Sunday, 8 July 2012

Seal Team Six

Seal Team Six by Howard E Wasdin and Stephen Templin.

I was surprised by this book, but not disappointed. I was expecting a fairly Gung-ho book about this elite team, and that was there in part, but it was largely an autobiography of a man's career in the SEAL, including how he got there and life after being a SEAL.

The early life of Howard Wasdin is discussed with the strict up-bringing suggested as helping him through the infamous Hell Week. His experiences in Desert Storm and Somalia are central as well to the book; including the relationships formed within the SEALs but also we DELTA force and Rangers he served with; as well as (again ) politicians not coming out of this smelling of roses. In some respects this point is fairly standard. What makes this book more interesting is the writing is good; being 'married' to the SEALs having an effect on his marriage and the remaining chapters on life after the SEALs make a well rounded and interesting book.

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