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No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden MP3 CD – Unabridged, September 4, 2012
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Mark Owen is a former member of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six. In his many years as a Navy SEAL, he participated in hundreds of missions around the globe, including the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean in 2009. He was a team leader on Operation Neptune Spear in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 1, 2011, which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Owen was one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist mastermind's hideout, where he witnessed bin Laden's death. Mark Owen's name and the names of the other SEALs mentioned in No Easy Day have been changed for their security.
Kevin Maurer has covered special operations forces for nine years. He has been embedded with the Special Forces in Afghanistan six times, spent a month in 2006 with special operations units in east Africa, and has been embedded with US forces in Iraq and Haiti. He is the author of four books, including several about special operations.
Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others.
- Publisher : Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (September 4, 2012)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1470839776
- ISBN-13 : 978-1470839772
- Item Weight : 3.21 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,197,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And I am on the day they launched the mission, and they just boarded the aircraft to launch. That starts chapter 12 where he gets up on mission day, and it take him SIXTEEN pages (Kindle) to get boarded on the aircraft and launch.
And the way he described checking his uniform and gear when he got up was almost fetish creepy.
Creating suspense through dragging out a moment is one thing. But this much minutia kills it and makes it boring.
Take this passage in those first 15 pages:
“I nodded to a few guys on Chalk Two, flashing them the middle finger with a smile. We separated in silence. Anything said was lost in the rotor wash, but the gestures all said the same thing. See you on the ground. There was nothing more to say. We formed up on either side of the helicopters. I looked at my watch. We had ten minutes. I found a spot by the tarmac to lie down. I rested my head on my helmet and looked at the stars. For a second, I just relaxed. Finally, the crew chief signaled us to load up.”
Does anybody really care that he did that. If he was trying to show he was calm, that’s one thing.
But this ENTIRE book is filled with that meaningless.
I certainly respect the guy for his service and accomplishments. But an effective writer he is not.
This is the mission day and there is still 30% of the book left.
Life is too short. I have no interest in slogging through more of his crap, so not going to bother finishing.
The book was very well written and did a good job of revealing enough juicy details without risking national security or anything else, in my opinion. Too bad the guy was sued by the government over the book. There were some surprising twists. Like, for example, that the women, children, and a few of the dead guys were left behind to fend for themselves, but I guess it is war after all. I just figured they would be detained somehow for questioning and then released. The other thing that initially surprised me was that OBL never put up a fight. In fact, the weapons in his bedroom were not even loaded! Typical of a narcissist that expects everyone else to do the dirty work on his behalf. The other element of weirdness that some people might not catch was the blacked-out windows on the compound. According to the author, no one could see in or out. What the hell kind of life is that to be, not only, one of the most wanted criminals in the world, but living in a windowless, walled-off compound that you even cannot leave safely. Having to resort to pacing in circles in the "garden" just to keep any sanity you have left. Not that I feel the least bit sorry for OBL, I just cannot imagine.
The most maddening part was the government! The leaks and the misinformation. I am SHOCKED that these bureaucrat blithering idiots were able to keep their mouths shut long enough for this mission to even happen. Then all of their blabbering, glad-handing, and back-slapping put the soldiers in harm's way after the fact. Risking some martyr fanatic igniting bomb vest in front of their homes after the government practically supplied the world with their addresses. Our military and intelligence community ain't what it used to be.
By far, the most surprising and interesting thing was the sheer scope of the raid. For one, how do a team of soldiers helicopter into a compound and it took so long for anyone to respond? Those guys were on the ground for at least five to ten minutes, including one firefight, before they even breached the main house where OBL allegedly was holed up. That said, I know that I have slept through bad thunderstorms in the past, so I guess it's not that big of a stretch. I have to admit, that when OBL was lying there dying the Seals put him out of his misery with a few more rounds in the chest. I don't think I would have been that gracious.
Overall, a good read that you will likely fly through quickly. I would like to read another soldier's version too.
In the movie, Zero Dark Thirty, so much of the details leading up to the raid were covered, but, this book is still a good fit with the existing narrative on the raid.
I want to note the sacrifices made by our military members, many of whom are anonymous, who served our country in a cause much greater than themselves.
For so many of our veterans, there was no easy day.
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But absolutely an interesting read in general but I l miss the humor and sometimes some background-explanatiom would have been nice in some situations the writer tells about. Well worth the money though.