The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228

The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228

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The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228 by Dick Couch, Arthur Morey

What does it take to become a Navy SEAL? Author and former Navy SEAL Dick Couch takes you into the toughest, longest, and most relentless military training in the world and documents the process that transforms young men into warriors.

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ISBN-13: 9781452653693
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 07/25/2011
Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dick Couch is a former Navy SEAL and the author of several books, including The Finishing School, Chosen Soldier, Seal Team One, and Rising Wind.

Arthur Morey has recorded over two hundred audiobooks in history, fiction, science, business, and religion, earning a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and two Audie Award nominations. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.

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Warrior Elite 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book, The Warrior Elite by author and experienced Navy SEAL Dick Couch is an amazingly inspiring book which follows Class 228 as they travel through BUDS Training, the first step in earning the prestigious Navy SEAL Trident. Dick Couch shadows the class through all of the training, through all of the struggles, and through all of the team building. There are four phases of training which the BUDS Trainees go through, but throughout the training they consistently and constantly have men DOR, or Drop On Request. There are some who don't make it through the first hour before they quit, but then there are those who persevere and who endure to reach their ultimate goal. The training focuses on the truth that it pays to be a winner. Life isn't all simple and nice, but it is full of competition and occasional disappointment. When the trainees win a race they are rewarded, but if they don't they are forced to do more physical training. Because of the excessive amount of physical torture that these trainees are put through they are as a result mentally tested as well. It is amazing what the human body and mind can endure when it is focused on achieving one goal. The book also largely focuses on the theme of endurance. The Trainees quickly realize that having this trait is not enough to pass BUDS Training- no, they must have their entire life focused on this trait. In fact the training starts out with over 150 zealous, enthusiastic trainees who have all excelled at their various Basic Navy schools. There they were above average, but at BUDS Training they will have to be far more than that to survive and endure the ruthless training they face. There was also a large focus on teamwork. These young men are put through incredible tasks together. Because of this they learn to work with one another. They learn each others strengths, weaknesses, and places for improvement. The BUDS Training is also strategically difficult. It is such a smart system because it quickly weeds out the ones who will not excel and help out the team. The teamwork and bonds that they create with each other is also so important because of what these trainees are actually training for. Unlike a sports team, these men are being trained to kill and survive. If they aren't connected with each other then it could literally result in the death of fellow comrade and friend. I really like how Dick Couch was able to create a bond between the young men in the book and the reader. When they excelled you felt inspired, when they failed you felt sad for them. I wish that the author had described in more detail what they went through though. Because the BUDS Training is a 9 month process Dick Couch leaves out lots of experiences for lack of time. But he uses amazing imagery in the parts that he chooses to share with the reader. Overall I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was very entertaining, inspiring, and well written. Dick Couch has a true gift of making the reader feel like part of Class 228 and I am looking forward to his next book.
QuziePip More than 1 year ago
Informative inside look at what these men "really" go through. Quite impressive!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. For a SEAL candidate, this book serves as a BUD/S roadmap. For a civilian, it serves to give legitimate insight into a misunderstood and Hollywoodized warrior culture. Dick Couch has done the Navy SEALs and all special operators past, present, and future a great service in telling their stories in his books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Capt (Ret) Couch leads us through what it takes to become one of the Navy's Elite. He gives detailed, yet easy to understand descriptions of tactics and weapons. I am an USN Intelligence Officer, having served 15yrs. I have worked with SEALs from time to time, but until this book, never full appreciated what it took to become a SEAL. A great account of BUD/S and SEAL training!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Capt Couch has written the very best account on Navy SEAL training that I have read. He graduated from class 45 himself, he served in Nam, and walks the talk!! Truly a marvelous read for all who love good reading of the Military variety!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very readable, exciting book about the the toughest men the U.S. could ever want to send on missions. From the start of their training, they willingly endure physical and mental punishment beyond belief to graduate into almost undefeatable fighters. They have incredible willpower that never lets them quit. They are loyal to their teams no matter what the outcome of any mission. It is easy to see why a class of over 100 men graduates only about 20%. They are the pride of our Navy and our country.'They also inspired me to finish whatever I start, no matter how hard it is!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As Dick Couch follows class 228 through BUD/S, the reader gets a very personal view of individual's experiences during each phase of training. Couch's detailing of the progress of the trainees as the weeks went on makes the reader feel like a spectator rather than just a reader. This book is captivating, informative, and inspirational!
Jeff10ct1 More than 1 year ago
If you thought you had any idea what our special operations people go through, you need to read this book. It is amazing the work that these men are asked to put out  - and that's just to qualify for TRAINING. You will have a new found respect for the special operations community, and come away with a new confidence in those who are protecting us.
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