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No Easy Day

I had not planned on reading the “firsthand account of hte mission that killed Osama Bin Laden (UBL),” but there has been so much writhing and hand-wringing and threats and whining I thought that I’d weigh in and give the former Navy SEAL some of my hard EARNED money. No Easy Day, first off, is an extremely well written book that grabbed me and forced me to read it in about a day.  One may want to give credit to the co-author, Kevin Maurer, but I have to remember that to be a SEAL doesn’t just mean that you are good at killing people.  These young men are the best of the best and then the best of those are chosen to be special operations forces.  Mark Owen (a psuedonym – he has since been outed, but I won’t do that) shares some of his other missions leading to UBL’s untimely death (it should have been many years before).


My view of a Navy Seal has always been tinged with a lot of respect for the achievement at becoming the best of the best and then getting better.  Having read several books by Seals in the last year has only enhanced that view.  It can be thrilling to read about their exploits, sad when they get injured or lose one of their own, and joyous when they kill a bunch of the bad guys. Service is the second book by Lone Survivor author Marcus Luttrell  and he takes us through his second deployment to the Middle East as he deals with recovering from his injuries and getting back into Seal shape.

American Sniper

Author Chris Kyle has been dubbed “the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history” because of his 150 confirmed kills in Iraq and Afghanistan.  First of all thank you Chris for your service and helping win a war rather than just “attaining the peace.” American Sniper was obviously written by Mr. Kyle and not some slick writer.  The sentances are generally short as are the paragraphs, but that gave me the sense of the man who killed so many “savages.”  Kyle has taken some heat by referring to our enemies as savages and on one interview that I saw him on he did not step back from the characterization.  He was there; he knew what he saw; he knows what they are;

Lone Survivor

The “lone survivor” was author Marcus Luttrell ; those who didn’t survive were his family.  They were not born of the same blood, but became family through training and the tough job they volunteered for to protect our freedom.  Lone Survivor was subtitled “The eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10” thought the book was so much more. 

State of the Union

“The Russians had made one fatal mistake – they hadn’t cleared their message through Scot Harvath, and he was going to be damned if those lying communist bastards caused the collective head of the United States of America to bow even a fraction of an inch in deference to the new world order they planned to unleash.  He’d been to Russia, and he’d seen what a shitty country it was.  As far as he was concerned, they’d gained too much prominence on the world stage, and it wasn’t time for the United States to step back, it was time for someone to shove the Russians the hell off.”

Path of the Assassin

Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath is back tracking down bad guys (terrorists) who had responsibility for the president’s kidnapping as detailed in The Lions of Lucerne. Author Brad Thor again has written a gripping, exciting, attention-grabbing novel with Path of the Assassin.   Hero and former SEAL Team member Scot Harvath continues his battle against Middle Eastern terrorists, foreign governments, and even the CIA. 

The strained relationship continues between lone-wolf Harvath and other United States’ agencies.  Even with a common goal Harvath often is at odds with them as they try to capture or kill a mysterious silver-eyed assassin.  In an unusual twist a group apparently turns the tables on Islamic terrorists by engaging in a determined campaign to seek vengeance using their own terrorist tactics.