The Operator by Robert O'Neill

The Operator

By Robert O'Neill

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Military
Score: 5
From 437 Ratings
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New York Times Bestseller

A stirringly evocative, thought-provoking, and often jaw-dropping account, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O’Neill’s awe-inspiring four-hundred-mission career, which included his involvement in attempts to rescue “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and which culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

In these pages, O’Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs’ most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O’Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills—and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he’d trained with and fought beside never made it home.

The Operator describes the nonstop action of O’Neill’s deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military’s most selective units, and reveals firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history.


  • 5 stars to a true American Patriot and Hero

    By bristp
    Rob tells his amazing journey from growing up in Butte, MT to BUD/S and his many missions as a Navy Seal. There are some hilarious moments as well as tragedy and triumph. You cannot put this book down, and I truly believe it is a must read for every American. Put this on high school reading lists!
  • The operator

    By Tom Noice
    Riveting,written from a more personal journey than most of the books on Seals that I have read. My Son in law was a commander at Devgroup doing intell for team 6 so this book was special to me. Great book, thanks Rob.
  • One of the best!

    By wrench
    Robert O’Neill has written one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I can’t wait to see what else he will write. I am now a fan and have found this book to be informative, entertaining and inspiring. Mr. O’Neill, you have no idea how much you have made me laugh and feel such much pride to be an American. You are truly an American hero, you’re parents raised a great son. You have a very beautiful life, full of adventure, sometimes heart wrenching, but nevertheless a courageous one and full of positives outcomes. Thank you for your service, Sir. I am so glad to know that you and so many others in your company were in our side. I hope to read many great books. You are a great writer. And I hope to someday meet you, hopefully in one of your book signings. AND THANK YOU AND YOUR NAVY SEAL BROTHERS, SO MUCH FOR GETTING RID OF THAT SOB.
  • Incredible

    By Mays
    Such an amazing story. So serious, with a great mix of humor with harrowing bravery. Couldn’t recommend it more highly.
  • The Operator

    By Redrover60
    I don't read a lot of books. I finished this one in a short period of time. I am interested in American History and this book fit the bill especially a part of history I personally lived through from the morning of 9/11. I relived the moments and the feelings again.
  • excellent

    By mrsjake4
    Read this in 2 days. Could not put it down!
  • Great read

    By Jettsmommy0212
    I loved Rob's book. Y'all should read it. What a true soldier. Tough as nails.
  • The operator

    By seggerd
    Thanks for your service!
  • Wow

    By super daved
    True hero! Never forget
  • Another SEAL book, again, again....

    By StephenJ.LeBar
    Ever been such a "silent warrior", that 6 of the 10 books on a shelf in an airport are books written by SEALs? Look no further, another book talking about how much of a silent elite group of warriors the SEAL community is. Jesus Christ, do you guys get a publisher after you check in at the Teams, or right after Hell Week....?