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Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sa Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom. In Service, we follow Marcus Luttrell to Iraq, where he returns to the battlefield as a member of SEAL Team 5 to help take on the most dangerous city in the world: Ramadi, the capital of war-torn Al Anbar Province. There, in six months of high-intensity urban combat, he would be part of what has been called the greatest victory in the history of U.S. Special Operations forces. We also return to Afghanistan and Operation Redwing, where Luttrell offers powerful new details about his miraculous rescue. Throughout, he reflects on what it really means to take on a higher calling, about the men he's seen lose their lives for their country, and the legacy of those who came and bled before. A thrilling war story, Service is also a profoundly moving tribute to the warrior brotherhood, to the belief that nobody goes it alone, and no one will be left behind.


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Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sa Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom. In Service, we follow Marcus Luttrell to Iraq, where he returns to the battlefield as a member of SEAL Team 5 to help take on the most dangerous city in the world: Ramadi, the capital of war-torn Al Anbar Province. There, in six months of high-intensity urban combat, he would be part of what has been called the greatest victory in the history of U.S. Special Operations forces. We also return to Afghanistan and Operation Redwing, where Luttrell offers powerful new details about his miraculous rescue. Throughout, he reflects on what it really means to take on a higher calling, about the men he's seen lose their lives for their country, and the legacy of those who came and bled before. A thrilling war story, Service is also a profoundly moving tribute to the warrior brotherhood, to the belief that nobody goes it alone, and no one will be left behind.

30 review for Service: A Navy SEAL at War

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I was so emotionally moved by this book...I found myself tearing up many a time, sometimes even sobbing trying to read through tears running down my face. The strongest emotions this book evoked in me are as follows: 1) I felt enormous amounts of pride, love and gratitude for the men and women who serve this country in our amazing military! The training they endure, the beating their bodies take, the undying support of their families, their humility amidst their courageous actions and the paltry I was so emotionally moved by this book...I found myself tearing up many a time, sometimes even sobbing trying to read through tears running down my face. The strongest emotions this book evoked in me are as follows: 1) I felt enormous amounts of pride, love and gratitude for the men and women who serve this country in our amazing military! The training they endure, the beating their bodies take, the undying support of their families, their humility amidst their courageous actions and the paltry pay they receive in return make them truly heroes to me. Marcus celebrated not just the Navy SEAL teams in this book, but all military branches throughout the past several generations in different wars around the world. 2) I was so moved by the goodness and greatness of the human spirit. Most of the books that truly move me have this theme...there is true greatness walking among us here on this earth...from the small acts of kindness to the huge acts of heroism. From the ones celebrated with medals and awards to the quiet acts of love unseen by others. The way these soldiers cared for each other, rescuing their "brothers" wounded or dead from impossible circumstances heedless of the danger involved in rescuing them. Risking their lives if only to bring home their bodies for an honorable burial. True acts of heroism in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds are recounted in this book and left me awestruck...truly God must watch over these men and women. In one account of a Navy SEAL being grievously wounded, his "brothers" took shifts staying at the hospital with him taking care of his every need. Another with grievous wounds had his "brothers" literally move in and teach him how to speak again and learn to live without a leg...and they did this all while keeping up with their platoon duties. When a SEAL was deployed overseas leaving a pregnant wife at home, his "brothers" cared for her, took her to dinner, cleaned her house and made sure she had all the support she needed. When a SEAL was killed in action, his "brothers" watched over his widow. I have never heard of a closer knit, more loyal community than this. Gulab, the Afghani tribal leader who saved Marcus' life and protected him at great risk to himself and his family when the Taliban were trying to kill him. This leader walked many miles to a U.S. base to get help extracting Marcus out of his mountain village. They cared for this American soldier as if he were one of his own. As a rescue team went back to recover a body of one of the other SEAL team members, another Afghani village had buried his body to keep the Taliban from taking it and desecrating it, keeping it safe until his "brothers" came to take him home as they knew they would. Also the good people in Iraq who helped our military, who were caught between a rock and a hard place. Every terrorist organization from around the globe came into Iraq, threatening the people not to cooperate with the allied forces, but most did so anyway because they were good people who just wanted to live their lives free of tyranny and evil. These people suffered horrible things at the hands of the terrorists but were courageous for the greater good of their people and freedom. This is the longest review I've ever written, but two more things need to be said: Marcus also calls attention to the fact that the story the media puts out in this country is so often incorrect, skewed by political bias. When they were making incredible strides in Ramadi, the press was calling U.S. forces ineffectual there. He expressed the frustration of those hardworking sacrificing soldiers hearing that kind of propaganda. On a lighter note (sort of), he tells a story that happened in the U.S. when our country's most prolific sniper was held up at gunpoint at a gas station. Two men with pistols demanded he give them his truck. In ten seconds it was all over, he told them he was going to retrieve his keys, grabbed his Colt 1911, swung it under his armpit and shot each of them in the chest. Guess those guys picked the wrong guy to rob that night...a Navy SEAL is not your best bet. I find it a little amusing. Obviously, I can't recommend this book highly enough!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Originally posted on Sarahsbookshelf.com: There are a few authors and individuals that I will read, even though I may disagree with them politically. Marcus Luttrell is one of those people. Luttrell is a retired Navy SEAL and wrote a memoir titled Lone Survivor, which recounted Operation Redwing, the friends he lost in the operation, and his rescue. That book was a difficult one to read because it was so raw. Luttrell didn’t shy away from politics and really let everyone understand his position i Originally posted on Sarahsbookshelf.com: There are a few authors and individuals that I will read, even though I may disagree with them politically. Marcus Luttrell is one of those people. Luttrell is a retired Navy SEAL and wrote a memoir titled Lone Survivor, which recounted Operation Redwing, the friends he lost in the operation, and his rescue. That book was a difficult one to read because it was so raw. Luttrell didn’t shy away from politics and really let everyone understand his position in a very strong way. This book was a little dialed down from that, and for that reason I enjoyed it and was glad I gave it a chance. SEAL memoirs are always a little bittersweet for me to read. If you read enough of them, you start to see the same individuals’ names come up, often when something bad happens and they are KIA. This story brought up many names that were new to me, but I appreciated Luttrell taking the time to share with us many stories about these men and their service. One of the final chapters actually was a compilation of stories from Navy SEAL wives, which I thought was especially interesting and poignant. I think I cried through the whole chapter, because a few are now widows. Although some of these memoirs can be difficult to understand without knowing more about the SEAL culture and fraternity, I think their message is a good one: be the best you can in what ever it is you do. I’m so happy that Luttrell has found life beyond the SEALs in sharing his story and message with civilians, and also by starting his own family. After this book, I think I’ll need to take a break from reading memoirs for a while. I learned this morning that Chris Kyle was shot and killed in Texas. His book, American Sniper, was one of the best memoirs I have read in a long time and a book that I have recommended to many readers outside of the genre. That book was very much like sitting down and having a beer with Kyle as he relayed his time in the SEALs. Although I didn’t know him personally, I know he will be greatly missed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    5 Stars for Marcus Luttrell’s account (with James Hornfischer) of his service after he fell off the mountain in Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10! The core of the book is his recovery from terrible injuries to reclaim a spot on another SEAL Team. Then off he goes to fight in the hell of Ramadi, Iraq 2006-2007. Plenty of action as you witness the great sacrifices these brave forces make to secure the province. So many dead and wounded b 5 Stars for Marcus Luttrell’s account (with James Hornfischer) of his service after he fell off the mountain in Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10! The core of the book is his recovery from terrible injuries to reclaim a spot on another SEAL Team. Then off he goes to fight in the hell of Ramadi, Iraq 2006-2007. Plenty of action as you witness the great sacrifices these brave forces make to secure the province. So many dead and wounded before he tells of the beginnings of the Anbar Awakening. The tentative initial successes come just as the surge is about to begin and Iraq gets a new commander, Gen Petraeus. But Marcus Luttrell also comes to a new beginning as his previous injuries finally take a toll. He has to give up rolling out with the teams and become a leader in the command center. Before we leave the Ramadi front, Luttrell tells stories of his good friend, Chris Kyle, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, and of the “Master Chief”, his superior who was on Roberts Ridge. Luttrell then backtracks to his rescue after Op Redwing is blown up. He tells the story of the Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) effort to recover him. Great tribute to the Army, Air Force and Marine forces that participated. He did not know their story when he wrote Lone Survivor. We also meet up again with his Afghan village rescuers who risked everything to protect him. He spends some time on his separation from the service. How he dealt with the famous night when his rescue dog was beaten and shot by some punks. He chased the thugs and they were lucky the police stopped them first. Marcus did not plan to have mercy in his heart that night. Nice story on how he met his wife. Sad story on the Aug 6, 2011 loss of 38 men in Afghanistan, 22 were SEALS, in one helo crash. Final section was on the “Warrior” wives of SEAL team members. And some widows. The women tell what it is/was like married to the teams.”They also serve..” This book has it all, from the training, tactics and war stories of SEALS in action, how to persevere through adversity, what it means to truly serve and shows the true caliber of our military.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Randy

    In my opinion Marcus Luttrell is a hero for the simple reason that he volunteered put on America's uniform and put himself in between our country and the bad guys. Beyond that, he signed up for one of the most grueling trainings known to man BUD/S; was attacked by the Taliban and blown halfway down a huge mountain; evaded certain death; worked to heal his body, mind, and soul; and THEN suited up to do it again! Words like brave and heroic do little to describe him and guys like him. I say all tha In my opinion Marcus Luttrell is a hero for the simple reason that he volunteered put on America's uniform and put himself in between our country and the bad guys. Beyond that, he signed up for one of the most grueling trainings known to man BUD/S; was attacked by the Taliban and blown halfway down a huge mountain; evaded certain death; worked to heal his body, mind, and soul; and THEN suited up to do it again! Words like brave and heroic do little to describe him and guys like him. I say all that to say that in writing Service the author downplays his own heroism throughout, instead pointing to the bravery and heroism of many others. This book is rich with excitement, dread, brotherhood, grief, grit, and love. However, it's not a "page turner" for two reasons. The first is that there is just far too much on many pages to absorb quickly. And second because of the dread of turning the page to read the fate of one (or many) of those you've gotten to know through the introductions from the author. This book is a chronicle of how a few Americans live, love, and sometimes die in Service to their country. This is not the kind of book one can say they "liked," loved, or even hated. The word I can give it is revered. The author is a talented writer who gives voice those we may otherwise have never heard from. He gives space in his book to a few of the wives of sailors who's stories brought laughter to my heart and tears to my eyes. He doesn't stop there, he also pays homage to those who have served in the U.S. Army, Marines, and Air Force... and Texans! This is a great book! Highly recommended. Thank you Marcus Luttrell for writing it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bob Cook

    I'm glad I didn't buy this book, and thank you public library. I'll now return it to the Hostile Adolescents section, which is where it belongs. Unless you appreciate the glorification of war and the macho ravings of self-conscious warriors, I'd suggest you pass on this one. I would be interested in reading a serious study of the SEALs, but this isn't it. Now I need to wash my hands.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Selah

    Wow. This one was as good as Marcus' first book. Amazing stories, and lots of truth!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a riveting book outlining how America wages a war. Yet, it is also detailed look at the men and women behind the operations. The book focuses on the fierce battle for Ramadi and also showcases the heroic rescue effort involved with Red Wing. I give this one a score of 4/5 or a solid ‘B’

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    This was a book by the author of Lone Survivor, which is an amazing read. Marcus Luttrell, a Navy SEAL, survived an incredible battle in Afghanistan. In this book, he describes the honor and satisfaction he got from serving in the military. He describes the brotherhood he has with his Navy SEAL team brothers and in some detail, describes some of the life-threatening missions he served in. There was also a chapter written by some of the wives of his Navy SEAL team, which gives a unique perspectiv This was a book by the author of Lone Survivor, which is an amazing read. Marcus Luttrell, a Navy SEAL, survived an incredible battle in Afghanistan. In this book, he describes the honor and satisfaction he got from serving in the military. He describes the brotherhood he has with his Navy SEAL team brothers and in some detail, describes some of the life-threatening missions he served in. There was also a chapter written by some of the wives of his Navy SEAL team, which gives a unique perspective from their point-of-view. All of these folks are heroes and patriots. As a member of the Army Reserve, and having served our great country overseas, defending our freedom and way of life, I could relate to Marcus' passions about Service. This is an inspiring book, which I found very satisfying to read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    These books have brought sorrow, laughter but mostly an overall realism that our jobs/careers are nothing compared to what these true warriors do on a day to day basis. I am extremely humbled to have read both "Lone Survivor" and "Service". Two of the best books I have ever read, and if they came out at the same time I would say the writing in "Service" is better, but you cannot compare the past to the present. Marcus Luttrell, and all who have fought with, for or under his command are true hero These books have brought sorrow, laughter but mostly an overall realism that our jobs/careers are nothing compared to what these true warriors do on a day to day basis. I am extremely humbled to have read both "Lone Survivor" and "Service". Two of the best books I have ever read, and if they came out at the same time I would say the writing in "Service" is better, but you cannot compare the past to the present. Marcus Luttrell, and all who have fought with, for or under his command are true heroes. Not to mention the thousands that still continue and the tens of thousands that came before him. Strongly recommended.

  10. 5 out of 5

    G.M. Burrow

    Great followup to Lone Survivor. Marcus Luttrell recounts how he got back into the fight after Operation Redwing nearly killed him, and how he got out of it again once his body simply couldn't handle any more. His new mission: tell the stories of men like him who put it all on the line. Luttrell's grit, faith, and honesty here confirm all over again why he's my favorite modern war vet. "Some guys put their faith in their rifles. Me, I put it all in the grace of the Lord. I know who's in charge a Great followup to Lone Survivor. Marcus Luttrell recounts how he got back into the fight after Operation Redwing nearly killed him, and how he got out of it again once his body simply couldn't handle any more. His new mission: tell the stories of men like him who put it all on the line. Luttrell's grit, faith, and honesty here confirm all over again why he's my favorite modern war vet. "Some guys put their faith in their rifles. Me, I put it all in the grace of the Lord. I know who's in charge and understand whom I serve. When all hell breaks loose and people start falling, God becomes priority number one."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brigitt

    More than a great book. This book allows you a peek at the heart, souls and courage of our military hero's. Didn't want this book to end. Thank you for sharing your story. Godspeed

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    I first read "Service: A Navy SEAL at War" by Marcus Luttrell because I am a fan of war books and have previously read "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell and enjoyed it. I have read many books about war and it seems that almost every one of those books has had at least a section or two or blandness where the author goes on and on about various types of weapons or tries to teach you about different acronyms used in the military. I was expecting a section to be bland and boring in "Service", but w I first read "Service: A Navy SEAL at War" by Marcus Luttrell because I am a fan of war books and have previously read "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell and enjoyed it. I have read many books about war and it seems that almost every one of those books has had at least a section or two or blandness where the author goes on and on about various types of weapons or tries to teach you about different acronyms used in the military. I was expecting a section to be bland and boring in "Service", but was pleasantly surprised when I reached the end of the book and found myself entertained throughout the whole book. This book does a very nice job of pulling your heart strings. It made me further realize the sacrifice these men and women go through just to protect us. There are points where I was on the verge of tears because of the commitment and humility that service men and women go through. This book did not just glorify SEALS either, it glorified every part of our military. There are points in the book where I would just sit back and say to myself, "This is why I have an obligation to serve my country". It only reinforced reasons as to why I want to serve. Luttrell does an amazing job of not over-doing the actual war fighting part of the book and making sure the readers understand the sacrifices that men and women in the service have to go through. I repeatedly found myself feeling motivated to be the best person I can be as I read the book. While reading about everything our service men and women go through so we can enjoy the freedoms we have, I felt as if I would be disrespecting the work these people went through to not take full advantage of the life I have. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading about war, but does so for the purpose to realize the sacrifices that these men and women go through rather than just a history lesson. I would also recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the books "Lone Survivor" or "Unbroken" as there is also a presence of perseverance and survival throughout the book. This book made me want to be the best person I can be, opened my eyes to the true sacrifice that goes into war, and kept me entertained throughout the whole book, for those reasons, I gave it a 5 out of 5 star rating.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dio Handoyo

    Nicely written in a distinct, simple Luttrell style supported by Hornfischer's fascinating presentation of facts. While the 2 sections of the book - first half covering Chief Luttrell's post-Red Wings (which for some reason is still referred to as "Redwing" in the book in spite of what the official Navy reports indicate) SEAL career and the second half highlighting certain "unsung heroes" deserving of gratitude within the special operations community - felt rather disjointed, each section convey Nicely written in a distinct, simple Luttrell style supported by Hornfischer's fascinating presentation of facts. While the 2 sections of the book - first half covering Chief Luttrell's post-Red Wings (which for some reason is still referred to as "Redwing" in the book in spite of what the official Navy reports indicate) SEAL career and the second half highlighting certain "unsung heroes" deserving of gratitude within the special operations community - felt rather disjointed, each section conveys their respective messages very well. A very enjoyable read throughout.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Very informative book, filled with great stories about Luttrell and his Navy Seal brothers: their training, their victories, their defeats, and the women and families back home that make it all possible. From the title and cover I expected something of an essay. Instead, this book tells the story of Luttrell's life, picking up, more or less, where LONE SURVIVOR left off. These life-and-death stories could hardly be any more exciting or dramatic. This book is more episodic than LONE SURVIVOR, of Very informative book, filled with great stories about Luttrell and his Navy Seal brothers: their training, their victories, their defeats, and the women and families back home that make it all possible. From the title and cover I expected something of an essay. Instead, this book tells the story of Luttrell's life, picking up, more or less, where LONE SURVIVOR left off. These life-and-death stories could hardly be any more exciting or dramatic. This book is more episodic than LONE SURVIVOR, of course, and structurally it may lack the unities of time and place that lend such power to that tale. But this book provides a greater sense of the context in which Seals live and work, and it tells the stories of numerous operations, some good, some bad, and a better sense of the day-to-day life in between. Books like this should be required reading for those who despise and misunderstand the American military and its mission and purpose. I wish our nation had one million more men like Luttrell and his brothers.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jake Kenny

    The book Service by Marcus Luttrell is very action filled and interesting, and is one of my favorite books. Marcus Luttrell is a Navy Seal that is coming back from an injury sustained in 2005. He took part in Operation Redwing and received the Navy Cross for his effort and bravery. In service he returns to action with his twin brother Morgan (also a Navy Seal) and they fight in Ramadi, a dangerous war-zone in Iraq. They also start the book with Marcus Luttrell preparing for action again and his The book Service by Marcus Luttrell is very action filled and interesting, and is one of my favorite books. Marcus Luttrell is a Navy Seal that is coming back from an injury sustained in 2005. He took part in Operation Redwing and received the Navy Cross for his effort and bravery. In service he returns to action with his twin brother Morgan (also a Navy Seal) and they fight in Ramadi, a dangerous war-zone in Iraq. They also start the book with Marcus Luttrell preparing for action again and his intense fight to return with his brother. This book is about war, and includes some words that describe gruesome scenes. The book interests me because I like reading about Navy Seals, but don’t let that stop you. It is very interesting and gives an inside look on the secret inside life of a Navy Seal at war.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    "Lone Survivor" and "Service" both by Marcus Luttrell should be required reading for all Americans. Both books are valuable on several levels. First, the stories themselves will educate you and leave you in awe. Next, digging deeper, the books teach many valuable life lessons. Finally, you will ponder for long after you read these books, with gratitude, for the sacrifices that many are making on behalf of this great country. Your thoughts almost take you on a spiritual journey of deep reflecti "Lone Survivor" and "Service" both by Marcus Luttrell should be required reading for all Americans. Both books are valuable on several levels. First, the stories themselves will educate you and leave you in awe. Next, digging deeper, the books teach many valuable life lessons. Finally, you will ponder for long after you read these books, with gratitude, for the sacrifices that many are making on behalf of this great country. Your thoughts almost take you on a spiritual journey of deep reflection, of exactly what a patriot is and what your personal contribution is to our country and the freedom we enjoy. Thank you, Mr. Luttrell, for your sacrifices, honor, and for taking the time to share your story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This book was written better than Lone Survivor. LS was so tragic, this book is focused more on what being in the military is about. I felt like I got to know Marcus more in this book. He reflects on what happened in A-stan with with a different perspective. His grief is still very present, but less raw, as if he has healed a bit. I highly recommend both of his books. I wish a glossary of military acronyms had been included. There are so many and each is only spelled out one time. If you forget This book was written better than Lone Survivor. LS was so tragic, this book is focused more on what being in the military is about. I felt like I got to know Marcus more in this book. He reflects on what happened in A-stan with with a different perspective. His grief is still very present, but less raw, as if he has healed a bit. I highly recommend both of his books. I wish a glossary of military acronyms had been included. There are so many and each is only spelled out one time. If you forget (and you will), you have to try and find the first time it appeared.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    Marcus Luttrell was free with this book to provide more details of Operation Redwing. The book is so much more than that...it provides the reader with insight into the day-to-day life of warriors in Iraq, and Into the commitment and character of the finest men this nation has to offer. A compelling read, the title defines the work of its characters. Should be required reading by everyone in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lyndsay

    5-Stars, just like Luttrell's 1st book "Lone Survivor." Such a well written book about his time serving our country in the Navy SEALs. This book made me laugh ... and cry. I thought it was so nice that the last chapter was written by 4 wives/widows of men in the SEALs. This gave a much different perspective, and a powerful message. I would definitely recommend this book :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    David

    Another 'American Sniper' type book, with a Chris Kyle type of guy. A super religious guy, with a deep sense of patriotism. You do not learn as much about SEALS in this book as I thought you would, more on the idea that they are 'brothers, bonded forever' part of it. A not too bad account on the takeover of Ramadi, and a decent memoir on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Unbelievably good. In a sea of fiction Marucs Luttrell writes a book with stories that proof fact can be more beautiful, heroic, awe inspiring and humbling than ANY fiction. I so deeply respect him and meeting him is on my bucket list

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brenton

    This is a follow up work on the author's previous bestseller Lone Survivor. It's an insiders look at the Navy Seals, a tribute to armed forces, special forces in particular, and a memoir. What it lacks in narrative flow, it compensates for in gripping anecdotes.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Fear is a force that sharpens your senses. Being afraid is a state of paralysis in which you can't do anything. Service is selflessness--the opposite of the lifestyle that we see so much of in America today.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Cantara

    Thank you for your service but awfully written and painfully slow. Never developed, couldn't finish it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    This book took me a bit longer to finish than normal due to some papers and schoolwork. That being the case, I thought it was an amazing book that I hated to put down. It delves further into Marcus Luttrell's life after the events described in his first book, Lone Survivor, as he returns to his life as a SEAL through to a few years after he retired from the US Navy. I thought it was a powerful, well-written book, and it held my attention until the finish. It has been interesting to read books abo This book took me a bit longer to finish than normal due to some papers and schoolwork. That being the case, I thought it was an amazing book that I hated to put down. It delves further into Marcus Luttrell's life after the events described in his first book, Lone Survivor, as he returns to his life as a SEAL through to a few years after he retired from the US Navy. I thought it was a powerful, well-written book, and it held my attention until the finish. It has been interesting to read books about soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, as they discuss strides that are being made in helping to rebuild different parts of the country while the news media at the time was reporting how ineffectual the US military and its allies were in-country. I think it went a long ways to showing the level of media bias, of reporting the story that they want to be told instead of the truth. It was also interesting to read how the mission of the SEALs in Iraq was similar to that of the Green Berets (well, it reminded me of their mission, anyway - of working with the locals to help them improve their living conditions as well as training them how to defend themselves, along those lines). Luttrell's leaders kept reinforcing that the SEALs had to be 'careful' in what they did because their actions would always have long-term effects upon the locals and how the locals would perceive Americans (and other foreign soldiers on Iraqi soil). For example, an American soldier might justifiably shoot a teenager who picked up a gun and aimed it at the American forces, but the next day, all the locals would see was a teenager who had been shot by the Americans - the gun would be ignored and the reasons why the teenager was shot would be irrelevant. So it was interesting to read about these American soldiers who had learned how to show restraint and see how a situation developed if it was not immediately life-threatening to them and their brothers-in-arms. I also appreciated reading about the perspectives of those involved in searching for Luttrell and his four-man team after their mission went south. It showed a different side of what Luttrell went through; it was the experiences of those searching for him. I thought it was a 'powerful' addition to the book, reading about the stories of the men attempting to rescue he and his brothers. I also thought the chapter with the personal stories of the four wives (some of whom are widows) was equally powerful. It is easy to forget that many soldiers have families, and serving the country in the armed forces does take a toll on the family. I appreciated and respected what Luttrell did by allowing people to see what happens on the civilian side of a soldier's life, of what the family goes through. It was an intimate window that helped reveal a side of life I am sure not many people think about. The stories about brotherhood, about how the teams would help injured teammates recover was equally powerful. I do not know how many people would be ready and willing to spend as much as, if not all, of their 'free time' helping a friend learn how to live again after suffering a traumatic injury (even to the point of 'moving in' with that friend), but Luttrell shared several stories about how SEAL team members were constantly there for their injured brothers, taking care of them and their families, of making sure whatever could be done was indeed done to help restore a sense of normalcy to their wounded brother's life. Words cannot adequately express that level of service, love, and brotherhood these men shared with and for each other. I thought it was an amazing book. It was well-written, and it moved at a fast pace. I am glad I took the time to read it. I thought Luttrell did an excellent job at honoring his fellow brothers in the SEAL teams as well as other members of the armed forces, be they 'normal grunts,' pilots either providing air support or flying search-and-rescue, or special operators with advanced training.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel Hein

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I rate the book Service: A Navy Seal at War a four star. This book is a great example of why you should never feel sorry yourself because these Navy Seals go through so much by giving up themselves to protect this country. This is the first book I have ever read about war. This book can be sad and intense at times. This is a good book, but there are times where too much is going on and you lose track of what is happening. This is a book written by Marcus Luttrell and he talks about all the train I rate the book Service: A Navy Seal at War a four star. This book is a great example of why you should never feel sorry yourself because these Navy Seals go through so much by giving up themselves to protect this country. This is the first book I have ever read about war. This book can be sad and intense at times. This is a good book, but there are times where too much is going on and you lose track of what is happening. This is a book written by Marcus Luttrell and he talks about all the training and war he has been through. He also talks about what it takes to commit to being a Navy Seal. One mission Marcus explained is the battle of Ramadi. Ramadi is a very dangerous city, and this is where the U.S. needs to take serious precaution before entering. Another intense mission that Marcus was on was Operation Red Wings, also known as the battle of Abbas Ghar. There are some tough challenges of being married to a member of a special ops team. Most of these marriages end up in divorces because the wives simply cannot handle their husbands being gone and constantly having anxiety about if they are alive or dead or if they are ever going to come home. In this book, Marcus explains brotherhood and how much teammates mean to each other. There were a few inspiring characters in this book that really stood out to me, number one being Marcus Luttrell. Marcus has been through so much that nobody can relate. Marcus has inspired many because of his true grit. Marcus also has a great personality and really cares about his teammates. Mohammad Gulab is a perfect example of how everything is not about you. He sacrificed his future and was disowned by his family to save Marcus Luttrell who was only one of four Navy Seals still alive during the battle against the Taliban. Mohammad Gulab is hunted every day that he stays in his homeland because he saved a life of an American servicemen. Overall, this book was entertaining and very interesting and had a lot of emotion in it. There were times in this book where the wars began to become repetitive and you start to lose track of what is happening. I would recommend this book especially to people that plan to join the Military or people that have already served. My only warning to the reader is that there are many curse words and some of the content can be gruesome.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ayush Majumdar

    The autobiography, 'SERVICE - A NAVY SEAL AT WAR', is one of the most emotional books I have ever read. Many parts of the book are filled with anguish, sadness, despair, and grief. It would take an exceptionally sharp reader to find even a sentence in this book where Navy Seal, Marcus Luttrell, author and main character is truly happy. He experienced loss face-to-face, and he has next to nobody to help him relieve him of the pain. Although this book is flooded with feeling, SERVICE is one of th The autobiography, 'SERVICE - A NAVY SEAL AT WAR', is one of the most emotional books I have ever read. Many parts of the book are filled with anguish, sadness, despair, and grief. It would take an exceptionally sharp reader to find even a sentence in this book where Navy Seal, Marcus Luttrell, author and main character is truly happy. He experienced loss face-to-face, and he has next to nobody to help him relieve him of the pain. Although this book is flooded with feeling, SERVICE is one of the most dim books I have ever read. The only experience that is mentioned is his involvement in the wars of Iraq & Afghanistan, and how he duels against pain. The part where the Navy fights is only a description, and it isn't very enlightening, nor is it exciting. In 2005, the SEAL team that Marcus Luttrell was part of, had to capture an Afghani Taliban leader, dead or alive. Earlier that month, they showed pity to a few goat herders. This turned out to be a mistake. The herders betrayed them, and Operation Red-Wing came under heavy fire. All but Luttrell died, including the 16 man helicopter who arrived for backup. This is why his autobiography is subtitled, 'A Lone Survivor'. As I wrote before, the story represented his anguish and grief, from losing battle after battle to crying until he had no more tears to cry. This battle is the main reason for his negative feelings. Eventually, Luttrell dealt with his emotions by rejoining the SEAL team and fighting at one of the most feared places on Planet Earth-Ramadi, Iraq. In the entire book, Luttrell repeatedly claims his faith in his teammates, and that he would trust almost all of the them with his life. Overall, 'SERVICE - A NAVY SEAL AT WAR' represents brotherhood, friendship, and war.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Metz

    Marcus Luttrell is a personal hero of mine, and I have now read both of his books. You might know him as the Lone Survivor. The eyewitness account of Navy Seal operation Red Wing that went horrifically wrong was adapted into a movie a few years ago in which Mark Wahlberg played Marcus Luttrell. The primary reason for Luttrell writing the book in the first place was to dismiss the inaccuracies the media depicted of the operation. As he was the only survivor living to tell the tale, he needed to b Marcus Luttrell is a personal hero of mine, and I have now read both of his books. You might know him as the Lone Survivor. The eyewitness account of Navy Seal operation Red Wing that went horrifically wrong was adapted into a movie a few years ago in which Mark Wahlberg played Marcus Luttrell. The primary reason for Luttrell writing the book in the first place was to dismiss the inaccuracies the media depicted of the operation. As he was the only survivor living to tell the tale, he needed to be the one to sum things up and honor his fallen teammates as well as all of the men who died trying to save him. It is easily in the top 3 books that I have ever read. Luttrell's second book, Service, tells the stories of his other tours of service in the middle east during his time as a Navy Seal. This book picks up right where Lone Survivor left off, but it goes into more specifics in highlighting his teammates, and servicemen in general. There was also a great chapter where Marcus discussed his close relationship with Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal who has been dubbed ”The American Sniper”. I would highly recommend reading this book AFTER reading Lone Survivor. This book gave me even further reason to be extremely proud of this country, and further, extremely fortunate to be living in it. I give this one an 7/10. Have you read this or Lone Survivor? Did you see the movie? 2020 books read: 2

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book wasn't entirely what I was expecting it to be, although it was certainly interesting to listen to. I thought it was going to provide more of an overview about Navy SEALs - their history, how they train, the different ways that they serve, etc. While there was certainly some of all of that in here, it was more a story of Luttrell's time in Ramadi with SEAL Team 5 along with recounting some more of his rescue from Operation Redwing. Towards the end, there were a few excerpts from SEAL wi This book wasn't entirely what I was expecting it to be, although it was certainly interesting to listen to. I thought it was going to provide more of an overview about Navy SEALs - their history, how they train, the different ways that they serve, etc. While there was certainly some of all of that in here, it was more a story of Luttrell's time in Ramadi with SEAL Team 5 along with recounting some more of his rescue from Operation Redwing. Towards the end, there were a few excerpts from SEAL wives and the recounting of others' experiences in previous wars, but all in all it was far more focused on Luttrell's own experiences. Those of course still make for an impressive story, and it's always interesting and a bit mind-blowing to hear first-hand perspectives of those who serve our country and what that entails - it's a life most of us can't imagine and don't particularly think much about on a day to day to basis. All that being said, it was hard to really hear Luttrell's voice in the text...it seemed to come through at times, but then would feel contradictory in others, which perhaps is due to the whatever the collaboration looked like with his co-writer. Although the narrative of the stories recounted and the perspectives shared were powerful, the book felt a bit inconsistent overall, jumping around at different points and inserting opinions in random places.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Caleb

    Service: A Navy SEAL at War is truly a novel showing the everyday lives of our Navy, and brief moments of other armed forces throughout the novel. This novel is about Marcus Luttrell (author) and his tours through Iraq with his "brothers" and the hardships they go through to protect us. The target audience for this novel is Veterans, aspiring Navy Seals, and people looking trying to see what it is like in the eyes of a Navy Seal. I would recommend this book to my peers because this Novel shows u Service: A Navy SEAL at War is truly a novel showing the everyday lives of our Navy, and brief moments of other armed forces throughout the novel. This novel is about Marcus Luttrell (author) and his tours through Iraq with his "brothers" and the hardships they go through to protect us. The target audience for this novel is Veterans, aspiring Navy Seals, and people looking trying to see what it is like in the eyes of a Navy Seal. I would recommend this book to my peers because this Novel shows us the people who keep our country running. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel because it shows the reader the comradery that our armed forces have and how they will do anything, like running in front of bullets traveling at insane speeds just to retrieve a fallen brother.

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