For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moment
From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden’s compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group — commonly known as SEAL Team Six — has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines.
No Easy Day puts readers alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the twenty-four-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives. The blow-by-blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen’s life straight through to the radio call confirming Bin Laden’s death, is an essential piece of modern history.
In No Easy Day, Owen also takes readers onto the field of battle in America’s ongoing War on Terror and details the selection and training process for one of the most elite units in the military. Owen’s story draws on his youth in Alaska and describes the SEALs’ quest to challenge themselves at the highest levels of physical and mental endurance. With boots-on-the-ground detail, Owen describes numerous previously unreported missions that illustrate the life and work of a SEAL and the evolution of the team after the events of September 11. In telling the true story of the SEALs whose talents, skills, experiences, and exceptional sacrifices led to one of the greatest victories in the War on Terror, Mark Owen honors the men who risk everything for our country, and he leaves readers with a deep understanding of the warriors who keep America safe.
This harrowing, minute-by-minute account by one of the highly trained members of Navy SEAL Team Six is narrative nonfiction at its most gripping, taking the reader through the mountains of Afghanistan and inside the slightly dilapidated-looking family compound in Pakistan. - Entertainment Weekly
“The bin Laden story is the marquee event in No Easy Day, of course. But the formative steps in the author’s own story are just as gripping. Mr. Owen’s new information about the Abbottobad attacks adds a human element to much of what has been previously reported. There is no better illustration in No Easy Day that SEALs are ruthless pragmatists. They think fast. They adapt to whatever faces them. They do what they have to do.” –Janet Maslin, New York Times
“The book is a stomach-twisting close-up look at that historic mission in Abbottabad, told from the point of view of a super-elite member of SEAL Team Six who fired a bullet into bin Laden and helped carry away the corpse. Written in clean, polished prose... No Easy Day often reads like a gripping novel as the author recounts remarkably vivid details... No Easy Day puts you right there for every tense moment.” –Entertainment Weekly
...A cast of characters, including Owen himself, artfully drawn, yet painfully human, passionate descriptions of a lifestyle that few are privy to, as well as its breathlessly paced, inexorable march toward an inevitable ending…it's a remarkably intimate glimpse into what motivates men striving to join an elite fighting force like the SEALS — and what keeps them there.” -Associated Press
“Make no mistake: No Easy Day is an important historic document. Think if we had a first-person account of the last minutes of Hitler in his bunker. No Easy Day is brisk and compelling in its telling of the training, execution and immediate aftermath of the Bin Laden mission by the elite Seal Team Six.” -Los Angeles Times
“[Mark Owen] has given us a brave retelling of one of the most important events in U.S. military history.” -People Magazine
“The writing is fast-paced, and Owen and Maurer tell some good yarns in a conversational style. They also neatly capture the camaraderie, the pranks, the constant training and the evident love that the men of SEAL Team 6 have for their jobs. -Washington Post
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1 . Not Generation Kill
Posted July 08, 2013 by Oscar , ChicagoI was stupidly hoping for another Generation Kill type book. No Easy Day is not the same by a long shot. It is very interesting in its own right but much more toned down and reserved.
2 . No Easy Day
Posted July 07, 2013 by Hugo , Los AngelesThe trials for becoming a Seal were fascinating. The first part of the book was great for hearing about this. The second half dealt with more Osama bin Laden matters. All of it was very interesting.
3 . Highly recommend
Posted July 04, 2013 by Noah , Los AngelesYeah, I don't think I would make it into the Seals based on what this man did in the try outs. Great read. Highly recommend this book.
4 . Realistic
Posted November 16, 2012 by Linda , OklahomaI found this book an interesting look into the life of a Navy Seal. It increased my understanding of what they go through to become a Seal as well as providing insight of the Osama raid.
5 . Much ado
Posted October 09, 2012 by Keith , EdmontonDont understand the anxiety of the Pentagon over this book. Its pretty much the same as all the others written by former military special forces, with the exception that bin laden is part of the subject matter. If the Pentagon was worried the public would find out that he was summarily executed, I think most of us took that for granted once he was located. No big suprises.
6 . Excellent material, poorly written
Posted September 28, 2012 by Chris , AtlantaThe real subject of the book has my deepest admiration for what he has done. And I am grateful for his accounts of his storied 10+ years of operational experience. Just amazing stuff.
I did however find the book to be poorly written. The flashback format is getting old. I would like to have seen more of a timeline progression. We know osama is dead, there is no suspense there.
Again, the Seal who is the main character is awesome, the one who wrote this lacks the skills necessary to convey what happened adequately. I hate to say this was boring because I don't want to discredit the main character.
I wish Laura Hillenbrand wrote this!!!
7 . excellent reading in layman terms.
Posted September 15, 2012 by jbchauffe , breaux bridge laCould not have been written any better.
Posted September 10, 2012 by MLT , PDXHow can one gain financially from being a rat? You sold out your country and your commander and chief. You should be ashamed of your book
September 03, 2012
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