- Publisher: Little Brown and Company
- Format: Paperback | 464 pages
- Dimensions: 107mm x 170mm x 41mm | 113g
- Publication date: 1 May 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0316044695
- ISBN 13: 9780316044691
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
- Sales rank: 9,366
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 later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL fire 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 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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Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell joined the United States Navy in March 1999, became a combat-trained Navy SEAL in January 2002, and has served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He lives in Texas. Patrick Robinson is known for his best-selling US Navy-based novels and his autobiography of Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward, One Hundred Days, was an international bestseller. He lives in England and spends his summers in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he and Luttrell wrote LONE SURVIVOR.
By Jason W Buda 30 Dec 2013
The book covers the prior training and the operation Redwing to kill a key Taliban leader in Afganistan. I must admit that I normally read slow, but this was a fast read for me. As I sat on my lazyboy and read the diabolical level of training that Marcus had to endure, I broke into sweat just reading about all the hell that they had to overcome in their various training to become a seal. Marcus also does not leave any detail out on the Operation that nearly took his life. If you are not sure that this book is worth your time please reconsider that you will find this amazing story one that will fill your heart with lots emotion as the story unfolds. I often take for granted the freedom I have and after reading this I have an exponentially higher respect for the US Special forces and the ordeals they have to overcome. God Bless the members of Operation Redwing!
By Roger Morris 13 Apr 2011
So, another book about the war in A/stan. I'm an ex-pat Brit living in Australia with family in the UK & US military. Does this give me any right to comment.... DO I care?
A good book about a guy who is an unbashed patriot. Marcus Luttrell knew he wanted a life in the military. He trained before he joined, he trained damnd hard as you will read and then he signed on for the USN.
First part of this autobiog is just that the second part is what you pay your money to read. No, am not over dramatising this.
Marcus is a religious man makes no secret of this and nor should he.
He gives valuable insight into Terry Taliban and the incredible tribal bonds of the other folks in A/stan
The Talib dislike everything about the West, hate is a word Marcus uses a heck of a lot. They are fighting in their own backyard....(in fact of late 2011 you would say others are doing their bidding because the impact of the military fighting against them)
This is one mans survival to get home, to pay his respects to his mates and their families.
I don't give much away, because you should read this book, if you like it write a review of your own :). If you pan it then stand up and say so.
Thank you Marcus Luttrell