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Service: A Navy SEAL at War

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  3,864 Ratings  ·  218 Reviews
Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sa ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Little, Brown and Company (first published May 8th 2011)
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Oct 05, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I was so emotionally moved by this book...I found myself tearing up many a time, sometimes even sobbing trying to read through tears running down my face. The strongest emotions this book evoked in me are as follows:

1) I felt enormous amounts of pride, love and gratitude for the men and women who serve this country in our amazing military! The training they endure, the beating their bodies take, the undying support of their families, their humility amidst their courageous actions and the paltry
Sarah Eiseman
Mar 18, 2013 Sarah Eiseman rated it liked it
Shelves: military-memoir
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There are a few authors and individuals that I will read, even though I may disagree with them politically. Marcus Luttrell is one of those people. Luttrell is a retired Navy SEAL and wrote a memoir titled Lone Survivor, which recounted Operation Redwing, the friends he lost in the operation, and his rescue. That book was a difficult one to read because it was so raw. Luttrell didn’t shy away from politics and really let everyone understand his position i
Mar 05, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing
5 Stars for Marcus Luttrell’s account (with James Hornfischer) of his service after he fell off the mountain in Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10! The core of the book is his recovery from terrible injuries to reclaim a spot on another SEAL Team. Then off he goes to fight in the hell of Ramadi, Iraq 2006-2007. Plenty of action as you witness the great sacrifices these brave forces make to secure the province. So many dead and wounded b ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Randy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ALL AMERICANS!
In my opinion Marcus Luttrell is a hero for the simple reason that he volunteered put on America's uniform and put himself in between our country and the bad guys. Beyond that, he signed up for one of the most grueling trainings known to man BUD/S; was attacked by the Taliban and blown halfway down a huge mountain; evaded certain death; worked to heal his body, mind, and soul; and THEN suited up to do it again! Words like brave and heroic do little to describe him and guys like him.

I say all tha
Bob Cook
Jun 13, 2012 Bob Cook rated it did not like it
I'm glad I didn't buy this book, and thank you public library. I'll now return it to the Hostile Adolescents section, which is where it belongs. Unless you appreciate the glorification of war and the macho ravings of self-conscious warriors, I'd suggest you pass on this one. I would be interested in reading a serious study of the SEALs, but this isn't it. Now I need to wash my hands.
Oct 28, 2012 Shaun rated it really liked it
This was a book by the author of Lone Survivor, which is an amazing read. Marcus Luttrell, a Navy SEAL, survived an incredible battle in Afghanistan. In this book, he describes the honor and satisfaction he got from serving in the military. He describes the brotherhood he has with his Navy SEAL team brothers and in some detail, describes some of the life-threatening missions he served in. There was also a chapter written by some of the wives of his Navy SEAL team, which gives a unique perspectiv ...more
Gwen Burrow
Feb 29, 2016 Gwen Burrow rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, military
Great followup to Lone Survivor. Marcus Luttrell recounts how he got back into the fight after Operation Redwing nearly killed him, and how he got out of it again once his body simply couldn't handle any more. His new mission: tell the stories of men like him who put it all on the line. Luttrell's grit, faith, and honesty here confirm all over again why he's my favorite modern war vet.

"Some guys put their faith in their rifles. Me, I put it all in the grace of the Lord. I know who's in charge a
Jul 17, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing
These books have brought sorrow, laughter but mostly an overall realism that our jobs/careers are nothing compared to what these true warriors do on a day to day basis. I am extremely humbled to have read both "Lone Survivor" and "Service". Two of the best books I have ever read, and if they came out at the same time I would say the writing in "Service" is better, but you cannot compare the past to the present. Marcus Luttrell, and all who have fought with, for or under his command are true hero ...more
Jan 12, 2016 Jerry rated it it was amazing
I first read "Service: A Navy SEAL at War" by Marcus Luttrell because I am a fan of war books and have previously read "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell and enjoyed it. I have read many books about war and it seems that almost every one of those books has had at least a section or two or blandness where the author goes on and on about various types of weapons or tries to teach you about different acronyms used in the military. I was expecting a section to be bland and boring in "Service", but w ...more
Chris Ross
Another great book from Marcus Luttrell. This book talks much about Operation Redwing and fills in some details that were left out of Lone Survivor because Marcus did not yet know them. This book is a tribute to other military personnel/volunteers both special operators and regular service men and women. It is full of great combat stories and great stories of service, helping your fellow American/man/woman/human being as Gulab did for Marcus in Afghanistan and as the Teams continue to do for the ...more
Jun 06, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it
Very informative book, filled with great stories about Luttrell and his Navy Seal brothers: their training, their victories, their defeats, and the women and families back home that make it all possible.

From the title and cover I expected something of an essay. Instead, this book tells the story of Luttrell's life, picking up, more or less, where LONE SURVIVOR left off. These life-and-death stories could hardly be any more exciting or dramatic. This book is more episodic than LONE SURVIVOR, of
Another 'American Sniper' type book, with a Chris Kyle type of guy. A super religious guy, with a deep sense of patriotism. You do not learn as much about SEALS in this book as I thought you would, more on the idea that they are 'brothers, bonded forever' part of it. A not too bad account on the takeover of Ramadi, and a decent memoir on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jake Kenny
Nov 14, 2013 Jake Kenny rated it really liked it
The book Service by Marcus Luttrell is very action filled and interesting, and is one of my favorite books. Marcus Luttrell is a Navy Seal that is coming back from an injury sustained in 2005. He took part in Operation Redwing and received the Navy Cross for his effort and bravery. In service he returns to action with his twin brother Morgan (also a Navy Seal) and they fight in Ramadi, a dangerous war-zone in Iraq. They also start the book with Marcus Luttrell preparing for action again and his ...more
May 17, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing

"Lone Survivor" and "Service" both by Marcus Luttrell should be required reading for all Americans. Both books are valuable on several levels. First, the stories themselves will educate you and leave you in awe. Next, digging deeper, the books teach many valuable life lessons. Finally, you will ponder for long after you read these books, with gratitude, for the sacrifices that many are making on behalf of this great country. Your thoughts almost take you on a spiritual journey of deep reflectio
May 21, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
This book was written better than Lone Survivor. LS was so tragic, this book is focused more on what being in the military is about. I felt like I got to know Marcus more in this book. He reflects on what happened in A-stan with with a different perspective. His grief is still very present, but less raw, as if he has healed a bit. I highly recommend both of his books.
I wish a glossary of military acronyms had been included. There are so many and each is only spelled out one time. If you forget
Randy Daugherty
Oct 16, 2015 Randy Daugherty rated it it was amazing
In Service:A Navy Seal at War by Marcus Luttrell we are once again rejoined with the one seal to survive Operation Redwing which was later made into the movie The Lone Survivor.
After starting his healing process and returning to the family rach to find time to heal inwardly as well as outwardly, Marcus once again returns to the battlefields of the middle east.
Why we hear more of the fight known as Operation Redwing, and other missions Marcus was part of or in charge of, and people and friends h
Jan 23, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Wow. Loved Lone Surviver, found it gut wrenching. Service is even more awe-inspiring to me and if possible more of a gut punch to read about the accounts of our murdered veterans. This includes more details about other service members (including Chris Kyle) and other missions or different views of the same missions such as redwing that provides very interesting/inspiring reading. I think for me personally, reading these 2 books in this particular order was exactly right. The details about M. Lut ...more
Michael D.
Jan 04, 2015 Michael D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good read. Captures the heart and spirit behind our professional warriors and their elite community. It essentially captures the heart of real America, not the one seen in movies, TV, or especially the liberal news media or politics. Marcus sums it up well, I think.
"I see it all as a single piece of fabric. Americans should never forget that the founders of this country, like all who have served her in uniform, were willing to die defending everything its flag represents. But I believe,
Pinki Pal
Apr 02, 2015 Pinki Pal rated it it was amazing
This is not just any other cookbook. Sasha Martin takes her readers on a journey around the globe, incorporating recipes within the story of her quest to find meaning and acceptance in the face of tragedy, abandonment, and other personal demons. Her writing style is captivating, transitioning smoothly between memoir and recipe. Both inspirational and culturally diverse this is an excellent book for book clubs. Food lovers everywhere will enjoy this culinary delight.

On the surface, Sasha Martin’
This book was written by the Navy Seal that wrote "Lone Survivor" which was the story of his survival and well documented recovery from a massacre of his seal team in the mouutains of the Hindu Kush in Afganistan. This book follows up that book with the story of his healing and reassignment to the war torn city of Ramadi in Iraq. I have read no book that so vividly describes the intricate actions of these brave and focused warriors as well as this effort. The focus, the bravery, the commitment, ...more
Erin Williams
Oct 30, 2015 Erin Williams rated it it was amazing
Written as a follow up to his previous book, "Lone Survivor", SERVICE tells the story of the author's recovery, return to Afghanistan, and snippets of his private life since retiring from the Navy. More lighthearted than "Lone Survivor", this book gives more examples of the day to day life of a SEAL on deployment, and the comical moments that the teammates share.
Although it retells funny stories, the book also delves into the painful recovery process-both physical and mental, that Luttrell went
Jun 15, 2012 Doug rated it really liked it
Marcus Luttrell was free with this book to provide more details of Operation Redwing. The book is so much more than provides the reader with insight into the day-to-day life of warriors in Iraq, and Into the commitment and character of the finest men this nation has to offer. A compelling read, the title defines the work of its characters. Should be required reading by everyone in the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Apr 19, 2016 Joseph rated it it was amazing
A follow-up to Marcus Luttrell's previous book, Lone Survivor, Service: A Navy SEAL at War does a fantastic job of picking up the narrative of Luttrell's life after Operation Redwing. Marcus details his recovery, return to the Teams, later combat deployments, and eventual retirement from the Navy. Where this book differs from most military memoirs though, is that Luttrell takes the time to focus on those around him who have inspired him in each event described rather than focus entirely on event ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Lyndsay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military-war
5-Stars, just like Luttrell's 1st book "Lone Survivor." Such a well written book about his time serving our country in the Navy SEALs. This book made me laugh ... and cry. I thought it was so nice that the last chapter was written by 4 wives/widows of men in the SEALs. This gave a much different perspective, and a powerful message. I would definitely recommend this book :)
Apr 14, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marcus Luttrell is the Navy Seal who survived Operation Redwing and wrote about it in Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10 (my review of that book is also on this blog), which many Americans probably only know about because Mark Wahlberg portrayed Luttrell in the movie. After recovering from injuries sustained during that operation, Luttrell returned to service and once again deployed to a war zone.

His second book is a great tribute to al
Nov 09, 2014 Dakota rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Blind Patriots
Shelves: war, did-not-finish
Unfortunately I think the only way you can rally enjoy this book is if you are very patriotic. There is a difference between being proud to be American and blindly consuming any patriotic feed bag book they publish.

I have also read Lone Survivor which I gave a full 5 stars because of the amazing story within. However after reading this book I have lost a lot of respect for Luttrell. I am truly thankful for his service and sacrifice, but in this book he just milks the attention to death. He is so
Sep 23, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing
A very good book written by a true hero and warrior. None of us would know Marcus' name if it weren't for his superiors pushing him to tell his story to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice (and very few people know sacrifice like these warriors do). He tells his stories with more humility than bravado. I believe he writes to honor those who served him, his teammates from all branches of service.
If you've read or watched Lone Survivor, this is not the same. It is somewhat a continuation o
May 29, 2012 Brenton rated it really liked it
This is a follow up work on the author's previous bestseller Lone Survivor. It's an insiders look at the Navy Seals, a tribute to armed forces, special forces in particular, and a memoir. What it lacks in narrative flow, it compensates for in gripping anecdotes.
Andrew Parker
Oct 06, 2015 Andrew Parker rated it it was amazing
It's 2006, and America is at war. Been so for 5 years, and the U.S. seems to be loosing its grip on the situation. Suddenly the tides turn, and you feel a sense of change. This is exactly what Marcus Luttrell writes in this story, as he explains the rush of victory, as well as the pain in loss. Marcus and SEAL Team 5 are sent to Ramadi, Iraq. A city known for its violence and danger, for it is the Al Qaeda headquarters in Iraq.
This book had my attention from the beginning of the story, and kept
Dec 22, 2014 Elaine rated it really liked it
I usually do not care to list what I am reading unless I find a book so worthwhile that I want to comment on it before finishing. My husband received his ROTC commission in the early 60's, and it was such a terrible time when one was scorned if associated in any way with the military, and his service (some of it involving Army Ranger training),eventually,had him acting as a company commander of a reserve army unit in Ohio. Now, it is so "fashionable" to hear him being acclaimed with "thank you f ...more
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The Early Years
Born and raised in Texas, Luttrell and his twin brother, Morgan, attended Sam Houston State University. They began training for the SEALs at age 14 with former United States Army soldier, Billy Shelton, who lived nearby. As kids they loved to hunt and fish and wrestle alligators! Martial arts training has been an important role in Marcus’ life from the time he was a child.
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“Fear is a force that sharpens your senses. Being afraid is a state of paralysis in which you can't do anything.” 43 likes
“Service is selflessness--the opposite of the lifestyle that we see so much of in America today. The things that entertain us don't often lift us up, or show us as the people we can rise up to become. The people who appear in this book--and others who did things I can't talk about--are my role models. They quietly live out the idea expressed in the Bible (John 15:13): "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” 17 likes
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