Don’t Read “Lone Survivor!”
Unless you want to know more about the caliber of men who become Navy SEALS, because you need look no further than this book “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell. From the moment he enters training until he must use every bit of his skill to survive, Luttrell takes us with him into the world of elite military training and into actual combat. We average American men and women have no concept of the stress, both mental and physical, that is the life of a Navy SEAL . Perhaps some of us don’t want to know and if you’re in that category, I advise you, don’t read “Lone Survivor!”
But If You Have A Hankering To Know
But if you have a hankering to know what our troops endure in a distant, barren, hostile land while they’re being tracked, shot at and bombed, while they still keep the love for their country in their hearts and minds, this is your book. If you want to know what two days in hell is like, while the months and years following those two days forever re-play in your mind, here it is. And if you want to know why our country has always stood tall among other countries, you can find it in “Lone Survivor.”
Brutal Training In Preparation For A Brutal Enemy
Training to become a SEAL is possibly the hardest thing a human will ever undergo. The company to which Luttrell belongs, begins with the most intensive military training ever known to mortal man. The training is brutal, preparing them to endure agonizing pain and continue to fight, to endure freezing cold and triumph over it, to never give up, not in the face of overwhelming odds or certain death. They believe in their mission, their invincibility and that their cause is just. That belief is at the core of their training and reflected in everything they do. Only a few make it through all phases of training to become a SEAL.
“Let him who desires peace prepare for war.” ~ Flavius Vegetius Renatus (Fourth Century) Treatise Military Warfare for more than 1,200 years.
Alone, Badly Wounded, Hunted By The Taliban
When Luttrell, alone, badly wounded, bleeding, is hunted by the Taliban while on a mountain top in Afghanistan, he knows if he is found he will be killed without hesitation by the enemy. During the night while resting in a crevice of the mountain, he repeated the words in his mind, all night, to Toby Keith’s “American Soldier.” He knew he needed to survive and to outwit those searching for him. He kept the faith in himself and the training he’d received and the one thing he knew for certain:
“There is no other way to beat a terrorist. You must fight like him, or he will surely kill you.” ~ Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor
Luttrell Is A Texan, Through and Through
Luttrell is a Texan, with all the love and support Texas friends and family can give one another, and he is lost for several days in hostile territory in Afghanistan. Friends and family members gather at his parent’s ranch to support the family and to pray for his return. The training he received in the United States Navy SEALS sees him in good stead, but at great cost to the team. His last words in the book include these: …”I guess I’ll be asked many times whether it had all been worth it in the end. And my answer will always be the same one I gave so often on my first day. ‘Affirmative, sir.’ Because I came through it, and I have my memories, and I wouldn’t have traded any of it, not for the whole world. I’m a United States Navy SEAL.”