I just finished another new book, as a mater of fact its the one that caused me to be late for Mondays Writers of the Web post. It’s always enjoyable to find another new author, and especially when your not expecting it. I have a love for military stories, and a ferocious appetite for anything about the current conflicts.
Lone Survivor, the eyewitness account of operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL team 10. The author is the lone survivor of this ill fated mission in Afghanistan, Marcus Luttrell, . This particular mission happens to be the worst combat loss in the history of the SEAL’s. They lost 3 men on the ground and a full team, helicopter and crew during a rescue attempt. It is every bit as good as Black Hawk Down, just as intense, and surprisingly emotional.
Luttrell starts his story at the end, while he is flying around and visiting the family members of the team he fought with and lost. It is a heart breaking, eye opening story of what they thought, felt and went through on those remote high mountain reaches in Afghanistan. Get to know the men he fought beside, and learn about their heroic acts that saved him.
You will find yourself caught up in the drama and tragedy of the story. Luttrell recounts everything, right from his first desire to become a U.S. Navy SEAL, all the way up through the the desperate, violent firefight between 4 SEALS and a force of between 140 and 200 Taliban fighters. Experience the boredom leading up to the action, and the fierce fast paced action that cost them three very brave men. Luttrell then takes you with him as he escapes and evades the Taliban fighters, with the help of local Pashtun Tribal leaders.
If you read with an open mind, you may even find yourself questioning the rules of engagement our fight men and women are required to follow. Rules written and forged by politicians sitting behind desks of air conditions comfortable offices thousands of miles from the action. This book has been one of the best recent combat recounting's I have read in some time. You’ll find yourself understanding what these men go through, and the intense training required to prepare them for situations such as these. You will also find yourself amazed at the heroic nature and the selflessness required to do what they do.