Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor

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

eBook - 2007
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On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive.


This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. But it is also, more than anything, the story of his teammates, who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left-blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing. Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in by a Pashtun tribe, who risked everything to protect him from the encircling Taliban killers.


A six-foot-five-inch Texan, Leading Petty Officer Luttrell takes us, blow-by-blow, through the brutal training of America's warrior elite and the relentless rites of passage required by the Navy SEALs. He transports us to a monstrous battle fought in the desolate peaks of Afghanistan, where the beleaguered American team plummeted headlong a thousand feet down a mountain as they fought back through flying shale and rocks. In this rich , moving chronicle of courage, honor, and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare-and a tribute to his teammates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Baker & Taylor
The leader, and only survivor, of a team of U.S. Navy SEALs sent to northern Afghanistan to capture a well-known al Qaeda leader chronicles the events of the battle that killed his teammates and offers insight into the training of this elite group of warriors.

Little Brown
& Co

A Navy SEAL's firsthand account of American heroism during a secret military operation in Afghanistan. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.
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, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates 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.

Hachette Book Group
On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive.


This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. But it is also, more than anything, the story of his teammates, who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left-blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing. Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in by a Pashtun tribe, who risked everything to protect him from the encircling Taliban killers.


A six-foot-five-inch Texan, Leading Petty Officer Luttrell takes us, blow-by-blow, through the brutal training of America's warrior elite and the relentless rites of passage required by the Navy SEALs. He transports us to a monstrous battle fought in the desolate peaks of Afghanistan, where the beleaguered American team plummeted headlong a thousand feet down a mountain as they fought back through flying shale and rocks. In this rich , moving chronicle of courage, honor, and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare-and a tribute to his teammates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316007528
0316007528
9780316007504
0316007501
Characteristics: 390 p. : map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Robinson, Patrick 1939-

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Daveinportland
Aug 03, 2016

I thought this book was horrible. Marcus Luttrell apparently is living in a fantasy world and if you know about the military and read this book, it should be classified as fiction. The guy is delusional, and apparently the family of Mike Murphy also thought the same when the book came out.

Everything he talks about, from his training, to the tactics, to this incident itself is just not grounded in reality. Between bashing liberals and attacking the media, he also tries to make a case that the proper, military solution to them being discovered by a bunch of goat herders was to kill everyone involved. Besides not having any good answers as to why a group of SEALS were discovered by goat herders, to promote the outright execution of civilians was a surprise, even if it did originate from an extreme, far right conservative.

His description of the firefight was actually plausible, everything else though was just down right delusional. The movie 'Lone Survivor' was actually pretty good. This book through should be considered fiction.

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dixiedog
Jun 17, 2015

I found Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor – Operation Red Wing Seal Team 10 very slow going for the first half of the book; it was not my first US Navy Seal book. I guess I have read too many books about the Navy Seal training program and this book went into too much detail for my taste. However, it was a great story after Marcus got into the Operation Red Wing story. I did find it odd that at the end of the book Luttrell writes about receiving the Navy Cross along with two other members of his team, but he fails to tell the reader about the ‘Medal of Honour’ received by his best friend and his team leader, Lt. Michael P. Murphy. Readers will just have to read ‘Seal of Honor,’ Operation Red Wing and the Life of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, USN by Gary Williams to read his story. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

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BrendanRogers
Dec 11, 2014

This book is exceptional. I read it in one sitting. Navy SEAL Sniper mission is almost completely wiped out by Taliban forces. One critically wounded SEAL is protected by a local tribe. (at great risk to the tribe.) Worth reading.

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Adrian_29
Nov 07, 2014

Excellent book, good demonstration of the interaction of different religions, and how things aren't always as they appear on the surface.

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StarGladiator
Aug 20, 2014

When President John F. Kennedy created the Navy Sea Air Land commando units, or SEALs, it was to act as an aid to democratic insurgency movements the world over [also the reason he saved the Army Special Forces from extinction]. Unfortunately, with the Carter and Reagan administrations destabilizing the once-secular country of Afghanistan, ending with the situation which exists today, and Hollywood-like books and movies, such heroism is rendered misplaced and nonsensical by the powers-that-be and their ultimate agenda.

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nappunkkomah
Aug 20, 2014

Thank you to the navy SEALS and of course to all other veterans who have sacrificed to protect their country, as well as ours. I had a hard time fighting back my tears while I listened to the audiobook for this book. I agree with some of the reviewers that this author is not the greatest writer in the world, but his message is clearly told.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 19, 2014

Man... If it wasn't for SEALs, where would we be? Outstanding book. Very well done and the suspense never lets up. Remember though that the author is a SEAL not a writer. So it isn't the best writing in the world but this is still a gripping, fast paced novel that every-one should read!

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omahabahans
Jul 10, 2014

I have read a few books like this because 4 yrs ago my cousin was KIA in Afganistan. So far, this is the best book for describing what they go really go through in training to be SEALS & just how hard it is, physically & psychologically; which entails mainly the first half of the book. The second half of the book describes the Ops they were on when Marcus Luttrell's SEAL teamates were KIA. And what they went through and how Marcus Luttrell survived, which is a miracle in itself. You will be stunned by their heroics & never give in mantra ~ they literally fought to their last breaths. A must read for every American!

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alamogordo
Jun 16, 2014

I agree with skisurf...sounds like sour grapes to me.

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kmre_37
Mar 28, 2014

Read this book in one sitting! The book Seal of Honor by author Gary Williams (2010) tells the story of the Navy Seals' Operation Redwing from the perspective of Lt. Michael Murphy (who was the only Seal not mentioned for the Medal of Honor)

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JihadiConservative
Jul 19, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: oh yeah.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 19, 2014

Violence: People are shot blown up and stabbed. Many moderately graphic decriptions of deaths and gore. SEALs die in brutal ways and same with the Talibans. Lots of violence but nothing overly graphic or disturbing.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 19, 2014

Coarse Language: Many uses of the F word and many other harsh obsenities

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