Lone Survivor

June 14, 2011

So I did it. I finally read a whole book. From cover to cover even. The last couple of weeks have been interesting for me. I have been for years an avid reader of business books and technical manuals (coding and design books). But I found myself at an impasse. I could not seem to muster the will to read. Normally this isnt an issue. But for whatever reason I had lost the will. My job requires a lot of reading so I was not terribly concerned that I might forget how. But it still bummed me out man. So I did what any reasonable person would do and told myself that I would take a break from educating myself and spend some time just enjoying books again. 

So what did I pick out to be my first? Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell. And what a book it is. Marcus (weird saying that name) starts the book by hinting at where he is going. He talks of visiting his fellow SEAL team members' families to inform them of how heroic they were. And then he goes back in time. He takes you back through his experience as a child wanting to train to become a SEAL. The local special forces friend that gathered the school boys for training days where they would do pushups and run.

Marcus then takes you through his experience as in BUDs training. The stories are exciting and you definitely get a feel for the pain that they inflict on trainees. It's inspiring to think about just how hard they strive for excellence. I loved this part of the book.

Marcus then gets to the main point in why he wrote the book. He tells the story of what happened in Afghanistan while on a mission. How he and his 3 SEAL team buddies were sent to take pictures and possibly take out a leader in the Taliban. It tells the horrific story of how their decision to not kill 3 goat herders turns out to be the demise of everyone on that mission except Marcus. It is a story of true heroes. Men that sacrificed everything for those of us that live in the US. There were moments where I just stopped and thanked God that there are men that will punish themselves and fight for our freedoms like Marcus and his SEAL teammates.

This was a great book. It's kind of a torn feeling though cause you are reminded that the reason for the book is because several SEALs lost their lives. But I walked away thankful, inspired and reminded of why we are the most awesome country in the world. I highly recommend this if you are like me and enjoy fiction and non-fiction that has to do with SEAL or CIA type stuff.