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...
A great read. I like the way the Author took the story, it helps to understand the thinking of these brave men. The one thing I guess I'll never understand is why The country spends so much time, money and effort and then second guess these guys. They really are the last stop before the smelly stuff hits the whirly thing, and yet they die for there country, it really would behest the country to support those that put their life on the line, fighting horrors we will probably never get to see or hear about, in countries that are basically living in another century, except for their very rich and connected overlords whom it seems get educated in the very elite Colleges and universities around the world, in the countries they are trying to hurt. Go figure. To all you Warriors out there, we salute you and thank you for your selfless service for us, and bless you for looking after the very freedom's that we take for granted.
It's one thing to hear about how intense Navy SEAL training is, but it's another entirely to walk through it with a class. Dick Couch does a phenomenal job of giving the reader a "fly on the wall" look at how these elite warriors are trained. You really see how fitting his title in as you watch these young men get molded in the fire of the most intense training the world has ever known. My only beef with the book is toward the end after 228 graduates. Everything about STT felt rushed, like he knew he was gonna be writing another book about that process specifically. He jumps around a little and it breaks up the great, measured pacing of the rest of the book. Besides that though, really great look at these incredible soldiers.
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