This instant New York Times bestsellerâ€”â€śa jaw-dropping, fast-paced accountâ€ť (New York Post) recounts SEAL Team Operator Robert Oâ€™Neillâ€™s incredible four-hundred-mission career, including the attempts to rescue â€śLone Survivorâ€ť Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips, and which culminated in the death of the worldâ€™s most wanted terroristâ€”Osama bin Laden.
In The Operator, Robert Oâ€™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 SEALsâ€™ most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, Oâ€™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 killsâ€”and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs heâ€™d trained with and fought beside never made it home.
â€śImpossible to put downâ€¦The Operator is unique, surprising, a kind of counternarrative, and certainly the other half of the story of one of the worldâ€™s most famous military operationsâ€¦In the larger sense, this book is aboutâ€¦how to be human while in the very same moment dealing with death, destruction, combatâ€ť (Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author). Oâ€™Neill describes the nonstop action of his deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the militaryâ€™s most selective units, and reveals details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history. This is â€śa riveting, unvarnished, and wholly unforgettable portrait of Americaâ€™s most storied commandos at warâ€ť (Joby Warrick).