Synopses & Reviews
On May 2, 2011, at 1:03 a.m. in Pakistan, a satellite uplink was sent from the town of Abbottabad crackling into the situation room of the White House in Washington, D.C.: “Geronimo, Echo, KIA.” These words, spoken by a Navy SEAL, put paid to Osama bin Ladens three-decade-long career of terror. SEAL Target Geronimo is the story of Bin Ladens relentless hunters and how they took down the terrorist mastermind, told by Chuck Pfarrer, a former assault element commander of SEAL Team Six and author of the bestselling Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL. After talking to members of the SEAL team involved in the raid, Pfarrer shares never-before-revealed details of the historic raid and the men who planned and conducted it in an exclusive boots-on-the-ground account of what happened during each minute of the mission— both inside the building and outside.
Pfarrer takes readers inside the operation as the SEALs flew over the wall of Bin Ladens shabby, litter-strewn compound and then penetrated deeper and deeper into the terrorists lair, telling us just what it looked, sounded, and smelled like in that sweltering Pakistani suburb. He takes us out to the courtyard to witness the near-disaster of the malfunctioning helicopter and brings us to the exact spot where the al-Qaeda leader was cowering when the bullet entered his head. SEAL Target Geronimo is an explosive story of unparalleled valor, clockwork military precision, and deadly accuracy carried out by the most elite fighting force in the world—the U.S. Navys SEAL Team Six.
"Drawing upon personal experience, extensive research, and interviews with military personnel, former Navy SEAL Pfarrer charts the events that led SEAL Team Six to assassinate Osama Bin Laden in 2011, traces the origin of the Navy SEALs, and details the training and leadership that ultimately gave SEAL Team Six the skills needed to end a decade-long manhunt.Â Erik Bergman provides solid narration, reading in a voice that is deep, determined, and slightly raspy all of which captures the tone of the author's prose and spirit of his subject matter.Â Bergman's delivery also contains a much-needed note of cordiality, which works to balance the author's assertion that he and other SEALs are a world apart from average Americans. A St. Martin's hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Erik Bergman provides solid narration, reading in a voice that is deep, determined, and slightly raspy - all of which captures the tone of the authors prose and spirit.” - Publishers Weekly
----------------------Praise for the print edition of SEAL Target Geronimo "A marvelously engrossing account of the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden...Richly told in broad, cinematic strokes, this is catnip for readers who enjoy special-ops tales."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Pfarrer certainly had access. A SEAL Team Six assault-element commander in the 1980s, he is known inside the intelligence community for his well-regarded first book, Warrior Soul...He clearly had detailed conversations with senior officers in the SEALs chain of command (especially Adm. William McRaven and then-SEAL Team Six commander Scott Kerr) and understands the vocabulary and the culture very well...SEAL Target Geronimo explodes a number of media myths about the raid to kill bin Laden...There was no “45-minute” running gun battle. The SEAL team fired only 12 bullets, and the whole operation lasted only 38 minutes...The most provocative part of the book is pure speculation: by killing bin Laden, did the SEALs accidentally do Zawahiris dirty work?... As the British Foreign Office used to famously say: 'Interesting, if true.'"--Richard Miniter, The Daily Beast
“Chuck Pfarrer writes with the brilliant eye of a novelist and the real-world authority of a soldier who has fought in the worlds most mysterious corners. Hes not only a poet and soldier, but also a deeply read historian. Pfarrer has written a true page-turner about the inside story of Operation Neptunes Spear. There is enough action here, enough human drama, enough fascinating history, to keep you reading until dawn—you simply have to know what happens next. SEAL Target Geronimo is first-rate storytelling. Its an amazing story, written about a world no one knows better than Chuck Pfarrer himself.”--Doug Stanton, author of In Harms Way and Horse Soldiers
The true story of the killing of bin Laden by author and former U.S. Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer
On May 2, 2011, at 1:03 a.m. a satellite uplink was sent from Pakistan crackling into the situation room of the White House: "Geronimo, Echo, KIA." These words, spoken by a Navy SEAL, ended Osama bin Ladens reign of terror. SEAL Target Geronimo
is the story of Neptune's Spear from the men who were there. After talking to members of the SEAL team involved in the raid, Pfarrer shares never-before-revealed details in an exclusive account of what happened as he takes readers inside the walls of Bin Ladens compound penetrating deep into the terrorists lair to reach the exact spot where the Al Qaeda leader was cowering when the bullet entered his head. SEAL Target Geronimo
is an explosive story of unparalleled valor and clockwork military precision carried out by the most elite fighting force in the world—the U.S. Navys SEAL Team Six.
About the Author
is a former assault element commander of SEAL Team Six. He has written op-eds for The New York Times
and the Knight Ridder syndicate, and appeared as an author and counterterrorism expert on C-SPAN2, NPR, Alhurra, IPR, Voice of America, Fox News, and America Tonight
. Pfarrer serves presently as an associate editor of The Counter Terrorist,
the American Journal of Counterterrorism. Pfarrer is the author of the bestseller Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL.
His Hollywood credits include writing and producing work for Navy Seals, Darkman, Hard Target, The Jackal, Virus,
and Red Planet.
He lives in Michigan.
In praising Erik Bergmanns narration of Robert Ludlum's The Moscow Vector, AudioFile magazine said, "Erik Bergmann skillfully infuses the myriad characters with distinct accents in this spine-tingling trek…Bergmann moves this captivating plot from the frying pan into the nuclear furnace.” Bergmann has also narrated books in The Justice League series as well as Stephen P. Kiernans The Curiosity, whose cast won an AudioFile Earphones Award.