The Operator - Robert O'Neill

The Operator

By Robert O'Neill

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
From 125 Ratings


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.


  • Review of 'The Operator'

    By Howde
    Excellent read. Easy to understand and never a dull moment. Read it in one day. Just couldn't put it down. Robs dedication, loyalty, and many many skills are inspiring. I've seen him on several news outlets, and find him to be very easy going. That's how his book revealed him as well. You are a hero in my mind, and I know millions of people feel as I do. Thanks you so much for your life changing service, and protecting myself and my family.
  • Awesome Book

    By Adam Cab
    This was a great book, I couldn't put it down. Thank your for writing this!
  • The operator

    By steve r washburn
    Very fun and interesting book to read. Do recommended
  • Great Read

    By Cyber_Grunt
    If you are an American, you should read this book. Great read, suspenseful and kept me at the edge of my seat.
  • The Operator gets it

    By jtovermont
    Finally a book about the "Teams" that rings authentic from beginning to end. Chief O'Neil brings credibility to a subject that all true Americans believe in. Thank you for your service and a great read.
  • A Book Of Amazing Heroes

    By Divadova
    I have read all of the books published by SEALS over the last 13 years and this one stands above all of the others. If you only read one book about these heroic warriors, let it be this one. This one accomplishes what Mr. O'Neill set out to do which makes it about all of them and not just himself in every mission in the book.
  • It took a min or way longer more like my whole life of 37 years Hermés got us was with me my best

    By trent.1980@yahooDotcom
    But at least I will always look 25 and every mans man loves to have kids protected by me come on drop me a letter I don't mind talking to a man that needs advice or maybe even mite be having some few kids I'm looking for some straight shoots that can fish I love camping or on patio better then nothing or should shoulders but very private if rely to me know I'll respect yours but the ones I know from my deployed days down south gulf area I need them brought here asap Lord bless me with protection I thank thee apple of my eye. Bless you who truly do love a need and want cause loves is powerful like and a diction.