Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell, with Patrick Robinson. Little, Brown & Company. 2007. 390 pages. Available from Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble.
This book should appeal to every patriotic American who supports the U.S. Armed Forces and the sacrifices they make to keep us safe. Parts of this book can't be read with a dry eye.
Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell is the only survivor of a four man U.S. Navy SEAL team who battled Taliban forces in northern Afghanistan's Hindu Kush Mountains in June 2005. The action, which became known as the battle of Murphy's Ridge, is named for Lieutenant Michael Murphy, the team leader who was killed in action and earned the Medal Of Honor for his heroism.
Luttrell, who earned the Navy Cross, describes the battle and the deaths of his teammates in graphic detail. Seriously wounded, he fought and evaded the Taliban for four days, then was taken in by friendly Afghan villagers, before being rescued (to his good natured chagrin) by U.S. Army Rangers.
This book will make you proud of our military forces wherever they serve fighting the worldwide war on terror, and greatful that there are, and were, men like Marcus Luttrell and Michael Murphy, fighting that war, and doing their duty.
Highly recommended. Don't miss it.