Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson (With)


5 of 5 stars  *****

Riveting, spellbinding, genuine, poignant, and patriotic, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10 is a military account that I rank up there with King Leonidas, the Spartan King who held off the entire Persian Empire with 300 brave men. The author, Marcus Luttrell, tells the story as events happen in a chronological order that puts the reader right there in his psyche viewing acts of gut-wrenching perseverance, bravery, and talent. Marcus, the lone survivor of Operation Redwing, recalls events and describes the humanity that accompany each act of valor by his Navy Seal team and the native village people in the mountains who play an instrumental part in his rescue. 

Reading this story acquaints one with the type of people the free world is fighting; in particular, the Taliban. Marcus's tribulation on a steep mountain slope while fighting this enemy makes one aware of the belief in God this man has. Upon every slide, slip, or being blown off a precipice by an enemy grenade, Marcus always found his rifle lying next to him. The series of movements that lead this devout soldier to his inevitable sanctuary demonstrate divine intervention. Marcus's survival is meant so that he may write this story and relate the truth to the loved ones his fellow Seals left behind. 

Inspiring and touching, this reader has the utmost respect for the men and women who serve this country because they love for which it stands. Politics would immensely improve with leaders such as these brilliant stars who do not waver in the face of evil.