Monday, September 9, 2013

Non Fiction Analysis

I'm reading "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell. It's about the authors experiences as a Navy SEAL. Most of the book is about his deployment Afghanistan where his entire platoon of Navy SEALs were killed and he was the only one that lived. The rest of the book is about his childhood growing up on a ranch in Texas, his training to become a Navy SEAL and his life after that deployment to Afghanistan.

The author clearly states why he wrote the book and that is to honor all of his fallen brothers and tell their story so they are not forgotten. The reason why I chose to read this book was because I'm joining the military and I enjoy reading books written by people in the military so I can gain insight into what it's like being in the military. It was also #1 on the New York Times best seller list for several weeks. What made me want to keep reading it was because it was very well written and it's intriguing to find out information about the SEAL teams because not much information is released about the teams. I thought the book was realistic but some of the stories he told were unbelievable because of how brave and heroic the Navy SEALs were.

One of the most important characters in the book was Lieutenent Michael Murphy. Lt Murphy was the authors best friend he was a tall, bearded, brown haired man. He was very physically fit since he was a Navy SEAL. The author says that he was a very smart man. He was excepted to several law schools before he decided to join the Navy instead. He also says he was the best officer he ever met and one of the finest SEALs. Another important character was Petty Officer Matthew Axelson also one of the authors team mates and best friends. The author describes him as being 6'4 with blonde curly hair. He was a quiet man and very smart. He was also a very professional and mature SEAL. Shane Patton was another important character, also one of the authors teammates in the SEAL teams. He's described as a big, robust, blonde man. He was the authors protege as he was training him to take over as the teams radio operator. What makes them interesting to right about is because they're all Navy SEALs and they all fought and died for each other.

The author uses a more journalistic style. He just describes all the events about his training and his Afghanistan deployment. He lengthly describes the places he went to and people in the book. The attitude he has towards the subject is mostly anger and sadness, because all of his best friends that he calls his brothers died in one day. His attitude towards the people is love and brotherhood.

One thing I will never forget from reading this book is the dedication and love the characters have and the incredible sacrifices they made for each other and their country. 4 Navy SEALs were ambushed by over 200 Taliban fighters, the SEALs never stopped fighting until they were all dead except for one who was badly wounded and had to crawl for miles until he found refuge in a local village.

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