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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 0 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

May 2012


Audio Book Summary

The inspiration for a major motion picture by Mark Wahlberg: A Navy SEAL's firsthand account of American heroism during a secret military operation in Afghanistan.

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. But it is also, more than anything, the story of his teammates, who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left-blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing. Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in by a Pashtun tribe, who risked everything to protect him from the encircling Taliban killers.

A six-foot-five-inch Texan, Leading Petty Officer Luttrell takes us, blow by blow, through the brutal training of America's warrior elite and the relentless rites of passage required by the Navy SEALs. He transports us to a monstrous battle fought in the desolate peaks of Afghanistan, where the beleaguered American team plummeted headlong a thousand feet down a mountain as they fought back through flying shale and rocks.

In this rich, moving chronicle of courage, honor, and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare -- and a tribute to his teammates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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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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  • 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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  • Frank J.

    great book

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  • Ken C.

    Great narration and an even greater story.

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  • Douglas M.

    I should have read the book rather than listen to it. The narrator’s reading is sooo corny. I do love Marcus; I’m a huge fan of his and We need him and his brothers in this world. His account is important for us humans to know, so that we never take for granted those that go to such effort, commitment, bravery, and hubris to counter evil and hate. I wish him the beat. I will do him the honor of reading the pages conventionally, and try to get the narrator’s acting out of my head.

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  • Keith B.

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

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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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