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The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior (Unabridged)

by Robert O'Neill

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Stirringly evocative, thought provoking, and often jaw dropping, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring 400-mission career that included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden. In this book O'Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs' most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O'Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills - and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he'd trained with and fought beside never made it home. The Operator describes the nonstop action of O'Neill's deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military's Tier One units, and reveals firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history.

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Bringing mislead justice to the truth!

We now know the real world is changing and we better start believing and adapt to it! This book is a phenomenal count of what our creator's had planned for just one of his special followers. As both entertaining and educating this SEAL breaks the molds but with style. I (and you as well, will) really appreciate the raw brutalness of war and the pain with agony as it tears through your thoughts and focuses that we know in no-way could breath on us the real smell of suffering and victory that comes along as secret & special operations are deployed to protect. As a Brother I get it, but not all will...still the story is told to help others who's lives were shattered on that 911 morning in America. There is a bigger message that if you listen well will come to clarity. Rob puts it down for all to pick up and I hope you do.
T. Sapp
Pace, FL.


I laughed. I cried. I enjoyed every page, every word. A deep dive into what makes some of the greatest warriors in the history of mankind, with glipses into the lighter side.

Only downsides: No mention of meat byproducts or the reasoning behind pineapple on pizza


First of all, the author is also the narrator which is AWESOME! Believe me, that detail makes a huge difference.

Not to mention that the funny parts, and there are many, are that much more entertaining because this guy is hilarious.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes good war stories. Especially to current and former service members. But anyone who can appreciate what this man has been through will, no doubt, enjoy this book. Except for maybe service members who take themselves way too seriously.

Seriously, take it from a US Marine, this is a great book.

Robert O'Neill, The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Robert O'Neill
  • Published: 2017
  • Category: History
  • Provider: Simon & Schuster Audio
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