“Lone Survivor is a first person account of a reconnaissance mission by four U. S. Navy Seals in 2005 Afghanistan. While looking for a close confidant of Osama bin Laden, Luttrell becomes the lone survivor of an ambush by a small army of Taliban soldiers. Blasted by an RPG into dense woodland, he is found and taken in by villagers who risk their lives to protect him. The first attempt at rescue by Americans results in the largest loss of life in Seal history.
The first half of the book describes how one becomes an elite U.S. Navy Seal, and the reader is almost disbelieving of the push-to-the-limit physical and emotional trials that must be passed and by how few succeed. Ultimately, however, this is a story of heroism, courage, patriotism, honor, and the ultimate sacrifices made by so few for the benefit of so many.”