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

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

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 have 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, fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His teammates 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 for which two of his squadmates were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316067607
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 61,795
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book when it first came out and was afraid to read it. I picked it up recently and absolutely could not put it down. This book has touched me in so many ways. Admittingly, I have taken our liberties for granted. After reading this book, I am truly grateful for men such as Marcus who are willing to put their lives on the line in order to protect mine. The courage these men have cannot be denied. This book should be read by all. I read some of the recent reviews and took great offense on comments regarding the political slant. This book is not about that. Regardless of how you feel about war and the US involvment, one cannot be less than thankful for the protection we have by our military. This book is so very highly recommended. It will be hard to replace this book as my favorite!!!
RebeccaPlaine More than 1 year ago
I am never one to write a review-- somehow can't figure out how to just rank by stars which i always look at when buying books online... Anyway, I was searching this book to buy for a friend and I saw a negative review and thought I really should give my praises because this book is a must read. It does an unbelievable job of weaving in lessons about hard work and determination, friendship, family, and the unwavering spirit of america. If it were up to me, this would be assigned reading for every high school senior- my generation could really take away so much from the experiences shared in this book. Oh-- and to the person who claimed this book was written by an author who just continuously 'patted himself on the back', you become a navy seal and do multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan and tell me he doesn't deserve the credit he gives himself. He truly is an American hero. Five stars does not give this book nearly enough justice.
USMC_WIFEY More than 1 year ago
READ THIS BOOK!!! I absolutely LOVE this book! My husband is a Marine, so I read a lot of military books. This one is, by far, my favorite! In it, Marcus Luttrell tells the story of growing up in Texas with his twin brother, the process of becoming a SEAL, and then his AMAZING story of survival against all odds! EVERYONE should read this book! Whether you're for the war, against the war, military, civilian, young or old. It will open your eyes to a whole other world. A world far, far away, yet so close to so many of our lives. And one I find many Americans know very little about!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes war is black and white. This book is well written and it gives a first-hand account of the war on terror. The Navy SEALS are the world's best fighting force, but as Petty Officer Lutrell writes, the people who protect us are told to fight fair against an enemy that wants to kill you and your children. The book illustrates just what the Taliban is all about and why we must get serious and allow our armed forces to do the job that they were trained to do. As Navy SEAL Lutrell tells us in this work, these are the very same animals that masterminded the attacks on 09/11/01. Lutrell and his brethren's mission in Afghanistan is for our forces to go after these Taliban and Al Queda forces and elminate them before another attack occurs on our home soil. Lone Survivor is the story of a group of brave SEALS who go into the Afghan mountains after these barbarians. The story of Operation Red Wing is action-packed and fast moving and if you have any appreciation for our military this book will leave you feeling more proud than ever to have these men and women protecting you. Lutrell gets it and his frustration with people in Washington and in the media who know nothing about military operations is evident. The author takes the reader through talking to loved ones who lost a family member in the war, to becoming a SEAL, and finally to the events that occured during Operation Redwing in Afghanistan. An outstanding read that becomes harder to put down as the book progresses.
Krazeehors More than 1 year ago
As a disabled veteran, Army widow and mother of a deployed soldier in this terrible war on terror, I found this book to be gripping. I don't care about the skill of the writer -- his account of this terrible ordeal has been life changing. I am also someone who has spoken to Mr. Luttrell online. When our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines go off to war to defend this country against ALL enemies foreign and domestic, they expect the people appointed over them -- military and civilian alike and including our commander in chief -- they have a right to expect those people not in the fight to do everything they can to support the men behind the weapons and bring them home safe -- NOT politicize their battles!! After reading this book and the FEW terrible reviews by those expecting something else, I can fully understand why Mr. Luttrell feels the way he does. He went into the military intending to make it a career and because of the lack of support by his superiors, ended up totally disabled and embittered beyond belief. This is completely understandable. We who serve give up the majority of our civil rights in the fight to defend freedom, our way of life, and yes, even those stupid people out there who would never even think of putting on a uniform and making the same sacrifice, but are MORE than willing to sit back in their chairs and utter one hateful diatribe after another against those who do and come back changed for life. I suggest that anyone brave enough to make it all the way through this book and hating it to get off their collective duffs, wear the uniform, defend our country, and come back alive -- THEN READ THIS BOOK AGAIN WITH A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are many things that have been said about this book before I picked it up. So, I came into this with a preconceived idea of what I would read. To my pleasant surprise it was not quite what I had anticipated, and I am grateful for that. I expected a war story that would be long on details and short on character, but what I got was the look into the soul of a man. Marcus told his story in a way that makes sense to him and exposed who he is to the world. His actions as a SEAL took courage, but letting the world see who he is as a man is even more courageous. He will be judged, his actions will be judged, and the book will be judged, but he stays true to his values to tell the story of his team and how the most challenging experiences in life make him a unique man. I could not put the book down once I started and only recommend this book to people with values, morals, and conviction because those without virtue could never understand the man or the book. I only wish my son would be half the man that Marcus is.
nfmgirl More than 1 year ago
Marcus Lutrell is a Texas-boy through and through. Texans are a unique breed. Often arrogant and self-confident, yet warm and generous, Lutrell fits the bill. "Don't mess with Texas!" On June 28, 2005, Lutrell and SEAL Team 10 are sent on a mission into Afghanistan as part of Operation Redwing. SEAL Team 10 consisted of Lutrell, Matthew Axelson, Michael Murphy and Danny Dietz. The SEALs moved through the Hindu Kush mountains, eventually positioning themselves to watch the village where their target was supposed to be located. While on surveillance, they are surrounded by the Taliban and engaged in a firefight. Over the next few hours the team is outnumbered probably 35 to 1, caught in a vicious firefight, wounded and pushed further and further down the mountain. There are great moments of heroism and bravery as one-by-one they are picked off. In the end, only Lutrell is still alive and on the run with the Taliban chasing him through the mountains. Eventually he is found and taken in by a Pashtun tribe, and carried to their village where his wounds are treated and he is cared for. The tribe extend their hospitality to him, and they are bound to protect and care for him to the death. This pits them against the Taliban in securing the safety of Lutrell, and in their determination to return him to the Americans. Eventually they do just that. The writing style was a little too relaxed for me. It was like I was sitting in a bar and listening to him talk over a beer. It was a little scattered and lacked very much structure. Additionally there is so much arrogance in the beginning that it could be a bit of a turnoff. But eventually I got used to the writing style and began to see the arrogance more as "confidence", and by the middle of the book I'd hit my groove. However the one thing that kept bothering me was the continual derogatory attitude towards "liberals". I know Texans are staunchly conservative, but it would have been nice to see a little less bias and derogatory tone. It is quite evident that the author views liberals an enemy nearly paramount to the Taliban. The details of the firefight are brutal. These guys were shot repeatedly, with serious head, neck, back and stomach wounds, sometimes mortally shot, and they kept going. They kept fighting- for themselves, for their buddies, for their mission and their country. The one thing that I missed in this book was the chance to really get to know these guys that died out on that mountain. However that didn't stop me from crying as I read of their bravery in the face of terror and pain. There is a fair amount of vulgarity throughout this book. After all, there is a reason we refer to people as "talking like a sailor"! Overall I would recommend this story-- for the middle. The beginning is a little too arrogant and brash, like a boy boasting of his conquests. The end a little too quiet as he recuperates and tours the US to visit with the family members of those who died in Operation Redwing. The middle, the heart of the story, is heart-wrenching and brutal and will have you in tears as you read what these boys went through and what they did for one another. Their love for one another is evident. Beautiful. If you are intrigued by the Navy SEALs, if you don't shy away from brutality, if you can take the vulgarity and brashness, pick this one up. It will move you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating. Takes you deep inside the machismo world of the US Navy Seal teams where you get an up close view of the brotherhood and trials these truly amazing men go through. Also one of the most tragic and thrilling accounts of battle I have ever read. Very insightful into the war in Afghanistan. A definite must read. Would recommend over any other book I have ever read. Truly keeps you on the edge of your seat. It will be impossible to put down. I read it in less than a week. A book of unparalleled sacrifice, heroism, and bravery.
Will26 More than 1 year ago
Some reviewers have given this book a low rating because the political views expressed don't align with their own. I think it's unfortunate they can't appreciate the story for what it is; an amazing tale of a guy getting shot at and loosing his friends so the rest of us don't get blown up on planes/malls/buses/bridges etc. Perhaps they are upset to find an American hero thinks their political views don't work in his reality, and has the audacity to say so in his book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My thanks to Marcus Luttrell for not only reliving these events to bring them to paper, but for continuing to take a stand for his brethren and country, long after leaving Afghanistan. My thanks to his family who also have sacrificed much for our country. As for the book reviews that follow, I wholeheartedly agree with Krazeehors' review of May 5, 2011. Pray for and continue to support our troops. This book is engaging, very hard to put down, revealing, educational, heartrending, suspenseful, detailed, and shows history through the eyes of one who lived it. Buy it, read it and get copies for your friends-it's life changing. Then thank a member of our armed forces, veteran or otherwise, for their sacrifice. Thank you Marcus.
Maiingankwe More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe how many people gave such negative reviews and their words I found despicable to the highest degree. Mr. Luttrell is a HERO even though some people claim he is not. I found Mr. Luttrell to be honorable, honest and very forth coming in his beliefs in which I whole heartedly agree with. Our congress and current president have hindered our soldiers, which has resulted in so many deaths of our soldiers fighting for everything our fore fathers and a lot of us still believe in. I cannot believe it was passed that our soldiers are unable to fire unless they are fired on first. It does not matter that these terrorists want the death of all infidels and will use any means necessary. They use what congress has passed against our soldiers, and laugh the whole time doing it. It infuriates me, and I can only pray our next president will do everything they can to change this. Yes, I agree with our author that these laws have been passed by people who know nothing of combat and what our soldiers do everyday to protect our freedom and democracy. If they would ever walk in their boots they would quickly see the error in their ways. Mr. Luttrell is honest, and I believe he was correct in shedding the light of what our liberal government has done. Americans need to know this. Americans need to make a stand against this injustice done to our soldiers. Oh, and by the way I am an Independent, I have always voted who I have felt would do the best for our citizens of this great nation. I, in no way found this author to be arrogant, I thought he was actually quite humble and played down his strengths. He actually described his brother in arms to be the heros. He described their strengths and showed what great men he fought beside and how he admired them and achieved to be even half of who they were. I also agree he needed to explain how the media is currently working against our soldiers in arms. It was necessary to do so. I did think the chapters could have been changed to a more chronological order in what he followed, but this was his first book and he did a fabulous job in getting his story across. I would like to believe he survived so he could write this book so people can now understand what is going on. I especially appreciate what every soldier must endure while they go through training. I have an even higher respect for all SEALS, and it was quite high to begin with. I believe this book needed to be written, not only to honor his fallen comrades, but to let the American people know what is going on in the political world and how strongly and negatively it affects the men and women fighting for our country thousands of miles away from home. I highly recommend this book for people who have an open mind and willing to listen to a soldier who has been where many of us would never wish to go. I wish the people who wrote such negative comments would have taken the time to appreciate what he had to say and taken it at face value. We all have different opinions and we should respect that. It is what our country allows...FREEDOM. This is the first comment in which I have not critiqued the style of the author, but I felt so strongly to defend this great man. I say to him Chii Miigwich (thank you very much) for protecting and fighting for our country and what it stands for. Mr. Luttrell has a lot of depth and I enjoyed his quotes from great men. One can tell he is well read. Best regards, Maiingankwe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I've read.
Daniel Sweet More than 1 year ago
I know that I'm a racist, warmongering hater, but I can accept that about myself. If you share some of those characteristics or honor those who do, you'll love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! Lone Survivor gave me a great perspective on the training of a SEAL and re-established what heroes are really made of. This book is fascinating. (If you are sensitive to curse words reconsider buying this book; there are a lot of curse words.)
andredlc More than 1 year ago
Cannot rave enough about this book! From his upbringing to that harrowing day in Afghanistan, Marcus conveys his story very well. Read it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story
JessNichelle More than 1 year ago
My eyes will remain teary for days. I am astounded by the bravery and honor of these men. Luttrell paints a picture that most of us Americans do not see while we sleep safely in our beds. Thank you Luttrell for reminding me that my freedom and that of my families was hard fought, won, and never a second thought to you and the proud Americans that fight for us and for those who would rather see you dead. I am gratefull, and proud!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being in the NAVY, and having the same rate as Marcus Luttrell, this book was very hard to put down. He is a hero to me, as well as many others in the NAVY, and this book just shows how SEALS put Pride for ones country over their own lives. Marcus Luttrell didnt deserve a Navy Star, he deserves a Congressional Medal of Honor. I've met him in Norfolk, VA, and If I ever met him while I was in uniform I would salute him, becuase he what many people in the military wish they could be, a squared away HERO to many!!! Read this book!!! Its worth every cent!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very real and a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, its un beliveable what these guys do and i am humbeled by there actions. This is the best of these type book that i have read, worth every minute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The world is full of many who are willing to find the faults of this story. It is true that there are many things that could have happened differently to change the outcome of such a tragic and yet amazing event. However, it is now history, decisions were made that day on Murphy's Ridge that only those four men will know the truth of. The point is that the decision was made, a decision that most will never face and should therefore never judge. Things do go wrong. Men like Matthew Axelson, Danny Dietz, Micheal Murphy, and Marcus Luttrell are great - along with so many others - because they have sworn to make those decisions on our behalf. The book was amazing, I laughed, I cried, I was angry, I was grateful. I too have sworn to make those decisions and hope one day to have the backs of someone as brave as these men on today's uncertain battlefield.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wrote earlier that I was not sure I would finish this book, upset about Mr. Lutrell's views on "liberals". I did finish and this book is incredible! His views actually add to the story and are thought provoking. He is telling his story and the story of his guys. All extremely brave, noble men. He lacks insight into the parallels and ironies of their decision not to kill the goatherders and the same decision by the Pashtun to take him in. Both decisions were costly but the right decision. There is so much to say about this... I'll just say respect the difference and say Thanks to the SEALS, Rangers, Berets and all our fighting men and women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are reviews making an issue of Luttrell's political statements in his book.  Although his opinions may be harsh they exist for a reason.  It's easy to understand why Luttrell doesn't sympathize with liberals.  Simply put, the decision made during Operation Red Wing that cost SEALs their lives was done out of a legitimate fear of a very liberal and hostile media. No one wants to die in prison for doing their job. Luttrell has every right to go off a bit when writing his own book about a famous mission he alone survived.  I'd cut him a little slack.  I believe he earned it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book! I bought this book recently as my first military book. I loved it! It can get very touching at some points but still a great book. I'm only 12 years old and this book has a lot of curse words. If you are thinking about bying this book and you are sensitive to curse words, you may want to reconsider it. But it is amazing to see how brave these Navy SEAL's are.
MarshallH More than 1 year ago
Lone Survivor is a compelling story of four brave NAVY SEALs whose mission it is to take out a well known terroist in the mountains of Afghanistan. The story starts out by telling how Marcus Luttrell, the main character, became a SEAL and what it took to get their. Once he is a SEAL, he becomes very successful at what he does. From his grueling training, to his time away from his friends family, Marcus becomes a true SEAL. It was a summer night in July of 2005 when Marcus and three other SEAL's got their mission of Operation Redwing. It was to take out the al-Qaeda terroist. The mission went terribly wrong when goat hearders in the Afghani mountains spotted them. They had a very hard decision to make, whether to kill them or let them go, and they chose to let them go. These goat herders would then go and tell the Taliban they they were there. Now, these four brave SEAL's were now surrounded by the Taliban everywhere they looked, but the Taliban did not see them. Over the next hour, a brutal and horrible firefight broke out killing all but Marcus. Marcus would then survive the next few days living in a Afghani village protected by the villagers. Marcus would later surivive more horrific damage to his body, and finally be rescued by his country. Marcus lived on to tell his story of Operation Redwing, and deserves all the credit in the world. Marcus Luttrell is the true American hero.