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11/27/2012 5:00:00 PM
Navy SEAL tells the story of Bin Laden's death
Rosita Smith

BLYTHE - The Western world rejoiced when news of Osama Bin Laden's death reached the newspapers and the airways. To spice up the drama, the press inserted their own views of the events leading up to Bin Laden's final moments.

Mark Owen was distressed. In real life he had been a member of the final raid that took down Bin Laden and the firefight wasn't anywhere like what the press would have us believe. So Owen sought the blessing of the military to craft a book that would accurately relay, through the eyes and involvement of a member of the team that took Bin Laden down, the events as they happened on that memorable day.

All the material contained in Owen's No Easy Day is derived from unclassified publications and other resources. Nothing written within this book is intended to confirm or deny, officially or unofficially, any events or described the activities of any individual, government or agency. In other words, this is not a spy thriller. To protect the privacy of all persons named in this book, all names and identifying information have been changed - even the name of the author.

Mark Owen grew up in Alaska. In high school he did a book report on Men in Green Faces, a tale of the Navy SEALs' action in Vietnam. He was hooked. He wanted to become a SEAL.

Owen qualified for Navy SEAL training in 1998. For over a decade Owen trained and practiced, partaking in hundreds of missions around the globe, each one adding to his growing arsenal of knowledge, as he climbed the ladder of experience and grade.

One of his most known assignments was the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, who was held hostage by pirates in the Indian Ocean in 2009.

Owen's last assignment was as team leader for the Osama Bin Laden raid. He gives us breath-holding moments as he, personally, slithers up the dark stairway to Bin Laden's quarters, enters Bin Laden's home, witnesses Bin Laden's death, then taking pictures of the surroundings to confirm details of the scene, and, ultimately, ended up sitting on Bin Laden's body bag as the escape helicopter raced towards Abbottabad and safety.

In No Easy Day, the reader will a gain an appreciation of how the SEALS, a little known department of the Navy, plays a gigantic part in keeping us and the rest of the world, safe from terrorists and other entities that wish us harm.

No Easy Day is available at the Palo Verde Valley Library on their new book, non-fiction shelf under 958.104 OWEN

For our local and winter visitors there is a room in the back hallway where you can charge your laptop and use the library's wireless Internet connection.

The library opens each day (except Sunday) at 10 a.m. The library closes each day (Except Saturday) at 6 p.m. On Saturday the library closes at 4 p.m. The Palo Verde Valley Library is located at the corner of Broadway and Chanslorway in Blythe. All operational times are California time.

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