SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama Bin Laden

SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama Bin Laden

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By (author) Chuck Pfarrer

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 24mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 10 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1780874642
  • ISBN 13: 9781780874647
  • Sales rank: 170,331

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On May 2, 2011, at 1:03 a.m. in Pakistan, a satellite uplink was sent from the town of Abbottabad crackling into the situation room of the White House in Washington, D.C.: 'Geronimo, Echo, KIA'. These words, spoken by a Navy SEAL, put paid to Osama bin Laden's three-decade-long career of terror. This is the story of Bin Laden's relentless hunters and how they took down the terrorist mastermind, told by Chuck Pfarrer, a former assault element commander of SEAL Team Six. After talking to members of the SEAL team involved in the raid, Pfarrer shares never-before-revealed details of the historic raid and the men who planned and conducted it in an exclusive boots-on-the-ground account of what happened during each minute of the mission - both inside the building and outside. Pfarrer takes readers inside the operation as the SEALs flew over the wall of Bin Laden's shabby compound and then penetrated deeper and deeper into the terrorist's lair, telling us just what it looked, sounded, and smelled like in that sweltering Pakistani suburb. He takes us to the exact spot where the al-Qaeda leader was cowering when the bullet entered his head. SEAL Target Geronimo is an explosive story of unparalleled valour, clockwork military precision, and deadly accuracy carried out by one of the most elite fighting forces in the world - the U.S. Navy's SEAL Team Six.

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Author information

Chuck Pfarrer is a former Assault element Commander of SEAL Team Six, and author of the bestseller Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy Seal.

Customer reviews

By Ben 14 Mar 2014 3

Pfarrer is a good story teller and he does well at putting you in the moment. He also appears to be well researched both in the relevant history he discusses and with regard to the accounts of the missions he covers.

The title and blurb for the book is relatively misleading. Three quarters of the book covers the history of the Navy SEALs (everything from the green berets through to the takedown of the Somali pirates involved in the Maersk Alabama hijacking) and the history of Osama Bin Laden and how they eventually intertwined. While it was interesting enough I wasn't expecting it based on how the book is promoted. It's also valuable to be aware that there is speculation about some of the information Pfarrer includes in his accounts. Reading some of the online commentary regarding this but also reading the last chapter of the book first (how he compiled the book) will help fill out that picture and the questions that may arise while you read.

I'm currently reading A Captain's Duty to see how the first hand account of the Maersk Alabama hijacking compares with Pfarrers coverage. I will update the review once I've completed it.

Overall I enjoyed the book enough but only recommend it based on the above disclaimers.

Review quote

'It's an amazing story, written about a world no one knows better than Chuck Pfarrer himself' Doug Stanton, author of In Harm's Way and Horse Soldiers. 'A marvelously engrossing account of the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden' Kirkus Reviews. 'Richly told in broad, cinematic strokes, this is catnip for readers who enjoy special-ops tales' Kirkus Reviews.

Table of contents

Neptune's Spear: The Bigger Picture. Abbottabad: May 1, 2011 - Late That Night. THE SEAL ROAD TO ABBOTTABAD: Men with Green Faces. An Invisible Empire: The Birth of the Joint Special Operations Command. Team Jedi. Going Solo. Maersk Alabama. BIN LADEN'S ROAD TO ABBOTTABAD: The Day the World Changed - September 11, 2001. Rich Kid. Learning to Hate. The Making of a Jihadi. Hero of the Lion's Den. The Emir. Weapons of Mass Denial. NEPTUNE'S SPEAR: Continue to Plan, Plan to Continue. The Man Without a Country. Neptune's Spear. Thirty-eight Minutes. What Came After. How This Book Was Written. Acknowledgments. Glossary.