Book Review

No easy day : the autobiography of a Navy SEAL : the firsthand account of the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden

OWEN, MARK, 1976?-

I read No Easy Day out of a desire to learn more about the Navy SEALs, specifically SEAL Team Six's mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. The author, who goes by the pseudonym of Mark Owen, participated in the operation and provides an action-driven detailed narrative from the first page.

Beyond that you get a wider understanding of who SEALs are. Unlike James Bond movies in which top secret operations are carried out by a character in possession of nice cars and a good dose of glamour, the lifestyle of SEALs is quite ordinary when compared to that of other members of the armed forces. Their routine is simple: kill, rest and go out again.

Toward the end of this controversial book, Owen reveals his frustration with the media coverage of the operation to kill Bin Laden. He appears to resent that while the entire country celebrated and the president and other leaders received recognition, Team Six was eating pizza and sleeping in a bus. The book is his attempt at telling the story of those at the forefront of the operation even in the face of efforts by the Department of Defense to halt its publication.

I will recommend this book to anyone who likes factual action stories.

By Tomas Bueno
Submitted: April 2, 2013