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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."--Jacket.… (més)
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Títol:The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
Autors:Robert O'Neill (Autor)
Informació:Scribner (2018), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
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The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior de Robert O'Neill

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Great overview of the life of a SEAL -- from the relevant parts of his childhood through training (boot camp, BUD/S, and some schools) through working as a Team Two SEAL, to selection and working for Seal Team (bleep -- in the audiobook there was an audible beep every time he said Seal Team Six, presumably due to official censorship, which was amusing because there were contextual references which made it clear, so I assume this was either a joke or poking some fun at censors who literally said ST6 couldn't be mentioned...), to a couple of his most famous missions.

Robert O'Neill is most well known as the ST6 SEAL who shot Bin Laden, but most of the book is about the rest of his career (the actual UBL raid was fairly unremarkable as an actual raid, since they'd been doing exactly the same thing, often with more serious threats and with far less planning, for the previous almost-decade). What was unexpected was how the rest of the unit treated both him and the other "famous" ST6 shooters (those involved in saving Captain Phillips on the Maersk Alabama). It was interesting to read how (obviously very conservative) SEALs were big fans of President Obama due to his aggressiveness in approving and supporting this raid -- probably the biggest single "foreign policy" success of his Presidency, and well worth congratulating.

Also unexpected to me was the extremely low round count he (and some of the other SEALs) used on missions; elsewhere I've read and seen the regular SEALs being much more high-volume than other SOF elements, so maybe ST6 is different, or maybe Afghanistan was particularly different. That he could go out on missions with 4 magazines (120 rounds), no pistol, no knife, etc. comfortably, when conventional forces would be at 7-12 mags and some other units used so much ammo that special resupply-under-fire methods had to be developed, was striking. A lot of this is probably due to ST6 being on "offensive" missions almost always, and usually of very short duration in contact.

As an audiobook read by the author, it was great. It's maybe not the absolute best standalone military history since it doesn't go into the larger conflict or themes, and is very focused on the "how" and not really "why", but as a first-hand account, it's great. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
I love to read these books, Navy SEAL stories. Some how it's almost like reading a fiction but you know these guys are real and out there doing things most of us only get to see in movies.

With The Operator however, I wasn't sure when I heard that it was coming out that I wanted to read it. I like Robert O'Neill. I saw him on TV often. He seems like a nice guy and knowledgeable in his field. Unfortunately, every time he's on TV it's after a terrorists attack.

I finally decided to read it. I didn't want to at first because of the book cover "Firing the shots that Killed OBL". I know SEALs write books, I read plenty. But to take the credit of shooting when there were 24 other SEALs with him that night. Not including pilots, and many others, the woman that hunt OBL all her career.

Well I'm glad I read it. I'm sorry for Rob O'Neill that he felt what he did afterwards. The f hero feeling as he called it.

This is a great read. Nail biting intense even you already knew the outcome. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
Honest account of what it's like to be a Navy seal. Not too much "rah, rah, U.S.A." which I was afraid the book might be.
  scottkirkwood | Dec 4, 2018 |
I liked the book other than the fact that it has the typical long introduction going over how hard the navy seals BUDD training is. Having read a few other SEAL team books it gets a bit tedious hearing these things over and over again. Other than that though it was a good book. ( )
  Fogest | Jun 1, 2018 |
This is the story of how Osma bin Laden was killed by the man who actually killed him. O'Neill also discusses his background, including his joining the military, going through the difficult training to become a SEAL, as well as some of the numerous missions he was on in his military career. It was an informative and entertaining read that would appeal to those of us who love history, especially military history, or just those who like to read the stories of fascinating people. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Jul 5, 2017 |
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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."--Jacket.

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