Two Books on the US Navy SEALs

If you are going to read one book about the SEALs then I recommend, Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy Seal by Chuck Pfarrer. The author was a US Navy officer who served in the elite SEAL Team Six at a time when it was so secret the name itself was not used and it was isolated from the other SEAL teams. In this memoir, the author is brutally honest and truly looks into his soul, allowing us a glimpse as well.

It isn’t always pretty but there is no doubt it is genuine. As a writer myself, I can only guess how emotionally painful writing this book was. I can’t think of a military memoir written by a post World War Two veteran which is this powerful.

The author was an officer and had a broader view of what was going on than an enlisted man outside of a senior chief petty officer. While the SEALs are apparently informal amongst themselves, calling their officers by their first names for instance, there is no question of who is in charge and as the author shows that responsibility is heavy.

Pfaffer is a well educated man and even more, he is a professional author and screenwriter. Unless you have the gift of words to express how you felt and what you saw in a way a reader can understand, then what you have to say won’t have much impact. Pfaffer’s book will make an impact on you. He has both the gift of words and a story to tell about his life in the SEALs which is compelling and written with great passion and style. Well worth reading. Four Stars.

SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin.

This is a genuine and heartfelt story but you won’t find a lot of emotional depth. This book was published about a few days after a team of US Navy SEALs doubled tapped Bin Laden in the head. So it received a lot publicity from that. It is a good book and worth reading if you like to read lots of details about life in the special forces, particularly the elite US Navy SEALs. The author’s life is a classic American story of climbing out of a hard scrabble childhood on sheer determination. Three stars.



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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website:

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