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Service: A Navy SEAL at War

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  1,894 ratings  ·  143 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, Large Print, 512 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Little, Brown and Company (first published May 8th 2011)
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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...more
Sarah Eiseman
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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...more
Jul 10, 2012 Randy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Bob Cook
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.
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
Jake Kenny
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
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
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...more
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...more
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
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.
Melissa Frye
While reading Lone Survivor I felt as if I had gotten to know Marcus Luttrell a little. When I realized he had written another book, I wanted to catch up with him. Service: A Navy SEAL at War is a superb way to reconnect with the proud SEAL, fill in some gaps of Operation Redwing as well as gain deeper insight into the military mind and the bonds it creates.

Service is a journey. The reader is deployed along with Luttrell and has a front row seat to his thoughts and actions. We’re introduced to m...more
Josiah Hawkins
This book could be the best war memoir that I have ever read. I think that in this modern day and age most soldier memoir's focus on the action and adrenaline of being in combat, then there are the rare few that take a step away from the action and look at emotion and what it is to be a soldier on the front lines.

While the official dust jacket on this book describes it as Luttrell's fight to retake the city of Ramadi, this book is not about the fight to retake Ramadi. Instead, Luttrell focuses...more
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 :)
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.
This is the continued story of Marcus Luttrell after surviving the mission in Afghanistan that the book & movie, Lone Survivor, is based on. I truly believe that anyone who claims to be an American should read or listen to this book to gain some since of what it's like for our military personnel & why they do what they do. As a mom of a deployed son, I find that reading true stories written by our service men & women opens my eyes to what's really going on, not only about their deplo...more
Max R.
I was enlightened by this account of what actually happens on the ground level in the war on terrorism.

Although we entered into a Vietnam-style quagmire in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and there's no end in sight to the conflict, it's also true that while we were ramped up to fight there our troops enjoyed much success.

I came away from reading this with a renewed appreciation for Special Operations forces, and a better understanding of how they can be used effectively within the scope of clearly d...more
Unbelievably good. In a sea of fiction Marucs Luttrell writes a book with stories that proof fact can be more beautiful, heroic, awe inspiring and humbling than ANY fiction. I so deeply respect him and meeting him is on my bucket list
In this book Marcus Luttrell delves into his recovery and return to service. As a nice touch, he also provides vignettes of other people who were in the periphery of the Lone Survivor story. A proper follow-on to Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

This is the story of the return of a hero-- Marcus Luttrel. His insight into what happened in Afghanistan and his time in Iraq is amazing. He writes about his recovery, the brotherhood and even the politics of counterinsurgency . As usual he grabs your attention from the first written word. Marcus is developing as a writer at an astonishing rate. His tribute to his brother is inspiring and give me hope for America. With this many dedicated warriors serving America, we will prevail through our ha...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
Travis Smith
Service is the second book written by Marcus Luttrell, the first being Lone Survivor about his tour in Afghanistan and the failed Operation Redwing. If you haven’t read that book I highly recommend it, it is very touch and inspiring what one man can survive. This book is a continuation of sorts. Marcus goes through and tells you what has gone on in his life since that mission (even goes back and explains in more detail his rescue.) You get more of a personal connection to Mr. Luttrell in this bo...more
Kate August
Service: A Navy Seal at War, is a raw, emotional, and touching, continuation of Marcus Luttrell's "Lone Survivor" journey. If you haven't read "Lone Survivor", the book is a difficult, heartbreaking and amazing story of survival and should be read before "Service."

"Service", gives Luttrell the opportunity to fill in details not included in his previous book; the heroes who never stopped searching for him, the people who planned and executed his rescue. It describes his physical and emotional jou...more
As a supervisor leading people, I struggle with how to get my staff to see how much better their work environment would be if they worked harder at serving each other rather than working selfishly towards selfish goals. This book details how working together, service to each other with like goals, is the better way. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole.

The first part of this review was written prior to finishing this book. Knowing something of the brotherhood of our armed services as w...more
Bob Price
What is a hero?

Although he would deny that he is one, Marcus Luttrell is the living embodiment of that word. Luttrell is best known as the 'Sole Survivor' of Operation Redwing.

In his new book, Service: A Navy Seal at War , Marcus Luttrell recalls his return to the fight by going to Iraq after barely recovering from the events of Redwing.

As a man who is uniquely able to tell the story of the Navy SEALs in action, Luttrell opens up about life, death, and warfare among the finest of the Navy.

Noel Burke
Great follow up book after listening to Lone Survivor. This provided more details about Operation Redwing and a better understanding of the life of a Seal and their family members. I am certainly grateful for the men who put their lives on the line for my freedom. Most of the time I will never know what they do, unless they write a book about it and I can download it from the library. They don't ask for notoriety, but quietly serve. That is amazing!
Tracie Paquet
Heart awakening

You have to read "Lone Survivor" first to understand this book but it puts closure to some of the questions you're left with and it helps you understand the life of the Navy Seal. I served a number of years in the military and Marcus, with his words has awakened my heart to a life I left behind. Thank you Marcus for putting your journey into words and awakening the world to the life of so many people we owe our days to!
Great book the follow up to Lone Survivor. Explains what happened next for Marcus after operation Red Wing and how Marcus ended his Naval career. I'm kind of interested in his twin brother Morgan's story I think it would be cool to read a book by Morgan being that they are both seals all in all good book I give it 4 stars only because Lone Survivor was a better story and a better book but I still highly recommend this book as well.
An emotional and inspiring book. Lone Survivor Marcus Lutrell returns to active duty after his rescue and rehab. This book tells not only his story but many others from Seal Teams and conventional military responders in Ramadi.

Also included is a detailed account of his extraction by the USAF and a couple stories from spouses of Navy Seals, two widowed.

Our military men and women are true heroes and there selfless sacrifice and service to our great country is inspirational. Thank you for your se...more
Marc Luttrell is an ex-Navy Seal who tells the stories of his wartime experience with special emphasis on the bravery he witnessed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The core idea of the book is the concept of service (hence the title), which means putting others needs before your own. Luttrell quotes the Bible to illustrate his point (John 15:13) “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (pg 351) His stories of military personnel and others as well, make it clear...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.” 33 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.” 14 likes
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