The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen

  • by Brandon Webb, John David Mann
  • Narrated by Jon Bailey
  • 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Before he could forge a band of elite warriors ... he had to become one himself.
Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist.
Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" and Course Manager of the Navy SEAL Sniper Program that trained some of America's finest and deadliest warriors - including Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle - that makes his story so compelling. Luttrell credits Webb's training with his own survival during the ill-fated 2005 Operation Redwing in Afghanistan.
Kyle went on to become the U.S. military's top marksman, with more than 150 confirmed kills.
From a candid chronicle of his student days, going through the sniper course himself, to his hair-raising close calls with Taliban and al Qaeda forces in the northern Afghanistan wilderness, to his vivid account of designing new sniper standards and training some of the most accomplished snipers of the 21st century, Webb provides a rare look at the making of the Special Operations warriors who are at the forefront of today's military.
Explosive, revealing, and intelligent, The Red Circle provides a uniquely personal glimpse into one of the most challenging and secretive military training courses in the world.
A portion of proceeds from this book will go towards The Red Circle Charitable Foundation, which helps families of fallen Special Operations Warriors.
About the authors:
Brandon Webb is a former U.S. Navy SEAL; his last assignment with the SEALs was Course Manager for the elite SEAL Sniper Course, where he was instrumental in developing new curricula that trained some of the most accomplished snipers of the 21st century. Webb has received numerous distinguished service awards, including the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Commendation Medal with a "V" for "Valor", for his platoon's deployment to Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks. He is editor for's blog Kit Up, SOFREP's Editor in Chief, and a frequent national media commentator on snipers and related Special Operations Forces military issues.
John David Mann, who collaborated with Webb in writing The Red Circle, is an award-winning author whose titles include the New York Times best seller Flash Foresight and the international best seller The Go-Giver.
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fantastic real life account, brilliant read

Where does The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best factual book I has listened to so far

What did you like best about this story?

How the book was structured, the author talks for a minute or two before each chapter to set the context and mood.

What does Jon Bailey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

a real feel as to what these guys go through

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me appreciate the level at which these guys have trained at and the sacrifices that they have made

Any additional comments?

If you want a true, real life no bull account of the US Navy Seals, this is the only book for you.

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- jirvine57

What a story

What a story line. What a man Brandon Webb is and deserves every accolade attached to him for his service
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- Matthew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2012
  • Publisher: Tao Productions, LLC