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Lone Survivor

Luttrell, Marcus (Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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.--From publisher description.
Authors: Luttrell, Marcus
Title: Lone survivor
Publisher: Boston, Mass. ; London : Little, Brown, 2007
Characteristics: 390 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., ports., 1 map ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson
Contents: To Afghanistan ... in a flying warehouse
Baby seals ... and big ole gators
A school for warriors
Welcome to hell, gentlemen
Like the remnants of a ravaged army
'Bye dudes, give 'em hell
An avalanche of gunfire
The final battle for Murphy's Ridge
Blown-up, shot, and presumed dead
An American fugitive cornered by the Taliban
Reports of my death greatly exaggerated
"Two-two-eight! It's two-two-eight!"
Epilogue : Lone Star
Summary: 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.--From publisher description.
Additional Contributors: Robinson, Patrick 1939-
ISBN: 9780316067591
0316067598
9780316324106
0316324108
Branch Call Number: 958.1047 L974L 2007
Subject Headings: Luttrell, Marcus United States. Navy. SEALs Afghan War, 2001- Campaigns Afghan War, 2001- Personal narratives, American
Topical Term: Afghan War, 2001-
Afghan War, 2001-
Additional Physical Form Entry: Online version: Luttrell, Marcus. Lone survivor. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2007 (OCoLC)659413786
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Brace yourself before reading this story of a Navy SEAL hunt for an Al-Qaeda leader that did not end well. For readers who like real-life special forces adventures.


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When President John F. Kennedy created the Navy Sea Air Land commando units, or SEALs, it was to act as an aid to democratic insurgency movements the world over [also the reason he saved the Army Special Forces from extinction]. Unfortunately, with the Carter and Reagan administrations destabilizing the once-secular country of Afghanistan, ending with the situation which exists today, and Hollywood-like books and movies, such heroism is rendered misplaced and nonsensical by the powers-that-be and their ultimate agenda.

Aug 20, 2014
  • nappunkkomah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the navy SEALS and of course to all other veterans who have sacrificed to protect their country, as well as ours. I had a hard time fighting back my tears while I listened to the audiobook for this book. I agree with some of the reviewers that this author is not the greatest writer in the world, but his message is clearly told.

Jul 19, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Man... If it wasn't for SEALs, where would we be? Outstanding book. Very well done and the suspense never lets up. Remember though that the author is a SEAL not a writer. So it isn't the best writing in the world but this is still a gripping, fast paced novel that every-one should read!

Jul 10, 2014
  • omahabahans rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have read a few books like this because 4 yrs ago my cousin was KIA in Afganistan. So far, this is the best book for describing what they go really go through in training to be SEALS & just how hard it is, physically & psychologically; which entails mainly the first half of the book. The second half of the book describes the Ops they were on when Marcus Luttrell's SEAL teamates were KIA. And what they went through and how Marcus Luttrell survived, which is a miracle in itself. You will be stunned by their heroics & never give in mantra ~ they literally fought to their last breaths. A must read for every American!

Mar 28, 2014
  • Karenh_55 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Read this book in one sitting! The book Seal of Honor by author Gary Williams (2010) tells the story of the Navy Seals' Operation Redwing from the perspective of Lt. Michael Murphy (who was the only Seal not mentioned for the Medal of Honor)

The basic story of what happened during Operation Redwing is quite compelling and very gripping. The men involved were truly brave and dedicated. The extreme bravado and the constant patriotic rants, specifically blaming the "liberal" media for just about everything, got rather old. However, on the whole, this was a very well done account of an actual combat situation in Afghanistan. And these young men are to be admired for their dedication and commitment to their cause.

What kind of weenie dislikes a book so much but yet finds the courage to read the entire book and comment on all the nuances? If you had any insight, you would notice the story is about the human spirit and connections, resiliency and faith...not an analysis of the tactical procedure. I suppose you have a lot of free time on your hand to comment as you wait for your unemployemnt check and government didvidends.......

Jan 23, 2014
  • Madreley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a really good book written from first hand knowledge of what happened. During the Seal Training you can almost put yourself into the pain the guys are going thru. Some parts of the book put me in tears. If you are looking for a good book that shows the dedication and commitment from the members of the armed forces get this book.

Mar 19, 2013
  • cobragunship rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another book I couldn't put down that shows the amazing dedication it takes to become a Navy Seal and their training never really ends. My second favorite book about a Navy Seal after "Fearless" by Eric Blehm which is available in the Burnaby Library System. As soon as I finished both of these amazing books I went out and bought copies to read over. Highly recommended!!

Jan 22, 2013
  • brandon16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very great brook, the seals are the best at what they do

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Jul 19, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

red_crocodile_191 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Jul 26, 2011
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Jul 19, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: oh yeah.

Jul 19, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: People are shot blown up and stabbed. Many moderately graphic decriptions of deaths and gore. SEALs die in brutal ways and same with the Talibans. Lots of violence but nothing overly graphic or disturbing.

Jul 19, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: They are SEALs so there is about 50 uses of F**k. Many P**ck and D*ck and Sh*t and B**ch and much much much much more.

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Lone Survivor: A conversation from the Hero Summit

A conversation with director Peter Berg, retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, and actor Taylor Kitsch of Lone Survivor about the clashing definitions and manifestations of heroism and courage at the heart of this riveting, harrowing story.

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