Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell & Patrick Robinson Book Summary

The inspiration for a major motion picture by Mark Wahlberg: A Navy SEAL's firsthand account of American heroism during a secret military operation in Afghanistan.

On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive.

This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. But it is also, more than anything, the story of his teammates, who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left-blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing. Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in by a Pashtun tribe, who risked everything to protect him from the encircling Taliban killers.

A six-foot-five-inch Texan, Leading Petty Officer Luttrell takes us, blow by blow, through the brutal training of America's warrior elite and the relentless rites of passage required by the Navy SEALs. He transports us to a monstrous battle fought in the desolate peaks of Afghanistan, where the beleaguered American team plummeted headlong a thousand feet down a mountain as they fought back through flying shale and rocks.

In this rich, moving chronicle of courage, honor, and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare -- and a tribute to his teammates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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- Unbelievable5 star

This book set me on a path of reading and learning all about the United States Military and military history. Marcus Luttrell is an inspiring person with a story that is both wonderful and heart breaking. This is the only book I’ve ever read that made me physically tear up at times.

- Captivating5 star

A great read about his life.

- RESPECT5 star

Every American owes these men the respect and gratitude their selfless acts of patriotism duty and dedication demand. Honor their legacies lives and sacrifices by reading this story. Freedom isn’t free by no means God Bless these men and their family’s! I only wish there were more we could do to thank them and pay tribute to their selfless acts.

- Lone Survivor5 star

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me feel that the military is saving someone’s life every day in some part of the world. Thank you Marcus Luttrell for writing this account of your time in the Navy! It opened my eyes to the incredibly difficult, scary, lonesome days you endured. Thank You.

- Must read5 star

A warriors story that details what the finest we have may he called upon to do. It’s easy to read of our successes in the war on terror. Seldom, however, do we know of its price. Marcus’s story will tell you that price. The sacrifice these people make on our behalf is incredible. The least we can do in return is to learn what they’ve given. For far too many, it’s everything and it’s not pretty how they go. Read this, then thank God for these men and make sure we always remember their sacrifice. It’s our duty and responsibility to remember. This book will help you do exactly that.

- Proud to be an American3 star

If this book doesn’t make you proud to be an American nothing will. Thank you for your service Marcus!

- Fiction, sold as fact, without the quality of a Lee Child novel1 star

I enjoyed the story but many parts did not ring true. A bit of digging has me convinced that the narrative is false in most ways that matter. The account of Gulab, the man who saved Luttrell, is far more credible (Newsweek published an article in June of 2016 summarizing interviews with witnesses, including Gulab). For readers of fiction, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels are far better. History buffs should definitely look elsewhere for facts.

- Amazing book5 star

This is the third book I've read about The Seals, all have been beyond enjoyable to read. I'm amazed at what these true patriots go through to serve and protect our country. I was more than overjoyed that Marcus wrote several times, in length, about the ROE and how hindering they are to those out in the battlefield. I think 'war rules' should be left up to the military and those out there doing the fighting. Not the politicians sitting in their cushy offices in DC. I read this book in less than one week, it's THAT good!

- Best read ever5 star

Thank you Marcus and God bless our brave Seals!!!

- Had me laughing one moment and in tears the next5 star

A true hero and true Texan. This book sent me through a whirlwind of emotions I was a proud Texan reading Marcus Luttrell's perspective which was relatable to the point it had me laughing, in a panic and also crying but ultimately I couldn't put the book down. My heart really goes out to all the men and women who fight for our country by putting their lives on the line with courage and dignity. God bless America and God bless Texas!

- Best book I've ever read5 star

Truly a great story.

- Lone Survivor5 star

This book kept me ever increasingly glued to the pages. A nonfictional roll out of wounded, stalked prey's survival against merciless odds. You will not be able to put it down. CPT James Huff USAR

- What can be said?5 star

When heroes need heroes, they can find them in books such as these. America is great because of patriots such as these live... And sometimes sacrifice it all. Toughen up America... There is real evil out there. Thank GOD we have brave people such as these to stand in the gap.

- Lone Survivor5 star

Page-turner. Uncommon valor. I will vote Republican in the 2016 presidential campaign bc this book clearly makes a case for the need to alter the "rules of engagement". Personally, I think Trump is a moron but if Marcus Luttrell supports him... then that's good enough for me.

- The Lone Survivor5 star

Excellent book, makes me proud to be an American! God bless all of our soldiers and veterans! Some gave all, and all gave some! Read the book then watch the movie!

- Intense and inspiring5 star

This was hands down one of the best books I have ever read. It was an intense and powerful story that kept me from putting the book down. Being able to see war from Marcus Luttrell's eyes was intriguing. The Book started off slow when Marcus was introducing the rest of the Navy Seals that were mentioned in the story, but as you get deeper into the book the mood shifts and your entire perspective on military training and war changes. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an emotional read. The book is a rollercoaster of emotion; One minute you are smiling at the teamwork and hard work the Seals face, then the next page could be Marcus explaining the tragic loss of his loved friends. This book would be better for entertainment rather than being used in a school curriculum because it could be sensitive for some readers. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who knows people in the Military because it could make them panicked and upset at the hard truth these men go through. The book was more intense than the movie because Marcus was able to explain more about his friends and how much they meant to him. The book went more into depth about the characters and their families which made the story more emotional. Marcus’s writing style also keeps the book interesting by using flashbacks to his childhood and telling the story about his life. I would rate this book five stars because it kept me entertained while opening my eyes on the truth about war and the respect I have for then men in the military.

- The best book5 star

This is by far the best book really in depth about everything and it's crazy what he went through, God bless you and thank you for protecting us and thank you for your service.

- Hard To Imagine5 star

"Lone Survivor" provides far more detail about young Americans at war than one can possibly imagine. There are many disturbing parts, not the least of which are how our warriors need to consider how the media and lawyers have such a profound and life-threatening effect on their ability to protect themselves while waging war for the U.S.

- Ooh Rah!5 star

What a great depiction of true American Valor. I only hope that this story is never forgotten. Semper Fidelis.

- Disappointing2 star

Skip the first 6 chapters if you have other books detailing the grueling training seals go through. The story itself is great but the author is highly opinionated, full of himself. This takes away from the story. By the end if the book I had trouble telling what was real vs hot air from a "good o'ld boy" from Texas. If you like this sort of subject, 13 hours in Benghazi is a far better book

- Amazing5 star

'Nough said..,

- A story of American values5 star

It seems too small to ever say "Thank you for your service to our country. " but God Bless you, your family, the true Patriots who gave their last full measure. Thank you for reminding us through this book of the sacrifices The Seals and others have made and still make every day. Our Country, including Texas, is a better place for your Service.

- Marcus Luttrell5 star

Thanks Marcus, for your story of you and your brothers. I will never forget.


iv finished the book. magnificent and tragic and magnificent honor and gods blessings to SEAL TEAM 5, their family and friends. you live in theirs AND my memory till death. i cant watch the movie and eapecially the end credits without tears. GOD bless america and GOD DOES BLESS THE NAVY SEALS

- A Seal experience5 star

Great explanation on the effort it takes to become navy seals and all the risks they take on modern warfare.

- Seals5 star


- When I get to Heaven I will know this book helped me get there!5 star

Thank God for our military! As one song says, "My boat of life sails on a stormy sea...", I've often found myself in a spiritual storm and battle on the sea of life. As a pastor, husband and father of three, I have never been in the honorable military like this great book's author has. I have, however, been enlisted in the army of my Lord. I have been attacked by the unseen enemy of the soul and have been faced with the ultimate decision of fighting on or giving up! I have never wanted to give up nor fail. "Perseverance" has been the battle-cry of the ministry since long before I came along. In the middle of a great battle in my life, I encountered this book. I must say, the pastor in me had to "skim" over some "colorful" words in the book but, that not withstanding, I found the relentless tenacity of the SEALS described in this book to be transcendent from letter to life and, as I read, their strength gave me strength! I was reminded and assured, as they endured, that I can "endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ". I am forever grateful that God allowed me to know of this book. According to Romans 8:28, all things work together for the good. "All things" are NOT necessarily good...but they work for the good. Not everything that happened during operation Redwing was good. Much of it was very bad. But, it still worked together for the good. As he falls down the mountain and wonders how or why God allows his rifle to stay by his side, I feel the Holy Ghost minister to me that He will always be with me; especially in adversity! Mr. Marcus Luttrell is a hero! They're all four heroes! I thank God for ALL our brave men and women in uniform, fighting for our freedom! I thank God for Marcus Luttrell and this book. When I get to heaven, I will know that God used this book, it's author and its contents to help me get there! I'm eternally grateful. In Him, Pastor Daniel Carter Solid Rock Apostolic Church

- Fantastic5 star

The movie seriously does this book no justice

- Just inspiring5 star

I read the book and also seen the movie but this story is overall phenomenal! I highly recommend.

- Lone survivor5 star

Good book

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- Excellent5 star

Didn’t read the book until just this week so, while the incidents it speaks to are from a few years ago it is still relevant today. In fact, probably more relevant today than when it was written given the current state of political correctness run amok.

- Wow factor... Numbing!5 star

A fantastic story of heroism and courage.. The western world owes these fighting warriors unending gratitude and respect for giving their all... protecting our way of life. Thank you.

- A Super Read!5 star

I purchased this book because it was mentioned in Chris Kyle's American Sniper. I really had a hard time putting this book down, so I could sleep! There were times I almost peed myself laughing! And there were other times I cried like a two-year old. I really thought there was almost too much information about the Navy rules, etc. But if the Navy approved it, then I am wrong. I really would recommend this book. And, I would like to take a few minutes to thank all of the US military.

- Terrific5 star

An excellent book, well written and detailed.

- Good4 star

It was a good but but not as good as American Sniper in my opinion

- Amazing book5 star

The story of Marcus Luttrel and of the Seal team he belonged to is amazing. Heroism, courage, friendship, patriotism and more values that are hard to find nowadays. Bravo for this soldiers! You will feel like you were there. I'll never forget this book. My prayers go to those heroes who lost their lives and to their families.

- Lone survivor5 star

I watched the movie first it was amazing but the book was more of Marcus's first hand account un holly wooded if you will, both the movie and the book we really good, nothing will bring back anyone who lost their lives in war.

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- Lone Survivor5 star

Amazing book... Amazing what Marcus been through

- Lone Survivor5 star

Amazingly written book. Navy Seals are heros and God rest their souls!

- Lone Survivor2 star

Great story, but certainly could have been better written. That said, i did enjoy it.

- AWESOME!!!5 star

Enjoyed every page to the very end, God bless the men/women of our military.

- Loved it!5 star

What a great book! Best I have read in a long time.

- Incredible.5 star

By far, one of the best books I've ever read. A true story of survival, bravery, perseverance, friendship and loyalty, not just of Marcus Lutrell, but also of his fellow SEALs who fought to the death. I'm so glad I read this book.

- WOW5 star

One of the best stories I have ever read. Because its true. What a blessing to read. Thank God for our troops.

- Lone Suvivor5 star

Amazing book! Vivid details and piercing emotion that could only be topped by actually being there. An incredible story of bravery, courage, and unbreakable determination!

- Numbing5 star

An amazing book almost too surreal to be true.

- The very expensive price of freedom5 star

I just finished re-reading this book, and I would say that it should be required reading for all of us that live in freedom,just so we have a tiny bit of a clue of the price that others are paying to protect our freedom. Well written and fast paced, and told from a unique viewpoint.

- Powerful5 star

Amazing story about valor, honor and country. Thank you Marcus

- Excellent5 star

This book was great! So much admiration and respect for our men and women overseas.

- Absolutely wonderful5 star

This book is as great as the warriors it honors. Thank you for allowing me to participate!

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- Epic story of bravery!5 star

The bravery these men showed and their commitment to never quit makes me proud to be an American who holds all these brave warriors with undying respect. God bless all of you and may God bless America. Semper Fi - from a Marine Vietnam combat veteran.

- The Greatest Book I've Ever Read5 star

I read the book after watching the movie. The movie does the actual events portrayed by Marcus Lattrell in this book no justice. I have nothing but respect for these men and the horrific events that they endured. As a fellow soldier I don't know the words to say. These are true American Heroes.


Fantastic, simply FANTASTIC!!

- Lone Survivor5 star

An amazing book about true heroism and the will to go on that is instilled in the elite Navy Seals. Marcus Luttrel is a true American hero along with his fallen Seal team members. This book takes you right into the battle and puts into perspective what the word "hero" truly means. God Bless our Navy Seals and thank you Marcus Luttrel for your service and protection of the United States.

- Best book ever!5 star

This is a must read book for every Americans. It clearly depicts the no-quitting attitude of a SEAL.

- Lone Survivor5 star

Every American should be required to read this book. We need to be aware of what our warriors face and the ramifications of our choices. How sad that they put everything out there for us and it is we they fought for that ultimately caused their deaths. So sad the decision that cost them their lives was based on the Taliban using our own rules of engagement against them. They were afraid of our press not the Taliban. This book is well written, gut wrenching but so worth every word.

- Torn. Great story ruined by Liberal bashing3 star

I loved this story, I love this man. He's an inspiration and a hero. But g-dd-mn it's hardly about the story half the book. It's constant liberal bashing. It's basically like listening to Fox News in the background of a better version of the movie. There should be a bridged version where every part where he begins to rant about liberals is cut out. I don't give a flying fudge if you're a gun toting republican tea party Fox News fan. I'm here for the story, not your political views.

- Amazing5 star

I could not stop reading or crying at the selfless sacrifices those men made for one another and the unfathomable hospitality a village shown for a wounded warrior in his most desperate hour. Simply amazing, I can't wait to read it again.

- Big thanks5 star

Such honor, to have this amazing warriors in our side, kicking tale for all of us . thanks Marcus.

- Outstanding5 star

A account of what a true hero looks like. Definitely one of the best books I'll ever read.

- Lone survivor5 star

This has got to be the best book I've ever read.its so brutally honest and true. (Thank you Marcus for your service and dedication to this country)

- Inspiring!5 star

Amazingly brilliant

- Good book4 star

Overall good book and worth of buying it. I would recommend it to anyone.

- Hooah!5 star

Was an honor to share these words. Here's, all 4 heros.

- Compelling account of the reality of today's combat5 star

Simply outstanding!

- Wow.5 star

This is hands down the best book I've read, my heart goes out to Markus for telling the story of his SEAL team.

- Great read5 star

Nice to see some patriotism still exists! Too bad the liberals are hurt but that's typical from such a thin skinned, unpatriotic group. Remember liberals, the reviews are about the book not FOX news. But then again, no one expects you libs to get that with your hate and all.

- Inspiring.1 star

This book is a must read for anybody, not just war buffs! It's amazing and inspiring. It showcases the power of the human spirit.

- One of the best5 star

Good book start to finish. Seal training at it finest. Guys from all walks of life trained to be warriors for the freedom of the United States.

- Lone Survivor5 star

It's a great book. The movie did a good job but the book went into more detail. 👍👍👍👍👍

- Awesome!5 star

Very good with detail and an awesome book. A very strong man to go though all that. Must read

- Wow...5 star

Just finished reading . Best book I've ever read. Very inspirational.

- great book5 star

easily the best book i have ever read. much more detail than the movie. thank you marcus luttrell for your service

- Incredible Story, but...3 star

One can only respect and admire Mr. Luttrell. He has lived to tell a tale that is both riveting and heartbreaking. Every American should hear this story. The battle sequence where he loses his teammates is well told and difficult to put down. However, the power of the story is too often blunted by poor writing and frequent digressions into rants and raves on religion and politics. These had me skipping large sections of the book and wishing that an editor had given better advice to Mr. Luttrell. Ultimately, there are much better books out there that relate a similarly harrowing combat experience, without all of the distracting jingoism, etc.; books like Michael Durant's In the Company of Heroes. Durant is the Nightstalker pilot who was shot down and captured during the Blackhawk Down incident.

- Amazing Book5 star

Every red blooded American needs to read this book. This story needs to be taught in our schools to our children over and over. These men and women deserve our unending support and gratitude. God bless them all.

- Lone Survivor5 star

I tip my hat to Markus. Shows what perseverance can do. And I must say a real tear jerker.

- God bless5 star

The best book I've read hands down. God bless the men and women sacrificing their lives day and night to serve this beautiful country. To those who have served, are serving, and will serve, thank you from the bottom of my heart. R.I.P Danny, Shane, Erik, Murphy and all the others who died in those enemy-covered mountains of Afghanistan.

- True heroes5 star

Thank god for our brave men & women in the military. They are the true heroes of our country. Great book.

- Lone Survivor5 star

By far the best book I've have ever read. You feel like you're right in the battle with them heroes. And it will bring you to tears because you feel connected to the group in a way. Recommended read for everyone.

- Utmost Respect5 star

This was the best reading I've done in many years. Nothing but respect for Seal Team 10!!!!

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@KevinMD4: @DylanJohn34 @Gil_Brandt Another good one. I enjoyed American Sniper and Lone Survivor as well.

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