Jan 262013

images-2I love finding that book that hooks you.  A page turner.  The story unfolds right away.  There’s immediacy in the telling of the tale.  No endless back story.  No flash backs.  The story is being told through the action taking place with the characters on the page.  First person narrative.   In real time.  Whatever time that is.

And I love finding books.  Or books finding me.  This one was literally a find.  I found it on the landing of my stairs.  Or it found me on the stairs.  The tenants of my building enjoy putting crap on the stairwells in a gesture of “my crap may be your treasure.”  SEAL TEAM SIX is a treasure.  Page one and you’re in for the ride.  This is a miss your subway stop read.  A cancel your plans and keep your ass in the chair until it’s over read.  A take a sick day read.  Vin Diesel bought the film rights so it has to be good.  I will give nothing away but the review on the back cover.

“When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six.

In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard E. Wasdin takes readers deep inside the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S)—the toughest and longest military training in the world. After graduating, Wasdin saw combat in Operation Desert Storm as a member of SEAL Team Two. Then the Green Course: the selection process to join the legendary SEAL Team Six–a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. As a member of Team Six, sniper school followed and Wasdin became one of the best snipers on the planet.

Soon he was fighting for his life. The mission: capture or kill Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. From rooftops, helicopters, and alleys, Wasdin hunted Aidid and killed his men whenever possible. But everything went quickly to hell. The Battle of Mogadishu, as it become known, left eighteen American soldiers dead and seventy-three wounded. Wasdin’s tale is one of the most thrilling and inspiring military memoirs in years.”

Enjoy calling in sick…

 January 26, 2013