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Rorke Denver , Ellis Henican
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5. November 2013
Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs--the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow's soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed.

Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees. He recounts his experience evolving from a young SEAL hopeful pushing his way through Hell Week, into a warrior engaging in dangerous stealth missions across the globe, and finally into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination, requalification programs, and the "Hero or Zero" missions his SEALs undertake.

From his own SEAL training and missions overseas, Denver details how the SEALs' creative operations became front and center in America's War on Terror-and how they are altering warfare everywhere. In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin America, stood up to violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Leading 200 commando missions, he earned the Bronze Star with V for valor. He has also served as flag aide to the admiral in charge and spent the past four years as executive officer of the Navy Special Warfare Center's Advanced Training Command in Coronado, California, directing all phases of the basic and advanced training that prepare men for war in SEAL teams. He recently starred in the film Act of Valor. He is married and has two daughters.

Ellis Henican is a columnist at Newsday and an on-air commentator at the Fox News Channel. He has written two recent New York Times bestsellers, Home Team with New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and In the Blink of an Eye with NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip.

With all the SEALs' recent successes, we have been getting a level of acclaim we're not used to. But something important has been missing in this warm burst of publicity . Correcting that is my mission here.
My own SEAL dream was launched by a book. My hope is that this one teaches lessons that go far beyond the battlefield, inspiring a fresh generation of warriors to carry on that dream.
-Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver
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  • Verlag: Brilliance Corp; Auflage: Unabridged (5. November 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1480530751
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"If you've ever wished you could read the testament of a Jedi knight, here it is. Damn Few takes us inside the mind of a born warrior. LtCdr Denver has trained SEALs and led them in combat. He tells us what it takes to reach the super-elite level, why he does it, what it means to him, what he thinks the future holds. This is timeless stuff, worthy of being read in the era of Caesar, Alexander, Leonidas--or a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away."—Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire and The War of Art -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .


A unique first-hand account of the Navy SEALs, featuring stories from SEAL training and real-life missions. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Robert Denver is a seal lieutenant who overemphasize his rule. He had just one deployment to Iraq were he hadn't put him in harms way to much and one mission in Africa where hundreds of people were awaiting him with applause when his team landed on the beach. Otherwise he spent his time as BUD/S leading officer which he stressed over hundreds of pages. He was activ as actor in the film "Act of valor" which says a lot. Almost unbearable is how he downplayed the mission and performance of the Seals who killed UBL. He himself never made it to Seal Team 6.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Damn Good! 15. Februar 2013
Von Joan Reeves - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Some may wonder why I, a romance novelist, am reviewing Damn Few, a book about training America's elite warriors, the Navy SEALs. That's easy to answer. It's because I am a romance novelist. I write books wherein the male lead is always a hero: a man who does the right thing for the right reasons.

I've read and reviewed quite a few military memoirs. I admire men who put themselves in harm's way for the greater good of their fellow soldiers and their country. Rorke Denver, former head of Basic and Advanced SEAL Training is one of these men. In his book, he shares his own experience as a SEAL and later as the man who directed SEAL Training, as well as his philosophical insights into the mental and emotional makeup of a candidate who successfully completes SEAL training and wins the Trident, the gold pin that is the visible symbol of being a SEAL.

Of all the books I've read about Navy SEALs, this is the first that offers the perspective of an officer who was an active duty SEAL and who was the officer in charge of a SEAL team. Denver shows the hard decisions an officer must make to consider the risk and reward of every operation, to deploy his team effectively, and to know that every decision he makes will affect not only a SEAL in his command but also the wife, children, parents, and siblings waiting stateside for that SEAL to return.

Although not characterized by "war stories" of firefight after firefight, Denver's story has power that comes from the emotion and philosophy he infuses. To be perfectly honest, he had me from the first line of the dedication: "For my wife, my heartbeat." There is not a woman on this earth who would not be affected by such a declaration of love. The fact that it comes from a man's man, a warrior, just makes the sentiment more profound.

There are three sections in the book: Learning It, Doing It, and Passing It On. If you've seen any of the popular television documentaries that began popping up after the rescue of Maersk Alabama Captain Richard Phillips in 2009, then you probably are familiar with the Navy SEALs BUD/s Training and Hell Week.

Learning It, the first third of the book, deals with BUD/s and Hell Week in detail as well as an analysis of why some men make it, some don't, and some quit before anything really hellish even begins.

The second third of the book, Doing It, covers the Peacetime Warrior era and Denver's long-awaited and eagerly-anticipated insertion into war-torn Iraq.

Passing It On is the final third of the book. Denver discusses his movie role as a Navy SEAL in the movie "Act of Valor," produced by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh and written by Kurt Johnstad who wrote the screenplay for the very successful "300," about King Leonidas and his 300 men who fought the Persians at Thermopylae. After reading the "behind the scenes" story of this movie, I plan to watch it again with an eye for the detail Denver mentions.

More importantly, in this part of the book, Denver presents the challenges facing the SEAL program now when they are under pressure to produce more SEALs, as if that would be the ultimate answer to the challenges facing our country. I think it's obvious to anyone, after reading this book, and others written by SEALs, that if more SEALs are wanted, they'd better start young.

The will to prevail--to never give up--is the overriding characteristic of these warriors. That is not something that can be created in an adult. It's something that is created as a child grows and is influenced by parents, by a value system that emphasizes greater good as well as a belief in one's ability to succeed, just to mention the obvious.

Damn Few is a testament to heroic men who are not saints, but who are selfless in their patriotism. Perhaps more than any other group of people, SEALs recognize, as Denver says in his book: "You can do everything right, and things can still go catastrophically wrong." How tragically true.

At the beginning of Damn Few, Denver quotes an early Scottish toast that seems ironically appropriate given the murder of SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle, killed by a former soldier he was trying to help. "Here's tae us / Wha's like us? / Damn few, / And they're a' dead."

Damn Few will inspire, educate, and instill in you a deep appreciation for these men who are the ultimate warriors and for their willingness to make hard decisions and do the right thing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Former SEAL Officer's view 4. April 2013
Von Mike Atkinson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I recently finished reading Damn Few by Rorke Denver. I will admit I am biased as Rorke is a friend, and I have a great deal of respect and admiration for him. I highly recommend his book to anyone interested in the SEAL Teams. The top reason being, of the SEAL author genre, it is singularly unique. It is so because of the sort of person Rorke is. He is the humble, quiet, highly accomplished professional that the vast majority of SEALs are, or at least strive to be. As far as the quiet part of professional goes, I believe Rorke to be the near polar opposite of the rest of SEAL authors. While a handful of the other writers are, like Rorke, exceptionally well regarded in an operational capacity, (Mark Owen), it's no surprise that many others decided to write books as they feed outsized egos.

It was an accident of fate and a fortuitous set of circumstances for the Teams that Rorke was selected to work on the Act of Valor project. Rorke and the cast deserve a great deal of credit for making what is going to be the seminal SEAL recruitment device for the next decade.

In Damn Few, the reader gets an exceptionally candid look at the Naval Special Warfare Community through the eyes of a well-respected operator and officer. Plus, the reader gets inside the head of a man who continued a mission in print that he started with the movie: to set a shining example to those who will come after him.

I hope that Damn Few becomes Act of Valor`s literary equivalent for recruitment. Saying that a book is the sort of quality that will inspire the right sort of men being inspired to become SEALs, is the highest praise that I can give. Read it for yourself and see.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Heroic portrayal of leadership, service, family, and morality 20. Februar 2013
Von Linda - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I chose the Enhanced Edition through IBooks in order that I would get the audio version of the author describing his experience. I also have a hard copy I will treasure.

The book for me was a continuation of a novice's outlook of the true meaning of Act of Valor other than what the word depicts. I had seen the movie and was moved by the authenticity and portrayal of every SEAL. One knew the SEALS were a close brotherhood and the special operations team you wanted in every terrorist act. I lived through the Vietnam era and the world for a period of time at least the United States appeared safe. The landscape changed on 9/11. Each one of us can remember where we were sitting, what we were doing, and how our minds and bodies reacted to the horror and what potentially may happen.

As the reader moves through the chapters of joining the SEALS, feels their bodies in the cold wash of the Pacific with the SEALS, carrying boats above their heads, running obstacle courses designed for machines, it suddenly brings to light the intelligence, the psychology, the finite details of planning every facet of becoming a seal. It defines the small number in this special breed of warriors.

The master plans designed in missions were so strategic, so detailed, that even a dropped M & M from the target was something a SEAL would never miss. Signs, not words, were just an added language that made their entrance and victory over missions accomplished.

Threaded throughout the stories of being a SEAL, training SEALS, and leading missions were beautiful quotes from past books Rorke read that influenced his life and influences it to this day. They were woven so well one found themselves in his boots in raw sewage thinking of Winston Churchill and that defined this Warrior.

The wordsmith of the English language I would match among the best books I have read. Being a SEAL, as a reader, I expected the brawn, the strength, the fight, but you see through his eyes compassion for family, for those lost, and a yearning for morals where accountability has taken a back seat.

This book is a reflection of a SEAL, a trainer, a mediator, a visionary, and a strategic planner. Humble in every role and returns home to be a husband, father, son, mentor, and leader.

I learned through this book some life lessons of my own about tenacity and capacity as well as passion to success. We all can push just a little more.

Our country is blessed with the SEALS as with all our military divisions. For them, I say thank you for your service and allowing us to walk once again safely in this nation. Bless those families who are left behind and know your loved ones fought a winning battle.

I look forward to a second book and would recommend this book highly. It was touching and one that will ingrain into your soul!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen AMAZING 21. Februar 2013
Von Chris George - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a fantastic 1st hand account of a truly incredible man who is an American hero. He's a role model and an inspiration. Anybody who has any interest in SEALs will appreciate and enjoy this book--and be better off for having read it. I've read many books about and written by SEALs and this one is far and away the best. A must read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Real Deal: the SEAL Book you have been waiting for 12. Februar 2013
Von Joanne I. Brown - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have been reading everything I can find on SEALS. Most of the books are about their experiences on the battlefield. I wanted more. I want to understand what kind of man can even get to be a SEAL. This is the book I have been waiting for, This is a personal accounting of one amazing man's journey to and through this process and back. This man then takes on the recruiting and training of other SEALs, excels at that and then through his extraordinary character, charismatic personality and talent, becomes the face of the SEALs in the film "Act of Valor" and beyond. This man has become the go-to spokesperson for the SEALs and an eloquent and personable conduit to their secret world. He rides the fine line of secrets and disclosure with finesse. An extraordinary person to begin with; from a close knit family, a stellar athlete, an intellect, a spiritual and introspective deep beautiful soul, a wry and humorous, handsome charmer, Mr. Denver, inspired by Winston Churchill, starts out with the noble desire to serve his country. He is a person who always pushes himself. He wants to see what he is made of and looks to join the best of the best . He does and then excels beyond his own expectations. In Damn Few, he takes you through it all. You are with him through all the physical and mental tests and then through the legendary horrible and aptly named Hell Week .You feel the physical and emotional pain. You can barely believe what these men endure. He then takes you into the educational portion and into the strategies and tactics that show you what these men learn and how these skills become visceral nerve and muscle body knowledge through constant drills and realistic training. You see and feel via Mr. Denver's beautifully written prose, how these men are literally forged and created from the uber humans they naturally are. The process combined with their own natural talent, gifts, superior physicality and brilliance make men who can get the toughest and seemingly impossible tasks done. These are the men of science fiction, the true superheros of our (or any) time. You learn the psychology/culture behind this astounding Brotherhood and why it is such a close knit world and you learn it through the eyes of one of their own. Mr. Denver is such a fantastically skilled writer so with his economic select words: you feel it. He is the real deal.
This is a profound look into the real heroes of our time. A behind the curtain look a the ultimate secret weapons of today's and the future's terror ridden war. Mr. Denver then takes these lessons learned and missions accomplished successfully and some not successfully and turns them into leadership lessons that can (and should ) be applied to business and really, to life. This is a book to refer to time and again. It is a page turner and a great read and you will not be disappointed.
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