SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden
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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...more
ebook, 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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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.
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.
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...more
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...more
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]
T...more
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...more
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...more
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
Giovanni Hashimoto
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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
Becki
I don’t remember how I heard about this book, but I wanted to read it because I got to observe a little piece of history regarding this operation. The USS Carl Vinson happened to be pulling into port at Pearl Harbor the day I was there. That is the carrier that Bin Laden’s body was transported to and then buried at sea from. But back to the book…
I found it very interesting. Although I also found that the majority of this book wasn’t specific to this mission. (Probably a good thing considering th...more
James White
I generally liked this book, the background on the Seals, the internal political discussions of Al Queda, etc. Seals might very well be the best soldier in the history of ever, but boy,if they're like Mr. Pfarrer, they have seriously thin skins.

He attacks politicians in general, but with very unbalanced enmity towards Democrats. Sure, Carter tried and failed. Obama tried and succeeded. Reagan, who KNEW at one point where the barracks bombers were in the Bekka Valley, chose NOT to attempt, not t...more
Sailen Dutta
This book provides an inside account of the Navy SEALS training, and that is the saving grace of this book. While the book as a whole is very engaging, the conclusions that the author comes to are hard to believe. One of these is that WMD's were indeed in Iraq, but the Al-Qaeeda somehow managed to sneak them under the US forces' noses. Even if we believe this to be true, it is really hard to believe that chemical and biological weapons which Al-Qaeeda managed to sneak away are still potent today...more
Gerald
I have just finished SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden. What an absolutely incredible read. The ultimate superlatives are totally inadequate in discribing the exploits of the SEALs. Their training programs are so very hard to believe. The SEALS themselves are so incomparably supreme in whatever they are called on to do.

Several quotes from the book clearly illustrate their reason for existence and for being so good: "SEALs retain the ability to serve a...more
Matt Larsen
Bin Laden learned much of his terror from Yaseer Arafat. Arafat was a psychopath who could have somebody murdered on Thursday and show up on Sunday crying at their funeral. Bin Laden learned that if you attack "soft" points like airports and civilians you can get a strong reaction from the opposer to help unite your group. We also find out that Bin Laden was married to a teenager. She was pregnant by 14.

In Bin Laden's first battle as a military leader, his entire unit was subdued by one Afghan s...more
Adam
This book is getting 2 stars only because I am in a generous mood. Mostly, it condenses and skirts over issues already covered in other great books, and then delivers not even 50 pages on the mission to get Osama Bin Laden (OSL). This probably could have been better written as a magazine article than as a book.

The brevity with which this book deals with the events leading up to May 1 upset me mostly because I expected a book that is only 256 pages to devote every one of those pages to the 2 year...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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