The Operator

The Operator by Robert O'Neill Book Summary

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).

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- YES READ IT!!!!!5 star

This book is inspirational, educational, enjoyable, and downright funny. Robert Oniel not only writes amazing stories but he writes them in a way most authors will never capture. I read TONS of military books and this is definitely my favorite. PS: The audio book is great also and its read by Robert Oniel.

- Must Real!5 star

Thanks Rob for a great story and letting us in to see what real heroes do to keep us free. Giving my sons a copy for Christmas.

- Absolutely incredible book5 star

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.

- Fantastic5 star

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 star

Loved every detail!

- The Operator5 star

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 star

This is a well thought out and well written book. Loved every page of it!

- Intense. Funny. Great5 star

Once the roller coaster starts, it’s hard to stop reading about it. Great “human” aspects. Great story.

- The operator5 star

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 read5 star

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 star

Absolutely incredible book. This should be in everyone’s must read library.

- Fantastic Read5 star

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.

- The Operator5 star

Absolutely incredible. Rob thank you for your many years of honored service to our nation. And to all those who serve our great Nation. A heartfelt thank you. Awesome individuals. Each and every one of them.

- 5-Stars All The Way5 star

Unbelievably written and portrayed. Thank you for all you’ve done for our country and for the passion in which you defended us all.

- Highly recommend!!!5 star

Great book. It’s now on my teenagers reading list!

- Great book5 star

Wonderful true vivid easy to read stories that keep you hooked. Absolutely a great book to read about our true military hero’s and the things they go through and sacrifice to give our nation freedom.

- Rob O'Neill is a true American hero!5 star

I've read all of the Seal books and this is Tops in my view! I REALLY would love to spend a couple of hours! What a stand-up guy!!!

- A MUST READ5 star

I was looking at some videos about the author Brad Taylor and discovered a video interview on SOFREP radio with Robert O’Neill. I got the book from the library and loved this book. O’Neill is a true American hero and excellent story teller. I trained in Little Creek, VA in the Navy for a position as a Chaplain’s Assistant headed to Chu Lai, Vietnam. The buds/s were next to our unit and I saw them swimming and carrying their boats to the chow hall. what stamina they had. Get this book. Jim Ronan E5 USN-R

- 5 stars to a true American Patriot and Hero5 star

Rob tells his amazing journey from growing up in Butte, MT to BUD/S and his many missions as a Navy Seal. There are some hilarious moments as well as tragedy and triumph. You cannot put this book down, and I truly believe it is a must read for every American. Put this on high school reading lists!

- The operator5 star

Riveting,written from a more personal journey than most of the books on Seals that I have read. My Son in law was a commander at Devgroup doing intell for team 6 so this book was special to me. Great book, thanks Rob.

- One of the best!5 star

Robert O’Neill has written one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I can’t wait to see what else he will write. I am now a fan and have found this book to be informative, entertaining and inspiring. Mr. O’Neill, you have no idea how much you have made me laugh and feel such much pride to be an American. You are truly an American hero, you’re parents raised a great son. You have a very beautiful life, full of adventure, sometimes heart wrenching, but nevertheless a courageous one and full of positives outcomes. Thank you for your service, Sir. I am so glad to know that you and so many others in your company were in our side. I hope to read many great books. You are a great writer. And I hope to someday meet you, hopefully in one of your book signings. AND THANK YOU AND YOUR NAVY SEAL BROTHERS, SO MUCH FOR GETTING RID OF THAT SOB.

- Incredible5 star

Such an amazing story. So serious, with a great mix of humor with harrowing bravery. Couldn’t recommend it more highly.

- The Operator4 star

I don't read a lot of books. I finished this one in a short period of time. I am interested in American History and this book fit the bill especially a part of history I personally lived through from the morning of 9/11. I relived the moments and the feelings again.

- excellent5 star

Read this in 2 days. Could not put it down!

- Great read5 star

I loved Rob's book. Y'all should read it. What a true soldier. Tough as nails.

- The operator5 star

Thanks for your service!

- Wow5 star

True hero! Never forget

- Another SEAL book, again, again....1 star

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 Read5 star

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 book5 star

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.

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- 5/55 star

Loved it.

- Amazing5 star

Great read and an amazing overview of what a small group of elite soldiers did for their country

- UNREAL5 star

Best book i’ve read in a long time

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@Cerone9 @melodyMcooper @yashar personification of karen. she probably told the 911 operator the dude wasn't wearing a mask.

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@Savingrace_: The Ballad of The Green Berets, lyrics written by Staff Sgt Barry Sadler, in part, to honor Army Specialist 5 James Gabri…

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@timdhollis @mikegalsworthy To be fair, given the people who hang out in rooms with him, he probably actually _is_…

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He's hoping to set up grounds to Fight the Results of a FAIR ELECTION. He can't win without FOREIGN HELP. Impeache…

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@ykahan: 911 Operator: what's your emergency? Caller: My neighbor (on the brink of bankruptcy) opened his store, practicing #SocialDist…

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Nervous to apply for a job like "Control Operator" at Alcoa? Apply even if you're not a 100% match. You might be un…

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@projekhitam: Sebenarnya ambulan tu dah bergerak as she speak with operator. Apa info dari mulut dia, akan didengari oleh driver and nur…

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@Savingrace_: The Ballad of The Green Berets, lyrics written by Staff Sgt Barry Sadler, in part, to honor Army Specialist 5 James Gabri…

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@timdhollis: For a self-professed smartest political operator in the room Cummings miss-read this room badly.

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@BetterDeltaport: [email protected]'s #RBT2 plan will cost $3.5 billion taxpayer $ during times of economic uncertainty ... how does this…

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@TomthunkitsMind: Little things can mean so much. This heavy-machine operator taking a moment to bring smiles to the faces of two kids…

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@TTChelps @TTChelps I can let you know the driver didn't do that and the driver kept on picking up.... I know maybe…

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