The Operator

By Robert O'Neill

The Operator - Robert O'Neill
  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
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Description

This instant New York Times bestseller—“a jaw-dropping, fast-paced account” (New York Post) recounts SEAL Team Operator Robert O’Neill’s incredible four-hundred-mission career, including the attempts to rescue “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips, and which culminated in the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist—Osama bin Laden.

In The Operator, Robert O’Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs’ most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O’Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills—and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he’d trained with and fought beside never made it home.

“Impossible to put down…The Operator is unique, surprising, a kind of counternarrative, and certainly the other half of the story of one of the world’s most famous military operations…In the larger sense, this book is about…how to be human while in the very same moment dealing with death, destruction, combat” (Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author). O’Neill describes the nonstop action of his deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military’s most selective units, and reveals details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history. This is “a riveting, unvarnished, and wholly unforgettable portrait of America’s most storied commandos at war” (Joby Warrick).

Reviews

  • Absolutely incredible book

    5
    By ZenoArts
    This book is full of great life lessons, amazing stories both happy and sad, and is just an all-around fantastic read. Couldn’t recommend it enough.
  • Fantastic

    5
    By JamesTrentonJospehLocke
    If Mr. O’Neill’s days as an operator are behind him, his future as a writer is just as necessary and bright as his past was. Superb and compelling book.
  • Awesome book!

    5
    By The Teufel Hunden
    Loved every detail!
  • The Operator

    5
    By Squirrel 11B
    I bought the E book and read the book. I wanted to buy this man a beer, but don’t know if I’ll ever catch up to him so I bought a hard copy also.
  • Awesome read...hard to put down!

    5
    By cwilson241
    This is a well thought out and well written book. Loved every page of it!
  • Intense. Funny. Great

    5
    By Steve King (not the author)
    Once the roller coaster starts, it’s hard to stop reading about it. Great “human” aspects. Great story.
  • The operator

    5
    By Baby kjjk
    I’m more than half way through, This is a great book. What an inspiring peace of history told through the man and his squad that did it....amazing.
  • Must read

    5
    By ElCafeDiablo
    This book was amazing. The in-depth details of the events that led to one of the greatest kills, in American history, was exactly why I could not put the book down.
  • Amazing!

    5
    By Dforman5
    Absolutely incredible book. This should be in everyone’s must read library.
  • Fantastic Read

    5
    By JCN41
    It only took me a few hours to read this book, as I couldn’t put it down. The author makes it quite clear right off the bat that this book is not about him, but about all Navy Seals, and all military. I strongly recommend this book.