The Operator - Robert O'Neill

The Operator

By Robert O'Neill

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
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This instant New York Times bestseller—“a jaw-dropping, fast-paced account” (New York Post) recounts SEAL Team Operator Robert O’Neill’s incredible four-hundred-mission career, including the attempts to rescue “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips, and which culminated in the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist—Osama bin Laden.

In The Operator, Robert O’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 SEALs’ most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O’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 kills—and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he’d trained with and fought beside never made it home.

“Impossible to put down…The Operator is unique, surprising, a kind of counternarrative, and certainly the other half of the story of one of the world’s most famous military operations…In the larger sense, this book is about…how to be human while in the very same moment dealing with death, destruction, combat” (Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author). O’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 military’s most selective units, and reveals details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history. This is “a riveting, unvarnished, and wholly unforgettable portrait of America’s most storied commandos at war” (Joby Warrick).


  • YES READ IT!!!!!

    By comment now
    This book is inspirational, educational, enjoyable, and downright funny. Robert Oniel not only writes amazing stories but he writes them in a way most authors will never capture. I read TONS of military books and this is definitely my favorite. PS: The audio book is great also and its read by Robert Oniel.
  • Must Real!

    By jarodmoves
    Thanks Rob for a great story and letting us in to see what real heroes do to keep us free. Giving my sons a copy for Christmas.
  • Absolutely incredible book

    By ZenoArts
    This book is full of great life lessons, amazing stories both happy and sad, and is just an all-around fantastic read. Couldn’t recommend it enough.
  • Fantastic

    By JamesTrentonJospehLocke
    If Mr. O’Neill’s days as an operator are behind him, his future as a writer is just as necessary and bright as his past was. Superb and compelling book.
  • Awesome book!

    By The Teufel Hunden
    Loved every detail!
  • The Operator

    By Squirrel 11B
    I bought the E book and read the book. I wanted to buy this man a beer, but don’t know if I’ll ever catch up to him so I bought a hard copy also.
  • Awesome read...hard to put down!

    By cwilson241
    This is a well thought out and well written book. Loved every page of it!
  • Intense. Funny. Great

    By Steve King (not the author)
    Once the roller coaster starts, it’s hard to stop reading about it. Great “human” aspects. Great story.
  • The operator

    By Baby kjjk
    I’m more than half way through, This is a great book. What an inspiring peace of history told through the man and his squad that did it....amazing.
  • Must read

    By ElCafeDiablo
    This book was amazing. The in-depth details of the events that led to one of the greatest kills, in American history, was exactly why I could not put the book down.