I just finished reading The Operator about Robert O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who shot and killed pure evil on May 2, 2011. It is one of the most intense and interesting non-fiction works I’ve read. Below is the review I posted on Amazon. Our military is one of the most underpaid, underappreciated members of our population, including silent heroes on missions such as the SEAL teams depicted in the book.
I gave this book five stars. Amazon review:
I purchased two of these books for my dad and my brother in law as gifts. Thumbing through theirs, I knew I had to read it as well. It is one of the most engaging books I’ve read. I have a full schedule that leaves me with limited amounts of time for reading, but this book was difficult to put down. I read it twice as fast as it would normally take me to read a book, and even when I had to put it down, it left me thinking about it. The detailed description of what a SEAL goes through in training, as well as accounts of the missions is not for the faint of heart, but it does provide a window into the life of these silent heroes that serve to protect our nation every day. One cannot read this book without having a greater appreciation for who a SEAL is and what they do. I’ve shared excerpts from the book with my husband and friends, and now they want to read the book. Robert O’Neill and his team are real life superheroes. If, in my lifetime, I ever have the opportunity in my lifetime to shake the hand of a SEAL and thank them for their service, I will consider it a true honor beyond compare.