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This is the first time I've asked for my money back, mostly because I wanted to deny the authors the opportunity to make money with a poorly researched, lazy attempt to cash in on the popularity of SEALs after the Bin Laden raid.
First, most of the stories you read about here have been told before in more detail and with better accuracy - this book is riddled with basic factual errors that make me think the authors didn't even bother to run a draft back past their interview subjects before printing. Many of the stories here have whole books dedicated to them. Read Lone Survivor, 13 Hours, and No Easy Day and you'll have covered 2/3 of the content of this book and you'll glean a better sense of SEAL culture as well - not the false bravado and macho bullshit presented here.
And then there's all the partisan political nonsense towards the end of the book where the authors seemed to decide that we, the readers, bought a book promising "the inside stories from the brotherhood of the US Navy SEALs" to hear what they think about Obama. Now I'm no hardcore Democrat, but that stuff has no place in a book like this.
Holter Graham's narration isn't his best work here, but it's not bad - I've listened to a few audiobooks he's narrated and he does a good job. Scott McEwen should probably stick to writing trashy B-Grade military fiction. And Richard Miniter, well looking at this dude's other work, he's probably the brains behind the decision to lump in all the political bullshit. He's basically what's wrong with journalists today - more interested in pushing his partisan line than getting the facts straight in his own story.
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SEALs are trained to perform the most difficult missions that were once thought impossible. The SEALs will go anywhere and do anything, " to protect those who cannot protect themselves." The SEALs are a brotherhood that would lay down their live for one another. The SEAL knows that when on a mission that they face the possibility of death.
Eyes on Target relates to the reader a few of the operations that the SEALs have undertaken. These missions killed SEALs, fellow Americans, other members of the elite forces of the Army, Air Force and the Marines.
First, Lt. Commander Marcinko was the founder of SEAL Team Six. The SEAL Team Six members, at that time were called pirates. Their tough practices, fighting was not uncommon, drinking everywhere and as much as each member could drink, although they would not drink before a mission, were well known. When Lt. Commander Marcinko left SEAL Team Six, Commander Ryan Zinke took his place. He was certainly a different kind of leader. Many of the older SEALs as well as some of the younger SEALs left. Commander Ryan Zinke took time but did change the way that SEAL Team Six functions today.
The SEALs participated in the Vietnam War. There were two SEALs in the Vietnam war, Norris and Thornton, who both received the medal of honor. Thornton insisted that Norris also be rewarded the medal of honor. Norris was in the hospital and had not been released. However, Thornton removed Norris from the hospital in a wheelchair, to be present when he was to receive his medal of honor. However, Thornton explained how the actions of Norris were also consistent with the rules that constituted his receiving the medal of honor, too. Both men received their medal of honor together at a later time. That was the first and last time in history that this has occurred.
The mission of Eagle Claw, whereby 52 Americans who were being held hostage in Iran and were to be rescued, turned into a debacle. The different entities of the armed forces did not work together as a team. Each segment devised their plan but none of them shared each other's plans. Therefore, the one side did not know what the other was doing and the rescued attempt was compromised and had to be called off.
The mission to capture bin Laden was successful. However, at the time, he was armed and dangerous and was killed. However, before this occurred, the men on the first black hawk were roping down and all aboard were killed when the black hawk exploded after being hit with an RPG. There were 48 Gold SEALs killed at that time, the largest loss of SEAL Team Six men at any other time. At the time of my listening of this book, that figure still stands.
Lastly, was the unheard and ignored pleas? from Ambassador Stevens, who was at his station in Benghazi. The terrorists started early and gave the American's more than enough time to get out of Benghazi. Ambassador Stevens, who will ever know why, chose not to call for help early and when he did, making the White House aware for the immediate evacuation of all American's, his pleas fell on deaf ears. The number of calls for assistance were too many to be counted, made by many of the American's at the compound. Unfortunately, no one except two SEALs, who were not called but who were made aware of the crisis, came and saved all American's except for two, Ambassador Stevens and another member of his team were in the compound that had been set on fire.
The two SEALs, who climbed up on the roof of a building next door, kept some of the terrorists distracted enough, that the other American's were driven away in a Hum Vee to the airport and out of Benghazi. Political F...Up?
The two SEALs, who saved the trapped American's, died. Therefore, the count is now 4 American's dead. "I will not fail. I'm never out of the fight." "All gave some and some gave all."
These true accounts clarify, once again, that the request from President John F. Kennedy, before his assassination, was to create a team of SEALs, was steering our military in the right direction. After WWII the demolition team was no longer a part of the US Navy. Furthermore, the Army and the Marines have the Green Berets and MARSOC, which are now a part of the elite warriors of the US war on terrorism.
I enjoyed listening to this book very much. If you are interested in this genre of books, this one is a good choice. The narrator was excellent. I would have liked to have finished this book in a day but I required more time in order to absorb what I was listening to. In fact, this is the second time that I've listened to this book. I've listened to these events while listening to other books but I've found that I've learned a little more with each listen.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
I've never been compelled to review any of the other 37 books Audible has provided me with. However this short book is very disappointing. If you are expecting inside stories of the Navy Seals, then look elsewhere, the author spends most of the book making a political point and echoing previously told stories about the Teams and a large chunk of the book giving 5 possible solutions to an attack on the US embassy.
What was most disappointing about Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter ’s story?
Poor storey with little content, and what is there is of little interest.
How could the performance have been better?
What character would you cut from Eyes on Target?
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I love reading about the seals an this book tells u loads about there history an how they changed over the years an how brave they are so i would reck s mend this book u will love it