Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

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Written By: Marcus Luttrell

Narrated By: Kevin T. Collins

Date: July 2007

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


A Navy SEAL's firsthand account of American heroism during a secret military operation in Afghanistan.
Inspiration for a major motion picture by Mark Wahlberg.
On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive.

This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. But it is also, more than anything, the story of his teammates, who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left-blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing. Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in by a Pashtun tribe, who risked everything to protect him from the encircling Taliban killers.

A six-foot-five-inch Texan, Leading Petty Officer Luttrell takes us, blow-by-blow, through the brutal training of America's warrior elite and the relentless rites of passage required by the Navy SEALs. He transports us to a monstrous battle fought in the desolate peaks of Afghanistan, where the beleaguered American team plummeted headlong a thousand feet down a mountain as they fought back through flying shale and rocks. In this rich , moving chronicle of courage, honor, and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare-and a tribute to his teammates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


  • Travis W.

    While listening to this at work, there were points where I had to pause and choke back the tears that were starting to form. I’d like to say thank you to every person who has made such sacrifices in their life to give us the freedoms we seem to take for granted all to often.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • jason s

    Well written by a true American hero. Much respect for Marcus, as a well as every other man and woman that serves. THANK YOU! It's a powerful story that's often hard to hear in more ways than one. I've often felt that ROE's cost more lives than they save. It's a double edge sword, but I'd rather it cost some unfortunate "collateral" damage than cause any soldier to fear prison and die because of such fear. If the damn politicians want to start wars, maybe they should go fight them. If they're not willing to do that then they really need to shut the hell up and let our men and women do what they need to do.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    great and sad

  • Anonymous

    So different from the movie. I like it better when it coincides better. God was with all our soldiers on Operation Red Wing!

  • Jacob B.


  • Frank J.

    great book

  • Ken C.

    Great narration and an even greater story.

  • Douglas M.

    I should have read the book rather than listen to it. The narrator’s reading is sooo corny. I do love Marcus; I’m a huge fan of his and We need him and his brothers in this world. His account is important for us humans to know, so that we never take for granted those that go to such effort, commitment, bravery, and hubris to counter evil and hate. I wish him the beat. I will do him the honor of reading the pages conventionally, and try to get the narrator’s acting out of my head.

  • Keith B.

    The movie has nothing on this book!!! Amazing!!!

  • Anonymous

    Kept me on the edge of my seat. Very well written and narrated. The fact that a person can survive to "tell the tale" is remarkable in itself. Much respect to our military who put their lives on the line to protect ours.

  • Rosie Y Reilly

    Wow!! They are incredible men so proud of them. I had my moments it was very hard for me to continue to read but I did and I cried. Thank you gentlemen. I enjoyed the narrator very much.

  • Daniel Steinhaus

    An inspiring book highlighting the harsh reality of war as well as the consequences of the American media caring more about headlines than about hard choices soldiers must make.

  • travis belflower

    Great book from a great man. The narrator wasn't my favorite but the story is truly patriotic and hard lived. this book has touched my soul and I will never forget any part of this book.

  • Jeremy Burgett

    Wow... Incredible account of many brave men and women that protect and serve our country. Many significant details of Marcus 's journey made this impossible to put down. Great book!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, but I couldn't even finish it. The story was good, but the underlying glorification of war and those who make a career of it was too much. Very preachy.

  • Cameron Arthur

    Very amazing book.Very inspirational and I would recommend for older ages. My middle schooler loved it. Narrator did amazing and made me felt like I was in the book. Totally recommend!!!!

  • Brad Herring

    It keeps you on the edge of your seat. I couldn't turn it off or put it down

  • glenice nickel

    Great book and well written and well read. Puts you right there with all of the seals. You feel all the pain and emotion

  • Robert White

    Amazing description of what it takes to be a Navy Seal. This book is something you will never forget. God's protection of Marcus is obvious throughout this ordeal in his life. Men like Marcus who protect and defend America are in my prayers.

  • Jena Greenway

    What an incredibly man and story! These men will forever be in my heart, never forgotten.

  • David Warner

    Incredibly compelling and emotional story of the dedication, heroism, and courage of our great warriors. Even when you know how the story will end it is well worth the read and experience.

  • Tim Bolduc

    This is a fascinating book that blows the movie away! These men were and are heros!

  • Melyssa Willis

    I haven read a book cover to cover in many years. This book is by far the best and will probably read it again. Awesome read. A tear jerker, when his team died, to when he was rescued to when he FINALLY was able to see his mother. A MUST REAF

  • Joe Madron

    This is by far the greatest book I have ever read. It will immediately grab you and you will not want to stop! It's a must read!!

  • Joanna Moldenhauer

    Fascinating story of true heroism inside the Navy SEAL Team 10. It had me captivated from the first minute.

  • Tina McClinton

    I am not sure if i have ever cried that much to reading a book!! I will never forget this book or the people it's about. And above all I have a much greater respect for what we have all forgotten, our Freedom and those who help us keep it!! Thank you each and everyone of you! Thank You!

  • Andy Rhodes

    Amazing account of modern day warriors, these guys keep us safe on a daily basis. God, Family, Country

  • Kevin Thomas

    awesome, a book that I will never forget. This story will stick with your forever.

  • amy busby

    I couldn't put it down. I followed along the trials and tribulations of a journey thats unimaginable for any one man to endure. I cried, laughed and was gripped by what came next. I thoroughly enjoyed Lone Survivor and highly recommend. Thank you for your service and your story.

  • Jason Burt

    Very moving. Very well read. Heroism and valor what we as Americana are so proud of.

  • Landon Shaw

    The book is great! But the narrator needs to bring it back a bit. It became hard to focus on the context and content of the book because he was reading it like Shakespeare or Soap Opera. All I could see was over dramatic flailing and wailing. Edgar Allen Poe's "Tell Tail Heart" comes to mind.

  • Laurence Batiz

    Great recap of the most heroic story I have ever heard. Being a former Navy brother I could not be more proud of the the SEAL teams. I will wear my Second Class PO with more pride thanks to these warriors. I just wish they never had to worry about killing innocent non-combatants . And go to jail for it. They would all be alive. That is the take away. EM2 Batiz USN

  • Quincy Williams

    A gripping tale of heroism and gallantry and a glimpse inside SEAL life and brotherhood. I finished it in 2 sittings and could not stop listening.

  • Michael Sullivan

    Not only is it a well writen book, people need to know what kind of men these guys were. I loved this book.

  • Paperback Reader

    Thoroughly interesting account of action in Afghanistan by eyewitness/survivor. Fascinating inside story of training of Navy Seals.

  • Sindy

    Even though you know the ending (based on a true story) - the author does a great job of laying it out with suspense. It also gives you something to think about - facing tough decisions.

  • Jerry

    One of the best audio books I have heard. It shows how our military are compassionate men. As a result, it comes back to haunt them or be a fatal mistake. Media personnel should read or hear this before slamming the military for their actions.

  • Anonymous

    Great book! must read! Marcus did an amazing job at making you feel like you were there with him.

  • Anonymous

    Terrible read. Not worth the time. Plenty of other much more subtle and restrained books out there in terms of heroism and Navy Seals.

  • Skipper

    Marcus reminds us that liberalism belongs in warm, dry, comfortable places and the majority of protesters about the way America does business have never heard a shot fired in anger. Every media pundit, every politician should have to read this to understand harm's way. By making a "politically correct" decision, 3 of Marcus's team get killed. It is a travesty in this country to allow such waste of life. Marcus and all the other men on a wire keeping us safe at night deserve our undying respect and gratitude for taking their turn standing watch. And the rest of this country deserves to get it's butt kicked for allowing rules to be written that cause young men harm like this.

  • Trainman

    I would recommend this to anyone that wants to feel like they are on the front lines of dealing with al Kaida. Written to the point that one feels like they are there. It goes beyond just the action that happened during the Operation. It shows that people around the world, that are not provoking war, are the same. Won't say anymore. But Highly recommend this book.

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