Already a powerful and gritty film ‘Lone Survivor’ by Marcus Luttrell is the raw and personal account of this brave Navy SEAL’s story that inspired the film. If you feel overwhelmed by your own circumstances this book will give you the mettle to fight your own battles.

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LONE SURVIVOR

BY MARCUS LUTTRELL with PATRICK ROBINSON

388 pages

Lest We Forget! ‘Lone Survivor’ is the Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s incredible true story that became an international bestseller and turned into a major war film staring Mark Wahlberg in 2013. The Den has picked this for its Wild Card because November is the month synonymous with reflection of passed souls and especially those who have fought for their country and freedoms and sacrificed their lives at all costs. At a time when more of us are feeling vulnerable with mountains to climb, this is the book that will give you the mettle to fight your own battles and find a survivor’s gut.

In June 2005 four US Navy SEALS left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture a notorious al-Quaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold. Less than twenty four hours later only one of the four Navy SEALs was alive.

This is Marcus’s account of the desperate days of fighting and survival, together with his personal story from childhood to joining up and where it leads. This is not only Marcus’s story battling with his Lone Star of Texas, his rifle that never left his side despite his many mountain tumbles, but this is the account of his team and the men who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left. In ‘Lone Survivor’ we are touched by his team’s stories – that of Mikey, Axel and Danny. Plus the loved ones and the families left behind.

If you can watch the film too, do it. If you can find one of Marcus’s personal stories on Youtube, do it. Because the more you research and discover about this one man’s story of bravery, the more you will understand war, the unswerving loyalty and love of a Navy SEAL.

The reasons we enjoyed this non-fiction choice was because it is will take you on an emotional rollercoaster that will give you a new found energy and fight. Because Marcus does this every day.

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