Wednesday, April 1, 2009

About Lone Survivor

The Featured Book of the Month for April is Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell.

In late June 2005 four U.S. Navy SEALs embark on a reconnaissance mission to gather intelligence on a brutal al Qaeda leader garrisoned by Taliban fighters. Within 24 hours, after navigating the rugged terrain from their base in northern Afghanistan to the Pakistani border, only one of them would remain alive.

This is the story of U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the fire team leader and lone survivor of Operation Redwing, and the impossible decision he and his teammates were forced make that ended in a battle which cost the greatest number of lives in Navy SEAL history. For four days, Luttrell, badly wounded and presumed dead, courageously fought off six more al Qaeda assassins and crawled for seven miles through the mountains until he was rescued by a Pashtun tribe.

Luttrell's description of the merciless training he endured to become a SEAL, followed by the harrowing account of the battle in Afghanistan that almost cost him his life, make Lone Survivor an excellent read. Check it out at your local branch, and be on the lookout for more information about Marcus Luttrell's upcoming visit to the Library.

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