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* HonorBeforeReason: It's kind of the Pashtun [[PlanetOfHats Hat]]. See TheOtherWiki entry on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pashtunwali Pashtunwali]].

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* HonorBeforeReason: It's kind of the Pashtun [[PlanetOfHats Hat]]. See TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki entry on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pashtunwali Pashtunwali]].


* CombatPragmatist: Well, this is RealLife.

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* CombatPragmatist: Well, this is RealLife.%%* CombatPragmatist


* BedouinRescueService: Pashtun, in this case.

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* %%* BedouinRescueService: Pashtun, in this case.



* FromBadToWorse

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* {{Badass}}: It's the Navy [=SEALs=]. Nuff said.


* HeroicBSOD: Luttrel has one. {{Justified|Trope}} since he's just seen his three teammates die in a hail of gunfire, he's been shot, battered, and blown up, and now he's stuffed in a hole while his enemies scour the countryside for him and he's slowly dying of thirst. Since the ordeal he's suffered from [=PTSD=] and insomnia.

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* HeroicBSOD: Luttrel has one. {{Justified|Trope}} since he's just seen his three teammates and close friends die in a hail of gunfire, he's been shot, battered, and blown up, and now he's stuffed in a hole while his enemies scour the countryside for him and he's slowly dying of thirst. Since the ordeal he's suffered from [=PTSD=] and insomnia.


* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Luttrel has no idea why the villagers are so hell-bent on defending him against the Taliban, and simply comes to accept that their motivations as different from his own, without really understanding. His explanations in the text are actually post-facto intelligence from cultural experts.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Luttrel has no idea why the villagers are so hell-bent on defending him against the Taliban, and simply comes to accept that their motivations as different from his own, without really understanding. His explanations in the text about Pashtun honor codes (especially ''[[SacredHospitality Lokshay]]'') are actually post-facto intelligence from cultural experts.


* AuthorFilibuster: Several places in the book, Luttrel pauses the action to talk about how little he likes the news media, or how awesome Texas is. But the one topic he keeps coming back to is the Rules Of Engagement that all military personnel must follow--and in Luttrel's opinion, how much these rules hinder the military from doing its job right.

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* AuthorFilibuster: Several places in the book, Luttrel pauses the action to talk about how little he likes the news media, or how awesome Texas is. But the one topic he keeps coming back to is the Rules Of Engagement that all military personnel must follow--and in Luttrel's opinion, how much these rules (or more specifically, the absurdly-restrictive ones used in Afghanistan and Iraq that were based entirely on PR with the realities and complexities of warfare being little more than an afterthought) hinder the military from doing its job right.

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* NeverFoundTheBody: Lampshaded: you should never believe a SEAL is dead until you've seen the corpse. So the Navy insists that Luttrel is just MIA--in spite of the news reporting him dead--and is ultimately proven right when they contact Luttrel five days later.

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* BadassBeard: Luttrel notes that Special Forces operators are allowed, even expected, to grow beards--supposedly to better blend in with the locals.


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* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: The US news media jumps the gun and declares that ''all'' the [=SEAL=]s in Operation Red Wing had died. Representatives from the [=SEAL=]s, and Marcus's twin brother, reassure Mama Luttrel that Marcus is ''just'' Missing In Action, not confirmed dead.


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* TrainingFromHell: INDOC (the SEAL qualification training) is no walk in the park. BUD/S (the actual SEAL training) is even worse. And the absolute worst is Hell Week, in which the trainees carry out grueling exercises while cold, wet, sandy--and get about three or four hours to sleep the entire week.
* TwinTelepathy: Marcus Luttrel and his twin brother Morgan insist they have a connection to each other. When word reaches Texas about how badly Operation Red Wing went, Morgan is certain that Marcus us hurt but still alive, in spite of the news reporting his death.


* AuthorFilibuster: Several places in the book, Luttrel pauses the action to talk about how little he likes the news media, or how awesome Texas is. But the one topic he keeps coming back to is the Rules Of Engagement that all military personnel must follow--and in Luttrel's opinion, how much these rules hinder the military from doing its job right.



* DespiteThePlan: What seemed like a well-devised and researched operation quickly collapses on itself as more and more unfortunate, unpredictable factors get thrown into the mix.

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* DespiteThePlan: What seemed like a well-devised and researched -researched operation quickly collapses on itself as more and more unfortunate, unpredictable factors get thrown into the mix.



* HeroicSacrifice: LT Michael Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor for the action described in the book. Posthumously.

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* HeroicSacrifice: LT Michael Murphy Murphy, seeing his team is pinned down and outnumbered, decides to call for an air evacuation. All he has is a cell phone, and the only way he'll get good reception is if he marches into the open, where every Taliban gunner can see him. He gets mortally wounded, but he completes the call. For this, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for the action described in the book. Posthumously.Honor.


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* InterServiceRivalry: When the US personnel who arrive to extract Luttrel from the village turn out to be Army Rangers, Luttrel jokingly complains needing to be rescued by Rangers is something he'll never live down.


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* WarIsGlorious ''and'' WarIsHell: Luttrel strongly believes in his work as a Navy SEAL and enjoyed it. But he's also upfront about some of the horrors of the battlefield. He argues that sometimes [[IDidWhatIHadToDo the military needs to do awful things]] to prevent worse atrocities, and that anybody who can't stomach that fact has no business giving orders.


* HowWeGotHere: So nice, they did it twice. The prologue is about Marcus Luttrel visiting the other widows of SEAL Team 10. Chapter 1 skips back to SEAL Team 10's arrival in Afghanistan, with a flashback to their prior deployment to Iraq. ''Then'' Luttrel skips back to his childhood in Texas, his enlistment in the Navy, and his training to become a SEAL.



** The four sailors also spend a great deal of effort and pain fleeing from the overwhelming Taliban forces.

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** The four sailors frogmen also spend a great deal of effort and pain fleeing from the overwhelming Taliban forces.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Marcus Luttrel notes the many times that he dropped his rifle while falling down the mountain, yet it always landed right next to him. It's not explicitly miraculous, but he attributes these unlikely events to God's divine intervention all the same.



* NotSoDifferent: Despite the rampant ValuesDissonance, the Navy [=SEAL=] is impressed by the villagers' honor, courage, and commitment. That's a pretty big deal.

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* NotSoDifferent: Despite the rampant ValuesDissonance, the Navy [=SEAL=] Luttrel is impressed by the villagers' honor, courage, and commitment. That's a pretty big deal.


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* SadisticChoice: Three Pashtun goatherds (one of them just a boy) stumble upon the [=SEAL=] team, and the [=SEAL=]s take them captive. The [=SEAL=]s then have two options: they can let the goatherds go, in which case they'll almost certainly alert the Taliban and jeopardize the entire mission. Or they can kill the goatherds and complete the mission, in which case the killing will almost certainly be discovered, and even if they themselves aren't convicted of any crime, the entire Navy [=SEAL=]s will be painted as war criminals by the media.


* BlatantLies: That's right, the [[HeroicBuild seven-foot tall]], mortally wounded Texan with the satanic-looking tattoo who fell into your village directly after that horrific gunfight, wearing a uniform with a [[RobLiefeld Liefeldian]] number of pockets, carrying a [[CoolGun Mk12 sniper rifle]] and enough computer technology to launch the space shuttle is from...wait for it...''Doctors Without Borders''. It's implied that the villagers knew Luttrel was full of shit but let it slide since they'd already decided to save him anyway.

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* BlatantLies: That's right, the [[HeroicBuild seven-foot tall]], mortally wounded Texan with the satanic-looking tattoo who fell into your village directly after that horrific gunfight, wearing a uniform with a [[RobLiefeld [[Creator/RobLiefeld Liefeldian]] number of pockets, carrying a [[CoolGun Mk12 sniper rifle]] and enough computer technology to launch the space shuttle is from...wait for it...''Doctors Without Borders''. It's implied that the villagers knew Luttrel was full of shit but let it slide since they'd already decided to save him anyway.


* SacredHospitality: Most cultures of the Middle East take hospitality very seriously, but the Pashtun take it UpToEleven.

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* SacredHospitality: Most cultures of the Middle East take hospitality very seriously, but the Pashtun take it UpToEleven.UpToEleven with ''Lokshay''.

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** The man who first declared that Marcus was under ''[[SacredHospitality Lokshay]]'', Mohammad Gulab, technically didn't have the authority to do so on behalf of the whole village. However, it still wouldn't look good if the village elders chose not to honor his pledge once ''Lokshay'' had been invoked. They debated the matter for several days before deciding to back Gulab's promise.
*** Marcus Luttrel later helped Mohammad Gulab emigrate to the United States. They are now next-door neighbors in Texas.

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