This is by far the most awe-inspiring book I have read in the last year. It is the true life story about a team of Navy SEALs who go on a mission into the mountainous regions (is there any other type of region there?) of Afghanistan. Once there they are forced into a deadly situation due to the extremely unrealistic rules of engagement they have to follow. Without going too much into the plot of the book the only survivor, the Lone Survivor, is the one who is writing this book. Facing insurmountable odds he is able to survive thanks to his SEAL training and a quirk of Afghani tribal tradition.
Most of the first half of this book covers how the SEAL, Marcus Luttrell, and his SEAL teammates became SEALs in the first place. Their BUDS training is gone through in agonizing detail with the author completing a portion of the training with a broken bone. Peppered throughout the book is the author’s obvious hatred of the rules that prevented him and his men from doing what they do best, being SEALs. These rules prevented his team from taking out the three men who would soon betray the SEALs’ position to a top ranking Al Qaeda leader and began the movie-like battle where three of the team members died and Marcus was wounded (but never lost his gun).
The rescue operation that was launched to find these men ended in disaster as well as some Al Qaeda bastard shot an RPG into the rescue helicopter which killed everyone inside. The silver lining of this case study in liberal interventionist Rules of Engagement making BS is that at least Marcus lived to tell his story. And he tells the story without pulling any punches against our liberal friends across the aisle. Read this book to know what our troops are really like because the author and his brothers in special operations are the very best this country has to offer. BigT