Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell & Patrick Robinson

Lone Survivor

By Marcus Luttrell & Patrick Robinson

  • Release Date: 2007-06-12
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
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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.


  • Fiction, sold as fact, without the quality of a Lee Child novel

    By Behiel
    I enjoyed the story but many parts did not ring true. A bit of digging has me convinced that the narrative is false in most ways that matter. The account of Gulab, the man who saved Luttrell, is far more credible (Newsweek published an article in June of 2016 summarizing interviews with witnesses, including Gulab). For readers of fiction, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels are far better. History buffs should definitely look elsewhere for facts.
  • Amazing book

    By Extensionqueenlv
    This is the third book I've read about The Seals, all have been beyond enjoyable to read. I'm amazed at what these true patriots go through to serve and protect our country. I was more than overjoyed that Marcus wrote several times, in length, about the ROE and how hindering they are to those out in the battlefield. I think 'war rules' should be left up to the military and those out there doing the fighting. Not the politicians sitting in their cushy offices in DC. I read this book in less than one week, it's THAT good!
  • Best read ever

    By mypeekay
    Thank you Marcus and God bless our brave Seals!!!
  • Had me laughing one moment and in tears the next

    By NikkiChristmas
    A true hero and true Texan. This book sent me through a whirlwind of emotions I was a proud Texan reading Marcus Luttrell's perspective which was relatable to the point it had me laughing, in a panic and also crying but ultimately I couldn't put the book down. My heart really goes out to all the men and women who fight for our country by putting their lives on the line with courage and dignity. God bless America and God bless Texas!
  • Best book I've ever read

    By DevinJR-hart
    Truly a great story.
  • Lone Survivor

    By Xian Li
    This book kept me ever increasingly glued to the pages. A nonfictional roll out of wounded, stalked prey's survival against merciless odds. You will not be able to put it down. CPT James Huff USAR
  • What can be said?

    By Lane7Family
    When heroes need heroes, they can find them in books such as these. America is great because of patriots such as these live... And sometimes sacrifice it all. Toughen up America... There is real evil out there. Thank GOD we have brave people such as these to stand in the gap.
  • Lone Survivor

    By H34rtl4nd3r
    Page-turner. Uncommon valor. I will vote Republican in the 2016 presidential campaign bc this book clearly makes a case for the need to alter the "rules of engagement". Personally, I think Trump is a moron but if Marcus Luttrell supports him... then that's good enough for me.
  • The Lone Survivor

    By HarleyFLSTF
    Excellent book, makes me proud to be an American! God bless all of our soldiers and veterans! Some gave all, and all gave some! Read the book then watch the movie!
  • Intense and inspiring

    By GabbMala
    This was hands down one of the best books I have ever read. It was an intense and powerful story that kept me from putting the book down. Being able to see war from Marcus Luttrell's eyes was intriguing. The Book started off slow when Marcus was introducing the rest of the Navy Seals that were mentioned in the story, but as you get deeper into the book the mood shifts and your entire perspective on military training and war changes. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an emotional read. The book is a rollercoaster of emotion; One minute you are smiling at the teamwork and hard work the Seals face, then the next page could be Marcus explaining the tragic loss of his loved friends. This book would be better for entertainment rather than being used in a school curriculum because it could be sensitive for some readers. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who knows people in the Military because it could make them panicked and upset at the hard truth these men go through. The book was more intense than the movie because Marcus was able to explain more about his friends and how much they meant to him. The book went more into depth about the characters and their families which made the story more emotional. Marcus’s writing style also keeps the book interesting by using flashbacks to his childhood and telling the story about his life. I would rate this book five stars because it kept me entertained while opening my eyes on the truth about war and the respect I have for then men in the military.