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

Hardcover | June 12, 2007

byMarcus LuttrellAs told byPatrick Robinson

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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. 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.

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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 ...

Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell joined the United States Navy in March of 1999 and became a combat-trained Navy SEAL in January, 2002. After serving in Baghdad, he was deployed to Afghanistan in the Spring of 2005. Patrick Robinson is known for his best-selling US Navy-based novels and his autobiography of Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward, One...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1.25 inPublished:June 12, 2007Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316067598

ISBN - 13:9780316067591

Appropriate for ages: 13

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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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a RIDE! A rare breed of human being could endure what Marcus went through. A true testament to the Navy Seal training regiment. Had me in tears by the end.
Date published: 2008-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best book I've ever read!! Marcus writes an honest account of what it means to put it all on the line to defend your country. It made me realize just how brutal a Navy Seals training is. I couldn't put this book down ... it was both thrilling and contained some humorous parts. Loved it. Great job Marcus. Will there be a movie!
Date published: 2007-11-07