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The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen
 
 

The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen [Kindle Edition]

Brandon Webb , John David Mann , Marcus Luttrell
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"What you're about to read is not just the making of a Navy SEAL sniper, but the story of one guy who went on to help shape the lives of "hundreds "of elite special forces warriors. Brandon has a great story to tell, and it is living proof that you can achieve anything you put your mind to."

--Marcus Luttrell, Navy SEAL and bestselling author of "Lone Survivor"

"Brandon's story hits center mass! If you want to know what makes up the DNA of a Navy SEAL and have a behind-the-scenes look at the best sniper program in the world, then "hold 1 right for wind" and read "The Red Circle"."

--Chris Kyle, USN (Ret.), SEAL Team 3 Chief and bestselling author of "American Sniper"

"An impressive and well-written account of the most elite snipers in the world. Webb recounts with heartfelt and vivid description the training, trials, and heartache that are all costs of choosing this lifestyle. Like all true warriors, he does no chest thumping, but rather gives an honest account that proves that, after all, SEAL snipers are only human. "The Red Circle" is a great book."

--Howard E. Wasdin, Navy SEAL and bestselling author of "SEAL Team Six"

"Another forceful statement from the Brotherhood of SEALs, Brandon Webb's "The Red Circle "illustrates why he wanted to be a SEAL, what it takes to be a SEAL, how you survive the life of a SEAL, and the value of mind over matter. A valuable read for anyone aspiring to reach goals that seem unattainable--in "any "walk of life."

--CDR Richard Marcinko, USN (Ret.), founding father and first commanding officer of SEAL Team Six and bestselling author of the "Rogue Warrior"

"The story of today's Navy SEALs is Brandon Webb's to tell, and "The Red Circle" does it masterfully. This definitive work at once proves and explodes the myths behind Navy Special Warfare and the men who meet its challenges. Strap in for a wild ride."

--CDR Ward Carroll, USN (ret.), editor of Military.com

Kurzbeschreibung

BEFORE HE COULD FORGE A BAND OF ELITE WARRIORS… HE HAD TO BECOME ONE HIMSELF.

Brandon Webb’s experiences in the world’s most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist.

Yet it is Webb’s distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy “sniper cell” and Course Manager of the Navy SEAL Sniper Program that trained some of America’s finest and deadliest warriors—including Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle—that makes his story so compelling. Luttrell credits Webb’s training with his own survival during the ill-fated 2005 Operation Redwing in Afghanistan. Kyle went on to become the U.S. military’s top marksman, with more than 150 confirmed kills.

From a candid chronicle of his student days, going through the sniper course himself, to his hair-raising close calls with Taliban and al Qaeda forces in the northern Afghanistan wilderness, to his vivid account of designing new sniper standards and training some of the most accomplished snipers of the twenty-first century, Webb provides a rare look at the making of the Special Operations warriors who are at the forefront of today’s military.

Explosive, revealing, and intelligent, The Red Circle provides a uniquely personal glimpse into one of the most challenging and secretive military training courses in the world.



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5.0 von 5 Sternen Such a good book 5. September 2013
Von Fuuz
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Von Amazon bestätigter Kauf
A very good book with a lot of details of the inner life of a former SEAL and pleasant to read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Positiv 19. Januar 2013
Von Simone
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Ich kann dieses Buch nur weiterempfehlen es ist gut geschrieben und ist nicht vollgestopft mit
Dummheiten wie leider bei vielen anderen Bücher in letzter Zeit.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Must Read!!! 13. April 2012
Von Nemesis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Von Amazon bestätigter Kauf
When you start a new book, you can tell pretty quickly if its gonna be a great read. Being
a military history buff, with a penchant for reading anything Spec Ops related, I have
read over 100 Biographies, memoirs, and historical accounts from SEALS, Delta, and all
the other elite units. I have a very small stack (less than 10) of books that are 'READ
AGAIN' and 'RECOMMEND' to friends and family. This will be added to the stack. The
last one I added was Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, who the author speaks about
in his book. When you think you have read them all or you won't learn anything new,
pick this up and be humbled. A fantastic read! And for the uninitiated, check out his site
sofrep.com
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Inspirational, Instructive, and Entertaining Read 11. April 2012
Von Jeffrey Carr - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I highly recommend "The Red Circle" to anyone who wants to learn how to overcome the hard obstacles that life throws in front of them. Brandon Webb writes from the unique perspective of a highly trained Navy SEAL "operator" but some of the best take-aways from the book occur because Webb succeeds in explaining the critical role that the mind plays in accomplishing a goal, overcoming fear and surviving hardship.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen awesome book 11. April 2012
Von jtw21 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
My girlfriend recommend I read this book, and being an athlete I can't say I have much interest in or time for reading. I flipped through the first couple of pages to humor her and was hooked. The book captivated my attention from the get-go and for the first time in years I finished a book within two days. I think anyone can relate to this book and it's cool to see an inside perspective on so many interesting things and stories. It's a fast read packed with stories that are mind blowing. Definitely an awesome glimpse into the life of a really inspiring dude. Thanks, Webb.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Red Circle. On Target 27. April 2012
Von Sean Spoonts - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
To me a memoir is successful if the reader closes the book with the feeling that they have insight into the character and nature of the person righting the book. Too often memoirs are elaborate self justifications written by people with something to prove to others. The Red Circle delivers on the first count and surprisingly makes no attempt to justify anything to anyone. Brandon Webb makes no bones about who he is and how he got there and in being so brutally honest in the telling of that story, Webb pays a real compliment to his audience. The challenge in telling a story about Navy SEALs and Special Operations is that so much of it is secret that most writers are left with stories that are thin on operational details, leaving the reader no better informed than if he just read a newspaper account. Webb manages this task by writing as a witness to the operations in question and rather than dwell on the minute details brings the reader into the bigger picture of the operation. His account of tunnel ratting in Afghanistan is riveting to read. The way political considerations back home can effect the mission of what amounts to a mixed platoon of SEALs and Marines on a simple rec mission in the field is angering and amazing to read at the same time. Webb is at his best when he describes the smells, sounds and emotions of close quarters battle in the War on Terror.
In The Red Circle the reader is not going to be sold a rah-rah tribute full of glowing praise for the mythic status of the Navy SEALs and other SpecOps types. Webb doesn't pull a single punch, if he's going to say that a particular SEAL is a turd and can't pull his weight he going to call him out by name. Harsh as it may seem, it serves to humanize these people. We find that these extraordinary men who serve in the Navy SEALs are even more impressive by the fact that they are not supermen but very mortal and subject to the same failings as the rest of us. They drink, they fight, their families break up, they back-stab each other, they compete constantly for status and reputation within the teams. They forgive honest error and even human failings but are brutally intolerant of incompetence or indecisiveness. Webb is to be commended for treating his readers like adults who can accept the multi-faceted personalities of his fellow SEALs as they go about their bloody business.

Webb's story of the Navy SEAL Sniper program is equally instructive. The reader comes away with the sense that the SEAL Sniper is someone who has taken the science of ballistics and turned it into an art form of movement breathing and Jedi like concentration and focus. A concentration and focus that all comes down to the tiny image seen in the rifle scope's Red Circle. A place where matters of life and death are decided by just a few pound of trigger pressure. In a real sense that may be the whole point of Webb's book. This is how SEALs live their lives, just a few pounds of trigger pressure away from life and death at any moment.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen At times very obviously not from Brandon Webb's pen...still awesome. 24. Juli 2012
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Von Amazon bestätigter Kauf
Book Content: 4*
Kindle Edition Format 2*

Hence the 3* rating.

PLEASE READ WHOLE REVIEW BEFORE LEAVING FEEDBACK

This was one of those books where less than 15% in (Kindle Version) I was getting a bit tired of some very obvious `story telling'. I do not doubt that everything in this book is based on fact but at times some simple things are laid on a bit thick. Before I go further its worth noting that Brandon mentions right at the end that he narrated events to his co-author in the shape of scattered notes, napkins and long phone conversations. Example: The whole start of the book of Brandon's childhood seems to have been written by someone completely different from the actual SEAL accounts of the book. At one point there is stories of Brandons exploits working on a dive boat and the author makes claims to justify events.

There are quite a few flawed dive stories but as an example; At one point a group of divers (he mentions they are beginners doing an advanced deep dive) do their first guided dive of the morning. When they come up one girl is missing...problem is no one can go back down because (according to the author) after their long dive no-one could dive for at least 12 hours due to the required surface interval. Anyone who has done any form of Open Water course can quickly tell you this is absolute nonsense. If you had ignored the recreational dive table where the maximum recreational depth on air is 40 meters (pick one, they are all based on navy tables!) you couldn't get to a 12 hour surface interval unless you screwed up so bad that you had to stay out of the water as a precaution to avoid DCS (which wasn't the case here as it was a `normal' dive). Anyway...given the fact that he was a SEAL, small facts like these are quite an oversight considering a lot of people who read these kind of books are qualified enough in some ways to easily spot these embarrassing little fibs. It's a way to make stories believable and once or twice is ok, but when this happens in a few ways in the first chapters of the book it makes it hard to take the rest seriously. In all fairness Brandon did mention that most of his childhood stories came from his mom, so maybe she narrated it to the co-author but then you'd at least expect Brandon to read it himself before publishing to avoid mistakes like these.

HOWEVER.

The rest of the book is awesome and completely redeemed itself. It really was if someone else started writing! Brandon's career was an amazing journey and I won't go in to detail as most of the reviews above cover this but it is definitely worth reading.

All in all, the military content is super solid and there are some very interesting facts. One of the things I enjoyed most about the book apart from the SEAL content was the section of sports psychology and its application to the sniper program. Brandon references `With Winning In Mind' which is an awesome book and its great to see that it even found its place in an elite unit like the SEALS.

Final comment: Once again the Kindle version (Kindle 3) fails horribly with the quality of the images at the end
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