Book Reviews

Rogue Warrior
Title: Rogue Warrior: Red Cell
Author: Richard Marcinko
Description:

A brilliant artist of violence and warfare, Richard Marcinko rose through the Navy ranks as a UDT Frogman to a SEAL Commander who created and commanded one of this country’s most elite and classified counter terrorist units, SEAL TEAM Six. In the book Richard recounts some of the secret missions and Special Warfare craziness of his worldwide military career – and the riveting truth about the top – secret Navy SEALs. Marcinko had what it takes to be a part of the top one percent of the Navy SpecWar community. He didn’t give up and pushed his body past the thresh hold of pain and kept going, and he proved that he belonged at the top on hair-raising missions across Vietnam and a war-torn world. Blowing up supply junks, charging through minefields, jumping at 19,000 feet with a chute that wouldn’t open, and engaging in hand to hand combat in some of the most vile places on earth. He was requested by the top of the government to create the Navy’s answer to counter terrorist cell Delta Force, his answer was Navy SEAL Team Six. His team consisted of some of the most battle harden men in the Navy and would go on top-secret missions from Central America to the Middle East, the North Sea, Africa, and to hell and back. While creating his vision he had to fight against Admirals and top-tier leaders who didn’t understand unconventional warfare and how to fight terrorist and on his way he stepped on a bunch of toes and pissed off more than one 4 star and enough officers to fill a whole platoon. They wanted to knock on the front door where Marcinko wanted blow a hole thru the backdoor. At the time he did what had to be done to get where the SEAL Team Six could do what it was asked to do. Marcinko did what he was asked but had created to many enemies and was removed as Commander of SEAL Team Six. He didn’t stay down for to long though, he was asked to create something the military world has never seen a group called Red Cell, they were a dirty dozen team of the military’s most accomplished and decorated counter terrorists fighters. Their unbelievable job was to test the defenses of the Navy’s most secure facilities and installations. Well he did his job a little to well and the results were predictable. All hell broke loose and he infiltrated base after base and humiliated Admiral after Admiral. After a short time leading this unit he was also removed from leadership and the Navy went after him with everything they had, and tried to court martial him on numerous accounts. Marcinko might have been hated by many top leadership in the Navy he still played it by the books, and after a 5 year 60 million dollar investigation he was convicted on petty charges and sentenced to only a year in jail. How does that make you feel as a tax payer knowing that a man who served and protected this country and created not only one but two top-tier secret teams that ultimately saved probably thousands if not hundreds of thousands of American’s lives was subjected to a witch hunt that ultimately found nothing. SEAL Team Six not only fights wars in far places but they also found and killed some of the most wanted men in the World from Pablo Escobar to Osama Bin Laden. The other team that he created most likely saved thousands of our Navy personnel from terrorist attacks. He was thought highly of by his men, the men who put their lives in danger day after day, even if he wasn’t like by the men who sit behind wooden desks and sent his men to meet their makers.

nwtactical Review:

I highly recommend anyone who likes military novels to read this book. This book reads like fiction but is in fact a biography of one of the greatest warriors in modern history. His tactics might have been unconventional but were very effective. For sheer excitement and adventure this book is hard to beat. Not only was Marcinko one of the greatest warriors of our time but he was a wild man and lived his life to the fullest. From jumping out air planes on his free time to drinking Bombay and beer, cursing, and fighting with his brothers in arms. He was a man of little education who fought his way to the top of the Navy and worked hard to educate himself and learn how to smooze with the best of them. On his way up he might have broken a few rules, and rankled a few officers feathers but it was always in the best interest of his men that he commanded. He fought for the best gear, and for fair treatment of his men. In the end of his career he claims the Navy went after him on a personal vendetta to drive him out on falsified charges. It may be true and it may be that the exact skills and temperament that made him so effective against the enemy were a detriment when dealing with the whitewashed pencil pushers at the pentagon. It is tough to be a stone cold killer in a peacetime Navy, and just turn the aggression on and off when asked to. This is the first book of a series of exciting novels written by Richard Marcinko so buy it and enjoy and then read them all.

 

 

Title: SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper
Author: Howard Wasdin
Description:

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

SEAL Team Six is a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard 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 faced new challenges. First there was 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, with a curriculum that included practiced land warfare to unarmed combat. More than learning how to pick a lock, they learned how to blow the door off its hinges. Finally as a member of SEAL Team Six he graduated from the most storied and challenging sniper program in the country: The Marine’s Scout Sniper School. Eventually, of the 18 snipers in SEAL Team Six, Wasdin became the best—which meant one of the best snipers on the planet.

Less than half a year after sniper school, 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 when his small band of soldiers found themselves fighting for their lives, cut off from help, and desperately trying to rescue downed comrades during a routine mission. The Battle of Mogadishu, as it become known, left 18 American soldiers dead and 73 wounded. Howard Wasdin had both of his legs nearly blown off while engaging the enemy. His dramatic combat tales combined with inside details of becoming one of the world’s deadliest snipers make this one of the most explosive military memoirs in years.

nwtactical Review:

You read a book like this because you love the action, the scenarios and the pure learning curve it provides about one of the deadliest combat forces in history. Author Howard Wasdin was an actual member of Seal Team Six and retired out on a medical discharge after he sustained severe injuries on a mission.

This book simply gives you details of the life of a Navy Seal that you will not find anywhere else, and I believe I have read most of what is on the market. Wasdin was involved with missions such as the Battle of Mogadishu, and the first Gulf War. He pulls no punches and he minces no words. What is is, and he is unafraid to tell you about it within the bounds of protecting his fellow Seals.

As an example, he mentions that during the first Gulf War he thought it was reasonable that the Seals should have been put in charge of protecting the Kuwaiti oil fields from the retreating Iraqi army under Saddam Hussein. The generals in charge thought otherwise. As a result Hussein’s troops set fire to the fields during the retreat. Some 600 oil wells were fired up. Kuwait lost 5 to 6 million barrels per day. Five percent of the physical country was a mixture of land and oil, and it cost $1.5 billion to clean up, and nobody talks about it.

Wasdin is also very clear about what service to his country does to a marriage – it simply destroys it. It does not take long for a wife to realize that a Seal is more married to his team than he is to a woman. Most marriages suffer as a result, including his own, but training and the mission come first and as Seals like to say, the more you sweat in peacetime, the less you bleed in war.

 

One Rough Man

Title: One Rough Man
Author: Brad Taylor
Description:
Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, move over: introducing a pulse-pounding new international thriller series by a former Delta Force commander.

They call it the Taskforce. Their existence is as essential as it is illegal. Commissioned at the highest level of the U.S. government. Protected from the prying eyes of Congress and the media. Built around the top operators from across the clandestine, intelligence, and special forces landscape. Designed to operate outside the bounds of U.S. law. Trained to exist on the ragged edge of human capability.

Pike Logan was the most successful operator on the Taskforce, his instincts and talents unrivaled-until personal tragedy permanently altered his outlook on the world. Pike knows what the rest of the country might not want to admit: The real threat isn’t from any nation, any government, any terrorist group. The real threat is one or two men, controlled by ideology, operating independently, in possession of a powerful weapon.

Buried in a stack of intercepted chatter is evidence of two such men. The transcripts are scheduled for analysis in three months. The attack is mere days away. It is their bad luck that they’re about to cross paths with Pike Logan. And Pike Logan has nothing left to lose.

Review:

Brad Taylor retired from the U.S. Army Special Forces as a lieutenant colonel, a rank gained by putting himself in the most dangerous situations and making wise combat decisions and by showing extreme combat valor. I and many other people like me sleep better at night knowing that there are men out there like him that put their lives in danger for us day in and day out. Whoever says that a solider is a big dumb neaderthral has the brain the size of a peanut. Yes, their probably is a few people that are not the sharpest tools in the shed but you can find that type of person on any level of private or public organization. To be an elite solider and part of Delta Force you have to be at the top of your game physically and mentally. These men are extremely smart and have a vast knowledge that only an average person like me and you can dream about knowing.

During the course of the book I went thru 3 different stages, first and formost: 1) Hmm, from pages 1 to 30, what did i get myself into; 2) whoa wait a minute this book…, from pages 30 to 80; and 3) anyone trying to take this book away from me before I finish shall pull back a hand grenade instead of a book, from pages 80 to the conclusion. In other words, start ONE ROUGH MAN, and if it doesn’t grab you from the first page, keep reading. If it sinks its hooks into you from the first paragraph, bless you. This is one wild, fun and unforgettable ride.

Pike Logan is the leader of an illegal but nessacary evil black ops team known as the Taskforce, commissioned by the POTUS. He learns abruptly and painfully that his nearly unmatched skill set cannot cope when a violent tragedy takes from him everything worth living for. Leaving the Taskforce, he begins a downward spiral that seemingly has no bottom, spending his days and nights drunk on a docked sailboat. It is his intervention into a bar fight that leads him to save the life of a young woman who is unwittingly in possession of a map that holds the location of a centuries-old weapon that two terrorists believe may well have a chilling and deadly application to modern-day warfare. Their plan is simple enough: use the weapon against Israel and plant evidence pointing to Iran as the attacker. Logan, whose initial involvement in the matter is limited to protecting the young woman, all too soon uncovers the plot and is drawn back into his old role, except that this time he doesn’t have any rules or tether (other than his own) to restrain him.

Meanwhile, an egomaniac with a talent for self-promotion is using his position and power on the National Security Council to ensure that the terrorists succeed, thinking that the contemplated attack will not only mobilize the United States but also solidify and increase his own stature. When he learns that Logan has interjected himself into the situation, he unleashes a team of mercenaries to go after Logan and stop him by any means necessary. Logan pursues and is pursued from South Carolina to Guatemala to Washington, D.C., then to Norway and Bosnia, where, with some surprise assistance, he has only one chance to stop the deaths of thousands of innocents and give his own life new meaning as well.

Those who remember the Mack Bolan/Executioner series will find much to love here, given that the characters are somewhat similar and the action level — set in stone at hard and brutal — is the same. Taylor lends an additional authenticity to his work, giving one the feeling that the hands that wrote it are nobly soiled in the fields of quiet war as well. And while ONE ROUGH MAN is complete in and of itself, there is a major plot thread left open at its conclusion, one that begs for closure somewhere down the line. Readers will be clamoring for a sequel, but for now, do not miss this first installment.

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