Top critical review
Heroic story, not very well told.
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2020
John Chapman will live on as a legend, his actions are truly heroic. Teach your children the true meaning of the word “hero.” It’s not being a great athlete, singer or actor. It’s sacrifice for others. The Medal of Honor was created for men like Chapman.
I wasn’t impressed with the book itself. As others point out, how many times do we have to read how CCTs are better trained, fitter, and more effective than Delta, SEALs, or other Spec Ops units. Every chapter we read again how much heavier their packs are. There was enough repetition to make the story drag.
Also, Chapman, and his exploits on Takur Ghar, make up a small portion of the book. It would be more accurate to title it something along the lines of a history of CCT. There is quite a bit of what I’d call fiction as well, authors documenting thoughts and actions as fact, when they could only really guess at them.
Finally, the SEALs are disrespected throughout the book. Maybe rooted in Chapman being left for dead on the peak, still unnecessary in the telling of his heroics.