The Operator

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The Operator Book Summary


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A stirringly evocative, thought-provoking, and often jaw-dropping account, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O’Neill’s awe-inspiring four-hundred-mission career, which included his involvement in attempts to rescue “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and which culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

In these pages, 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.

The Operator describes the nonstop action of O’Neill’s 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 firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history.



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  • The operator

    By seggerd
    5
    Thanks for your service!
  • Wow

    By super daved
    5
    True hero! Never forget
  • Another SEAL book, again, again....

    By StephenJ.LeBar
    1
    Ever been such a "silent warrior", that 6 of the 10 books on a shelf in an airport are books written by SEALs? Look no further, another book talking about how much of a silent elite group of warriors the SEAL community is. Jesus Christ, do you guys get a publisher after you check in at the Teams, or right after Hell Week....?
  • Great Read

    By DGNY6
    5
    I love books that make me feel as if I am ‘there’ and this book did just that. I wish there would have been more storytelling on the Bin Laden raid but I get why he likely wasn’t able to do that so it did not affect my rating.
  • Amazing book

    By Extensionqueenlv
    5
    This was my first Seal book I've read. Now I'm on book five. All have been excellent in their own ways. I'm amazed at what these true warriors & patriots do to protect and serve the U.S.A. I couldn't put this book down until I was done reading it. It took me maybe a week, if that.
  • Great read

    By Flarida
    5
    Really enjoyed getting a look into the life of this man and the history he made. Highly recommended.
  • Couldn't put it down

    By gibsgabs
    5
    I bought the book because i saw Rob O'Neil on a fox tv program. He was fearless, his demeanor was quite, well mannered and witty. There was just something about Rob being from Butte Montana and roughing it out in BUD/s school, then killing osama bin. The commentary on emotions and events kept me reading, from beginning to end nonstop. I'm so grateful for men like Rob O'Neil, and finally a book about being a man, taking on the challenges and realizing the reality of your purpose. I will recommend this book to all my friends. Billie Jo D'Agosta
  • Review of 'The Operator'

    By Howde
    5
    Excellent read. Easy to understand and never a dull moment. Read it in one day. Just couldn't put it down. Robs dedication, loyalty, and many many skills are inspiring. I've seen him on several news outlets, and find him to be very easy going. That's how his book revealed him as well. You are a hero in my mind, and I know millions of people feel as I do. Thanks you so much for your life changing service, and protecting myself and my family.
  • Awesome Book

    By Adam Cab
    5
    This was a great book, I couldn't put it down. Thank your for writing this!
  • The operator

    By steve r washburn
    5
    Very fun and interesting book to read. Do recommended

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