Review: Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Roinson

Little, Brown and Company, June 2007


Description (from

Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to be very close to Bin Laden with a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors. A born and raised Texan, Marcus Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training, where he and his fellow SEALs discovered what it took to join the most elite of the American special forces, to a fight in the desolate hills of Afghanistan for which they never could have been prepared. His account of his squadmates’ heroism and mutual support renders an experience that is both heartrending and life-affirming. In this rich chronicle of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers a powerful narrative of modern war.

My Review (5 Stars: Loved it!)

I live in Virginia near several Naval bases and was already in awe of America’s elite fighting force, The Navy Seals.  After reading Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson, I am in even more awe.  I could never have imagined what these fighting heroes go through.

Lone Survivor is a very moving story.  I cried through many parts of it.

After reading the book, I watched the movie on Netflix where Mark Goldberg plays Marcus Luttrell.  The movie, while exciting, does not show the depth of feeling that the book does, as it does not have all of the detail that is in the book.

As reflected in the book, it seems that it is a miracle that Marcus Luttrell made it out alive.  The story of how he survived is amazing. I think most people, regardless of political leanings, will appreciate and enjoy this story.


The hardcopy that I checked out from the library had many wonderful photographs.  Marcus Luttrell offers signed copies on his website.

6 thoughts on “Review: Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson”

  1. My husband went with a friend, who’s enlisted, to see the movie adaption when it was out in the theater. It rally impacted him and I’ve been meaning to pick up the book-thanks for the reminder!


  2. I just finished a fiction Seal Team story. It made me think how much they risk with every mission. I would think it would be hard to read a true story where good men were lost. I am glad you loved this and I am adding it to my Wish/TBR lists. Thanks for sharing your review.


  3. Pat, great review! Im glad you enjoyed both the book and the movie. I’m a Mark Wahlberg fan and would probably enjoy seeing the movie.


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