Lone Survivor - Marcus Luttrell & Patrick Robinson

Lone Survivor

By Marcus Luttrell & Patrick Robinson

  • Release Date: 2007-06-12
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
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Description

A Navy SEAL's firsthand account of American heroism during a secret military operation in Afghanistan.
Inspiration for a major motion picture by Mark Wahlberg.
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-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.

Reviews

  • Lone Survivor

    5
    By high slots
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me feel that the military is saving someone’s life every day in some part of the world. Thank you Marcus Luttrell for writing this account of your time in the Navy! It opened my eyes to the incredibly difficult, scary, lonesome days you endured. Thank You.
  • Must read

    5
    By Gus2259
    A warriors story that details what the finest we have may he called upon to do. It’s easy to read of our successes in the war on terror. Seldom, however, do we know of its price. Marcus’s story will tell you that price. The sacrifice these people make on our behalf is incredible. The least we can do in return is to learn what they’ve given. For far too many, it’s everything and it’s not pretty how they go. Read this, then thank God for these men and make sure we always remember their sacrifice. It’s our duty and responsibility to remember. This book will help you do exactly that.
  • Proud to be an American

    5
    By mbart82
    If this book doesn’t make you proud to be an American nothing will. Thank you for your service Marcus!
  • Fiction, sold as fact, without the quality of a Lee Child novel

    1
    By Behiel
    I enjoyed the story but many parts did not ring true. A bit of digging has me convinced that the narrative is false in most ways that matter. The account of Gulab, the man who saved Luttrell, is far more credible (Newsweek published an article in June of 2016 summarizing interviews with witnesses, including Gulab). For readers of fiction, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels are far better. History buffs should definitely look elsewhere for facts.
  • Amazing book

    5
    By Extensionqueenlv
    This is the third book I've read about The Seals, all have been beyond enjoyable to read. I'm amazed at what these true patriots go through to serve and protect our country. I was more than overjoyed that Marcus wrote several times, in length, about the ROE and how hindering they are to those out in the battlefield. I think 'war rules' should be left up to the military and those out there doing the fighting. Not the politicians sitting in their cushy offices in DC. I read this book in less than one week, it's THAT good!
  • Best read ever

    5
    By mypeekay
    Thank you Marcus and God bless our brave Seals!!!
  • Had me laughing one moment and in tears the next

    5
    By NikkiChristmas
    A true hero and true Texan. This book sent me through a whirlwind of emotions I was a proud Texan reading Marcus Luttrell's perspective which was relatable to the point it had me laughing, in a panic and also crying but ultimately I couldn't put the book down. My heart really goes out to all the men and women who fight for our country by putting their lives on the line with courage and dignity. God bless America and God bless Texas!
  • Best book I've ever read

    5
    By DevinJR-hart
    Truly a great story.
  • Lone Survivor

    5
    By Xian Li
    This book kept me ever increasingly glued to the pages. A nonfictional roll out of wounded, stalked prey's survival against merciless odds. You will not be able to put it down. CPT James Huff USAR
  • What can be said?

    5
    By Lane7Family
    When heroes need heroes, they can find them in books such as these. America is great because of patriots such as these live... And sometimes sacrifice it all. Toughen up America... There is real evil out there. Thank GOD we have brave people such as these to stand in the gap.