Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Lone Survivor By Marcus Luttrell: A Book Review

Good Morning,

First and foremost guys Tanya and I will be at Live with Kelly and Michael this morning so flip it on at 9:00am EST and look for us!

I haven't finished some of the posts that I have started, my bad.. the last few days have just gotten away from me or I have had my face stuck in a book and not made blogging as much of a priority as I have wanted to/should. Whats worse is I am still having issues with my blog and computer! I have gone through Geek Squad again and contacted Lisette at Northern Belle Diaries and honestly I don't know what to do. I am not technically savvy by any means and most people who work with website specific viruses only do it when you own your site, such as wordpress. Ugh! I'm still trying to figure it out so it you have any suggestions than please comment with some ideas!

Anyways as I mentioned before I ready American Sniper which I reviewed Monday I believe and afterwards I had to read Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. I have seen the movies quite a few times actually but I was confident that the book would be different but I honestly didn't expect just how different it would be! The book was so extremely detailed in the ways that the movie wasn't at all, there was so much more information about Marcus' family and his training before Operation Redwing ever took place.

This is the synopsis directly from goodreads.com as you would find it there:

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.

This book took me forever to read because I was really trying to absorb all the information he was sharing, all the facts of the war, his training and basically everything he went through. He wrote this book to give you all the facts, to make sure that when you were done you were informed and educated on a broader spectrum. He definitely gave his opinion on some things that you may not agree with but I must say his opinion comes from experience, seeing things first hand and as we say everyone is entitled to their opinion. 

I really enjoyed this book and at the end I kid you not I sat and sobbed like a baby, I Kim Karashian ugly cried through the last 20 pages and let me tell you how glad I am that I was alone to do so. I really enjoyed this book, more than I can say, and I highly recommend all of you read it, not just for his account of the worst days of his life but for the facts as he saw them. 

I promise you the book is nothing like the movie and in my opinion 1000 times better and I truly did love the movie. 

Have you read the book already? If so what did you think?

Any recommendations on books like this? I am always looking for something to read!!

As always thanks for stopping by!

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