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On a clear night in late June , four US 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, than anything, the story of his teammates, who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing 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 A six foot five inch Texan, Leading Petty Officer 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 He transports us to a monstrous battle fought in the desolate peaks of Afghanistan, where the beleaguered American team plummeted headlong a thousand feet down a mountain as they fought back through flying shale and rocks In this rich , moving chronicle of courage, honor, and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare and a tribute to his teammates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country


10 thoughts on “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

  1. Taylor Taylor says:

    I REALLY wanted to like Lone Survivor I mean, it s theoretically about a guy who survives an ambush by the Taliban when his teammates do not, goes on to receive shelter and protection from a brave Afghan village, and then writes about the bravery of his teammates who fought to their deaths.But the book is essentially Marcus Luttrell patting himself on the back Forthan 100 pages, he writes about training to become a Navy SEAL and how tough he is I m not saying that it is a small thing I REALLY wanted to like Lone Survivor I mean, it s theoretically about a guy who survives an ambush by the Taliban when his teammates do not, goes on to receive shelter and protection from a brave Afghan village, and then writes about the bravery of his teammates who fought to their deaths.But the book is essentially Marcus Luttrell patting himself on the back Forthan 100 pages, he writes about training to become a Navy SEAL and how tough he is I m not saying that it is a small thing to get through that I could never ever ever be that tough But these anecdotes are only about him, not the mettle shown by the rest of his SEAL class And anyway, the book is supposed to be about the bravery of his lost teammates About 100 pages are eventually dedicated to his interaction with the team And he does laud their bravery and determination in the face of horrific injuries However, it seemed like most of his recollections are of the teammates making bad decisions when Marcus knew better, or of Marcus doing heroic things And I m sure he did I m not making light of his service to his country, his willingness to risk his life for his country But again, he himself says the book is supposed to be about the bravery of his teammates.The rest of the book is about Marcus bravely evading capture barely mentioning his friends, until he comes to the end where he talks about how he very graciously tours the country comforting the families of his lost teammates Again, it s an admirable thing to do, but it seems like he s pointing out the fact that it was an admirable thing to do.And while he bravely evaded his trackers for one night, he is also taken in by an incredibly brave Afghan village, who protect him from the Taliban forces in the face of terrifying threats He acknowledges the risk this village has taken, butthan anything, he complains that they gave him a dirty water bottle and that the goat s milk tasted bad And that there was a rooster crowing outside his room.The book is interspersed with diatribes about the liberal media and the liberal lies they perpetrate He says the liberal media seeks to make Americans hate US troops This alone seems incredibly wrong to me It is my perception that criticism of the military by the media is nearly always directed at a incredible atrocities, like Haditha or Abu Ghraib or b poor military decisions by the higher ups Instead, Marcus also says something to the effect of, The Geneva Convention is a bunch of liberal bullshit made up by liberal politicians who have never experienced war it s also something the liberal media uses to incriminate US troops He says, If you don t want to see the loss of innocent life, don t go to war By association, he thinks the liberal media has no right to criticize, or even report, innocent loss of life in war due to US activities.I can see where he s coming from, to a degree The havoc that was wreaked on his teammates spawned primarily from a decision to extend mercy to a few unarmed goatherds who happened upon the SEAL s position The goatherds reported that position to the Taliban, who sent hundreds of men to attack the group of 4 Navy SEALs In hindsight, it s understandable that Marcus would regret that seemingly humane decision However, this does not mean that unarmed civilians should generally be killed The US is not supposed to be ruthless.Again, I really do not wish to criticize the service Marcus dedicated to his country In fact, his valor is real Despite his injuries, he turned around and asked to complete his deployment His family and his country should be proud of his service However, it just doesn t sit well with me that he is billing this book as a tribute to his brave teammates, when they really seem to be minor supporting characters to Marcus lead man, providing a sympathetic plotline to enhance the like ability of the main character I believe that his intentions were probably good, but his severe lack of humility prevents Lone Survivor from being the tribute his team deserves.Note other Goodreads users have notified me that Marcus is contributing the profits from the sale of this book to a trust benefitting troops and their families While this does not alleviate my concerns that the book does not do justice to his teammates, I think he is honoring their legacy and their service by refusing to profit from the book


  2. Travis Travis says:

    I really wanted to like this book Half a dozen of my immediate family members are currently serving or have served in the military, and I have nothing but respect for our brave men and women in uniform And Operation Redwing, the 2005 mission that led to the largest loss of life in SEAL history, is the famous incident at the heart of this book How could an account of that operation and SEAL team 10 turn out to be anything less than absolutely gripping Well, Marcus Luttrell and his co author m I really wanted to like this book Half a dozen of my immediate family members are currently serving or have served in the military, and I have nothing but respect for our brave men and women in uniform And Operation Redwing, the 2005 mission that led to the largest loss of life in SEAL history, is the famous incident at the heart of this book How could an account of that operation and SEAL team 10 turn out to be anything less than absolutely gripping Well, Marcus Luttrell and his co author managed to find a way Except for the last part of the book, the part that details the actual operation and its heartbreaking aftermath, Luttrell s Lone Survivor manages to turn what should have been a fascinating account of Navy SEAL training and operations into one of the most annoying, propagandistic and sleep inducing chronicles of push ups and special ops ever written The first 80 pages are an autobiographical rant, wherein Luttrell s sole apparent purpose is to convince us that a liberal press is to blame for all our nation s woes, that no soldiers ever to enter combat were are better than SEALs, and that no Navy SEAL is better than Luttrell himself The second 80 pages recount in mind numbing detail his every splash in the cold Pacific, his every roll in the sand, his every push up and lung bursting run across the beach, his every victory over other SEAL wannabes And no one does it better than Luttrell, of course, who manages a stab at self promotion even when he s ostensibly praising others Most war memoirs draw you into the life of the storyteller, but you plod your way through the first two thirds of this book thinking, enough already let s hear about the mission Perhaps some of the blame should go to Patrick Robinson, a mediocre war novelist who apparently did most of the actual writing But whomever is to blame, if you want to know what happened to SEAL team 10 and if you think you can actually trust this politically slanted account , then check the book out from your local library and skip straight to the last third Don t waste your money buying it Better yet, read Dick Winters Beyond Band of Brothers, a war memoir by an intelligent and self effacing war hero Or if an Iraq War special ops memoir is specifically what you re looking for, read SAS Andy McNab s Bravo Two Zero, which does everything Luttrell s book wanted to do but does it far, far better While I have no doubt Luttrell is a tough and well intentioned soldier, his writing skills and extremist opinions leave something to be desired


  3. Bob Mayer Bob Mayer says:

    First, when one is a Lone Survivor, there is only one tale to be told from one source Second, don t say that you told a mother her son died quickly and not in pain and then write in detail how agonizing and how long his death took.Third The first thing we did in planning for a Special Operations mission anywhere in the world was to discuss how we were going to handle being discovered by the locals Because anywhere you go in the world, you WILL get discovered by the locals Sad to say, these g First, when one is a Lone Survivor, there is only one tale to be told from one source Second, don t say that you told a mother her son died quickly and not in pain and then write in detail how agonizing and how long his death took.Third The first thing we did in planning for a Special Operations mission anywhere in the world was to discuss how we were going to handle being discovered by the locals Because anywhere you go in the world, you WILL get discovered by the locals Sad to say, these guys had no plan When they were discovered, they had to sit there and discuss what to do Should have been a standard part of mission preparation The shame is all those brave men who jumped on that rescue helicopter died because the original team failed to do basic, rudimentary planning for their mission The course of action they choose was, frankly, the worst of all possibilities And they paid for it Along with others.One has to wonder what SEALs are doing in a landlocked country anyway I have tremendous respect for SEALs Of all Special Operations Forces, they are by far the most physically fit I commanded a Special Forces A Team that had a maritime operations focus, and operating in the water is very hard I commend every man who has earned his badge.I know my opinion isn t popular about this, but it seems we have a fascination with making a hero out of someone who failed in his mission and whose comrades all died.I m assuming Luttrell is donating all the money he is making, such as the three million dollar movie option, to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation so at least something positive could come out of what was essentially, a clusterfuck that cost many brave men their lives


  4. Kristin Kristin says:

    This was our book club pick for this month All I can say is THANK YOU KARIANN This book should be required reading for every American It was life changing I loved it I have since scoured the Internet trying to learn as much as I can about Operation Redwing and it s heroes.This is not the kind of book I would normally pick up and read In fact, I had it on the counter and when Tyler came home and he thanked me for picking him out a great book from the library He couldn t believe we were re This was our book club pick for this month All I can say is THANK YOU KARIANN This book should be required reading for every American It was life changing I loved it I have since scoured the Internet trying to learn as much as I can about Operation Redwing and it s heroes.This is not the kind of book I would normally pick up and read In fact, I had it on the counter and when Tyler came home and he thanked me for picking him out a great book from the library He couldn t believe we were reading it for book club He even proudly been told the guys at work what book his wife was reading They were impressed too I thought this would be a guys book but it isn t It is a book for every Americanman or womanconservative or liberal This book took hold of me and still hasn t let go I was unable to put it down It was heart breaking, inspiring and unfailingly patriotic I am so glad that I read this book and got a glimpse of the kind of people who have answered our country s call and who fight for freedom God Bless the United States Armed Forces and the men and women who serve I rate this book EXCELLENT A must read for every American May the heroic acts of the men of Operation Redwing never be forgotten


  5. Abby Abby says:

    You would not think I would love this book so much, since basically it is 100% about guys in military training, shooting, dead guys, blood, outdoor survival, guns, etc I mean seriously, there is ZERO kissing in this book But surprisingly, I was amazingly addicted to this book Marcus Luttrel the author, who the story is about is AMAZING I actually decided I wanted to be a Navy SEAL after reading this book, plus I wanted to go hunt Taliban guys That is the way I judge a book as good If i You would not think I would love this book so much, since basically it is 100% about guys in military training, shooting, dead guys, blood, outdoor survival, guns, etc I mean seriously, there is ZERO kissing in this book But surprisingly, I was amazingly addicted to this book Marcus Luttrel the author, who the story is about is AMAZING I actually decided I wanted to be a Navy SEAL after reading this book, plus I wanted to go hunt Taliban guys That is the way I judge a book as good If it makes me want to be part of the action, it s good.You could tell he wasn t a professional writer as you read through the book, as the writing wasn t all smooth and flowy esque That made me almost like itIt was obvious that he was telling the story himself, and not that some flowery author had taken a heroic story and changed it to best fit the stereotype of a best selling novel Nope, it was written just like a military hero awesome guy would write it Rather than being a great book because of how well it was written, it is an amazing book because of the story it tells I hope someday to be as brave and cool in my whole body as Marcus Luttrell is in his little baby pinkie Oh my gosh Navy SEALS are so awesome and cool


  6. Brian Brian says:

    I have wanted to read this book since before I left for Afghanistan Partly because of that as well as my own personal reasons in the military and in the Navy Marcus Luttrell is a shipmate as were his brothers with him on Operation Redwing In late June 2005, I had just been stationed in Denver, CO for only a few months and I remember hearing about Petty Officer Luttrell and his SEAL team ambushed and calling for assistance during a dangerous capture kill mission All of the military and civili I have wanted to read this book since before I left for Afghanistan Partly because of that as well as my own personal reasons in the military and in the Navy Marcus Luttrell is a shipmate as were his brothers with him on Operation Redwing In late June 2005, I had just been stationed in Denver, CO for only a few months and I remember hearing about Petty Officer Luttrell and his SEAL team ambushed and calling for assistance during a dangerous capture kill mission All of the military and civilian supports waited non stop, 24 hours a day, waiting for some word of the safety Notably because one of Colorado s own, Petty Officer Danny Dietz, was on that team When we also learned that a team of Special Forces had gone to rescue them but were also all killed when their helicopter was blown up by an RPG we were sickened by the great loss of so many of our elite forces The Denver Post kept us updated and ran news stories about their PO Dietz and his team After it was all over and it was discovered that PO Luttrell was the only survivor the Post also ran a week long story detailing as much of the events as they could piece together It was an amazing story I followed How four SEALS were able to fend off and kill half a Taliban force estimated as over 100 strong, was the stuff of legend I could only imagine any of this when I was a kid and thinking that the SEALs were the baddest bad asses of them all I still think that way Two years later I attended a memorial service on July 4th, 2007 held in Littleton, CO for Danny Dietz I was in dress uniform ironically I was suppose to be in Afghanistan then, but hernia surgery kept me from going Anyone who has a chance to visit his memorial at Berry Park in Littleton, should do so The statue of him kneeling with his rifle close to what he probably looked like the day he died is a testiment of courage in the face of overwhelming adversity It is the statue of a hero and will move the strongest person to tears This book is that story But it is also the story of being a SEAL and everything that entails It almost reminds me of the movie Full Metal Jacket The first part, the author details his dream and training into becoming a SEAL When I say he details it, he really does Better than anything I have ever read or watched about the subject thus far His personal struggles and those of his teammates those who quit and those who succeeded Really amazing and worth rereading that portion alone But then you swing back into the real meat of the story and that is the mission in the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan pursuing the Taliban leaders and the Al Qaida The ferocity of the battle is straight out of Black Hawk Down my favorite book on modern warfare and during those chapters you will not be able to put the book down There is no fictional author anywhere I have read that has brought that kind of personal feeling of combat to their narratives Fictional writers can only imagine it and mostly they do not do it justice as Petty Officer Luttrell did But the book is also a survival story as the author is the only one to survive the battle and keep himself alive I do not want to go into detail of how this was possible because it is something each reader should personally and intimately involve themselves with One other thing that I was glad Petty Officer Luttrell did, was he attempted to tell the harrowing battle that his own family back in Texas was going through while waiting for news on his fate Even though we, the readers, know the outcome because he is writing the book, right it was still heart wrenching for his parents, his twin brother also a SEAL , and the hundreds of family, friends, SEAL teammates, and military members that arrived at their home to be there for a non stop vigil Everyday while I was in Afghanistan, I ate at the chow hall and saw the pictures of those that died that day in June, 2005 LT Michael P Murphy who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor , Petty Officer Danny Dietz and Petty Officer Matthew Axelson I would wait in line for my food and look at the wall to my right with their pictures Everyday I saw them and though I never knew them, their heroism in duty inspired every service member that walked past them I am glad this story could be written by the lone survivor of that battle I would also hope that everyone whether for or against the war can read this and understand what it is our military must face They fight battles for us and do those things only the smallest fraction of the population could or would do It is dirty and it is unspeakable sometimes But it is what HAS to be done to win If we ask them to go forward and do this job, then we should be able to give them every advantage to complete that job and not handcuff them in the media They should not have to fight a personal battle inside of their conscience for doing a job that could save their lives In other words their lives should not be at risk everytime they do a mission like this because they fear Geneva Convention rules or a court martial or being thrown in prison when they came home, just because they did what they needed to do in order to save the life of their team and perform their mission Bottom line if we continue to go to war, then the American public and the politicians need to give the military the means to win The terrorists will not play by those rules We shoudl not target civilians but we need to understand and accept they there will be civilian deaths If we cannot then we shouldn t ever go to war War is not clean It is not surgical It s bloody and terrible It s suppose to be Innocents will die But that is the cost if war is unavoidable We just need to know it will happen and hope we can end the war quicker Thethe U.S continues to fight these clean wars with all these rules, then the longer they will always take And the less likely we will come away victorious


  7. Kelly Kelly says:

    UNBELIEVABLE I always thought those movies where the heroes get shot five times and fall off a cliff, but just keep getting up shooting were so unrealisticapparently NOT The second half of this book was impossible to put down I was so caught up in the description of Operation Redwing It was truly amazing and I will never think about our military in the same way again, even though I ve always had a high opinion of the men and women fighting for our country There was some slower reading i UNBELIEVABLE I always thought those movies where the heroes get shot five times and fall off a cliff, but just keep getting up shooting were so unrealisticapparently NOT The second half of this book was impossible to put down I was so caught up in the description of Operation Redwing It was truly amazing and I will never think about our military in the same way again, even though I ve always had a high opinion of the men and women fighting for our country There was some slower reading in the first half, although it was still totally fascinating I think everyone should read this book I want my kids to read itthe faith and integrity of the men in this book is something our country needsof


  8. Kelly Kelly says:

    I already reviewed this on but here s my take on it, anyway Do not listen to 1 star reviews of this book by those taking on elitist attitudes towards the lack of flowery adjectives and fluff It slikely the writer s politics that bother them, so they assume the stance of literature snobs 1 It s written the way it is because it s the recounting of a tale, a war story Imagine sitting down with a beer, a crackling fireplace and a friend who has a very fascinating story to tell H I already reviewed this on but here s my take on it, anyway Do not listen to 1 star reviews of this book by those taking on elitist attitudes towards the lack of flowery adjectives and fluff It slikely the writer s politics that bother them, so they assume the stance of literature snobs 1 It s written the way it is because it s the recounting of a tale, a war story Imagine sitting down with a beer, a crackling fireplace and a friend who has a very fascinating story to tell He starts recounting his tale, backtracking as he needs to fill in the holes, and before you know it, hours and hours have gone by and you are spellbound Luttrell wrote things the way he would think and say them, sometimes it s even humorous, butoften than not, it is harrowing Luttrell did NOT write things the way a stoned poet would We do not think in similes and metaphors and neither does he Luttrell let his wit and personality shine through By the end of this book, you will feel as if you personally know him 2 He s too political and anti liberal.In the first part of the book, Luttrell rants a little against the liberal media At this point, some people closed the book and missed out on one hell of a great story When you read further and open your mind isn t that a favorite phrase of liberals , it becomes very clear how Luttrell formed his opinions and solidified them on the battlefield I can t understand how someone can read the book all the way through and then not see WHY he feels the way he does Did they not read the heart wrenching scenes where he watched his friends die Did they not read about the numerous hells he faced If any of us were in his situation and suffered the after effects, we would also be centered on that ONE decision that could have changed everything Luttrell is entitled to his opinions and he sthan earned the right to speak them Too often we hear the opinions of those who have never been the very places they have such heated opinions about Yet, when someone who has speaks honestlyhe should be silenced Honestly, who isqualified to give their opinion Marcus Luttrell Or some group of rich idiots with guitars that somehow think this gives them political omniscience 3 Too self aggrandizing, too much testosterone Okay guys, it s bad when this reviewer is a mother and seems to have no problem with testosterone in this book Would it be better if Luttrell had added some scenes where he and the Taliban throw down their weapons and perform a ballet number in an opium field I don t think some of these reviewers have personally known military or they are military so say a few reviewers and are just jealous because Luttrell s experiences are not typical Most military personnel are not put in the position to be called heroes by their brethren One thing most service members share is pride Why Because pride is what gives you a purpose for living when things get tough Pride of service and loyalty is not arrogance It s a survival tactic that forms the bonds of military brotherhood If some had no pride in their liberal views, some wouldn t be writing bad reviews on an otherwise great book Everyone possesses it and the man who says he doesn t is lying Do you think Marcus Luttrell wakes up every day, looks in the mirror, and tells himself how awesome he is I highly doubt it Anyone who knows someone who has had to endure a fraction of what these men have to endure can tell you that I ve watched the despair of someone close to me because his friend died in Iraq and he s still living Texas, the United States, his SEAL trainingLuttrell is proud of them Does that make him arrogant No His pride helps keep him sane after all that s happenedand that battle goes on long after the battlefield is left behind This book is not a dry, journalistic military recounting of events It s full of heart and vigor It s a military memoir whose heart lives on after the last page The writing is raw and the overwhelming popularity of this book is because the events that transpire are told so realistically you will feel like they are happening to you At times it s painful to read, at times you will laugh out loud, at times you will get angry, and you will cry no matter how tough you think you are, but when it s all said and done, you will feel like you just lived through these events alongside Luttrell One of the last great American novels for true patriots


  9. Alex Alex says:

    Books like this scare me Besides its blatant agenda, liberal media this, how the liberals hate the troop etc it s also terribly written As a veteran military officer, It frightens me that our young service member read this crap as opposed to novels which really bring to life the true horrors of war War is a necessary evil at times, but the decision to go to war should never be glamorized or taken lightly This mindless drab offers nothing in the way of an empirical study of war Early in 19 Books like this scare me Besides its blatant agenda, liberal media this, how the liberals hate the troop etc it s also terribly written As a veteran military officer, It frightens me that our young service member read this crap as opposed to novels which really bring to life the true horrors of war War is a necessary evil at times, but the decision to go to war should never be glamorized or taken lightly This mindless drab offers nothing in the way of an empirical study of war Early in 1963, right around the time U.S Army HELO pilots were first being used surreptitiously in combat, Admiral Harry Felt lambasted an Associated Press reporter when asked a tough question about the South Vietnamese 3 Americans were killed failure at the Battle of Ap Bac in 1963 he exclaimed to the reporter, Get on the team It s quite apparent we haven t learned everything we could from that dreadful experience


  10. Jerry Smith Jerry Smith says:

    I read some great reviews of this book and I, like others who have reviewed this book in a less than glowing light, should add that I have nothing but admiration and respect for every soldier who puts his life on the line for Country, comrades and frankly for me This story is inspirational and the survival of Luttrell is testament to his toughness.So this review is not personal, is not meant to decry anything that he or his fellow SEALs stand for or did in this theatre of operation or generally I read some great reviews of this book and I, like others who have reviewed this book in a less than glowing light, should add that I have nothing but admiration and respect for every soldier who puts his life on the line for Country, comrades and frankly for me This story is inspirational and the survival of Luttrell is testament to his toughness.So this review is not personal, is not meant to decry anything that he or his fellow SEALs stand for or did in this theatre of operation or generally.This is a dreadful book Poorly written, repetitive and the writing unimaginative It is not without interest and this story needs to be told but not like this It strikes me as a political tome Luttrell seems to want to blame some vague force he calls the liberal media for what, as far as I can tell, he thinks is wrong with pretty much anything It can be argued that, as a soldier, we should expect him to be arrogant, brash, full of confidence etc but since he puts his name to this book, we have to judge it as a literary work and it is very poor The narrative repeats itself constantly descriptions of his fellow SEALs are shallow and ingratiating and ultimately the battle scenes really do stretch credibility when I think that they would have been farcompelling toned down It seems hard to believe that 100s of Taliban were involved and that his fellow soldiers could be shot in the head, shot in the neck, shot through the stomach and still carry on fighting as before I should say that I don t know that for a fact maybe it s possible, but the problem is that Luttrell has been so opinionated and forthright in his obvious deep contempt and loathing for liberals that it diminishes his message.I gave up about 75% of the way through which is a shame, but I couldn t take anypolitical spouting from this man, who writes or his ghost writer does in a pedestrian, arrogant and un entertaining way.Sorry I wanted to like this book as much as I really liked and was moved by Krakauer s account of Pat Tillman Luttrell is a great soldier and an awful author and the latter in no way detracts from the former