Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson. New York: Little, Brown and Company 2007, 390 pp., Illus. $24.99.
Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel Robert G. Longino, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
It took a tragedy to produce an inspiring book. Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor (with Patrick Robinson) is an excellent eyewitness account of what happened on a mission that went awry. Luttrell's harrowing adventure began in late June 2005 when his four-man SEAL Team started their mission seeking out a dangerous Taliban leader in a mountainous region of northeastern Afghanistan. This, just one of many such missions taking place in the battle against al Qaeda and the Taliban, was unlike any other. Soon after it began, 19 Soldiers and Sailors were dead.