My heart is heavy, my eyes are red, and this has been one of greatest books I’ve read in a while.
This book has gotten quite a bit of traction lately since it was released as a movie. I have yet to see the movie - and with most book to screen adaptations, I always try to read the book first.
So I signed myself up on the waiting list for a copy from my library. I waited almost 2 months for this book, I finished it in 6 days. Why not just go to the store and buy it, you think. Well I’m an idiot and I should have because I would totally reread it.
Lone Survivor chronicles the events of Operation Redwing, first hand. Four members of Navy SEAL Team 10, the most elite member of the US Navy, were sent into the remote hills of Afghanistan and only one returned. Marcus Luttrell is the lone survivor, making it a week in the desert helped by friendly tribespeople while being hunted by Taliban.
Luttrell and his co-author, did an amazing job of twisting together his SEAL training, his upbringing, his family, the firefight he was in and the tragedy that followed. It was heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. It brought you to tears and then made you smile through red eyes. It was perfect. If you are interested in military stories, or you feel like having your heart ripped out, or if you want to read the story of a few american heroes, read this book.
This is also book number 12 for the year.