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Rogue Warrior

(Rogue Warrior #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  5,742 ratings  ·  209 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
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
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
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
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.
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
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
The same self-serving ghostwritten crap you're bound to find in most any contemporary military memoir. Marcinko's egocentricity, personal politics, and burning need to vindicate himself and his actions bleeds over into the prose, making for a grating and unpleasant read. You could find much the same rhetoric in a teenage girl's diary. Add in a fisherman's braggadocio and you've got this book. Not to mention there's a section on his time as a military advisor in Cambodia in which Marcinko details ...more
Timothy Boyd
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting version of events as remembered by the author. Recommended
Ty Crawford
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Better than I thought it'd be!
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
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
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
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
Robin Gennarelli
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed every book he's written. Fascinating Navy Seal stuff.
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
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.
John Poulain
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Self Aggrandising to a very high degree Marcinko thinks he's right about everything he's done in his life and as someone who founded SEAL team 6 can you blame him. The novel is agressive yet somehow humanising of the elite warriors that he trains with and its the emphasis he gives on training and repetition that makes the Tier 1 operators seem less like supermen and more like finely tuned machines, constantly training and evaluating to become better.
Megan P
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The main character of the story is Richard Marcinko. One trait about him is he's confident. There isn't really just one problem in this book there are many of them. There are tons of different settings but the main one is in the United States.

Marcinko is confident because he make a unit, not saying what kind, but has to deal with people that don't want anything to deal with him but he stands up to them and says to move the paper work up the line to get approved. You should read this book because
Jonny Andres
There were only a few good morsels here. I mostly felt as if I wasted a day of productive reading. It actually feels like a diatribe written by a bitter ex employee. Due to this... It loses much of its depth and weight.
Fritz Gilbert
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting look behind the curtain of Special Forces, written by the man who founded Seal Team 6. No way to know how much is accurate, and too much profanity for my liking, but a fascinating read nonetheless.
Scott Holstad
I read this when it was originally published and thought it interesting, but a bit narcissistic. Upon rereading it, with all that’s been published since by other bad asses, this doesn’t seem as “impressive,” feels poorly written and outdated. A historical piece with little current value, perhaps?
Casey Hickman
This guy is a real ass!

An author he is not. In this book, he only saw live action in Vietnam. Other than that he just climbed the ladder within the Navy stirring up shit. He may be the originator of Seal Team Six, but you dont end up in jail if your a good guy.
Shain Wozniak
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lot of information. Great stories, there are even shenanigans. It's loaded with dedication, heroism, true grit and badassery.
Eric Belleville
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An eye opening look at the inner working of government politics, red tape, chain of command, and warfare innovators. This was a great book, and I very much enjoyed this read.
Shane K.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: military
Probably filled with embellishments and self-aggrandizement, but nonetheless an informative and very fun book from the founder of DevGru (aka SEAL team 6).
Kurt Weber
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rouge-warrior
Golly, he sure does like to say "fuck."
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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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