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The New York Times best selling book that takes you inside SEAL Team Six – the covert squad that killed Osama Bin Laden

SEAL Team Six is a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes readers deep inside the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL ...

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The New York Times best selling book that takes you inside SEAL Team Six – the covert squad that killed Osama Bin Laden

SEAL Team Six is a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes readers deep inside the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S)—the toughest and longest military training in the world.

After graduating, Wasdin faced new challenges. First there was combat in Operation Desert Storm as a member of SEAL Team Two. Then the Green Course: the selection process to join the legendary SEAL Team Six, with a curriculum that included practiced land warfare to unarmed combat. More than learning how to pick a lock, they learned how to blow the door off its hinges. Finally as a member of SEAL Team Six he graduated from the most storied and challenging sniper program in the country: The Marine’s Scout Sniper School. Eventually, of the 18 snipers in SEAL Team Six, Wasdin became the best—which meant one of the best snipers on the planet.

Less than half a year after sniper school, he was fighting for his life. The mission: capture or kill Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. From rooftops, helicopters and alleys, Wasdin hunted Aidid and killed his men whenever possible. But everything went quickly to hell when his small band of soldiers found themselves fighting for their lives, cut off from help, and desperately trying to rescue downed comrades during a routine mission. The Battle of Mogadishu, as it become known, left 18 American soldiers dead and 73 wounded. Howard Wasdin had both of his legs nearly blown off while engaging the enemy. His dramatic combat tales combined with inside details of becoming one of the world’s deadliest snipers make this one of the most explosive military memoirs in years.


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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for SEAL Team Six:

“Mr. Wasdin’s narrative is visceral and as active as a Tom Clancy novel…[it] will also leave readers with a new appreciation of the training that enabled Seal Team Six to pull off the bin Laden raid with such precision…adrenaline-laced.” —The New York Times

"SEAL Team Six pulses with the grit of a Jerry Bruckheimer production...On his journey to becoming a member of the Navy's best of the best, Wasdin proved his mettle in Operation Desert Storm and endured training that would break the back of most mortal men." —The Washington Post

"[SEAL Team Six] describes the harrowing ops he undertook as part of the elite Seal Team Six squadron, including the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu that almost killed him....reveals an intimate look at the rigorous training and perilous missions of the best of the Navy's best." —Time

“SEAL Team Six is a masterful blend of one man’s—Waz-Man’s—journey from hard knocks to hard corps. Even better, Waz-Man and Templin can actually write as good as they can shoot. They capture your attention at every turn—not knowing if you’re about to take a bullet to the head from a SEAL sniper or get hit in the gut with a punch line.” —Dalton Fury, former Delta Force Commander and New York Times bestselling author of Kill Bin Laden

“Great insights into the training and operations of one of America’s premier counterterrorism units. Grabs you on page one and is hard to put down.” —General Henry H. Shelton, USA(R), former Commander-In-Chief, U.S. Special Operations Command and 14th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

“Wasdin is a true warrior and real hero. SEAL Team Six is a must read.” —Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin, USMC, and bestselling author of Shooter

Michiko Kakutani
…Wasdin's narrative is visceral and as action packed as a Tom Clancy thriller…
—The New York Times
Stephen Lowman
SEAL Team Six pulses with the grit of a Jerry Bruckheimer production. There are brawls at strip joints, firefights in alleyways, explosions from RPGs, a bit of romance and, of course, cheesy lines.
—The Washington Post
Kirkus Reviews

Though Templin is a co-author, the bulk of this book belongs to Wasdin, aveteran of the infamous "Black Hawk Down" incident who reflects on his service and life after the Navy SEALs.

While most are aware that the SEALs are America's military elite, few know that "[w]hen the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six," a group tasked with counterterrorism and counterinsurgency. Wasdin saw combat with Team Six, following an unusual Navy career and a hardscrabble early life. He stolidly discusses an impoverished Southern childhood of farm work and frequent beatings by his stepfather: "Leon didn't kill me, but anything that was not done exactly right, I paid for." The author was drawn to the discipline of JROTC in high school; unable to afford college, he signed up for the Navy's Search and Rescue program in the early '80s. After distinguishing himself on risky helicopter-borne operations, he re-enlisted in exchange for a tryout in the notoriously difficult SEALs training program. Wasdin ably portrays this harrowing experience, particularly Hell Week, which was designed to weed out applicants. As a SEAL, Wasdin picked the grueling specialty of sniper; he saw action in Grenada, and received a Navy Commendation Medal in 1991 for covert operations during Desert Storm. The heart of the book is the ill-fated Battle of Mogadishu, where SEAL Team Six first operated a safe house in enemy territory, then became involved in the protracted firefight around two downed helicopters; Wasdin's grave wounds ended his SEAL career. The author demonstrates an impressive attention to detail, vividly recalling the chronology of several violent missions and comfortably discussing the nitty-gritty of the SEALs' uncompromising training and cutting-edge equipment and tactics. The writing is plainspoken and not overly reflective—the author doesn't consider how his difficult upbringing might have contributed to his warrior's nature. Still, as he describes his exit from military life, Wasdin gives a good sense of how confronting warfare and bloody death has ultimately made him a more contemplative and faithful person.

Realistic overview of an often misunderstood fighting force.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250055088
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 50,617
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

DR. HOWARD E. WASDIN graduated with BUD/S Class 143. After the Battle of Mogadishu, where he was awarded the Silver Star, Wasdin medically retired from the Navy in November, 1995, after 12 years of service. He lives in Georgia.

STEPHEN TEMPLIN completed Hell Week, qualified as a pistol and rifle expert, and blew up things during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training. He is now an associate professor at Meio University in Japan.

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Chapter One


Reach Out and Touch Someone

When the U.S. Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six, the navy’s equivalent to the army’s Delta Force—tasked with counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, occasionally working with the CIA. This is the first time a SEAL Team Six sniper’s story has been exposed. My story.

Snipers avoid exposure. Although we prefer to act rather than be acted upon, some forces are beyond our control. We rely on our strengths to exploit the enemy’s vulnerabilities; however, during the war in the Persian Gulf I became vulnerable as the lone person on the fantail of an enemy ship filled with a crew working for Saddam Hussein. On yet another occasion, despite being a master of cover and concealment, I lay naked on an aircraft runway in a Third World country with bullet holes in both legs, the right leg nearly blown off by an AK-47 bullet. Sometimes we must face what we try to avoid.

*   *   *

In the morning darkness of September 18, 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Casanova and I crept over the ledge of a retaining wall and climbed to the top of a six-story tower. Even at this early hour there were already people moving around. Men, women, and children relieved themselves in the streets. I smelled the morning fires being lit, fueled by dried animal dung and whatever else people could find to burn. The fires heated any food the Somalis had managed to obtain. Warlord Aidid knew fully the power of controlling the food supply. Every time I saw a starving child, I blamed Aidid for his evil power play that facilitated this devastation of life.

The tower we were on was located in the middle of the Pakistani compound. The Pakistanis were professional and treated us with great respect. When it was teatime, the boy in charge of serving always brought us a cup. I had even developed a taste for the fresh goat milk they used in the tea. The sounds and scents of the goatherd in the compound reached my senses as Casanova and I crawled onto the outer lip at the top of the tower. There we lay prone, watching a large garage, a vehicle body shop that had no roof. Surrounding the garage was a city of despair. Somalis trudged along with their heads and shoulders lowered. Helplessness dimmed their faces, and starvation pulled the skin tight across their bones. Because this was a “better” part of town, multilevel buildings stood in fairly good repair. There were concrete block houses instead of the tin and wooden lean-to sheds that dominated most of the city and countryside. Nevertheless, the smell of human waste and death—mixed with hopelessness—filled the air. Yes, hopelessness has a smell. People use the term “developing countries,” but that is bullcrap. What developed in Somalia was things such as hunger and fighting. I think “developing countries” is just a term used to make the people who coined it feel better. No matter what you call them, starvation and war are two of the worst events imaginable.

I calculated the exact distances to certain buildings. There are two primary considerations when making a sniper shot, windage and elevation. Because there was no significant wind that could throw my shot left or right, I didn’t have to compensate for it. Elevation is the variable considered for range/distance to the target. Since most of my potential targets were between 200 yards (garage) and 650 yards (intersection beyond the target garage), I dialed my scope in at 500 yards. This way I could just hold my rifle higher or lower depending on range. When the shooting began, there would be no time to dial in range corrections on my scope between shots.

We started our surveillance at 0600. While we waited for our agent to give us the signal, I played different scenarios over in my mind: one enemy popping out at one location, then another popping up at another location, and so on. I would acquire, aim, and even do a simulated trigger pull, going through my rehearsed breathing and follow-through routine while picturing the actual engagement. Then I simulated reloading and getting back into my Leupold 10-power scope, continuing to scan for more booger-eaters. I had done this dry firing and actual firing thousands of times—wet, dry, muddy, snowbound, from a dug-in hole in the ground, from an urban sniper hide through a partially open window, and nearly every which way imaginable. The words they had drilled into our heads since we began SEAL training were true, “The more you sweat in peacetime, the less you bleed in war.” This particular day, I was charged with making sure none of my Delta Force buddies sprang a leak as I covered their insertion into the garage. My buddies’ not bleeding in war was every bit as important as my not bleeding.

Our target for this mission was Osman Ali Atto—Warlord Aidid’s main financier. Although Casanova and I would’ve been able to recognize the target from our previous surveillance, we were required to have confirmation of his identity from the CIA asset before we gave the launch command.

The irony wasn’t lost on me that we were capturing Atto instead of killing him—despite the fact that he and his boss had killed hundreds of thousands of Somalis. I felt that if we could kill Atto and Aidid, we could stop the fighting, get the food to the people quickly, and go home in one piece.

It wasn’t until around 0815 that our asset finally gave the predetermined signal. He was doing this because the CIA paid him well. I had learned firsthand while working with the CIA how payoffs could sway loyalty.

When we saw the signal, Casanova and I launched the “full package.” Little Bird and Black Hawk helicopters filled the sky. During this time, the Delta operators literally had their butts hanging out—the urban environment provided too much cover, too much concealment, and too many escape routes for the enemy. All a hostile had to do was shoot a few rounds at a helo or Humvee, jump back inside a building, and put his weapon down. Even if he reappeared, he was not considered hostile without a weapon. Things happened fast, and the environment was unforgiving.

Delta Force operators fast-roped down inside the garage, Rangers fast-roped around the garage, and

Birds flew overhead with Delta snipers giving the assault force protection. Atto’s people scattered like rats. Soon, enemy militia appeared in the neighborhood shooting up at the helicopters.

Normally, snipers operate in a spotter-sniper relationship. The spotter identifies, ranges the targets, and relays them to the sniper for execution. There would be no time for that on this op—we were engaged in urban warfare. In this environment, an enemy could appear from anywhere. Even worse, the enemy dressed the same as a civilian. We had to wait and see his intention. Even if he appeared with a gun, there was a chance he was part of a clan on our side. We had to wait until the person pointed the weapon in the direction of our guys. Then we would ensure the enemy ceased to exist.

There would be no time for makeup or second shots. Both Casanova and I wielded .300 Win Mag sniper rifles.

Through my Leupold 10-power scope, I saw a militiaman 500 yards away firing through an open window at the helos. I made a mental note to keep my heart rate down and centered the crosshairs on him as my muscle memory took over—stock firmly into the shoulder, cheek positioned behind the scope, eye focused on the center of the crosshairs rather than the enemy, and steady trigger squeezing (even though it was only a light, 2-pound pull). I felt the gratifying recoil of my rifle. The round hit him in the side of the chest, entering his left and exiting his right. He convulsed and buckled, falling backward into the building—permanently. I quickly got back into my scope and scanned. Game on now. All other thoughts departed my mind. I was at one with my Win Mag, scanning my sector. Casanova scanned his sector, too.

Another militiaman carrying an AK-47 came out a fire escape door on the side of a building 300 yards away from me and aimed his rifle at the Delta operators assaulting the garage. From his position, I’m sure he thought he was safe from the assaulters, and he probably was. He was not safe from me—300 yards wasn’t even a challenge. I shot him through his left side, and the round exited his right. He slumped down onto the fire escape landing, never knowing what hit him. His AK-47 lay silent next to him. Someone tried to reach out and retrieve the weapon—one round from my Win Mag put a stop to that. Each time I made a shot, I immediately forgot about that target and scanned for another.

Chaos erupted inside and outside of the garage. People ran everywhere. Little Birds and Black Hawks filled the skies with deafening rotor blasts. I was in my own little world, though. Nothing existed outside my scope and my mission. Let the Unit guys handle their business in the garage. My business was reaching out and touching the enemy.

This wasn’t the first time I’d killed for my country. It wouldn’t be the last.

A few minutes passed as I continued scanning. More than 800 yards away, a guy popped up with an RPG launcher on his shoulder, preparing to fire at the helicopters. If I took him out, it would be the longest killing shot of my career. If I failed …


Copyright © 2011 by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin

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Table of Contents

Author’s Note



1 Reach Out and Touch Someone

2 One Shot, One Sill?

3 Hell Is for Children

4 Russian Sub and Green Hero

5 The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday

6 SEAL Team Two

7 Desert Storm


8 SEAL Team Six

9 Born-Again Sniper

10 CIA Safe House—Hunting for Aidid

11 Capturing Aidid’s Evil Genius

12 Eyes over Mogadishu Mission


13 Battle of Mogadishu

14 From the Ashes

15 Ambassador Death Threats

16 Fish out of Water

17 Healing


Special Operations Warrior





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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2011

    Amazing! This book brings honor to our SEALS!!!

    This is an incredible story of Mr. Wasdin's life. Once you pick it up, it is difficult to lay it down. It reads well (and quickly) from cover to cover. It grabs you and does not let you go. I feel this book also brings honor to the SEALS. It corrects many misconceptions that people have and really takes you inside of the type of individual it takes to become one of these elite. They aren't robots or gorillas. They are the most motivated, highly trained, cream of the cream. It makes me feel safer just knowing that we, as Americans, can depend on these guys to protect us (in addition to our other troops). But when the chips are down - they're your guys! I am not much of a military book reader, but this book was fabulous! The human interest side is amazing. The blocks that were placed in front of this person and the way he used them to advance in his life, it is a true inspiration. Makes me realize - I have nothing to complain about and everything to be grateful for! Enjoy!!!

    16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    Insight is unbelieable

    I watched an interview with Howard Wasdin as he was talking about his book, Seal Team Six, that is coming out on May 10th. I was stunned by the poise and effort that he put into writing this book. I plan on buying it as soon as it comes out, and I would also recommend viewing Howard's views on the attack of UBL and his insight of what to expect in the book.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2011


    Thanks to Howard, and the many others who stand proudly to fight for our freedom, we are free! Howard is family, and he is nothing less than the best! He is a most honorable man, and he has certainly been supportive to my family and myself! No matter where I am in this world, whether it is one day, weeks, or a year since I talked with him, I have no doubts if I call in need, he will be there in a moments time. Howard never changes. He remains the same person, inside and out! We are extremely proud of Howard, his representative of our family and community! He is the best of the best!

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011


    All too often, an author will publish a book that "takes you imside the world of a *insert special operations unit here*." But other than one exception I know of, it's fiction. Because in spec opsl you don't evej JOKE about going public. If nothing else, it could risk the lives of your yeam members. Secrecy is one of the few defenses such soldiers have. While this may be a great story, the author should make note somewhere that this was at least inspired by true evemts, not based upon them.

    8 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    An Exciting Book

    "SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Sniper" by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin is a memoir of Mr. Wasdin time as a Navy SEAL. This book just happens to come out after SEAL Team Six took out Bin-Laden. The book was not rushed to print because of the operation. I thought this was an important point to make.

    The book is a behind the scenes look at SEAL Team Six, a unit which specialized in counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. Howard Wasdin writes about the grueling selection process, Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) and sniper school.

    After going through the selection process, Mr. Wasdin faced combat operations in Desert Storm as a member of SEAL Team Two and got selected for SEAL Team Six. He was sent to Somalia on a mission to capture or kill Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

    "SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Sniper" by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin is a well written memoir which walks the reader through Wasdin's childhood, Navy SEAL training, several missions and Mr. Wasdin settling down with his beloved wife and children.

    This is an exciting book, an easy and fast read. While the authors cover a lot of ground, the book kept my attention throughout.

    Especially poignant, for me, were the chapters about Somalia and the Battle of Mogadishu. I read a lot about that battle and Mr. Wasdin's point of view is raw, honest and different from anything I read before. I am familiar with most of the people he mentioned and reading about them, the tactics and the battle from a different, on the ground perspective were an amazing experience for me.

    I appreciated the chapters about the rough training and the reasons for it ("the more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle"), it is amazing the mental fortitude of these warriors which helps them go through, what seems to me, almost superhuman tasks.

    At the beginning I thought there were a lot of product placement in the book, which I found disappointing, however the more I read the more I realized that it is not product placement (even though it's hard to tell) but simply telling the reader about the equipment being used - the best of the best - and why.

    A bit disturbing were the chapters about Mr. Wasdin's childhood and the abuse he suffered by his step father. Mr. Wasdin credits that abuse with his ability to withstand pain and attention to detail, which I gathered he truly believes.

    I don't want anyone who read this book to think that if you beat the living hell out of your child he'll turn out to be a Navy SEAL or an elite warrior. Mr. Wasdin does make that point very clearly in the book, but I didn't feel he made it strongly enough or often enough.

    During my service I have met many people from the special forces including the most elite units and the one thing common to all of the was the simple fact that this is what they were born to do.
    You cannot learn or acquire the characteristics, capabilities and fortitude to become an elite warrior.
    You either have those or you don't.
    You can hone your skills, find the hidden talents, sharpen them and practice to become better but you have to be born with them to begin with.

    At the end of the book there is a section about the "Special Operations Warrior Foundation" founded in 1980 as a college scholarship fund for children of special operations warriors who have been killed. Please take some time to visit them and make a donation if you can.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    inside americas battle group seal team six

    "seal team 6" is very hard to put down. this is the inside memoirs of one of americas top seal team snipers and for the first time I got an inside look at what it was like from training to the battlefield from the perspective of a sniper who has one of the toughest jobs and whoose life is in danger the most cause the enemy is looking out for for the sniper. I found this bestseller fasinating cause these are the people who are if it werent for them many battles would be not be won and many hostages would not be free great gift idea for a friend or family member

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2011

    Do Not Buy!

    Terrible book. A few, maybe 70 pages, of SEAL Team stuff. The rest is all about this guys dislike of his step-father. It really is the worst Ebook I have ever purchased. This clown is making money on the success of SEAL Team Six getting Bin Laden. This book is a waste. The rules say I had to give it a star. This guy should have to give me the star back.

    5 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011


    Sure would like to know if this is a novel or for real before i purchase it. Aren't these guys supposed to be silent about their work?

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Very dry

    Monotonous read, almost like reading not very well written news story. Didn't hold my attention well and I gave up on it after 160 pages. Not worth the price.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    5 Stars!

    Great read, great story. The Navy Seal training was intense but the combat was surreal at times especially in Mogadishu. I can only Thank Mr. Wasdin for his service to his country and am truly grateful for what he did. Again politic's didn't let the job get done but that doesn't diminish what the troops did in Mogadishu. To those doubting the credibility of Mr. Wasdin I suppose you also believe Bin Laden is alive too. This is a must read you will not be disappointed.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2011

    totally sucks!

    This book reads like a journal by a 10 year old. He may be a SEAL but has no honor. Even though he was beaten as a child, he continued the tradition by beating his boy. Did he not learn anything? He tortures an innocent cat and massacres a bunch of kangaroos and that makes him a man? I thought SEALs protect and defend, not bully and kill the innocent. I put the book down half way through it and went to a Tom Clancy novel. The measure of a true man is not to use his strenght against the weaker and those who have no voice. This guy may be a real SEAL but he is a disgrace as a human being. I have read quite a bit about SEALs and felt honored that these brave men put their lives on the line for me and country. This guy makes me sick. I propably will never finish the book. A first for me. Truly, a waste of money.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Disenchanted reader...

    I was a little disappointed. I expected to hear great stories about heroes and while there was some of that, it was mostly detailed descriptions of ammunition and weapons, sprinkled with some animal cruelty and immature machoism.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011


    While I have the utmost respect for our military heroes, this guy acts as if being a SEAL is equivalent to some kind of bad fraternity party. It now appears as though much of what is written in this so called book is fabricated. At least I can take solace in the fact that I won't have to buy toilet paper for a while as this book will suffice.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Wasdin Nails It !!!

    Howard Wasdin is one deadly chiropractor. What a great read, fast paced and full of great details and incredible stories. We follow Wasdin from BUD/S to SEAL team 2 and Desert Storm to the elite SEAL team 6 and his sniper training. When Wasdin goes to Mogadishu... so do you! You can almost feel the recoil of his Win Mag and later feel the agony as AK-47 bullets rip into his flesh! And then we learn about the hardest thing all true warriors must face at some point... walking away from the teams and the bonds that the men of elite operations units share with no one else. Then he is forced to decide what to do with the rest of his life. Security contractor, Police officer, nope after being free from the pain of gunshot wounds and fast-paced life of elite operations by a chiropractor he decided that he wanted heal others. It's no wonder every boy in America wants to be a special operator and Howard Wasdin's book may just be a special operations recruitment tool... if you can hang with the BIG BOYS!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2011

    Author sells out his Family and his team!

    This book should be listed as Fiction. The family has been misrepresented by Howard in the book ¿SEAL Team Six¿. Many of the childhood accounts written, have either been embellished or falsified. He was not abused by his stepfather. Not only was he not abused as he has claimed in the book, he failed to state why he has been ostracized by his fellow Team members. Mr. Wasdin was indeed a SEAL but has disgraced his family and his Team by this book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2011

    Not as good as the ratings

    I was really looking forward to this book but found it disappointing. It seemed to jump around at times and I would have liked more details about the training. As far as the author, I found it somewhat disingenuous when he would almost take blame for not being able to do more and then other times when he would brag forever about how skilled he was. I'd rather he just adopted one way of telling the story (e.g. either bragging or humble but not back and forth). I was able to read the book to the end and it wasn't terrible but I wouldn't be inclined to read another book by this author.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Seal Team Sniper

    A very entertaining read on the life and experiences of an American hero. His accounts of the Seal team experience and Somalia deployment and Mogadishu battle are gripping with detail that puts you in the action. I highly recommend it!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011


    Good read, but its odd how the memoirs of someone who helped kill Osama have come out so close to his death.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    I am Carla Carter.

    hello I know Dr. Howard Wasdin.I'm actually used to be 1 of his patients.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014


    Inspiring book we should all apreciate our soldiers...its very unfortunate through tht the man they talked about in this book killed himself at a shooting range with one of his buddies a year or 3 ago...hats off to him and all SEALS!!!

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