The Lone Survivor

Marcus Lutrrell

About the Author

Marcus Luttrell is a Navy SEAL who earned the silver star for his actions in Afghanistan. This book is his story of his time in Afghanistan and the unfortunate events that happened there.

Main Characters

There are 5 main characters in this book. All of the men are Marcus' fellow teammates. Marcus Lutrell is of course the main character, then there is Billy Shelton who helped Marcus train for the SEALs, Petty Officer Matthew Axelson who is described as one of the strongest men in the group. Then Leutinent Micheal Murphy who is the man who will risk his life to call in support. Lastly Petty Officer Danny Dietz who was one of Marcus's closest friends.


The conflict is the war in the middle east. More specifically an operation called Operation Redwing. The operation called for a small SEAL team to drop into enemy territory for surveillance. But all went wrong and Marcus found himself alone and being hunted in enemy territory.


Marcus and his four man SEAL team are dropped into enemy territory for some surveillance. While the team is going along with their operation all hell breaks loose. Marcus soon finds himself alone and helpless in Afghanistan. He had to rely on his SEAL training and the help of Afghan civilians to get him back to safety.


“We know about bad guys, what they do, and often, who they are. The politicians have chosen to send us into battle, and that's our trade. We do what's necessary. And in my view, once those politicians have elected to send us out to do what 99.9 percent of the country would be terrified to undertake, they should get the hell out of the way and stay there."

This passage is telling us that the job Marcus and his SEAL team are doing is a job 99.9% of the country wouldn't dare to do. It shows he and his team are willing to do anything for God and country.

Who would like this.

Anyone who likes a good action book, or people who want to read a compelling war story about a soldier and his trials in war. And of course anyone who is big into war/action books.
I would say the audience for this book is very expansive because it can appeal to almost anyone.

Did i like this book?

I very much so enjoyed it. The story he told was very heart retching and really touched me in a way i didn't think it would. It kept me one the edge of my seat a lot of the times and I felt as if I had a connection with Marcus. I highly recommend this book too anyone who is wanting a good story of survival.
Marcus Luttrell: "It Was Steel Rain"