DR. HOWARD E. WASDIN graduated with BUD/S Class 143. After the Battle of Mogadishu, where he was awarded the Silver Star, Wasdin medically retired from the Navy in November, 1995, after 12 years of service. He lives in Georgia. STEPHEN TEMPLIN completed Hell Week, qualified as a pistol and rifle expert, and blew up things during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training. He is now an associate professor at Meio University in Japan.
Praise for "SEAL Team Six" "Mr. Wasdin's narrative is visceral and as active as a Tom Clancy novel...[it] will also leave readers with a new appreciation of the training that enabled Seal Team Six to pull off the bin Laden raid with such precision...adrenaline-laced." --"The New York Times"""SEAL Team Six" pulses with the grit of a Jerry Bruckheimer production...On his journey to becoming a member of the Navy's best of the best, Wasdin proved his mettle in Operation Desert Storm and endured training that would break the back of most mortal men." --"The Washington Post""["SEAL Team Six"] describes the harrowing ops he undertook as part of the elite Seal Team Six squadron, including the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu that almost killed him....reveals an intimate look at the rigorous training and perilous missions of the best of the Navy's best." --"Time" ""SEAL Team Six "is a masterful blend of one man's--"Waz-Man's--"journey from hard knocks to hard corps. Even better, Waz-Man and Templin can actually write as good as they can shoot. They capture your attention at every turn--not knowing if you're about to take a bullet to the head from a SEAL sniper or get hit in the gut with a punch line." --Dalton Fury, former Delta Force Commander and "New York Times "bestselling author of "Kill Bin Laden ""Great insights into the training and operations of one of America's premier counterterrorism units. Grabs you on page one and is hard to put down." --General Henry H. Shelton, USA(R), former Commander-In-Chief, U.S. Special Operations Command and 14th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff "Wasdin is a true warrior and real hero. "SEAL Team Six "is a must read." --Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin, USMC, and bestselling author of "Shooter "
The SEAL team in question, founded by the flamboyant Richard Marcinko (see his various books), has recently been renamed but the essence has stayed the same: a special ops elite team within special ops teams. This particular offering is a true memoir, describing the author's life from childhood and theorizing on the personal characteristics that allowed him to make it as a SEAL. His specialty became that of the long-distance sniper; ultimately, he was shot up in the notorious Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, but survived. Narrator Ray Porter sounds like an international soldier himself, both tough and able to articulate various accents and cadences, so that the characters are distinctive and believable. Verdict Fans of military memoirs will find both the book and presentation compelling. Recommended for students of contemporary military history. [The St. Martin's hc was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Don Wismer, formerly with Cary Memorial Lib., Wayne, ME (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.