No Easy Day: The Only Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden
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Osama bin Laden’s execution saw the release of numerous books, chronicles, reports, documents and news/print articles perpetrating various theories, justifications and validations of the US Naval Seal Mission, Operation Neptune Spear, that was conducted to execute the much-maligned man. Perhaps no other book on the subject has generated as much hype and speculation as No Easy Day: The Only Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden , a memoir that has been penned by Matt Bissonnette, under the pseudonym Mark Owen, who was a member of the SEAL team 6, that actually killed Osama, and is co-authored by Kevin Maurer, who hascovered special operations forces for almost ten years. Such was the excitement and pre-release anticipation surrounding the book that advance bookings resulted in the book moving to the top of the Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com best-seller lists and has also been on New York Times best-sellers’ list post-release.
Major controversy revolved around the fact that the book contained classified information according to the US Department of Defence and had not been sent for any “clearance” or “approval” prior to its release. The 336-page manublocked’s narrative is roughly demarcated into two parts, where the first half deals with Owen’s formative years in Alaska and his desire to be a part of a SEAL unit, followed by accounts of how SEAL units are organised, trained and operate. Having been a part of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) for almost a decade, Owen also paints a vivid picture of his participation in myriad operations in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the excruciating training regime and the dangers involved in combat missions that he was drawn into.
The second half of the book deals with the US Navy’s SEAL Operation and Owen’s direct involvement in the team that was in attendance in the third-floor room of bin Laden's compound when the terrorist leader was killed. The basic sketch of the story about the possibility of Osama seeking refuge in Pakistan’s Abbotabad dwelling and the implications of a direct attack in case anything went wrong, is common knowledge, but what actually went into making Operation Neptune a success, is the basis of this gripping account told by an “insider” of the ‘elite, handpicked twenty-four-man team as they trained for the most important mission of their lives, Operation Neptune Spear, where the SEALS were going after bin Laden’.
Right from the point when the crash of the Black Hawk helicopter threatened to jeopardise the mission till the moment when the radio call confirming that their target was dead was channelised, the SEAL team’s raid on bin Laden’s secret lair is recounted and reproduced in the exciting manner of a nail-biting drama unfolding.
In No Easy Day, DEVGRU member and team leader Mark Owen offers an inside account of their most spectacular and much talked about mission and also vividly presents the final moments of struggle of the terrorist, who literally held the whole world to ransom while he was alive. "In his death throes, he was still twitching and convulsing. Another assaulter and I trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds. The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless."