Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review: Living with a SEAL


Living with a SEAL: 31 Days
Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet
The premise is interesting and the execution was okay, but I am definitely not the target audience for this book. For one thing, there is a lot of raw and raunchy language and I found that jarring and annoying. One or two f-bombs a chapter is more than enough, I don't need dozens. I don't care how true to life the swearing is, I don't enjoy hearing it. It just doesn't add anything to the story or the experience - nothing for me, anyway. That was the problem throughout the book, I felt like an intruder into boy land. I'm not a super girly girl and I read lots of books that are written primarily for a male audience, but not many books put me off as much as this one did. I just don't care about the things, people, and activities this man does. I'm not that into wealth, I am not an entrepreneur and can't relate to someone who is. The author revels in risky behavior that I not only wouldn't want to do, I can't imagine why anyone would want to. It's one thing to break your body down and risk injury and death when your life and others depends on it, but to do it just to prove you can? Nonsense.

I might have liked the book better if I had cared at all about the author and the people in his story. Jesse Itzler comes off as an arrogant butthole and the Seal is paranoid and unfit for civilian life. Itzler's wife and child rarely get a mention and everyone else barely pings on the author's radar. Also, I listened to this on audio - is their kid's name Laser or did I mishear it?

Look, some people will enjoy this - it's mildly entertaining and competently written, it's just not for me.

3 reluctant stars because it's not fair to give a bad rating to a book just because it's not your cup of tea.

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