Friday, June 8, 2012

Guest review: SEAL TEAM SIX OUTCASTS by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin

When the USS Carl Vinson recently docked in Pearl Harbor, I signed up for the public tour.   Our guide stated that she could answer almost any question ... but one notable "kapu" (forbidden) was the Navy SEALS' mission to capture Osama bin Laden.   Following this mission, SEALS are a hot commodity.   Timing is everything ... and SEAL TEAM SIX:  MEMOIRS OF AN ELITE NAVY SEAL was previously scheduled to be released shortly after this mission.  Written by former Navy SEAL Howard Wasdin and former Navy SEAL trainee Stephen Templin penned, the memoir shares details of a SEAL's training, mission, and life.    

One year later, Wasdin and Templin teamed up again for a fictional story of those who become SEAL outcasts ... but continue to serve:

Alex Brandenburg: SEAL Chief Petty Officer and Outcasts Team Leader. Disobeyed direct orders by refusing to let a deadly terrorist live to kill another day. Francisco “Pancho” Rodriguez and John Landry: SEAL Petty Officers First Class. Took the pursuit of justice into their own hands with explosive results. Catherine “Cat” Fares. Navy Petty Officer. Holds an unbeatable record for pissing off the top brass with her strongly stated opinions on the combat readiness of women.

The team’s mission: Take out the seven terror merchants vying to take Bin Laden’s place. The team’s status: Expendable.

With no official support from their government and no one to rely on but themselves, the Outcasts must track down each target. Hot on the tail of the third, Brandenburg and the team start to realize that they are closing in on a larger plot, one that puts the security of the United States in dangerous jeopardy. The terrorists are threatening American territory once again, and the Outcasts will have to do what SEALs do best. Whatever it takes to keep their country safe. 

I requested to review this book.   When it arrived, I placed it atop my TBR pile ... but my fourteen year old son absconded with it.   So today I interview Andrew for his perspective of SEAL TEAM SIX OUTCASTS.

Kim:  What interested you in this book?

Andrew:  The title caught my eye.

Kim:  So what did you think of the story?

Andrew:  It was fast read with non stop action.   The book opens with Brandenburg's perspective that SEALs are obsessed with equipment.  The wrong equipment could give the enemy an advantage.   I was also drawn into the moral dilemma of following rules versus taking initiative to do what seems to be right.

Kim:  How did you relate to the characters?

Andrew:  The obvious is that I am a military brat and the characters are military veterans.  I have moved several times and traveled throughout Europe, so I connected with the outcasts' constant movement.  I sometimes get frustrated with bureaucracy and the outcasts had anti-bureaucracy views.   

Kim:  Who do you think would enjoy reading this book?

Andrew:  The same people who enjoy an inside look into how the military operates, especially under duress.   

Mahalo, Andrew, for joining us today!   I am giving away a print copy of SEAL TEAM SIX OUTCASTS to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Do you have a favorite fictional character with Black Ops experience?  

I did not read the Bourne books, but I enjoyed the movies with Matt Damon.

2.  This giveaway is open to all readers.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, June 16, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 17.


Kim in Hawaii

Check out my pictures from the USS Vinson here and here.


  1. It makes me think of my husband's stories from Vietnam. They had a group of Seals stationed with them (he was a SeaBee) although they didn't interact too much but once in a while. He always said they were the only ones that every scared him!

  2. I have a relative who worked with them in Afghanistan and Iran. He respected the hell out of them.

  3. I really cannot think of one. I would have to say that I think all those men are heroes.

  4. loved Michael Biehn in Navy seals not sure if they were seals but the best movie to date I love is Black hawk down Tom Sizemore he played Mcknight
    Actually I loved every actor in that movie.
    Book sounds wonderful.
    Have a good one Ann.

  5. Well... the closest one that I can think of is Suzanne Brockman's Special Ops team. That's the only one that I have read. I haven't read the Bourne books either...

  6. I like Cindy Gerard's black ops series.

  7. I don't think I have ever read a book with anyone with Black Ops experience. Exciting though!!

  8. I second Cindy Gerard's black ops series!!!

  9. I haven't read a special ops book yet. I do have a few to read this summer. The only thing that I can think of is the Bourne movies as well.


  10. I love Cindy Gerard's Alpha Ops. Also Dee Davis's ops.
    Did you say Andrew is only 14 ? Excellent answers with the voice of maturity. :)Would love to read this.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  11. Great interview of Andrew! =)
    I love reading books highlighting our military. And when you get behind the scenes, down to the dirty gritty real stuff it is awesome.
    I tried to read the Bourne books, really really tried cuz I love the movies. But I just couldn't get into the writing. I do however love the Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn. He gets to work with current and ex military guys that know how to kick some ass. And he has no qualms about kneecapping terrorists =)

  12. I don't think I've read any, but like you, I enjoyed the Bourne series.

  13. I can't say I have a favorite! But if a book features a SEAL team, then I going to read it.. Love them.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  15. I enjoyed the movie seal team 6 And proud to know we hage such elite teams that can get the job done it makes me be able too sleep knowing people like this would avenge American death and give their families peace of mind and justice for what they did on 9/11. I'm so proud too see the government actually has such well trained people for the U.S. .. Thanks too all military for your services to keep our country safe.