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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite
Eyes on Target by Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter offers an unblinking look at the history, life, work, successes, and failures of the Navy SEALs from the time the program was founded until the present. As with most special-interest publications, a certain foreknowledge is helpful for a complete understanding of the text - the world of the SEALs is so acronym-laden that it would be wise for the uninitiated to keep a notepad handy to record the meanings of three- and four-letter monikers assigned to apparatus, organizations, and initiatives throughout the narrative. Tracking the action requires a herculean short-term memory for those who do not know the SEAL code.
One of the most extraordinary and timely features in Eyes on Target is a moment-to-moment recounting of the events of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador was killed in a terrorist attack and two brave SEALs gave their lives to save 40 Americans against impossible odds. The aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attack has made recent headlines as Federal investigations have been called for, the premise being that viable and realistic options were available for rescue missions to save the lives of the ambassador and the SEALs, along with the others. The last chapters of Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter’s Eyes on Target are a compendium of sample rescue scenarios and an indictment of the administration which failed to implement any of them. The evidence is compelling; the anger, palpable. The code of the SEALs involves a strict adherence to duty and an absolute commitment to leaving no man behind, whether the assailant is a terrorist or a political cover-up. SEALS are a breed apart, and this is a book like no other.
The narrative is jaw-dropping and utterly riveting. Voice actor Holter Graham never misses an opportunity to reinforce the severity and significance of the events and figures reported in the text; his sonorous baritone has exactly the amount of gravitas required to lend an air of authority and legitimacy to the stories reported in Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter’s arresting text. Eyes on Target will open your eyes, expand your mind and awaken an appropriate sense of outrage for even the most apolitical, recalcitrant reader. Much like the SEALs it honors, Eyes on Target will not settle for anything less than absolute fulfillment of its mission.