No Easy Day - killing Osama

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    Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
    First published in 2012, this is the firsthand account of Seal Team Six and Operation Neptune Spear, from which the film "Zero Dark Thirty' drew much of its material.

    Written in collaboration with defence journalist Kevin Maurer, 'No Easy Day' is the autobiography of one of the Seal team leaders who assaulted Osama Bin Laden's hideaway in Abottabad. His ' nom de guerre ' for publication is given as Mark Owen.

    Apart from the Abbotabad mission, the writer served 13 combat tours. He has written a separate account of his own life called 'No hero:the evolution of a Navy Seal '

    This first book covers the author's time in the US Navy's Seal community,from initial training through to his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. It gives a real feel for the lifestyle of those who undergo the additional 9 month selection training for the East Coast Seal Development Group (DEVGRU) from which the Abbotabad team was drawn.

    There are wry insights into the reality of special forces life. The day after returning from the Somali coast having taken part in the mission to free the hijacked skipper of the Maersk Alabama,our hero is mowing his backyard and changing nappies.

    He details from the Seal perspective the abortive attempt to capture Osama Bin Laden at Tora Bora in 2001.No mention of British involvement.

    He then covers his own deployment in 2007 on a second Tora Bora mission,this time working with the Pakistan Army out of Islamabad. Another failure.

    Focusing on the Abbotabad mission itself, the book covers the raid into Pakistan over 120 pages. There is a helpful six page graphic showing the separate elements eg INFIL, Assault phase and EXFIL .

    One aspect that comes across loud and clear is the awareness that this is a mission which will be scrutinised, Hollywoodised and played out over years to come.

    The team joke about casting the movie (nobody is getting George Clooney or Matt Damon). They are also fully aware that the politicians back home will take the credit - not least President Obama.

    Overall,a healthy dose of realism on a controversial and technically challenging mission in difficult circumstances. No Easy Day is a worthwhile read to counterbalance the endless Hollywood treatment.

    Four out of five Mr Mushroomheads.

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  1. MoleBath
    Not just the UK special forces who have dust ups over what is published , let us hope the Dof D passes the money to a US military charity
  2. Effendi
    Matt Bissonnette, aka. Mark Owen, was recently successfully sued by the Department of Defense (DoD) for having the book published without permission. All the money he has made directly as a result of the book must be paid to the DoD - $4.5 million. Ooops.

    He is claiming bad legal advice in that his lawyer informed him that it was ok to publish and he is now suing his lawyer.
    1. beagleboy

      Looks like this will play out for years.
      beagleboy, Sep 28, 2016
    2. Goatman
      That's this book at least, he comes across as not being bitter about his time in. The suits will fack you over every time - 'you can't beat City Hall'
      Goatman, Sep 29, 2016
  3. beagleboy
    *my bold*

    Great quote:

    No Easy Day is a worthwhile read to counterbalance the endless Hollywood treatment.
  4. beagleboy
    Hmmmm.....I've got the book (Kindle) but never read it (downloaded via 'various' means) if only because it is written by, or rather, it's an American version of events even if 'first' hand. Now, I might just read it on the strength of the review by Goatman.

    I'm gunna trust ya on this 'Goaty'.
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    1. Goatman
      Trust no-one! Have you learned nothing in your time with us Grasshopper? :) Worth a read.
      Goatman, Sep 25, 2016
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