This is the second book in Mr. Couch's trilogy on SEAL training and operations. To reference pop culture: it isn't "The Empire Strikes Back." The author does an oustanding job of relating all of the details of the secondary training that SEALs go through after finishing the Basic Underwater Demoltion/SEAL (BUD/S) school that he so ably covered in his previous book. In the SEAL world, BUD/S is like high school where you're struggling to find yourself and just make it through, while "the Finishing School" is more like college where the self-selected successes go on to find their specialties, while losing a few along the way. This is a worthy and interesting story to tell if you're really into the Special Operations world, but I don't see much here to keep the casual reader engaged. This second book lacks several of the important devices that made his first one such a page turner. Keep in mind that these are owed to how SEALs train, not to any fault of the author's. For one, BUD/S...
I've now read three books on the US Navy SEALs. This will be a combined review I'll post on all three books, because I feel each one is important to understanding these elite warriors. Ever since Operation Neptune Spear, and the announcement that SEAL Team Six had successfully raided a compound in Pakistan and killed Osama bin Laden, I had been wondering why it was that SEAL Team Six had been sent, rather than our other elite counterterrorism unit, the mysterious Delta Force. After all, the mission took off from an airbase in a land-locked country, traveled over land to their target hundreds of miles inland, and then returned, having not flown over any major bodies of water at all. Why send the Navy, when an Army unit presumably could do the job just as well?
I've always been interested in the military, and military training. Though that particular life was not for me, I've always admired those who choose it, and been proud of my veteran relatives. I've watched countless...
This book is a bit more technical than I expected, nevertheless, it's a good one. If you had any questions regarding what the Advanced SEAL training is like, then this is what you are looking for. It relates technical aspects of the Advanced SEAL training, weapons used, the kind of situation the students have to put up with, what are the instructors advices etc. I was actually hoping this book was going to be a little bit more "hands on". I mean, not so focused on the tech aspects, but in the students' opinions about the training. Additionally, I don't think I like the way the book ended, once again seemingly portraying the Middle Western part of the world as "the big villains" of the story. I don't agree with terrorist acts, alright, but I also don't think that the people in it are evil people per se. Some part of that is cultural, most of it is political and, as usual, it's people who suffer the consequences of the most influential. I have seen the same problem...
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