First Seal

Book Review



First Seal


Roy Boehm and Charles W. Sasser


Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster Inc., New York, NY



Reviewed By:

Frank Fogg

Review Date:

April, 2000


First Seal is a truly unique insight into life as a U.S. Navy Seal as told by the original "plaque holder", Roy Boehm.

ama-0671536265.jpg (5361 bytes)This book covers Boehm's entire career in the Navy from World War Two through the Vietnam conflict. It is filled with tales of adventure that keep you on the edge of your seat. More than any other person, Boehm was responsible for the formation of the Seal teams from what had been the underwater demolition service.

Boehm tells it like it is with a no-holds-barred approach. The book is sprinkled liberally with salty words, but you immediately get a feel for the extreme devotion to duty and courage of the author and the men that he fought along side of. He describes the legendary Seal training routine in detail along with descriptions of combat, all told from the first person perspective.

In addition to vivid combat action sequences, you also get an impression of how the original group of Seals developed the team concept, what motivated them, and how they gained a reputation as the most elite and feared combat service in the world.

There is a photograph section in the middle that includes several action photographs of Boehm and his teams in training and action.

This story is a must-read for those that enjoy true action adventures and war novels.

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