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A gripping novel of men training to become Navy SEALs who are pushed to their physical and mental limits---and what happens when those thresholds are crossed... in David Reid's Suffer in SilenceIt's the pivotal test faced by every Navy SEAL: one hundred twenty sleepless hours of relentless physical punishment, interrupted only by hypothermia-inducing surf torture. Ensign G A gripping novel of men training to become Navy SEALs who are pushed to their physical and mental limits---and what happens when those thresholds are crossed... in David Reid's Suffer in SilenceIt's the pivotal test faced by every Navy SEAL: one hundred twenty sleepless hours of relentless physical punishment, interrupted only by hypothermia-inducing surf torture. Ensign Grey thought he knew what to expect, but when Seaman Murray attempts to blackmail an instructor who is determined to see him fail, Hell Week takes on a new meaning. With deteriorating health and a dangerous enemy in hot pursuit, the two unlikely friends struggle to survive. What happens in the darkness at the edge of the Pacific will change their lives forever.


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A gripping novel of men training to become Navy SEALs who are pushed to their physical and mental limits---and what happens when those thresholds are crossed... in David Reid's Suffer in SilenceIt's the pivotal test faced by every Navy SEAL: one hundred twenty sleepless hours of relentless physical punishment, interrupted only by hypothermia-inducing surf torture. Ensign G A gripping novel of men training to become Navy SEALs who are pushed to their physical and mental limits---and what happens when those thresholds are crossed... in David Reid's Suffer in SilenceIt's the pivotal test faced by every Navy SEAL: one hundred twenty sleepless hours of relentless physical punishment, interrupted only by hypothermia-inducing surf torture. Ensign Grey thought he knew what to expect, but when Seaman Murray attempts to blackmail an instructor who is determined to see him fail, Hell Week takes on a new meaning. With deteriorating health and a dangerous enemy in hot pursuit, the two unlikely friends struggle to survive. What happens in the darkness at the edge of the Pacific will change their lives forever.

30 review for Suffer in Silence: A Novel of Navy SEAL Training

  1. 5 out of 5

    William Hill

    This is as close as you can come to Bud/S without being there. You will sweat, shiver, suffer right along with the other tadpoles. What makes this a compelling read is how the author has interwoven the training with colorful characters. What a crew! Grueling, funny, and sick.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul Pessolano

    I have always been fascinated as to why anyone would go through SEAL training. Navy SEAL's may be the most elite fighting force in the world, but why any sane person would go through "Hell Week" is beyond me. Although this is a novel, it was written by one who has gone through Phase One and Hell Week. David Reid gives a very stark and graphic account of SEAL training. It is quite possible when the reader finishes the book they may still not believe the rigors that these men must endure. The story I have always been fascinated as to why anyone would go through SEAL training. Navy SEAL's may be the most elite fighting force in the world, but why any sane person would go through "Hell Week" is beyond me. Although this is a novel, it was written by one who has gone through Phase One and Hell Week. David Reid gives a very stark and graphic account of SEAL training. It is quite possible when the reader finishes the book they may still not believe the rigors that these men must endure. The story gives a moment by moment account of each day. The attrition rate starts almost from the very first day and by the end of Hell Week more than three quarters of the starting class will usually drop out. The trainees are constantly being berated by their instructors to quit. They are continually put into the cold Pacific surf that is so cold that many suffer from hypothermia. The rigors of PT have them doing push-ups, leg squats, and other devious exercises throughout the day. Part of their PT exercises includes doing exercises with a telephone pole. They are made to run with a rubber raft held over their heads. The physical and mental torture goes on and on and especially becomes excruciating during Hell Week, when they will not sleep for the entire week. This is a novel that has a story that involves Ensign Grey who is a SEAL candidate and is put in charge of a Boat Crew. One of the members of his crew, Seaman Murray, thinks he can ease his way through training by blackmailing one of the instructors. An excellent read for those who like a story with a lot of action, and has a very interesting and surprise ending.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Tomes

    Wow! After finishing David Reid’s Suffer in Silence, A Novel of Navy SEAL Training, I almost felt like I had been through BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) Hell Week myself—it was that compellingly written. When I was in the Army as an Infantry officer, I had done a few of the things the SEAL trainees did, like the Slide for Life and the drown-proofing. But I slept all night the night before the Slide for Life and went to the Officer’s Club for a cold one after the drown-proofing in the F Wow! After finishing David Reid’s Suffer in Silence, A Novel of Navy SEAL Training, I almost felt like I had been through BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) Hell Week myself—it was that compellingly written. When I was in the Army as an Infantry officer, I had done a few of the things the SEAL trainees did, like the Slide for Life and the drown-proofing. But I slept all night the night before the Slide for Life and went to the Officer’s Club for a cold one after the drown-proofing in the Fort Benning, Georgia pool. The SEAL trainees had no sleep for the whole of Hell Week and their cold one was “get wet and roll in the sand,” the instructor’s order to lay down in the 60 degree Pacific Ocean and roll around in the sand until they were frozen and coated with gritty sand. Suffer in Silence has a good plot, but it’s almost unnecessary. Just reading about the training is enough to keep one turning pages furiously. With the killing of Osama bin Laden, we know what heroes these men are, but you could not be anything but a hero when forged on that anvil. I salute the author, who made it through Hell Week himself, and the SEALs he writes about. This book is right up there with the very best military fiction and is an easy five stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    David Gray

    An outstanding book about Phase I of BUD/S. Through the authors description of the pain, cold, and fear, the reader feels like he or she is in training. However, the book goes off course in the last chapters. Also, if the reader isn't somewhat expirienced in true military jargon he or she may get lost on the acronyms, ranks, rates, titles, and nomenclature that is used throughout. All in all, a good book. An outstanding book about Phase I of BUD/S. Through the authors description of the pain, cold, and fear, the reader feels like he or she is in training. However, the book goes off course in the last chapters. Also, if the reader isn't somewhat expirienced in true military jargon he or she may get lost on the acronyms, ranks, rates, titles, and nomenclature that is used throughout. All in all, a good book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rick Fulton

    very good book, must say one of the best since reading Lone Survivor. A must read to understand what these hero's go through before becoming a SEAL. very good book, must say one of the best since reading Lone Survivor. A must read to understand what these hero's go through before becoming a SEAL.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I WON THIS BOOK ON GOODREADS!!!!! (***************MINIMAL SPOILER ALERT*************************) I really hate giving this a two star rating, but I have to based on several things. First, for the positive. I really liked the plot. The book had good characters, believable emotions and thoughts. The story itself was really great. It was interesting and insightful to the life and demanding challenges of someone wishing to be a SEAL. BUT, I DO NOT care to read vulgar language and the way women are tal I WON THIS BOOK ON GOODREADS!!!!! (***************MINIMAL SPOILER ALERT*************************) I really hate giving this a two star rating, but I have to based on several things. First, for the positive. I really liked the plot. The book had good characters, believable emotions and thoughts. The story itself was really great. It was interesting and insightful to the life and demanding challenges of someone wishing to be a SEAL. BUT, I DO NOT care to read vulgar language and the way women are talked about is disgusting. I am well aware that life in the military is like this, with very vulgar words as a constant speech choice. And women being used, abused and talked about in the most unflattering, inappropriate way. BUT again I say, “I don't care to read about it.” I have read other books about war and really enjoyed them. I still got the feel for the pain and suffering. The hardships and the extreme circumstances that are military have to face. All for the sake of our freedom, that we continually take for granted. They managed to convey this feeling of brutality without spelling it out and without using foul language to constantly get their point across. This book could be SO much better if the vulgarity was removed and the lack of respect for women was hinted at, but not explained in raunchy details. I also feel it could reach a much wider audience if this was the case. It would also be helpful to put a guide in the back of the book with definitions to the abbreviations used throughout the book. I think a vast majority of us are a little lost when it comes to abbreviations for military terms. I also think the book was too hurried in the end. I read all about the torturous training and the details of "Hell Week," only to be rushed thru the exciting black mail scandal. And have it end with too many open doors. If this is the first book in a series, then great job at leaving us hanging and anxiously waiting for more. But if this is the first and last I'd like to see the loose ends tied up a bit more nicely. My props to the author for being able to write about something personal. I can't imagine going thru this training and then having the nerve to revisit my emotions enough to write a novel about it. And as always my sincere thanks to our military around the world, both active and retired. Without your sacrifice, I would not enjoy my freedoms so freely right now. There are not many who freely give of their life both mentally and physically to let the rest of us sorry bums take things for granted. You give of your time; endure physical torture and mental strain all so that we can be free to be so utterly unthankful to those who have made it so that we can have the freedom to be that way. I encourage us all too really think about what are military does and has done for us. We are so blessed and spoiled in our many freedoms in America. Freedoms bought with the blood and sweat of people who are never really thanked. And come home to ridicule for fighting a war instead of thanks and fan fair for the sacrifices they made on our behalf.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    Suffer in Silence was the first book I've read based around military training. I enjoyed the main character, Grey, immensely. I hated Instructors Redmond and Furtado more than I can begin to explain. This book gives the read deep dive into Navy SEAL training that will leave you with an extreme amount of respect for anyone who makes it through SEAL training. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because some of the drills/tr Suffer in Silence was the first book I've read based around military training. I enjoyed the main character, Grey, immensely. I hated Instructors Redmond and Furtado more than I can begin to explain. This book gives the read deep dive into Navy SEAL training that will leave you with an extreme amount of respect for anyone who makes it through SEAL training. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because some of the drills/training throughout the story became very redundant.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joey Boushka

    I really enjoyed this book. This book caught my interest because I want to join the military and do special forces. This book is about BUD/S which is the training that Navy SEALs go through in order to become a SEAL. This book goes in depth about the days at BUD/S. I found it pretty funny actually when it was telling us about some of the things that the instructors say to the recruits. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants join the military and especially to anyone who is interested in I really enjoyed this book. This book caught my interest because I want to join the military and do special forces. This book is about BUD/S which is the training that Navy SEALs go through in order to become a SEAL. This book goes in depth about the days at BUD/S. I found it pretty funny actually when it was telling us about some of the things that the instructors say to the recruits. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants join the military and especially to anyone who is interested in Navy SEALs.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Flotta

    This book was enthralling and horrifying even without the subplot. I was genuinely interested in the training, the efforts put forth, the torture, the obstacles, Hell Week, the breaking point of these men, and life in general at BUD/S. These things kept the pages turning effortlessly. It didn't hurt knowing that the book was written by someone who endured SEAL training. (I'm a sucker for "inside looks".) This book was enthralling and horrifying even without the subplot. I was genuinely interested in the training, the efforts put forth, the torture, the obstacles, Hell Week, the breaking point of these men, and life in general at BUD/S. These things kept the pages turning effortlessly. It didn't hurt knowing that the book was written by someone who endured SEAL training. (I'm a sucker for "inside looks".)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book was a mystery set during BUD/S. It was pretty graphic as far as the training went, but the mystery part lost me. The writing was good, I'm just not a big fan of mysteries. I think I would have enjoyed this book more as a memoir and less as fiction. This book was a mystery set during BUD/S. It was pretty graphic as far as the training went, but the mystery part lost me. The writing was good, I'm just not a big fan of mysteries. I think I would have enjoyed this book more as a memoir and less as fiction.

  11. 5 out of 5

    charles grantham

    Can't put it down! This book pulled you in deeper and deeper into the hellish life of a BUD\s trainee. I would recommend it to anyone that is interested the Special Operations community. Can't put it down! This book pulled you in deeper and deeper into the hellish life of a BUD\s trainee. I would recommend it to anyone that is interested the Special Operations community.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    A good book for learning about Navy Seal training.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Moore

    It was ok

  14. 5 out of 5

    Atherton Asbury

    Great read on phase 1 of BUD/s training. The ending could have been better.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carri

    Very good, almost terrifyingly real.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jason Robinson

    This is a novel, a work of fiction. But there is a ring of truth to the BUD/S training--the "suffering in silence"--which I found to be fascinating. While I would be reluctant to recommend this book because of its profanity, etc. (which I gather is part of the SEAL culture), it was a good read. This is a novel, a work of fiction. But there is a ring of truth to the BUD/S training--the "suffering in silence"--which I found to be fascinating. While I would be reluctant to recommend this book because of its profanity, etc. (which I gather is part of the SEAL culture), it was a good read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    This was a really good fictional book to read. Some details were actually true in how the training and hell week is for the Navy Seals. I really like the story line but the ending was obviously fictional.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    If you have ever wanted to glean some insight into the secretive subculture of the Navy Seals training in Coronado this book is one of the best of it's kinda. Reid uses exceptional detail to immerse (literally and figuratively) the reader into the world of BUD/S - following Ensign Grey in his surf torture, log drills, and overall agonizing pain at the training camp the reader feels as though they are right there next to him. I picked up this book a year after me and my ex-boyfriend broke up becau If you have ever wanted to glean some insight into the secretive subculture of the Navy Seals training in Coronado this book is one of the best of it's kinda. Reid uses exceptional detail to immerse (literally and figuratively) the reader into the world of BUD/S - following Ensign Grey in his surf torture, log drills, and overall agonizing pain at the training camp the reader feels as though they are right there next to him. I picked up this book a year after me and my ex-boyfriend broke up because he was concerned about having a relationship during his training at BUD/S. At the time, I thought he was being incredibly stupid and selfish. However, this book (one of the books he had talked about in the past) has allowed me to really understand the thought processes at work. Reid has created a masterpiece that takes the reader beyond the physical journey and lets them feel Grey's heartbreak, his stress, and all his emotions that he carries with him. The fictional account, based on reality, is the best of it's kind and feels authentic on every level. What was really enjoyable about this book was seeing the subplots play out. They were cut short during Hell Week and were not discussed at length. This is where I felt a bit let down, but also made me realize how focused these men are at the task at hand (surviving) that any subplots in their life are put on hold. If you are anxious to have a nice conclusive ending, this is not the book for you. We are left with an ending leaving the reader wanting to know what happens next - and we aren't given an answer.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    Because I hung out with many SEALS during the Viet Nam War, (some of whom did not return), I was interested in this novel about their training written by a former SEAL. The guys had told me some of what they endured but this made me appreciate what they went through even more. With that said, the embellishments of a suspected murder and pursuit of the perpetrator was totally unnecessary and distracting. I'm not sure why the author felt he needed it. I think this would have been better as a memoi Because I hung out with many SEALS during the Viet Nam War, (some of whom did not return), I was interested in this novel about their training written by a former SEAL. The guys had told me some of what they endured but this made me appreciate what they went through even more. With that said, the embellishments of a suspected murder and pursuit of the perpetrator was totally unnecessary and distracting. I'm not sure why the author felt he needed it. I think this would have been better as a memoir rather than fiction. Of course, so many claim to have been SEALs who weren't, maybe David Reid feared being put in that category if he attempted nonfiction.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    To say it's thought provoking is putting it mildly. From page one you are in the thick of things, right along side Grey and his crew as they fight to survive hell week. And no, I'm not just saying it because I won Suffer in Silence in a recent give-away. See for yourself. Add it to your reading list and see what you think. I had no idea what hell week entailed prior to reading this book. To say it's thought provoking is putting it mildly. From page one you are in the thick of things, right along side Grey and his crew as they fight to survive hell week. And no, I'm not just saying it because I won Suffer in Silence in a recent give-away. See for yourself. Add it to your reading list and see what you think. I had no idea what hell week entailed prior to reading this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Ware

    A friend passed this on to me. She received it from goodreads.com for free. I really liked this book. I don't read much of this type of book, but it came so highly reccommended that I tried it. Intense, emotional, well-written action and a book that stuck in my head for hours after I put it down. A friend passed this on to me. She received it from goodreads.com for free. I really liked this book. I don't read much of this type of book, but it came so highly reccommended that I tried it. Intense, emotional, well-written action and a book that stuck in my head for hours after I put it down.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas Adame

    Not too much to say for this book considering it's a pretty straightforward look into SEAL training. Being someone who might one day be interested in such as thing; this book makes for a fascinating read. If anything, just read it out of respect for what these guys go through. It's really something else. Not too much to say for this book considering it's a pretty straightforward look into SEAL training. Being someone who might one day be interested in such as thing; this book makes for a fascinating read. If anything, just read it out of respect for what these guys go through. It's really something else.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ellison

    Tale about soldiers aspiring to be SEALs. Chronicles the difficult training, one guy says a trainer is picking on him and says he is going to see if he can dig up dirt on the guy. Long torturous read. Swearing, gals mixed in.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Solomon

    Very well written, you zone out with author and travel with David Reid encountering all the challenges he's faced and the occasional cracking up of the old sailor jokes - Fantastic book! Brillant work! Very well written, you zone out with author and travel with David Reid encountering all the challenges he's faced and the occasional cracking up of the old sailor jokes - Fantastic book! Brillant work!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Samuel

    A thoroughly enjoyable and intriguing tale of US Navy Seal BUDS training with a shocking twist of mystery.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    Good Read....It is What It Is...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karolina Pietrzak

    Hell Week przepleciony historią z intrygą

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Ann Wallace

    A very good book, well-written. It was very hard to put down, but at the same time a little hard to read, because of the subject matter. Brutal at times, but well worth it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bmounier

    Excellent if you are curious about BUD/S training. But the attempt at a plot is pathetic. Would have been better without it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Łukasz Chlebowski

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