Lone Survivor


Author:  Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson

Title:  Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and The Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10

Genre:  Non-fiction, Current Events and Politics, History Writing

Publication Date:  June 2007

Number of Pages:  388

Geographical Setting:  United States & Afghanistan

Time Period:  1999 – 2005

Series (If applicable):

Plot Summary:  This amazing true story follows Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell as he and his team carry out a difficult mission to take down a terrorist leader in Afghanistan.  Told in first-person, the story begins with Marcus traveling around the U.S. visiting the families of his fallen comrades.  It then goes on to switch between the beginnings of the mission and the intense SEAL training that eventually led Marcus overseas.  The battle between Marcus and his three fellow SEALs against 150 Taliban fighters is told in gritty detail, followed by Marcus’s amazing survival and his eventual rescue by the U.S. Army.

Subject Headings:  Luttrell, Marcus; United States, Navy, Sea Air Land Team; United States, Navy – Officers; Afghan War, 2001- – Campaigns; Afghan War, 2001- — Personal narratives, American

Appeal:  Fast-paced, moving, suspenseful, gritty, sobering, inspiring, detailed, candid, colloquial, straightforward, contemporary, detailed setting

3 terms that best describe this book:  Fascinating, moving, inspiring

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

–       Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper by Howard E. Wasdin – This is a similar title that takes an in-depth look at the training that Navy SEALs go through and the dangerous missions that they carry out.  While Lone Survivor goes in depth about the SEAL training process, this title takes readers through the training at the Marine’s Scout Sniper School.  Both are fascinating, fast-paced reads written by ex-Navy SEALs about gritty situations.

–       War by Sebastian Junger – Similar to Lone Survivor, this is a story of current events and politics that is compelling and fast-paced.  It follows a platoon over 15 months during the Afghanistan War, as is being fought in Lone Survivor, told from an objective third-party.

–       The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228 by Dick Couch – This is a third-person account of the training that Navy SEALs go through to become the most elite fighters in the United States forces.  SEAL Class 228 is also the class that Marcus Luttrell was a part of.  Similar to Lone Survivor, this is a richly detailed, fascinating read for anyone interested in learning more about the Navy SEALs.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

–       The Last Patriot by Brad Thor – This novel is similarly fast-paced and suspenseful with a former Navy SEAL as the protagonist.

–       Protect and Defend by Vince Flynn – This fast-paced and suspenseful novel also takes place in the Middle East where the U.S. must try to stop retaliation from Middle East forces, similar to the mission in Lone Survivor.

–       Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy – Clancy’s newest novel is similarly fast-paced and suspenseful with an ex-Navy SEAL protagonist that is trying to protect the U.S. from Taliban terrorists.

Name:  Julie F.


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