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The Warrior Elite : The Forging of Seal Class 228

The Warrior Elite : The Forging of Seal Class 228

NAVY SEALS ARE THE TIP OF THE SPEAR.

They are able to strike without warning, anywhere, anytime. They come from under the sea, out of the air, and across the land. Their predeces?sors, the Navy frogmen, cleared the landing beaches during World War II, from Normandy to Okinawa. They led MacArthur’s forces ashore at Inchon. In Vietnam, SEALs were the men with green faces who struck the Vietcong in their sanctuaries. Today they are deployed around the world — ready, waiting, lethal.

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  1. M. Flegal says:
    75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Yup, it really is that good, May 18, 2002
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    M. Flegal (CT) –
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    This review is from: The Warrior Elite : The Forging of Seal Class 228 (Hardcover)

    There are lots of books on SEALs out there, some good, most bad, very few great. This is one of the great ones. Why? Because it takes a theme that has been done to death, the training of the Navy SEALs, and writes what is probably the definitive book on the subject while doing what none of the other books has done. For the first time, a book follows the trainees through BUDs, through Hell Week, and keeps going all of the way to the assignment to an active team. It emphasizes the fact that the vaunted Hell Week, long portrayed as the horrible endurance contest that it is, is in fact just one of the gut checks along the way to becoming a SEAL. It’s not a magical peak where everything after is easy, it’s a point that weeds out many but is more preparation for the rigors ahead than a line to cross. To put it bluntly, there is no need to write another book on the training of the Navy SEALs, this is the final word. If you have dreams of becoming a SEAL, read this book. There is much wisdom in these pages. Ever think that “your reputation begins at BUDs”? You’ll learn that here.

    Finally, a book that reaches the levels set by books such as “Brave Men, Dark Waters” and “Class-29 : The Making of U.S. Navy SEALs”. Well written, insightful, and just simply excellent. Buy this book!

    Matt

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  2. M. Strong says:
    34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Five-star story, three-star writing. Absolutely worth reading., August 22, 2005
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    Let’s start with the positive, because there’s so much here that’s so good. The Warrior Elite tells an incredible story. As a reader, you get to ride along with a class training to become Navy SEALS. Couch, a former SEAL himself, does a great job of capturing the details of BUD/S training so that you understand the challenges and trials these young men face to become SEALS.

    You come to know the men of Class 228 well and you quickly learn the differences between movie SEALS and real SEALS (not many 6’3″ 250 pounders to be found on the real SEAL teams). You also have the interesting experience of simultaneously being inspired and realizing your own limitations. It’s almost impossible to read this book without imagining what parts of SEAL training you could handle and what would be your undoing. You end up realizing that we are all capable of more than we think, but not many of us have what it takes to become a SEAL (far better candidates than I’d be fell out of Class 228 pretty quickly).

    So what keeps this from being a five-star book? The writing; and that’s hard to say, because after reading this book you respect Couch so much for what he’s accomplished as a SEAL. Even so, the writing is mechanical, the structure slows down your reading considerably, and you will be painfully aware of the repetitive use of some unique phrases.

    That said, Couch does give you a great view of something that most people will never see, and he does it from the perspective of someone who’s done it himself. This book is absolutely worth reading for anyone interested in the SEALS. For a similarly great story with story telling to match its content, check out Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney. The two books are great to read back-to-back to compare and contrast not only Delta Force and the SEALS, but also two different writers.

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  3. K. Kaczmarek "The things you own, end up owni... says:
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing Individuals, Amazing Read, June 15, 2004
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    I first became interested in the Navy SEALs during a Learning Channel 5-part series that follows class 324 thru BUD/s (Basic Underwater Demolition, Seal training) To see the various evolutions these young men had to go thru was inspiring. Thus when I was on Coronado Island I decided I had to get a book that dug deeper into the forging of a Navy SEAL. I was recommended this book by the owner of a Coronado bookstore. Dick Couch, the author and former Navy SEAL was given access to BUD/s class 228 to tell the story of the men who make it to graduation and beyond. Throughtout the book you get a real sense of what it would be like to go thru the training, and all the internal thoughts that you need to fight off to make it. There is a great deal of detail put into Indoc., First Phase, Hell Week, Second Phase and Third Phase. While that entails all phases of BUD/s graduation there is much more training ahead for the graduates, that most likely gets told in Finishing School.

    I highly recommend this book, to at the bare minimum understand the trials these men go thru, and at the max. to push yourself to achieve things you never thought possible.

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