our military who put their lives on the line to protect ours.

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  • Rosie Y Reilly

    Wow!! They are incredible men so proud of them. I had my moments it was very hard for me to continue to read but I did and I cried. Thank you gentlemen. I enjoyed the narrator very much.

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  • Daniel Steinhaus

    An inspiring book highlighting the harsh reality of war as well as the consequences of the American media caring more about headlines than about hard choices soldiers must make.

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  • travis belflower

    Great book from a great man. The narrator wasn't my favorite but the story is truly patriotic and hard lived. this book has touched my soul and I will never forget any part of this book.

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  • Jeremy Burgett

    Wow... Incredible account of many brave men and women that protect and serve our country. Many significant details of Marcus 's journey made this impossible to put down. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Sorry, but I couldn't even finish it. The story was good, but the underlying glorification of war and those who make a career of it was too much. Very preachy.

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  • Cameron Arthur

    Very amazing book.Very inspirational and I would recommend for older ages. My middle schooler loved it. Narrator did amazing and made me felt like I was in the book. Totally recommend!!!!

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