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Rogue Warrior

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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  6,327 ratings  ·  235 reviews
A brilliant virtuoso of violence, Richard Marcinko rose through Navy ranks to create and command one of this country's most elite and classified counterterrorist units, SEAL TEAM SIX. Now this thirty-year veteran recounts the secret missions and Special Warfare madness of his worldwide military career - and the riveting truth about the top-secret Navy SEALs.

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Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Pocket Books (first published March 1st 1992)
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Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Quintin Zimmermann
Oct 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
A poorly written self-aggrandising autobiography by an egocentric man.

I am all for the stand by one's principles and gung-ho ideology in a dog-eat-dog world, but there is also a time for circumspection and bona fide humility.

Full throttle in one direction, laced with expletives and chest banging does not a good book make.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
While this novel has options I like reading, such as revenge and bad guys getting theirs, it runs short on excitement due to few characters to care about. Since the Rogue Warrior is the only character to get to know, this causes a shortfall. 6 of 10 stars
Edward Hendry
Aug 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Snowflake alert! 100% Alpha Male Richard Marcinko founded Seal Team 6 and you can read all about here. Nuts!
Jul 19, 2011 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
3.25 Stars - Took me some getting into, especially once out down, I found it tough to get back into due to the slightly elongated opening. Feels like one if I re read now, I’d perhaps enjoy much more!

There’s no doubting the solid & visceral content here. The insights given not just into the Navy and life in shoes of the elite of the elite in military ops, but the highlight of the book comes in the consistent growth chapter to chapter. Each page is built expertly on the previous & exhilarating hi
May 26, 2009 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
Apr 14, 2009 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
I'm glad Marcinko was on our side. But wow, this book is so full of machismo and foul language that my eyes are still blistered. I barely made it through. ...more
Timothy Boyd
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting version of events as remembered by the author. Recommended
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
In the past year or so I have been seeking out books written from a political perspective that is different from my own, but that may nonetheless contain an element of interest that can capture my attention long enough to actually finish reading them. Rouge Warrior is an example of such a book, for while there is almost no explicit discussion of politics or political themes, there is a fairly strong undercurrent of attitudes and perhaps even worldview that tracked somewhat closely to the Republi ...more
Joshua Griffiths
Feb 01, 2012 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
Hugh Vail
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Steven Hildreth Jr.
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This surprisingly held up as entertaining, even though I know of Marcinko's poor reputation amongst SOF and my having changed, socially and politically. ...more
Ty Crawford
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Better than I thought it'd be! ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
It's not that the language is good in this book, it's that it's like reading something bad-ass that gets the testosterone rushing through your veins and bubbling out your pores. After reading Marcinko, anyone with a penis wants to run fifty miles, eat raw kittens, have sex with ten women a week, and shoot anything that give them a dirty look, even if he/she is part of their own family. It's like taking the essence of the movie 300 and injecting it directly into your sack.
The language in this b
Ryan Rodriquez
Jan 04, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
No matter how many times I picked up this book to read, I just couldn't force myself to push through. It really has nothing to do with my lack of interest in his military exploits. I thought a lot of what he did and experienced was really incredible and the stuff great movies are made of! However, his approach was way too self-aggrandizing for my taste.

If you're into hearing bro-talk of military ops, then this book is for you. I barely care enough to listen to the exploits of the off-going crew
Dec 14, 2011 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
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve read a ton of Navy SEAL books and was intrigued and excited to read this one for two reasons. First was because everything I’d read occurred in the last 25-30 years where as this was long before that. Second was because of Marcinko’s reputation. I’d heard of him several times in other books, typically in a pretty negative light. After reading this I’m still not 100% sure what the negativity is about. Obviously this is Marcinko’s side of the story so it’s skewed. I do look forward to reading ...more
Tom Weissmuller
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For pure entertainment value, this book still gets 5 stars. Commander Marcinko wrote it long ago, pre-911. Today, JSOC is a whole different animal. Even if this book was total fiction, it would be fascinating and entertaining. The fact is, once upon a time, this was a very relevant account of events from one man's perspective. It comes at you hard, in your face, and I think its great. Love him or hate him, it is entertaining to hear Demo Dick Marcinko let off steam. ...more
Joel Stenseth
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Calling this one early. Read about a thirds and didn't feel like finishing it. Marcinko has a cool story of childhood to UDT teams to SEAL teams, but his ego is enormous and was too much for me to enjoy reading the rest of the book. It's cool if you want the "fuck you I'm a tough guy" talk and personality every page, but isn't for me. I much prefer the ego-in-check style of Jocko/Goggins/other SEALs. ...more
Stephen Dull
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I thought this book wasn't that interesting. I thought it was more of a let's tell everyone how cool we are, and badass we are, and less of a book on leadership and the making of SEAL team 6. I thought Haney's book on Delta Force was much much better.

All in all, i think i would have been fine with never reading this book.
Nick Pearson
Demo Dick practically dares his superiors to fire him, and then seems surprised by the rear-guard attack from the establishment he's spent the entire book antagonizing. That said, the Special Warfare stuff is fantastic, and he's to be congratulated on an amazing run of defending the United States of America. ...more
Robin Gennarelli
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed every book he's written. Fascinating Navy Seal stuff. ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Parker Black
May 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I always wondered why these books never hit the silver screen. Then again, they may be too good. Marcinko writes with a crisp style about some very powerful subjects. Often he focuses more on the details than the story, but the details of specialized warfare are pretty darn interesting.

He embodies the modern warrior who uses his head as well as his tools to complete a mission. HIs chronicle of the SEALs also garners much respect and reverence. These are the men at the tip of the spear, the pr
Travis Jackson
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rogue Warrior tells the explosive story of SEAL Team Six founder, Richard Marcinko. It is an outstanding read as it grabs your attention with every sentence. Richard Marcinko is a hard-headed operative who likes to do things his own way. As Marcinko tells his story, it feels like he is in the same room with you, talking to you face to face. From trying to make his commanding officers ticked off, to fighting off the enemy, to messing around when he has free time, Richard Marcinko is the true Rogu ...more
Boyer DePaul
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I came across this book and decided it would be good to read a non-fiction book for once (instead of sci-fi and thrillers). This book covers the career of Richard Marcinko, a Navy SEAL, and his turbulent rise up the ranks. I was impressed with the courage that he and SEAL team members are required to exhibit as well as the physical demands placed on them. The story was interesting because Marcinko was nothing like the stereotypical "by the book" Navy Officer, and although is arrogance comes thro ...more
Steven Nowak
Mar 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
I read this book in my 20s and for a time, it was my bible. I read it over and over again. I never ended up joining the Navy as I had planned, but I apply many of Marcinko's lessons to my life today. He talks a lot about leading from the front, and to this day I respect managers and supervisors that do this. I often recall many moments from this book with great fondness. I truly believe this book helped shape the man I am today. But if you just want a good read with some action packed moments , ...more
Jeff Farnham
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
First, I have to say thank you to Commander Marcinko or his service to our nation. This was an interesting book. I learned a lot about Navy Special Forces activities in Viet Nam as well as the formation of SEAL Team Six. Marcinko also offers some insight into the formation of Delta Force. I was reading it more for leadership information, and there was some of that included. For example, you don't have to like the mission but you do have to complete it. Marcinko was very tenacious in getting SEAL ...more
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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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