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Rogue Warrior (Rogue Warrior #1)

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The Real Team tell it like it is: How highly motivated individuals come to the Teams, how they train, and how they fight in the four corners of the globe. The Real Team From the sea, from the air, or from the land SEAL Teams attack the enemy from any direction, any time, with weapons ranging from a K-bar knife to an AK-47. Here, for the first time the real life models for ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Pocket Books (first published March 1st 1992)
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Jul 19, 2011 Owen rated it it was amazing
In his own words, the tale of Marcinko's rise from enlisted Navy UDT to founder and Commander of Seal Team Six is extremely through and engaging. The book is written extremely well, and his first person perspective narration is excellent in bringing to life his stories.

His experience as a SEAL in Vietnam might be referred to today as 'war crimes', but he doesn't pretend he was seeking moral high ground during the war, but that his only priority was keeping his men alive regardless of what rules
Feb 15, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Military fans, Special Operations fans, SEAL fans, etc.
I’ve wanted to read “Rogue Warrior” by Marcinko for a couple of years. The man has a larger than life reputation, and I’ve read a little of his fictional collaborations that have been described as “the Marcinko style”, which appeared sarcastic and hard-edged at the same time. I also knew a thing or two about “Demo Dick” (forming SEAL Team Six, running Red Cell, etc.), but that was about it. So as a final venture into the realm of nonfiction military memoirs (following up on a couple of Gary Lind ...more
May 26, 2009 Edward rated it it was amazing
Cross Charles Bukowski with Popeye the Sailor and you're still nowhere close to the colorful character of this brilliant scallywag. This is one of the greatest books you'll ever read. Period. It hits on so many levels - action, humor, history, drama, bitterness, and ends on a soaring, rebellious "I'll be back" survivor's note (Marcinko wrote the book from prison, more on that later). His writing style is infectious and you'll laugh at many points (how many guys signed up to do covert ops in Viet ...more
Jan 04, 2011 Bill rated it liked it
Badass. That's about the only way to describe Richard Marcinko a retired Navy Seal and founder of the most elite team of Seal, 6. Well, badass, reckless, and full of himself. However, I can forgive him his insanely high opinion of himself considering some of the stuff he accomplished during his long, but often troubled, military career.

When I was in the Army I really, really, wanted to join the Special Forces which is sort of like the Army's version of Seals. However, I didn't and that alone is
Hugh Vail
Jul 07, 2012 Hugh Vail rated it liked it
Shelves: military, econ
I wanted to read what Marcinko would say about his history. I assumed that he would display "enough" integrity to get a semi-genuine feel for the middle ground reality. I think Marcinko did a decent work given what my expectations were. I did not miss the SEAL stories of killing, nor the gory details that you might think would be in this book.
The book was true to form - Marcinko talking about Marcinko and his experience with the Navy, the SEALS, Team 6 and Red Cell. I would have liked to hear a
Joshua Griffiths
Mar 04, 2012 Joshua Griffiths rated it really liked it
A book rattled with explosions, guns, fast cars, cursing, sounds like a book for me. If you're offended by fouling which, gore, blood, or manhood this book isn't for you. However if this appeals to you this is going to be one of the best books you'll ever read.

The book rogue warrior, by Richard Marcinko follows a Navy seal through a special operation in which an Irish terrorist organization takes a preschool captive. When something goes horribly wrong Marcinko, the main character, loses one of
Dec 18, 2011 Bob4you rated it really liked it
Only up to page 109, seldom read non fiction while this is not a "can't put down" category it still intrigues me enough to keep reading it. Can't find the other book (Fiction)I am reading so will stick to this one until I do.
OK, I finished and now want to get others in the series, It started slow then got interesting, then slowed down again and picked up the last 100 pages.
I don't know how much is true but if it is predominantly true I know he really pissed of a lot of superior officers who wou
Michael Corey
May 05, 2016 Michael Corey rated it liked it
In "Rogue Warrior" Cdr. Richard "Demo Dick" Marcinko, USN Retired, tells the story of his life from youth, to the founding of SEAL Team Six, to his involvement in Red Cell, and eventual imprisonment. Throughout the book Cdr. Marcinko writes in a blunt, conversational style that those familiar with other military memoirs may find unfamiliar. None of the detachment of "Marine Sniper", nor the professional tone of "Inside the Delta Force", Marcinko writes, frankly, like a sailor.

I find it quite dif
Carol Storm
Jan 15, 2015 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing
The first Navy SEAL memoir I ever read -- though it reads more like the story of a rock star than the story of a fighting man.

Don't get me wrong, Dick Marcinko is the real deal, as much as any of the Navy SEALS who are celebrated today. But he's from another era, and his philosophy is different. There's a lot more chest thumping about stupid stuff, like, "After our first high altitude jump, we all drank a pitcher of beer each. And on the second pitcher, we started putting boogers into the beer
Cristopher Gaesser
Dec 18, 2014 Cristopher Gaesser rated it it was amazing
Richard Marcinko was a high school kid growing up in the 1900’s. He wanted to become a marine, but learned he had to go to boot camp. He then wanted to become a UDT, also known as frogmen. He was told the same thing that the marines told him. He then went to a naval station for 5 months, and got into UDT training. He then broke his wrist and went to Naples, but eventually made his way back to UDT training. He learned a lot of things during UDT training and tested new things for the military. He ...more
May 04, 2016 Ian rated it really liked it
This is an incredibly loose biography of the founder of Seal Team Six. There's a really fun story about the development of SpecOps warfare in here, presuming you can get past his massive ego. This guy doesn't let a single moment pass without talking about how macho and tough he is. Everyone who stands against him are just limp-wristed commies who had it coming, while everything he did was entirely justified. It's laughable because it's more ridiculous than most fiction characters. Not that I'm s ...more
Feb 18, 2016 mark rated it liked it
Marcinko doesn't pull any punches and has led an incredible life. This book is engaging from not only his life story but the training and tactics he describes being part of SEAL teams and the development of SEAL team 6. His style is gritty and blunt which I like, but also seems like an air of embellishment. I think there are parts of this story that have to be taken with a grain of salt, and reading interviews with other SEAL members and people who knew Richard state the same. He's a man with un ...more
Thomas Meyers
Sep 17, 2015 Thomas Meyers rated it it was amazing
Doom on you who do not like this book. Here in this eye-opening bio to the founder of Seal Team Six (those dudes that brought down bin Laden), we are introduced to the beast-of-a-man named Dick Marcinko. The no bullshit, take no pussies, will kick your ass in a heartbeat, tough as nails frogman that has made a legend of himself in the military world. His story is so fascinating you'll hardly believe that it actually happened.

The writing is taunt, the colorful vernacular used by Marcinko is a ref
Mar 08, 2015 Senzanom rated it liked it
I read this on a lark, finding it in a "freebie" section of a bookstore, and while the book is highly readable and well-paced, the attempt at telling a redemption story of take-no-prisoners man of action falls short of the mark. Marcinko comes off as a capable person who accomplished a lot while facing major hurdles given the Navy's 800-lb gorilla of bureaucracy, but the guy never learned a single lesson about cooperation unless it involved his unit or command. Ostensibly, this guy was the Don D ...more
Jordan Mowry
Feb 06, 2016 Jordan Mowry rated it liked it
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Timothy Boyd
Feb 06, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it liked it
Interesting version of events as remembered by the author. Recommended
Robin Gennarelli
Jun 06, 2012 Robin Gennarelli rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed every book he's written. Fascinating Navy Seal stuff.
Christian D.  Orr
One of my all-time favorite books in any genre, and a book and author whom I used as a role model source of inspiration for my military career, from my enlisted basic training (I first read this book a few months before I shipped off to boot camp in 1999) to enlisted tech school, to my first active-duty assignment, to Officer Training School, and beyond. I frequently quoted Demo Dick's leadership principles with my colleagues, superiors, and subordinates alike throughout my military career, and ...more
May 12, 2012 Ketchum rated it it was amazing
Rogue Warrior, by Richard Marcinko
The self-proclaimed curator of Seal Team Six talks about his struggles in the early years as an enlisted UDT frogman, being selected into the Spec War arena as an ensign patrolling the Mekong Delta as a Seal Team leader, later becoming CO of Seal Team Six Red Cell authorized to play havoc with various base security systems to report on flaws with various systems. Eventually, found to be fraudulent in travel reimbursements and sentenced to jail for 16 years.
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Jackson L
Rogue Warrior by Richard Marcinko was very interesting and gave you the perspective of a grunt in the US military. I have read many military stories but this one was one of the only ones that was really gave all perspectives not just combat but the administration and really gave you the full picture of a soldier’s life. It teaches you about how inefficient the US military can be specifically the Navy. Marcinko frequently made references about how you cant get anything if you didn’t attend the Na ...more
Sashank Mohan
Aug 01, 2013 Sashank Mohan rated it it was amazing
An exhilarating,jaw-dropping blow-by-blow account of one of my idols Richard Marcinko's career as a U.S.Navy SEAL right from his high-octane covert ops in Vietnam to creating probably the greatest counter-terrorist unit the world has ever seen,SEAL Team Six. An epic tale of living on the edge in the warrior's way and the blood,sweat and tears that go into ridding the world of tyranny and terror. This book is a clear evidence of why the 80s action films with Sly and Arnie were so good...because o ...more
May 18, 2013 JP rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
His autobiography written while serving a 1-year sentence for felony embezzlement of government funds. Having escaped any punishment by the Navy despite concerted efforts by all the toes he stepped on while building the SEALS, a subsequent federal investigation found $160,000 missing after the final accounting. Marcinko alleges that's margin of error when considering the hundreds of millions involved in covert operations, major budgets, etc. He also alleges that if he had wanted to steal, he cou ...more
Dec 24, 2011 Greg rated it it was amazing
An entertaining account by a former commander of SEAL Team 2 and first commander of SEAL Team 6 (officially called DEVGRU). Even if you don't believe all of Marcinko's tales, his life as a sailor still provides an interesting perspective of the Vietnam War, Iran Hostage Crisis, and life as a SEAL from that perspective as well as anyone who likes to hear about someone sticking it to the man. Sadly, the man sticks it to him in the end as this is written from a jail cell and ends up being somewhat ...more
May 27, 2011 Brian rated it did not like it
The whole concept of Seal Team Six was very intriguing to me. The real life stories told by Marcinko are very revealing and exciting. Well worth getting the inside scoop. I even found valuable examples of leadership, team unity, dedication, and invention through Marcinko's character traits. At first glance this should be a great book. However, he is a horrible author. A good editor would have been invaluable. In addition, his constant boasting and obvious over-exaggeration of his bad-boy persona ...more
Levi Diecidue
I would recommend this book because its where Richard Marcinko describes his crazy adventure in Vietnam. I thought how he described what war really is and how ready you have to be, mentally and physically. In rogue warrior Richard explains how he came from a broken home to just deciding that he will join the military and how easy it was for him. Then being a Captain and leading his team into Vietnam. But showing how much's hate there was in war that it can change you from being merciful to wanti ...more
Jun 26, 2013 Zachary rated it liked it
interesting perspective. Appreciated the bluntness on the topics.

some memorable quotes...
"There has never been any war movie or book that adequately described the overwhelming sensations that run through your mind, or the effects on your body, when you walk the point in a combat situation."

"My black pajamas were sopping wet with his blood. My hands were sticky. I could feel skull fragments on my fingertips. "You stupid dumb fuck" is all I could say as he lay dying in my lap."

"Leadership is lear
Floyd Livingston
this was a really cool book to read. I just started getting into reading about the U.S. military, this is my second book.

Marcinko sailor mouth and his story about how he moved up the Navy ladder to create Navy SEAL Team Six.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this genre of books.
Feb 09, 2016 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
Marcinko may actually be the real A-Team. He was accused of many crimes as leader of SEAL Team 6 and sent to prison. Any military historian or memoir lover will enjoy this. However, the next books are all fiction. This is the first of the series and the only nonfiction one of the bunch.
Dustin Gaughran
Jul 06, 2014 Dustin Gaughran rated it really liked it
Pretty cool book. Details a lot of crazy stuff Marcinko did, and how he single handedly created Seal Team Six, and then went on to create Red Cell. It's unfortunate how the Navy screwed him over after it was all over. Even more unfortunate is that if you read enough military memoirs, that's not an uncommon fate for the uncommon warriors.
William Moses Jr.
This book was action-packed, well written and insightful. I got a look into the mind of someone who's thoughts revolve around war and war games. I also got a look into the kind of problems that can arise in military bureaucracy. Best of all, it was fun reading, all the time.
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Richard Marcinko is the author of the Rogue Warrior thrillers and is a living, breathing hero honored with the silver star and four bronze stars for valor, along with two Navy Commendation medals and other honors. After serving in Vietnam, he went on to start and command SEAL Team 6, the Navy's anti-terrorist group, and Red Cell, a high-level anti-terrorist unit. Marcinko keeps his hand in the fie ...more
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