Synopses & Reviews
Decorated US Navy SEAL lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. He conducted over forty capture/kill missions with his men in Iraq, locating more than 120 al-Qaida insurgents. But his journey was not without supreme challenges—both emotional and physical. Redman is brutally honest about his struggles to learn how to be an effective leader, yet that effort pales beside the story of his critical wounding in 2007 while leading a mission against a key al-Qaida commander. On that mission his team was ambushed and he was struck by machine-gun fire at point-blank range.
During the intense recovery period that followed, Redman gained national attention when he posted a sign on his door at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds." His sign became both a statement and a symbol for wounded warriors everywhere.
From his grueling SEAL training to his search for a balance between arrogance and humility, Redman shares it all in this inspiring and unforgettable account. He speaks candidly of the grit that sustained him despite grievous wounds, and of the extraordinary love and devotion of his wife, Erica, and his family, without whom he would not have survived.
Vivid and powerful, emotionally resonant and illuminating, The Trident traces the evolution of a modern warrior, husband, and father, a man who has come to embody the never-say-die spirit that defines the SEALs, one of America's elite fighting forces.
“The Trident is a riveting, brutally honest and heartfelt story of a warriors journey to hell and back. Its one of the best memoirs about love, combat and triumph against all odds that weve seen in a generation.” < b=""> Sean Parnell <> , < i=""> New York Times <> bestselling author of < i=""> Outlaw Platoon <>
“As a SEAL operator, I had the honor of serving with some of the best warriors and leaders in the United States military. Jay Redmans humble and direct account of his journey . . . is remarkable. His life is the epitome of the ‘Never Quit spirit.” < b=""> Marcus Luttrell <> , < i=""> New York Times <> bestselling author of < i=""> Lone Survivor <> and < i=""> Service <>
“[A] book all leaders and aspiring leaders should read; both military and civiliannot only for the heart-pounding ride-along into battle, but for the inspiring reminder that a warriors strength and tenacity comes not from his physical stature but from his family and from within.” < b=""> Eric Blehm <> , < i=""> New York Times <> bestselling author of < i=""> Fearless <>
“This story is not just about a SEAL on the Iraqi battlefield, but a SEAL at war with himself, and his ultimate victory. [Redmans] story will inspire the reader, just as it did me.” < b=""> Robert M. Gates <> , former Secretary of Defense, from his Introduction
“Lt. Redman doesnt hide anything . . . Only an intensely personal account like this can show us what he and thousands of others like him have gone though, and will continue to struggle with, for the rest of their lives.” < b=""> Larry Bond <> , < i=""> New York Times <> bestselling author of < i=""> Exit Plan <>
“The Trident is a frank, compelling and inspiring chronicle of an American warriors journey.” < i=""> Washington Times <>
About the Author
Jason Redman is a former lieutenant who spent eleven years as an enlisted navy SEAL, and almost ten years as a SEAL officer. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, five Navy Achievement Medals, and two Combat Action Ribbons. After being severely wounded in Iraq in 2007, Redman returned to active duty before ultimately retiring in 2013. He is the founder of Wounded Wear, a nonprofit corporation that helps warriors rediscover the hero within through clothing, events, and opportunities, and he speaks about motivation and leadership across the country. He lives with his family in Virginia.
John R. Bruning is the coauthor of the critically acclaimed Outlaw Platoon (with Sean Parnell) and of House to House (with David Bellavia). He wrote dispatches from the field while embedded with an infantry unit in post-Katrina New Orleans, and received the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for Journalism from the Department of Defense for an article he wrote while embedded with the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigades TF-Brawler in Afghanistan. He lives in Oregon.