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SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden

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The true story of the killing of bin Laden by author and former U.S. Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer

On May 2, 2011, at 1:03 a.m.a satellite uplink was sent fromPakistan crackling into the situation room of the White House: "Geronimo, Echo, KIA." These words, spoken by a Navy SEAL,ended Osama bin Laden’sreign of terror. SEAL Target Geronimo is the story ofNeptune's Spearfrom the me
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published September 27th 2011)
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Jerome
This book is all but useless. If you’ve read Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad,No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden,The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden,Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield, and The Way of the Knife, you’ll see that those accounts of the bin Laden raid actually square up for the most part despite being written at varying times throughout 2012-2013. What does that mean? Since those books took longe ...more
Roger Haskins
How do you write a book about a raid that was less than 40 minutes long? Spend a lot of time talking about other things than the 40 minute raid described in the title. I understand the benefit of the special op's team knowing the background and emotional motivation behind their target, but that doesn't mean I need the full history to appreciate the raid itself.

So all that being said, if you enjoy reading stories of special forces and black op's, it is a decent read. A few notes: if this book inc
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Mark
So this book surprised me for being better than I thought it would be. It is a good short history of special-ops, the take-down of Bin Laden, and does a good job at looking at the US from the mindset of the Taliban.

Disturbing facts from the book include that the Taliban were able to gather hidden biological weapons from Iraq and repurpose them into working weapons that they have successfully used against the U.S. military at least over 100 times. The author cites various scientific medical journ
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Cheryl
Former Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer has written a comprehensive account detailing the formation of the U.S. military's elite unit--the Navy SEALS and their intense and grueling training. He reveals the role they played in numerous top secret missions including a riveting account of SEAL team 6 participation in, and undertaking of, Operation Neptune Spear--their daring raid on Osama bin Laden's compound at Abbottabad. The accomplishment of this assignment brought resolution to the nation and to the fa ...more
james
by the by: am i the ONLY one in the USA who didn't know that Saddam Hussein actually did have WMD's that we later found/knew about, after having declared "No WMD's ever found"? i'm a little confused (not surprising for anyone that knows me). i thought even George Bush admitted in his latest autobiography that there were no wmd's.

ripped through this book in no time.

a lot about SEALS, their training, psyche, missions prior to Osama…

the have my highest regard, respect, and thanks, for keeping our
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Conrad
Good background on the SEALs and some of their numerous achievements. One can't help but admire the men who push themselves to become Navy SEALs - it's an incredibly tough road to get there. Interesting take also on a former SEALs take on politicians and the US "intelligence" community. Also a good overview of the actual raid on Bin Laden, although as numerous other reviewers have pointed out, it is in the latter part of the book. What was particularly interesting (and not a little disturbing wa ...more
Keith
This “inside story of the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden” offers an interesting perspective of an important event. After the destruction of New York's World Trade Center in 2001, Bin Laden's name became anathema to the western world and became legendary among his followers as well as his enemies. This book was written by a former Navy SEAL who viewed the mission of the terrorist's pursuit as both bold and valorous and yet somehow emotionless and methodical. His insider's view of the background ...more
Steve
If you’ve watched the History Channel, the Military Channel or other educational networks, you’ve no doubt seen how Navy Seals are trained. In this behind-the-scenes look at the take down of Osama bin Laden Chuck Pfarrer takes us through the Seals’ Hell Week in Coronado, California. You’ll feel like you’ve just run a triathlon when you’re finished reading that chapter alone.

A former Navy Seal Team Six member himself, author Pfarrer may be breaking new ground here. He has some provocative things
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Theri Grevelis (actually Edwards these days)
I was not sure how I would like this book so I was hesitant to get it. I am very glad I did; it was informative, easy to follow, interesting, well written and cleared up some misconceptions. I really recommend this book for a behind the scenes look at the who, what, where and why's of May 1, 2011; as well as SEAL missions that took place long, long, long before that day that had nothing to do with OBL, and everything to do bravery, loyalty and courage.
Robert T.  Garcia
An amazing fast read that takes you into a well insighted crafted woven tale about the heros of our armed forces like the Navy Seals team 6 accomplishments.
Excellent information about this historical operation of our times.
Highly recommend for anyone enjoys military history and reading about anyone who dared to serve in our armed forces especially those in the Special Forces/Operations warriors.
Jarrod
I really like the background and detail in the book. The political commentary is a bit much at times, but he is unabashed in his critique. No one is safe, nor should they be. Republicans, Democrats and Independents are all critiqued or I get the feeling they would be should it become expedient. He really takes the backs of the SEAL operators and what they put on the line. I really appreciate this perspective. Many times authors delve into politics in political narrative books to defend positions ...more
Ian
"As these attacks were being carried out, Osama moved from Waziristan to a newly constructed one-acre compound a short walk from the front gate of Pakistan's Kakul Military Academy. Situated on a triangular lot, the main house was a two-story rectangle surrounded by cement and cinderblock walls that ranged between ten and twenty feet high. The windows facing the street on the north side of the main building were bricked in. It was the biggest house for several miles, and everybody did their best ...more
Joy
Interesting book to read while someone I actually watched grow up was completing his Seal training. In fact, my favorite part of the book was the detailed description of the training that takes place over two years. One of the many things I learned is that teamwork is taught by "the simple technique of making roommates share the fate of individual failures." Rather vivid descriptions of the hideout in Pakistan of bin Laden and the Seal attack. The government came out looking very, very bad. Make ...more
Robert
Pfarrer supplements a three-hour operation against OBL with the history of the Islamist movement and various SEAL operations to produce a very interesting, fast-moving story. His description of the actual raid is as exciting as anything I've read, fiction or non-fiction.
Matt Fitz
One of the first books out the gate after taking out OBL. Written by a former Seal who became a Hollywood screenwriter. His account varies from other published accounts and you don't even get to Seal Target Geronimo until the last 1/4 of the book. The first 3/4 are Seal history, OBL History, and BUDS training vignettes. He's a little to embedded with promoting the Seal narrative and he takes unnecessary jabs at political figures and the media that only serve to undermine what is compelling enoug ...more
Walk
Enjoyed this book and the differing perspective it gave the raid.

Rather liked the exploration of the idea that internal politics brought down UBL rather than supercomputers and ultrasmart intelligence gathering.

Given where UBL was eventually tracked down too, the "aren't we brilliant" line is a tough one to sell.

The whole "WMD" issue was also enlightening and worth the price of admission.

Given the highly confidential nature of the raid and the people involved there is no reason to expect we know
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Jeff Yoak
It's hard to miss my interests with what could be here. I liked hearing about SEAL training and am interested in the main event it promised to chronicle, but the book ended up being too rambling for me.
Ellen
Who knew there was a Journal of Counterterrorism? Enjoying the history of the Navy SEALs and background on Osama Bin Laden.

Learned a lot about the Navy SEAL teams, Ghost helicopters, Osam Bin Laden.
Doug
The best book about SEALS I've read so far. Facts and philosophy of SEAL training and a good description of the mission. All the other SEAL books I've read focus on what a macho SEAL the author was.
Paul Pessolano
“Seal Target Geronimo” by Chuck Pfarrer, published by St. Martin’s Press.

Category – Military/History/Middle East

Who better to tell the story of how Seal Team Six took out Osama Bin Laden. Chuck Pfarrer is a former assault commander of Seal Team Six. His account of this operation was gained directly through the members of the Seal Team that took part in this mission.

Although he is unable to tell the entire story or all the elements of the raid, he comes as close as on can telling it as it happene
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Mark Sequeira
I have to say I looked forward to devouring this book as I pretty much read everything on terrorism, but this book could have been 2/3rds shorter only the last part being about the operation that ended in Osama Bin Laden's death as well as a few others in the same compound.

The rest of the book after the introduction covers the history of the SEALS and SEAL TEAM SIX, Indoc and Hell Week, the origins of Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, as well as a bunch of personal views of weapons of mass destruction in
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George
Most of you will pick up this book looking for an exciting story about how we got to Osama bin Laden. To be honest, the hunt for OBL takes up the last quarter of the book, and it's a pretty clinical re-telling of what happened, based on the author's first person interviews with participants. The rest of the book is background materials and filler, mostly a history of SEALs/SEAL Team 6 and a history of how Osama bin Laden came to be.


[the rest of this is less book review and more political rant]
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Mormonhermitmom
This work by a former SEAL doesn't just give you a brief play-by-play of the night Osama was captured. There is a history of how the SEALS, and the Green Berets by the way, got started and the objectives of each. (I thought Green Berets did what SEALS did, only on land instead of in the water. Not really. Green Berets train indigenous people to rise up and fight against oppressive regimes. SEALS are the U.S. answer to the Ninja - they don't deal with politics, they take out enemies quickly and q ...more
Maggie
I liked some aspects of this story. I'm not completely on board in believing what Pfarrer has written. Borrowed this book from a friend who only reads non-fiction. Would I have gone out and bought it - No. This book has caused a lot of controversy.

Is the account Chuck Pfarrer gives fact or fabrication. My theory on that is simple; I will wait until someone, be it one of the SEAL's or someone higher up in command comes out and decides to disclose or write a book on the mission that resulted with
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Joy
I listened to this book as an audio book which had it's positives and negatives. I liked that I was able to hear all of the names in the book (I tend to gloss over names I don't recognize or aren't easily read) and it also helped to maintain momentum during the more monotonous parts of the book. There were times that I would have stopped and reread parts to clarify or make sure I understood if I had been reading it opposed to listening to it.

If you're looking for a book solely on the mission in
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Stephen Kennedy
All right now I am confused. After reading both this book as well as No Easy Day by Mark Owen I really don't know what to believe in regards to the true story. Both books talk about a helicopter crash during the raid but have it at different times in the approach. I hate to say it but No Easy Day seems to make more sense based on clearing the out buildings first by the 2nd team (as opposed to this author saying after the take down). Looking at pictures of the wreckage he is right about Stealthha ...more
Carol
This book is about the operation that eventually killed Osama bin Laden. I liked it, but I'm not sure how accurate the actual event as described by the author is. Obviously, he wasn't there but being a former Navy SEAL, I'm sure he had inside contacts that he relied on. He explains at the end that names are changed and events are left out because of the sensitive nature of the operation and to protect the SEALS and their families. The Navy SEALS are the most elite fighting force in the world and ...more
Dj Mastriona
This book was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, amazing to say the least. Not only did it go into great detail about the courageous mission to capture and eliminate Osama Bin Laden, it touched into the extremely demanding and selfless lives of the members of Seal Team Six. Each of the men honored enough to be selected for this elite counterterrorism team puts his life in great jeopardy every day for the country he loves. Selfless acts of courage, bravery, and mind blowing audacity ...more
Jon
I enjoyed this read. The author is a former assault element element commander for Seal Team Six, so he is able to speak with inside knowledge of how their tactics work as well as access to information. The book is rather short and one would think it was all about the mission to kill Bin Laden. However that was only about a quarter of the book. The book spent most of it pages talking about the training and history of he Navy Seals. I find this was selective, a little disjointed and in some respec ...more
B.G.M. Hall
This is the second account of the OBL mission I've read in the last couple of months, so I can't help but compare it to Mark Bowden's one. Bowden's was more focused on the intelligence side, where Pfarrer (himself a former SEAL Team Six member) is all about the operators, giving a history of the SEALs, overview of SEAL training, accounts of disputes between the special ops and FBI/CIA sides of the story and, finally, the actual take-down itself as told to him by some of the participants (althoug ...more
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Chuck Pfarrer is a former assault element commander of SEAL Team Six. He has written op-eds for The New York Times and the Knight Ridder syndicate, and appeared as an author and counterterrorism expert on C-SPAN2, NPR, Alhurra, IPR, Voice of America, Fox News, and America Tonight. Pfarrer serves presently as an associate editor of The Counter Terrorist, the American Journal of Counterterrorism. Pf ...more
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