Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and His Years as a SEAL Team Warrior – Robert O’Neill
This thrilling page-turner is written by a retired U.S Navy Seal who offers an enlightening recount of his missions, individual personality profiles of his SEAL buddies, rigorous trainings, but also his early childhood in a small town called Butte, MT.
Of course, the initial hook of this narrative lies in the title itself – it’s a story about and by the guy who killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. Despite all the controversies that were bound to happen as soon as the book saw the light of the day, it is undeniable that Robert O’Neill forged an action-packed, engaging, insightful and witty story that can definitely be considered a great read for everyone, not just male population.
Whereas more than dozen individuals in the book had their actual identities disguised and the manuscript was reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense Prepublication and Security Review personnel, which resulted in certain parts being redacted, this does not affect the qualities these memoirs have to showcase. The Operator is unquestionably genuine, sincere, compelling and refreshingly personal.
Not only does O’Neill balance skillfully between the technical, military and personal aspects of his narrative, but he also does it in subtle tones of humility, empathy and, when appropriate, humor.
An excellent and most exciting read.
“Intensely moving and awe-inspiring, The Operator captures as few other books have the essence of being a frogman: utterly unimaginable fatigue followed by intense exhilaration followed by a weary emptiness—and then back for more. As this book shows, SEALs regularly travel to an emotional place that few men will ever visit. O’Neill wrote himself into American history with the three shots he fired into Osama bin Laden, but if you think that operation was intense wait till you read about the ones that preceded it. There is a saying, ‘Great battles are only given to great warriors.’ Rob was repeatedly given great battles, and he represented accordingly.”
—Marcus Luttrell, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Lone Survivor and Service
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