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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 from Pakistan crackling into the situation room of the White House: "Geronimo, Echo, KIA." These words, spoken by a Navy SEAL, ended Osama bin Laden's reign of terror. SEAL Target Geronimo is the story of Neptune's Spear from
ebook, 240 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published September 27th 2011)
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Nov 19, 2014 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Roger Haskins
May 06, 2012 Roger Haskins rated it liked it
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
Apr 21, 2014 Mark rated it liked it
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
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
Dec 06, 2011 james rated it liked it
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
Dec 14, 2011 Conrad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 02, 2016 Jimmy rated it it was amazing
At first I wasn’t sure of whether or not I should read this book, having read other works surrounding the mission that killed Bin Laden especially the work No Easy Day. I was glad that I read it because this book definitely manage to contribute to the conversation of what happened that day. What makes this book unique is that this book was written by a former SEAL who interviewed the SEALs operators involved with the Bin Laden raid. From these interviews the author attempt to synthesize all the ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Divakar rated it really liked it
was always fascinated by the special groups in Military / Defense Services who undergo super specialized training, pass thru great physical endurance tests, who are the best of the best in the services to become commandos and who also are willing to lay down their lives trying to protect / save their country from lunatics/ midcaps/ terrorists...this is what drove me to this book.
The book is in 3 parts..Part I on Seals/ their lives and training which is fascinating, part II is on the Afghan/Middl
Bryton Belvin
Nov 02, 2015 Bryton Belvin rated it really liked it
Seal Target Geronimo
I thoroughly enjoyed this broke because it peaked my interests in special operations warfare. I enjoyed the description of what SEALs go through to become the the widely known operators they are. I also enjoyed the intense description of how they took out the United State's most wanted war criminal.

“It is imperative that the men who come into the Teams are individuals who can be counted on, men who think, and adapt, and never quit.” (Pfarrer 26-27)

Navy SEALs do not develop
May 19, 2015 Jacob rated it really liked it
On May 2nd, 2011, Navy SEALs entered Bin Laden’s compound. Bin Laden was a terrorist and the leader of al-Qaeda. Well on this day the SEALs captured and killed Bin Laden and changed the war on terrorism. Chuck Pfarrer captured this moment and the whole mission in his action packed book, “Seal Target Geronimo”. This book takes you on the inside and reveals previously unknown happenings in breathtaking detail.
Charles Patrick (Chuck) Pfarrer III was born on April 13, 1957 in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Noel Burke
Dec 31, 2014 Noel Burke rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-history
This was actually very interesting. I have read a few accounts of the Bin Laden raid, but this one had some different ideas about Ben Laden as a man and the actual events that took place during the raid. I also see a far different perspective when comparing this book to others like Countersrike which was heavily influenced by the CIA while this one is focused more on Military sources. Having read No Easy Day by a Seal member who actually was part of the raid I have to question some of the facts ...more
Nov 09, 2014 Steve rated it liked it
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
Rich Humes
Aug 29, 2015 Rich Humes rated it really liked it
I really thought this was going to be a terrible book.

The only thing I actually knew about it was that the Government said it was a lie. That means it's likely pretty accurate, right?

Anyway, this is more like two books. One is a very fair, quite accurate history lesson on special forces, terrorism, and geo-political issues that helped shape Bin Laden.

Frankly, this is the best part of the book. It's a balanced look at the events that started the "War on Terror".

It's also well over half the book.
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.
Charles Blumberg
Jan 31, 2015 Charles Blumberg rated it really liked it
This is more a history of SEALs and Osama bin Laden. Only last couple chapters are devoted to the mission to kill Osama and have some interesting information about that night. However, many interesting tidbits of info:
1) Osama bin Laden was a horrible military leader. During the Afghan Soviet was, the Afgans kept Osama away from the front line due to poor tactics. His group of Arab fighters were nicknamed "The Brigade of Ridiculous"

2) Osama was known to have fainting spells during battles. DNA a
Robert T.  Garcia
Nov 24, 2011 Robert T. Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-stuff
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.
Gyan Kumar
Feb 11, 2016 Gyan Kumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war_military
Kudos to the author for pacing the book with such intrigue and background to the story. Very in-depth potrayal of the crisis from middle east and Lebanon. The growth and evolution of terror tactics and principles is depicted in great detail.

The chronological order of events goes awry at times, the only drawback in otherwise a great read.
Inspirational and an eye-opener to the core.

Rating: 4/5
Oct 31, 2014 Jarrod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2015 Max.W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a few things that I want to talk about so I am just going to get straight to the point. Chuck Pfarrer wrote a fantastic piece of writing, as it tells you details and pinpoints in the American military, how to become a Navy Seal, and how Osama Bin Laden was killed and the events leading up to it. I enjoyed reading every chapter of this book, and the content made me want to get more into the book. Chuck wrote about Osama Bin Laden's life and how he began to hate the United States. He wro ...more
Brendan Dutler
Oct 19, 2015 Brendan Dutler rated it liked it
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"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
Aug 18, 2014 Joy rated it really liked it
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
Dec 03, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 31, 2014 Matt Fitz rated it liked it
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
Oct 15, 2014 Bradley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-warfare, plus4
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
Frank Williams
Jun 22, 2015 Frank Williams rated it really liked it
SEAL Target Geronimo does more than simply provide a play-by-play of the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. Pfarrer offers important context by providing background and insight into the history of the SEALs in general and SEAL Team Six in particular. He also offers a look into the road Bin Laden took from rich kid to world terrorist leader. While I've seen some other reviews that criticize Pfarrer for including this much background not directly related to the mission, I personally felt it provided ...more
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.
Jan 23, 2012 Ellen rated it really liked it
Shelves: military
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.
Feb 19, 2012 Doug rated it really liked it
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
Dec 23, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
“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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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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