No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy SEAL

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The companion volume to the multimillion-copy classic No Easy Day by former Navy SEAL Mark Owen reveals the evolution of a SEAL Team Six operator
 
Mark Owen’s instant #1 New York Times bestseller, No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden, focused on the high-profile targets and headline-grabbing chapters of the author’s thirteen years as a Navy SEAL. His follow-up, No Hero, offers a rare counterpoint: ...

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Overview

The companion volume to the multimillion-copy classic No Easy Day by former Navy SEAL Mark Owen reveals the evolution of a SEAL Team Six operator
 
Mark Owen’s instant #1 New York Times bestseller, No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden, focused on the high-profile targets and headline-grabbing chapters of the author’s thirteen years as a Navy SEAL. His follow-up, No Hero, offers a rare counterpoint: an account of Owen’s most personally meaningful missions, missions that never made headlines, including the moments in which he learned the most about himself and his teammates in both success and failure.
 
“I want No Hero to offer something most books on war don’t: the intimate side of it, the personal struggles and hardships and what I learned from them,” says Owen. “The stories in No Hero are a testament to my teammates and to all the other active and former SEALs who have dedicated their lives to freedom. In our community, we are constantly taught to mentor the younger generation and to pass the lessons and values we’ve learned on to others so that they can do the same for the guys coming up after them. This is what I hope I have done for readers of No Hero.”
 
Every bit as action-packed as No Easy Day, and featuring stories from the training ground to the battlefield, No Hero offers readers a never-before-seen close-up view of the experiences and values that make Mark Owen and the SEALs he served with capable of executing the missions we read about in the headlines.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/06/2014
This follow up to the pseudonymous Owen’s No Easy Day (2012) appears destined to follow in the first book’s big-selling footsteps, as it is well suited to the public’s almost insatiable appetite for action-filled true stories by former SEALs, Green Berets, and other special forces members. In his previous book, Owen offered a first-person account of the killing of Osama bin Laden. This new work—again told with writer Maurer—describes other SEAL missions in which Owen took part. Owen says this book is not “another navel-gazing battle memoir”; instead, it focuses on “the most important moments” that took place during unnamed missions, “and the lessons from each one that define me.” The book, he says, is a “way to honor my brothers in the SEAL community,” some of whom died in service to the country. After several chapters describing the arduous SEAL training, Owen and Maurer provide fast-paced accounts of a series of missions in Iraq and Afghanistan that took place during Owen’s 13-year career. Owen emphasizes the selflessness and service of his fellow SEALs, along with the lessons he learned, in a book that is sure to appeal the many fans of in-the-trenches special forces memoirs. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-09-16
Following up his best-seller No Easy Day (2012), about the killing of Osama bin Laden, former Navy SEAL Owen offers some life lessons drawn from his training and service. Owen has a fear of heights, and he's not all that comfortable a swimmer. Nevertheless, he spent 14 years as a Navy SEAL, where swimming in darkness through icy waters and cutting yourself loose from a malfunctioning parachute are only small parts of the job description. However, the author insists that there's nothing especially wondrous about conquering deficiencies, surviving mistakes and becoming "an asset to the team." Instead, SEAL success stems from a purposeful, hardworking, trained brotherhood committed to excellence. He builds each of his chapters around an especially challenging career episode: climbing a sheer rock face in the Nevada desert, traversing waist-deep snow in a bitterly cold Kabul valley pass on the way to a target, or entering an al-Qaida compound rigged to explode. Each adventure highlights a specific theme: e.g., how to control fear: "Stay in your three-foot world"; how to handle stress and the importance of not rushing, slowing things down; how "to be comfortable being uncomfortable." In other passages, Owen emphasizes the significance of building trust up and down the chain of command, of clear communications, of nurturing relationships to improve teamwork, of ensuring accountability, of improvising and evolving to meet the enemy's constantly shifting tactics and techniques. Near the end of his account, he hints at the personal toll combat inflicts. The image of a kitten lapping the pool of blood from an Iraqi fighter's shattered skull as a petrified, whimpering child looks on will certainly stay with readers, as it has with Owen. Still, he takes solace knowing he protected his mates, "obeyed the rules of engagement and never targeted innocents." Simple, well-told stories that will interest general readers and certainly anyone contemplating a career in special operations.
Library Journal
11/01/2014
This account is a follow-up to Owen's best-selling No Easy Day, in which the author wrote about his participation in the 2011 Abbottabad raid in northern Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden, among other operations. This volume adds some detail on the author's experiences as a Navy SEAL. As in his first book, Owen recounts some of his influences growing up in Alaska, but the anecdotes are scattered and not altogether informative. He describes the training he received as a new SEAL and to a large degree the mental toughness and determination he developed in training and during operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Perhaps the highlight is that the author successfully portrays combat vignettes, although repetitively, giving awareness to the sense of danger, stress, violence, and camaraderie that soldiers are familiar with. He later explains his decision to leave the navy after 14 years, well short of retirement. While Owen avoids most political issues, it is clear he has little respect for that part of the military equation. VERDICT Covering raids that had much less press attention than that described in his previous book, Owen's latest work may interest avid readers of military action yet is likely to generate less buzz. [See Prepub Alert, 6/2/14.]—Edwin Burgess, U.S. Army Combined Arms Research Lib., Fort Leavenworth, KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525954521
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/10/2014
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 727
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK OWEN is a former member of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six. In his many years as a Navy SEAL, he has participated in hundreds of missions around the globe, including the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean in 2009. Owen was a team leader on Operation Neptune Spear in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 1, 2011, which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Owen was one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist mastermind’s hideout, where he witnessed Bin Laden’s death. Mark Owen’s account of the raid, in No Easy Day, remains the only accurate eyewitness account on record.

KEVIN MAURER has covered special operations forces for nine years. He has been embedded with the Special Forces in Afghanistan six times, spent a month in 2006 with special operations units in East Africa, and has embedded with US forces in Iraq and Haiti. He is the author of four books, including several about special operations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    Recommend

    This is a solid read. These guys truly do amazing things. Cannot help but respect the sacrifice they make on a daily basis. Books like this are better than "self help" books because they don't "tell" people how to live better lives, they show men and women living extraordinary lives and the lessons are palpable. HIs last book, No Easy Day was a more riveting read, but this is a worthy second effort and should be read.

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  • Posted December 12, 2014

    So you wanna be a SEAL?

    A very good account of Owen's journey to being a Navy SEAL and some of the missions he went on. While I didn't find the book as interesting as "No Easy Day" - his account of the bin Laden raid, it was a good read. Definitely something for anyone considering trying out for the SEALS or any elite unit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2014

    Absolutely Excellent Quick Read

    A thrilling review of a life of duty that will leave you breathless and looking for the same sense of satisfaction in your own life.

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  • Posted December 5, 2014

    Outstanding Reading

    A very good book...well worth reading to get the truth!!!

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    Posted November 16, 2014

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    Posted November 12, 2014

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    Posted December 26, 2014

    Sorrry this book was purchased as a gift

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  • Posted December 12, 2014

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    Posted November 19, 2014

    Sing to any melody

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    Posted November 11, 2014

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    Posted November 11, 2014

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