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.... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
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. 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.
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 and transports us to a monstrous battle fought in the desolate peaks of Afghanistan.
“To state that a man is a Navy SEAL communicates about a ten thousandth of what it really means”
He closed by telling us the real battle is won in the mind. It’s won by guys who understand their areas of weakness, who sit and think about it, plotting and planning to improve. Attending to the detail. Work on their weaknesses and overcome them. Because they can.Highlighted by 342 Kindle customers
“Marcus, the body can take damn near anything. It’s the mind that needs training. The question that guy was being asked involved mental strength. Can you handle such injustice? Can you cope with that kind of unfairness, that much of a setback? And still come back with your jaw set, still determined, swearing to God you will never quit? That’s what we’re looking for.”Highlighted by 303 Kindle customers
“I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.”Highlighted by 299 Kindle customers
“Don’t let your thoughts run away with you, don’t start planning to bail out because you’re worried about the future and how much you can take. Don’t look ahead to the pain. Just get through the day, and there’s a wonderful career ahead of you.”Highlighted by 286 Kindle customers
“In times of uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call; a common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country and the American people, and to protect their way of life. I am that man.”Highlighted by 246 Kindle customers
“Let him who desires peace prepare for war” (that’s translated from the Latin Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum — Flavius Vegetius Renatus, fourth century).Highlighted by 206 Kindle customers
Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire, the story of the immortal stand of the Spartans at Thermopylae.Highlighted by 200 Kindle customers
We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required, yet guided by the very principles I serve to defend.Highlighted by 182 Kindle customers
“I’d rather shoot for a star and hit a stump than shoot for a stump and miss.”Highlighted by 152 Kindle customers
Remember the philosophy of the U.S. Navy SEALs: “I will never quit...My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates...I am never out of the fight.”Highlighted by 149 Kindle customers
1. To Afghanistan...in a Flying Warehouse
2. Baby Seals...and Big Ole Gators
3. A School for Warriors
4. Welcome to Hell, Gentlemen
5. Like the Remnants of a Ravaged Army
6. 'Bye, Dudes, Give 'Em Hell
7. An Avalanche of Gunfire
8. The Final Battle for Murphy's Ridge
9. Blown-up, Shot, and Presumed Dead
10. An American Fugitive Cornered by the Taliban
11. Reports of My Death Greatly Exaggerated
12. "Two-two-eight! It's Two-two-eight!"
Epilogue: Lone Star
Afterword by Patrick Robinson
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