Feb 142014

Lone Survivor.
Marcus Luttrell.
Google Books

I did not realize the audiobook was abridged. I probably would have read the book and not listened to it had I realized it before. But not going to go back and read it.


  • Seems more like a ‘hagiography’ than an actual firsthand account.
  • His unwavering flag-waving patriotism is what you expect from the dedicated navy seal.
  • His language is not what you will hear on network TV but is probably restrained compared to reality.
  • His Christian faith is the standard belief system of someone born an American, “born Christian”.

Book Info

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
by Marcus Luttrell
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Published: 05/01/2008
ISBN-10: 031632406X
ISBN-13: 978-0316324069
Started: 02/09/2014
Finished: 02/14/2014
Source: Overdrive
Format: audiobook

Publisher Synopsis

Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squad mates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors.

A born and raised Texan, Marcus Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training, where he and his fellow SEALs discovered what it took to join the most elite of the American special forces, to a fight in the desolate hills of Afghanistan for which they never could have been prepared. His account of his squadmates’ heroism and mutual support renders an experience for which two of his squadmates were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism that is both heartrending and life-affirming. In this rich chronicle of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers a powerful narrative of modern war.

Author Info
Petty Officer First Class Marcus Luttrell was born in Huntsville, Texas in 1975. He oined the US Navy in 1999 and became a combat-trained SEAL in 2002. He was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism in 2006.

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