I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier

I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier

by Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin

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ISBN-13: 9781250016430
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 92,228
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

DR. HOWARD E. WASDIN graduated with BUD/S Class 143. Awarded the Silver Star following the Battle of Mogadishu, Wasdin medically retired from the U.S. Navy in November 1995 after twelve years of service. He lives in Georgia.

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

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I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior

Memoirs of an American Soldier
By Howard E. Wasdin

St. Martin's Griffin

Copyright © 2012 Howard E. Wasdin
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ISBN: 9781250016430

1.

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. It’s the navy’s equivalent to the army’s Delta Force. Its job is to fight terrorism and armed rebellion, often secretly.
I was a sniper for SEAL Team Six.
This is the first time a SEAL Team Six sniper’s story has been told. My story.
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In the morning darkness of September 18, 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia, another SEAL and I crept over a wall and up to the top of a six-story tower. Below us, people were waking up. Men, women, and children relieved themselves in the streets. I smelled the morning fires, fueled by dried animal dung. The fires heated the little food the Somalis had. The warlord who ruled this part of the city, Mohamed Farah Aidid, controlled the population by controlling the food supply. Every time I saw a starving child, I blamed Aidid.
Although the middle of a city may not seem the logical place for navy commandos, SEALs are trained to fight anywhere. That’s where the name comes from: SEa, Air and Land. On many operations, we were in all three: We’d parachute in, complete our task on land, and make our way back on water.
From the tower we watched what looked like a large garage with no roof. It was a vehicle body shop. Surrounding it 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. This “better” part of town had multilevel, concrete buildings 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 filled the air.
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 position looking through my scope, continuing to scan for more “booger-eaters”—the SEAL term for bad guys.
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 the window of a tall building, and nearly every which way imaginable. The words drilled into our heads since SEAL training were, “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. That was every bit as important as my not bleeding.
Our target for this mission was Osman Ali Atto—warlord Aidid’s main financier. Atto 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. But the goal of this mission was just to capture Atto, not kill him.
Around 0815 our “asset”—our informer—gave the predetermined signal that Atto was there. My SEAL teammate and I launched the “full package.” Little Bird and Black Hawk helicopters filled the sky.
Delta Force operators fast-roped into the roofless garage, dropping lines from the helicopter and sliding right to the ground. Rangers fast-roped around the outside of it. Little Birds flew overhead with Delta snipers to protect the assault force.
Atto’s people scattered like rats. Enemy militia shot at the helicopters.
In this environment, an enemy could appear from anywhere, dressed the same as a civilian. 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 at us. Then we would ensure the enemy ceased to exist. There was no time for makeup or second shots.
Like my SEAL teammate—his nickname was Casanova—I wielded .300 Win Mag sniper rifle. Through my 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. I felt the gratifying recoil of my rifle. The round hit him in the side of the chest. He convulsed and buckled, falling backward into the building—permanently.
I quickly got back into my scope and scanned my sector. Game on now. All other thoughts departed my mind. Casanova scanned his sector, too.
Another Aidid 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.
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 © 2012 by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin


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Table of Contents

Contents

Title Page,
Author's Note,
PART ONE,
1 Reach Out and Touch Someone,
2 Hell Is for Children,
3 Russian Sub and Green Hero,
4 The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday,
5 SEAL Team Two,
6 Desert Storm,
PART TWO,
7 SEAL Team Six,
8 Born-Again Sniper,
9 CIA Safe House-Hunting for Aidid,
10 Capturing Aidid's Evil Genius,
11 Eyes over Mogadishu Mission,
PART THREE,
12 Battle of Mogadishu,
13 From the Ashes,
14 Fish out of Water,
15 Healing,
Special Operations Warrior Foundation,
Howard's Acknowledgments,
Steve's Acknowledgments,
Glossary,
References,
Photographs,
About the Authors,
Copyright,

Reading Group Guide

When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a once-secret unit, now famous for its dramatic attack on Osama Bin Laden's compound.

In this young reader's edition of the New York Times bestseller Seal Team Six, Howard Wasdin tells how he overcame a grueling childhood to live his dream and enter the exciting and dangerous world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers.

After escaping an abusive father, Howard joined the Navy so he could complete his college education. Always driven to master the next challenge, he quickly moved through the best units in the military, eventually joining the legendary SEAL Team Six. Soon he was fighting for his life in the Battle of Mogadishu, when his small band of soldiers found themselves cut off from help and desperately trying to rescue downed comrades.

For Howard, the result of that battle was a series of new and unexpected challenges, with surprising changes in his life and beliefs.

This young reader's edition tells the entire story from the adult edition in a slightly condensed form.

Chapter 1:

    Where is Howard—which continent and country? Why? (Page 3)Howard says, "The words drilled into our heads since SEAL training were, ‘The more you sweat in peacetime, the less you bleed in war.'" (Page 4) What does he mean?

Chapter 2:

    Why does Howard run away from home when he's five years old? (Page 8)Howard says he felt it was his "duty" to agree to be adopted by his stepfather. (Page 9) Why does he says this? Is this the same as the duty he later felt as a soldier? Howard says that when a junior high school football coach discovered Howard was being physically abused, the coach told no one. "In those days, whatever happened in the home stayed in the home." (Page 11) What was different about those days? Is it certain the coach remained completely silent, or is it possible he told adults who made some effort on Howard's behalf? If he did, were those efforts enough? Would you break a confidence to help someone in Howard's situation? What if that meant breaking a law? Howard says that when the coach saw the bruises, "I remember feeling so embarrassed that someone had discovered my secret." (Page 11) Why might Howard have felt embarrassed instead of relieved? Why might he have kept the beatings a secret? Why didn't he just tell another adult? If you were Howard's friend then, and you had discovered his secret, what would you say to him?

Chapter 3:

    Where does Howard first meet and speak with SEALs? (Page 19)Where does he learn more about them? (Page 20)Howard says about the stories he heard from the SEALs when he was still a Search and Rescue swimmer: "They worked hard and played hard. Lots of camaraderie. I thought I'd joined an elite unit before, but now I knew about a unit that was more elite. There would be no satisfaction staying where I was. I wanted what they had." (Page 20) Why does Howard feel the need to take on the toughest challenges he sees?

Chapter 4:

    Where is the main training location for SEALs? (Page 23)How does Howard feel about his chances when he first arrives? (Page 23) What about after he has attempted some tests alongside the other candidates? (Page 25)Speaking of the training, Howard says, "Of course, my tough childhood had prepared me for this moment." What exactly did he mean? How did it prepare him? (Page 27)

Chapter 5:

    One of Howard's toughest SEAL instructors was later a contestant on which reality TV show? (Page 39)What were some of the countries where Howard trained? Why would it be important to train with commandos from other armies? (Page 40)What happens to make Howard return home during this part of his training? (Page 40) What has happened to Howard's relationship with his stepfather? (Page 41) Do you think this is right?

Chapter 6:

    Where does this chapter primarily take place? Why is the United States fighting there? (Page 43)Howard says "The amount of intel and planning that goes into a mission is mindboggling." (Page 45) What are some of the school courses that relate directly to the kind of planning Howard and his teammates had to do? During a mission, fourteen enemy Iraqis surrendered to Howard unexpectedly. He says, "I realized they weren't bad guys . . . They were human beings just like me. I discovered my humanity and the humanity in others. It was a turning point for me—it was when I matured." (Page 60) Why did Howard have a sudden change of heart? Why does he consider it a sign of maturity? Do you think he should have fed the Iraqis and helped them, even though his mission wasn't over? Have you ever had a sudden change of heart in the middle of a conflict with someone? Did you consider it a sign of maturity? Returning from Iraq, Howard to face the fact that he'd taken a human life. What was his feeling about that? (Page 61)

Chapter 7:

    Howard says of SEAL Team Six, "We practiced land warfare, parachuting, and diving—all taken to a whole new level." (Page 65) Why a whole new level? What are some of the mental exercises included in sniper training? (Page 71)What's the name of the kind of suit snipers wear? Why is Howard required to make his own? (Page 72)

Chapter 8:

    Where in the United States was Howard stationed as a member of SEAL Team Six? (Page 79)Howard says, "Working with foreign units like the Australian SAS was often easier than working with U.S. counterparts like Delta Force. Rivalry between U.S. units was a problem." (Page 79) Why would this be a problem? Why would it be easier to work with foreign units? All of the Joint Special Operations Command's (JSOC) snipers, both SEAL and Delta operators, saw the light. (Page 83) Saw the light about what? What does Howard mean about becoming "realistic?" (Page 83) How important is that? But isn't it the opposite of believing a SEAL can do anything, which Howard says is also important?

Chapter 9:

    Where is Howard, and why? (Page 85)Can you name a country working with the United States? (Pages 85, 87)Is the rivalry between the Special Forces units completely gone? What evidence is there? (Pages 87, 89)Italy has a long history in Somalia. What is Howard's understanding of it, and of its effect on the operation? (Page 92)Howard called the medical help he gave a wounded Somali teenager (pages 95–97, 100–102) "my most successful op in Somalia." (Page 103) Yet he had to disobey a direct order not to help, and then was reprimanded for his disobedience. Do you think he should have disobeyed? What risks did he take? Was he only risking himself, or was he risking the safety of teammates? Would you make the same decision? Why?

Chapter 10:

    What does Howard call "one of the best moves JSOC [Joint Special Operations Command] ever made"? (Page 111)Why does Howard believe it is important to capture Atto? (Page 113)Howard points out that, "Although SEALs are known for their small numbers and efficiency, the military as a whole is huge and cumbersome." What does he says is required of SEALs as a result? (Page 120)

Chapter 11:

    What are some of the internal conflicts the U.S. military showed during the mission? How did this affect Howard? (Pages 123–124) Do you think this is inevitable?

Chapter 12:

    What was the goal of the allied forces in the operation that turned into the Battle of Mogadishu? (Page 131)How many troops were involved? What kind of equipment did they have? (Page 132)What were Howard's feelings as the operation began? (Page 132)What did Howard first notice was wrong? (Page 134)What does Howard describe as the difference between his training and the training of the Rangers? (Pages 136–137)Towards whom does Howard begin to feel anger during the battle? Why? (Page 138)What were the immediate personal and political results of the battle? (Pages 146–147)

Chapter 13:

    Where is Howard flown after being evacuated from Somalia? (Page 148)Howard says, "Sitting at home in my wheelchair, I committed one of the Team's gravest sins..." (Page 152) What was that "sin"? Do you think Howard could have done otherwise? If not, why is it a sin? Was that extreme attitude helpful to Howard? What does Howard say was God's message to him? (Pages 153–152)What does Howard learn when he does hunting? (Pages 154–155)Earlier in the book, Howard says that SEALs endure so much extreme training, "Often we think we're indestructible. Forever the optimists, even when we're outnumbered and outgunned, we still tend to think we have a chance to make it out alive—and be home in time for dinner." (Page 37) However, after leaving the SEALs, Howard was so pessimistic he considered suicide. (Page 157) Why did his thinking change so much?

Chapter 14:

    Why does Howard become a police officer? (Page 159)Why does Howard consider becoming a chiropractor? (Page 160)Why does he resist this desire? (Page 160) Do his reasons make sense to you?

Chapter 15:

    Who dies when Howard is in chiropractor school? (Page 162)Prior to Howard's stepfather's death, Howard reconciled with him. (Page 162) Would it have been okay if Howard hadn't? Who does Howard meet after his stepfather dies? (Page 163)What fact of family history does Howard learn from his biological father? How does that change Howard's relationship with his mother? How does that change Howard's understanding of himself? (Page 163)How does Howard feel about his new life as a doctor, compared to the heroic life he led as a SEAL Team warrior? (Pages 164–165)

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I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action packed and moving!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 14 years old and I don't like to read very much. This book was exciting. it started out talking about his childhood and went to navy seal, seal team 2, seal team 6, and sniper school. I really enjoyed this book. I would read it again if I could. This would be a great book for anyone who is interested in the military.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Many aspects of this book were absolutely fascinating. I enjoyed (in a better-you-than-me-but-holy-cow-that's-impressive kind of way) reading about all the training that Howard went through, from joining the Navy through becoming a SEAL and then later a sniper. Learning some of the history of the SEALs was neat too. Seeing the events of the movie Black Hawk Down (yes, I'm sure the book was better and more accurate--I'm planning on reading it too--soon) from another perspective was really interesting as well. And I just can't get past the fact that the author met Rudy from Survivor; I had no idea that Rudy Boesch was such a well-known individual in the military world. I shared quite a bit of this book with others while I was reading it; I just couldn't help myself. There were many times that I didn't want to put this book down, and I'd already purchased a print copy for my classroom library before I was even halfway done with my digital one. The authors did a decent job of taking what must be a challenging adult book and making it more accessible to a younger audience. At times narrative transitions were less than smooth, because it appeared that a larger chunk of information must have been pared out of this version. The end result was a bit of choppiness in the tale, but overall it doesn't really detract from the narrative. I think readers from middle school on up can find a lot to relate to in many parts of this memoir, and in fact I have read parts of it out loud to my classes already. If the grown up version happened to cross my path, I definitely wouldn't be adverse to reading it as well.
shootingstar2428 on LibraryThing 18 days ago
This isn't my typical read, and I had mixed reactions while reading it. I enjoyed learning about the SEAL training and how it impacted Wasdin's life outside of the military. I also liked the way Wasdin was humanized by sharing his emotions and feelings about everything he experienced -- that is what I think truly makes this book different than many other war stories. I think that my students -- especially the male ones hoping to join the military -- will really love this. It's also great to have a book about war without a lot of language and gore and yet still retain a realistic storyline.However, having very little background knowledge about the military, I found myself skimming a lot of the battle scenes containing many acronyms, even though I know there is a glossary in the back of the book. In addition, I didn't think the book was that well written. There were some gaps in the plot as well as a lack of transitions between paragraphs and scenes, which made it somewhat jolting to read at times.Overall, it was just an okay read for me, but I think others may find it very interesting and enjoyable.
hadden on LibraryThing 18 days ago
A good memoir by Howard Wasdin about life and training in the SEAL Team 6. Basically a "I went there and then I did this" type of memoir, it describes the depth of mental training and physical discipline needed to make a SEAL Team member. SEAL is short for "Sea, Air and Land" commandos.The second half of the book deals with his experiences as a sniper, especially in the operations in and around Mogadishu in Somalia in September 1993. There, rare incidents of humanity are overwhelmed by accounts of the fighting and military operations in that city.Basically a guy's type of book, packed with many military acronyms and weapons jargon which are also helpfully explained in the back, this is an active and swift moving account of modern warfare and sniper actions. The book also includes scab-picking accounts of the wounds he suffered in combat and his rehabilitation. One of the new books coming out of the recent actions in the Middle East and Central Asia, this fits comfortably in that genre of military biography. While much is made by the author and his ghost writer of the mistakes and hesitations and politics of others, there is little here that either is reflective, contemplative, or even curious about the world and national events leading up to and enclosing these missions. There is only a description of what Wasdin was told to do, and how he either did as ordered, or was frustrated when the orders were changed or cancelled.Told by a brave man, this is a good book for military collections, or for those collections dealing with military interventions overseas in the last thirty years. Easy to read, and of interest to wannabe SEALS.
labrick on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Firstly, Wasdin notes that this book was originally for an adult audience, but was written in a way to make it available to younger people too. Secondly, and I'm not sure how important this is to the general reader, "some names, places, times, and tactics have been changed or omitted to protect operators and their missions".Wasdin starts by outlining his abusive, emotionally distant, and fundamentally strict childhood. He then proceeds to explain his path through different areas of the military, outlining the (often extreme) requirements of completing each course of specialization; ultimately resulting in his successful completion and eventual status as a Navy SEAL sniper.After Wasdin becomes a SEAL team 6 sniper the book turns into a log of activities that chronicles events once he is deployed to Mogadishu in 1993; he makes dated entries of the activities that transpired. The detailed descriptions of tactics and the implementation of interconnected allied forces¿nationality, branch, and specialty¿was what I found most informative about the book . It was also interesting to read the discrepancies between Wasdin's account of Osman Ali Atto's capture and his apparent freedom in the movie Black Hawk Down. Aside from a few brief chapters involving his childhood and post-military life, and an overview of his training, the book could mostly be considered an account of Wasdin's service in Somalia. This firsthand account of his service, a slight majority of the book, is the best part. I found the logistical aspects of his account to be as interesting as the sensational aspects.
drewandlori on LibraryThing 18 days ago
This is the young adult version of Wasdin's bestselling autobiography. It covers his life, from growing up with his abusive stepfather until he left the Navy, shortly after being shot three times during the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. It's an interesting story, as Wasdin enlists in the Navy, then becomes a SEAL, then SEAL Team Six, and finally a Team Six sniper. He undergoes a staggering amount of hardship and training to become the elite of the elite of the elite. Parts of the story are watered down for a younger audience, sometimes in odd ways. More than once, Wasdin mentions being "whacked on the pee-pee" for disobeying orders. But overall this was a well written and very interesting story.
Neilsantos on LibraryThing 18 days ago
I enjoyed it,. I'd like to read the full version. I passed it onto others.
Rigfield on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Review is for the YA version: A humanizing account of what its like to be a soldier at war. And not just any solider, a sniper for the elite SE Air Land (SEAL) team. The book is honest and a bit gritty, but this version keeps its descriptions and accounts at an appropriate "middle school" age level. There is no moral reflection - just the accounts of a soldier following orders and how he got to be part of the elite SEAL Team 6 (which is inspiring in itself). A great "boy book".
Kunikov on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Although I would have probably preferred to read the 'non-teen' version of this book, at the very least this version undoubtedly contains some of the same 'flavor'. In all honesty, I really wanted to like this book and I was quite interested to get an inside perspective into a unit that participates in some of the most dangerous operations around the world. In terms of content, there is a lot of interesting information offered about the events in Mogadishu and the first person perspective of action on the ground is very telling of what went right (not much) and wrong (almost everything) in that operation. If you've seen Black Hawk Down you'll be very interested in what the author has to say (whether it's all true is another story). Unfortunately, all that great content is often marred by narrow-minded commentary on the part of the author (or co-author), lack of empathy for many Wasdin encounters throughout his training and deployments, and a lot of cliched language and phrases (the author's 'hatred' of the 'liberal media' also didn't help matters). In the end, this is a watered-down version of the author's fuller book about his life and time in the SEALs, but in general this is an account with inherent weaknesses that have undoubtedly transferred over from the original. An interesting read, but one that I can't imagine meriting more than 3 and 1/2 stars.
qstewart on LibraryThing 18 days ago
A good book for the teens that it is aimed at. It gives an overview of Wasdin's early life and how he feels that it helped him in his military career. He gives a good overview of the training that he had to go through to eventually reach the pinnacle of being a member of Seal Team Six. I believe that he tells it like it is and that it takes perseverance and a lot of hard work to achieve what he did.He does and very good job discussing the missions that he was part of after becoming a Seal. Of course the main part of his story was the situation in Somalia and Seal Team Six's role there. He talks about the Somalians that helped the Americans and some of the ones that the Americans aided in one way or another. He discusses the feelings of futility that many of them had because the mission was not clear and that some of the allies were not holding up their end of the bargain. The battle scenes are handled well and not overdone .A very good read for high school students if they are interested in entering the military.
Gina.Wilson on LibraryThing 18 days ago
My son saw this book on my desk, picked it up and proceeded to read this book and didn't want to give it up! Great book to scale down to a young reader and show the importance of what members of our armed forces do for our country. Thank you Mr. Wasdin for the book and more importantly for your service. I would recommend this book to young readers as well as adults. Great message and example for what any kid from any background can do.
NightHawk777 on LibraryThing 18 days ago
This is the story of a young man, coming from a very difficult childhood, and his entry into the military. His journey takes him into the elite parts of the military, the Seals, and ultimately, into Seal Team Six as a sniper.It is very descriptive of the training, and how difficult it was on many of the recruits. There are also some very descriptive sections on actual battles that the author was involved in.I found it an encouraging book, from the perspective that somebody from a disadvantaged background can really make something of himself.
PallanDavid on LibraryThing 18 days ago
We've all heard how difficult it is to become a Navy Seal, many of us have seen some of the training and testing on television shows. This book is a first hand account of a man who not only fought through this intense training, but also how he fought through a tough childhood, broke through negativity, and joined with others in positive camaraderie to become one of the world's elite fighters. Well written and hard to put down. For anyone who enjoys (or needs) motivational books: this is it!
nvgomez on LibraryThing 18 days ago
I expected this work to be very cheesy in its rah-rah account of the Navy Seals. I was pleasantly surprised. It is a watered down version of a story that I felt should have been made more serious (in its writing).First, I need to divulge that I feel it a great embarrassment to this nation that we have embraced the "young adult" genre of writing. When I was younger, publishers did not dummy down or water down literature for a younger audience. Young audiences were just made to read, actually read, the work offered.Aside from what I feel is a great detriment to readers, young and old, of the YA genre, this book is a great work of military history. I wish Howard Wasdin would re-write it in a full version.A terrific accounting of his life before, during and after the Seals is provided in this book. I promise it will not help you understand what these men go through in their intensive training but the insight is invaluable. One thing that amazes me is the matter-of-fact way in which he relates the Seal training and his missions. Happenings that would curdle your blood are written about as casually as you and I would write about going to the gym or going grocery shopping.Wasdin makes every reader truly grateful for his service and that of his Seal brothers, as well as those of Delta and the Rangers. It was also evident of the frustration American warriors feel about inept and incompetent politicians who are more concerned with popularity than getting the job done. (Clinton and Somalia)Not just a competent work by a new author but one that really speaks to the reality of war. It is beyond competent. It is an intriguing and important work to help the American people realize that there are men and women out there who put their lives on the line every day that allows this liberal-media minded population to exist, and many times without so much as a "thank you." Please, Mr. Wasdin. tell the full story for adults and please give us the full story! You write well and I'm sure Mr. Templin helped greatly in this writing. Great job, to the both of you!
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It is so good i had to keep readinb it i just couldnt stop.
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Best book ever! Everybody has to read. I mean it so dearly and it will tell you what a person in the army has to go through every day. It is like the book American Sniper!
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Awesome!!!
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This book is great
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very awesome book.
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