Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

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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.
-Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

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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.
 

About Marcus Luttrell

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Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell joined the United States Navy in March of 1999 and became a combat-trained Navy SEAL in January, 2002. After serving in Baghdad, he was deployed to Afghanistan in the Spring of 2005. 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 best-seller. He lives in England and spends his summers in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he and Luttrell wrote Lone Survivor.
 
Published June 12, 2007 by Little, Brown and Company. 401 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Education & Reference, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Buffalo Rising

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on Mar 04 2012

Upon finishing this book, the reader will have a deeper respect for our military and all the trials they undergo for a greater good. How proud you will be of these men who represent the best of America.

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Lancaster Online

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Reviewed by CODY STRAUB on May 13 2011

This real-life story about current events allows the teenage generation to connect more to it because the generation grew up with the struggle in the Middle East taking place. This book is not about something that seems like ancient history to teenagers...

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Analise S on Dec 06 2013

This book isn’t written for people just into the military or for social studies teachers, it’s written for every American with a heart.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Russell B on Dec 06 2013

Lone Survivor is in a league of autobiographies by people who truly have accomplished or experienced something worth writing and reading about.

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Helium

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Reviewed by Jacob Stanley on Jan 05 2010

The men of this story will probably be what you remember most, but as I said, throughout this book Luttrell also has strong words against the American media...

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Aaron Deutsch on Nov 12 2009

His book offers political insight from the frontlines and truly shows the valor and courage of American soldiers.

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InkSlinger Blog

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on Jan 14 2011

Luttrell’s story comes highly recommended by me, with a couple of cautions...First, I must warn you that the language in this book is very heavy. I counted upwards of forty strong obscenities, as well as other swear words, including numerous uses of God’s name in vain.

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Challies

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on Jun 10 2008

Lone Survivor is an enjoyable book, typical in many of its facets, but atypical in its deeper message. It is a book Americans would do well to read and to consider.

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Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

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Reviewed by nfmgirl on Feb 11 2012

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.

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