In America’s global battle against al-Qaeda and their allies, the goal of the Navy SEALs is to be the best guns in the fight—stealthy, effective, professional, and lethal. Here for the first time is a SEAL insider’s battle history of these Special Operations warriors in their initial encounters in the ongoing war on terrorism.
Down Range is what SEALs in Afghanistan and Iraq called their area of operations. In this new mode of warfare, “down range” can refer to anything from tracking roving bands of al-Qaeda on a remote mountain trail in Afghanistan to taking down an armed compound in Yemen or Somalia. It could mean interdicting insurgents smuggling car-bomb explosives into Syria or silently boarding a freighter on the high seas at night to enforce an embargo or look for weapons of mass destruction. In other words, “down range” could be anywhere, anytime, under any conditions.
In Down Range, I was again allowed unprecedented access to Navy SEALs who were just returning from the fight to bring the reader their battlefield details during key combat operations. These firsthand accounts are detailed narratives of the definitive engagements of this ongoing war on terror and paint an unusually intimate portrait of these warriors in the field. The performance of these SEALs in difficult, challenging environments, from the heat of the Afghan desert to the snow-packed Hindu Kush—on the high seas, and in the urban chaos of Baghdad, is nothing short of extraordinary. The SEALs, coordinating with other American forces, the CIA, and foreign special forces, time and again demonstrate their genius for improvisation and a capacity for courageous action in leading the fight against this new and vicious enemy.
The first battle history of its kind, Down Range is a riveting close-up of some of America’s finest warriors in action against a deadly foe. Down Range is the compelling story of Navy SEALs in the Global War on Terror.
Down Range is available in Trade Paperback, e-Book, and Audio Book.