Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account Of Operation Redwing And The Lost Heroes Of Seal Team 10

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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account Of Operation Redwing And The Lost Heroes Of Seal Team 10

by Marcus Luttrell
with Patrick Robinson

Little, Brown And Company | May 1, 2009 | Mass Market Paperbound

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account Of Operation Redwing And The Lost Heroes Of Seal Team 10 is rated 5 out of 5 by 6.
Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to be very close to Bin Laden with a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive.

This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors.

A born and raised Texan, Marcus Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training, where he and his fellow SEALs discovered what it took to join the most elite of the American special forces, to a fight in the desolate hills of Afghanistan for which they never could have been prepared. His account of his squadmates'' heroism and mutual support renders an experience that is both heartrending and life-affirming. In this rich chronicle of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers a powerful narrative of modern war.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 464 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 1.5 in

Published: May 1, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316044695

ISBN - 13: 9780316044691

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book Great read. Makes you appreciate even more all those brave men and women that sacrifice their lives for our country and the horror placed upon them. Words cannot express what Marcus Luttrell and the members of Operation Redwing and SEAL Team 10 went through. Truly frightening. 
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! One the best books I have read, in my top 5 without a doubt. An inspiring story that puts lumps in your throat.
Date published: 2012-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something that makes you appreciate what you have. I read this book for the first time last summer, since then I have read it twice more and read parts when I'm upset or not in a very good mood. This is such an inspirational book it shows what the most extreme soldiers go through, physically and mentally, and explains what they, and their families, give and are willing to give for their country. I bought this book after I took it from the library because it made me want to support Marcus Luttrell. I guarantee that anyone who reads this book will not be disappointed, it made me well up at some parts and does get hard to read, it will make you feel for these great soldiers who do for us what most of us couldn't even imagine doing. This really engraved in my soul my eternal gratefulness for those in the uniform, they do it for us even if we're not okay with what they're doing they will still lay their lives down for the ungrateful. Overall, a very great read for anyone of any age.
Date published: 2011-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read. A true story written by a Navy Seal who brilliantly gives insight into a world that we can’t comprehend, a world where soldiers sacrifice their lives for the benefit of their country. I have made it mandatory reading for my football teams. I strongly recommended it to my college law enforcement students. I have told my players and students that this book will make you stop complaining about your life. Lone Survivor will make a tremendous impact on any reader, giving perspective on how easy we have it in comparison to our armed forces. By Gino Arcaro Author of Soul of a Lifter (ginoararo.com)
Date published: 2011-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An heroic story In late June 2005 four US Navy SEALs dropped from a helicopter into the remote Hindu Kush mountains of northeastern Afghanistan on a mission code named Operation Redwing. Their objective was a deadly terrorist. All had some concern about the mission beforehand because of lack of suitable cover in the region, but in true military fashion all proceeded albeit with extra ammo packs. Less than 24 hours later 3 were dead, and the 4th badly wounded and fighting to survive. A rescue helicopter about to disembark rescuers was shot down, killing all aboard including eight more SEALs. For days the sole survivor stumbled and dragged himself through the mountains, all the while avoiding capture and certain death, until he was rescued and ultimately saved by local villagers at great risk to themselves and their families.This is the story of the heroic tale told by the survivor. It is riveting, astonishing, and much more. It provides an insight into the selection, training, and fighting ability of America's deadliest warriors. I won't say more to spoil the story, other than to mention one fact. Three goat herders stumbled on the SEAL team shortly after they landed. They were hostile but unarmed and rules of engagement required they be let go. The team moved but about an hour later were attacked by an enemy force approaching maybe 200. Clearly the goat herders had spread the alarm. The story is intertwined with the author's everlasting regret about having let the goat herders go, which resulted in the death of his teammates and the rescue party. Some may agree with the author's views, some may not, but everyone will agree the tale describes exactly the SEAL philosophy: "I will never quit ...If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates ... I am never out of the fight."
Date published: 2011-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This book is an eyewitness account of Operation Redwing in Afghanistan in June 2005. It resulted in the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. I remember hearing about it on the news and feeling very sad. It's an amazing story; first about the training they undergo, and then the operation itself, where four SEALs were outnumbered at least 35:1 in a firefight, yet still managed to take out half of the Taliban fighters. The three SEALs who died, fought on even after they were shot. Their heroism and bravery is awe-inspiring. It also makes you see how the rules of engagement, made far from the battlefield, can cause the officers to second-guess their decisions. In this case, they spared some goatherds who stumbled across them, and then these men betrayed them to the Taliban, and the fight ensued. It's also very sad and moving. This book has made grown men cry. Three men died in the firefight and sixteen others were killed when their rescue helo was shot down. As in all battles, you see the worst in men, and the best in men. Some of the Pashtun tribesmen risked the lives of everyone in their village in order to shelter and protect Marcus from the Taliban. I thought Marines were tough, but SEAL training is brutal. The fact that they endured Hell Week at Coronado, prepared them for this ultimate battle and Marcus' own Hell Week in the Hindu Kush mountains.
Date published: 2009-07-02

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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account Of Operation Redwing And The Lost Heroes Of Seal Team 10

by Marcus Luttrell
with Patrick Robinson

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 464 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 1.5 in

Published: May 1, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316044695

ISBN - 13: 9780316044691

About the Book

A #1 "New York Times" bestseller, this gripping work chronicles the true story of American heroism, written by a Navy SEAL who was the lone survivor of Operation Redwing, a secret military mission conducted in Afghanistan in 2005.

From the Publisher

Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to be very close to Bin Laden with a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive.

This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors.

A born and raised Texan, Marcus Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training, where he and his fellow SEALs discovered what it took to join the most elite of the American special forces, to a fight in the desolate hills of Afghanistan for which they never could have been prepared. His account of his squadmates'' heroism and mutual support renders an experience that is both heartrending and life-affirming. In this rich chronicle of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers a powerful narrative of modern war.

About the Author

Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell joined the United States Navy in March 1999, became a combat-trained Navy SEAL in January 2002, and has served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He lives in Texas.


Patrick Robinson is known for his best-selling US Navy-based novels and his autobiography of Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward, One Hundred Days, was an international bestseller. He lives in England and spends his summers in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he and Luttrell wrote LONE SURVIVOR.