Well this is my first read of 2013, and I must say it was a fantastic start. I don’t often read non-fiction but I’d like to change that. I very much enjoyed this book and one reason was because I knew it was a true story. No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
All the names are changed in the book, including the author’s, so we don’t know who he really is, but the author was one of the members of SEAL Team Six, or DEVGRU. This team was primarily responsible for carrying out the raid on bin Laden. The author takes us through his history in the SEALs and some of the training he endured, along with a few previous missions in which he was involved prior to the bin Laden raid. If you enjoy stories about Navy SEALs then you’ll like this book. After reading this, I’m planning to pickup some more books about the SEALs and about military history also.
This story is not for the faint of heart. It deals with real warfare and might offend some people who are bleeding hearts. But it is realistic and does an excellent job of portraying the necessities of guns, war, the need for our military and especially our Navy SEALs, along with showing the best and probably only way to deal with terrorists and those who would threaten the United States and its citizens.
The author wrote under the name Mark Owen, but says that isn’t his real name. He also changed names of all his buddies in the book, to protect the SEALs identities. In the epilogue of the book, he gives his reasoning for why he decided to write this story and basically says that since his Commander in Chief, meaning Obama as President, has decided to talk about these events in open public, he sees no problem with doing this himself, being one of the men directly involved in the mission. He was tired of seeing the news reporting and public internet accounts of the mission, because he said most of them had erroneous information and didn’t tell the true story of the raid. His intention was to set the record straight, and I think he does a fine job in this piece of literature.