"Since the first navy frogmen crawled onto the beaches of Normandy, no SEAL has ever surrendered," writes Chuck Pfarrer. "No SEAL has ever been captured, and not one teammate or body has ever been left in the field. This legacy of valor is unmatched in modern warfare."
Warrior Soul is a book about the warrior spirit, and it takes the listener all over the world. Former Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer recounts some of his most dangerous assignments: On a clandestine reconnaissance mission on the Mosquito Coast, his recon team plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with a Nicaraguan patrol boat. Cut off on the streets of Beirut, the author's SEAL detachment must battle snipers on the Green Line. In the mid-Atlantic, Pfarrer's unit attempts to retrieve - or destroy - the booster section of a Trident ballistic missile before it can be recovered by a Russian spy trawler. On a runway in Sicily, his assault element surrounds an Egyptian airliner carrying the Achille Lauro hijackers.
These are only a few of the riveting stories of combat patrol, reconnaissance missions, counter-terrorist operations, tragedies, and victories in Warrior Soul that illustrate the SEAL maxim "The person who will not be defeated cannot be defeated."
©2004 Chuck Pfarrer (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I'm sure this guy had an exciting and varied career as a SEAL officer but sometimes it would be hard to tell based on this book. There are some fascinating tales of missions he took part in and it's a pity that he did not concentrate more on this side of his military career instead of wandering off into long history lessons and background information, most of which is generally already well known and doesn't add anything to his personal experiences. Whether this is done because he not allowed to expand too much on the mission details themselves, or because he thought it would add to the narrative I don't know but, for example, you end up listening to hours on the history on the causes and effects of the Lebanon conflict with very little detail of what he actually did while he was there and this seems to be a pattern throughout the book. I started out enjoying this book but my interest waned by the end of book one and I struggled through the start of book 2 which is a shame when the subject matter promised so much.
"An amazing story"
Overall, I really enjoyed this audio book. I think Mr Pfarrer did an outstanding job narrating the book.
Several moments, some made me laugh and others made me sad.
"Excellent book and excellent author!"
I have not read the print version, but hearing it from the horse's mouth so to speak means a lot to me.
Of course my favorite is Chuck. He's the real deal!
Impossible to choose. I loved every minute of the book.
I'm not into catchy tag lines. The story speaks for itself.
I completely disagree with what others have said in their reviews about Chuck not being a good narrator for this book. I found his voice not monotone, but calm and soothing. Exactly what you would NOT expect from a true ass-kicker. He's intelligent, trustworthy, and a true American hero. One of my favorite books of all time for sure.
"Damn fine book!"
Yes, I would recommend this book. It is a very entertaining, informative, and down-to-Earth book. If you want to know what it is like to be a Navy SEAL, minus all the hype, this is the book to read. Mr. Pfarrer talks about the human side of being a SEAL. SEALs are people like everyone else with fears and personal failings. Sometimes this fact can be lost on those of us who get lost in the media inspired SEAL image.
I was surprised to discover that Mr. Pfarrer had written the movie "Navy SEALS" (among others). I didn't know that the movie was written and inspired by an actual Navy SEAL. I had thought that "Navy SEALS" was strictly a Hollywood creation with little basis in reality. I'm going to watch the movie again with this new prospective in mind.
This is the only book by Chuck Pfarrer that I've ever listened to. I love listening to books read by the author. It makes the book much more personal. The fact that the author read his own book is one of the reasons I chose to listen to it in the first place.
There are many moving moments in the book. I particularly liked when Mr. Pfarrer shared his personal thoughts and fears as well as his personal failings (as he believed them to be) with the reader. I haven't found such candidness in any of the other SEAL autobiographies I've read.
This is the story of a pre 9/11 Navy SEAL. A unique read.
"Seal life as described in detail"
Good and complete story of Seal life.
Would recommend as good reading
although gets a little tedious and long.
Suggest you obtain!
"Bravery with Courage for Country and Mankind"
The more books that I listen to about the SEALS, I am discovering that it is hard to choose how to rank them. The books I have listened to have had awesome stories to tell and excellent narrators to tell them.
One of the most memorable moments of Warrior Soul was during a three member SEAL Team mission, to do reconnaissance, while in Honduras. The men were in a Zodiac and the rain was coming down in sheets, stirring the ocean so forcefully thus creating swells as high as a house. They had a map in order to locate the left turn, that would put them in the channel and up to the beach. The visibility was 100 yards, no moon and no stars. Chuck was steering the Zodiac and had to have had excellent training in order to keep control of the 7 foot long, inflatable boat, with a high powered motor or he might not of kept the boat from flipping over. The SEALS are still the best trained men in the world, who are very few in number but so well skilled because of their training, that they are able to accomplish the impossible.
The author, Chuck Phaffer, narrated his own novel and did an excellent job. He was also my favorite character
There was one part of the book where I did have an extreme reaction. It was very early in the morning, maybe 3 am, which may have attributed to my sobs. That moment tugged at my heart.
I enjoyed listening to this memoir, which was thrilling, exciting and included many edge of your seat moments. I couldn't listen to the memoir all in one sitting due to its length. But when I had the time, my ear buds were in my ears and I was listening. I will say that when Chuck was describing one of the many operations that he was involved in, I found it almost impossible to put the book down. Those scenes were real life, secret insertions and extractions, that occurred in other parts of the world during war time. These wars have occurred in my lifetime. Purchase this memoir, especially if your interest is listening to books about war time. Return the book if you find that you are unable to listen because of the narrator or the text.
"BEST OF BREED"
I've read a whole bunch (18) of the recent crop of SPEC OPS memoirs and enjoyed them all. This is the best of breed. Sure you get the play-by-play on an few ops (which are exciting and make you very glad they work for us) but what made this special was the thoughtful and personally candid introspective look at his interior life.
He was a very brave and competent operator, a party-hardy SEAL and, I would guess, a great one-night-stand. But he was also someone with enormous strength of character and a steady moral compass in his professional life (if not his personal life). I'm glad I wasn't one of his wives but I wish I had known him. He'd be a very good friend and a smart guy who's opinion I'd value. Great listen (it helps that he read his own life story).
"A great listen"
A little slow to get rolling, then I couldn't put it down. A good balance of tech information, historical relevance, and telling of personal feelings related to events.
Great story, very well written and narrator was excellent. I've read quite a few books on special operations forces and this one might be my new favorite.
"Honestl Story Telling."
The fact that the narrated events personally affected my life at one point, makes me appreciate the author even more. Here is a tale of a man's journey through incredible situations and his will to keep hope alive. A sincere look at his life inside the world that he created for himself in that respectable community of the Navy Seals. Basically, as the saying goes, "I got the story straight from the horse's mouth ". A great book, no doubt.
If you like seal books for their good story lines and adventure this book will disappoint. The story is interesting sometimes but put me to sleep other times. He doesn't do well talking about the tactical side of things like other books in this genre do. It almost was a little depressing at times especially at the end. The narration by far is dull, slow and doesn't engage.
There's plenty of great navy seal books out there but this is not one of them, sorry.
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