Before the book was released, DoD press secretary George E. Little, stated that the book had yet to be evaluated for sensitive information that could potentially jeopardize national security. Lieutenant Colonel James Gregory of the Department of Defense stated that should the book contain specialized information about SEAL weapons and tactics, that Owen could potentially be charged with a criminal offense.
Christine Ball of Dutton Penguin, however, said that the contents of the book were vetted by a former special operations attorney and that sensitive content would not be an issue.
BUT HERE'S WHAT READERS HAD TO SAY:
"In No Easy Day, you see an account of the raid to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden from the eyes on someone who was there - one of four team leaders on the ground that night. The account is most definitely gripping, I could not put it down and I skipped sleeping to finish it - yes, there will be hell to pay at work tomorrow. But, nowhere close to as much hell as the operators in DevGru (aka Seal Team 6) undertook to get into DevGru and to stay there..."
"I am usually a very slow reader and my attention often wanders, especially with non-fiction. This book though kept my attention completely. From the author's opening notes about how nothing in this book violates secrecy or operational security to the very last chapter I was completely captivated. The writing is superb and the flow of the book is great..."
"Overall, this book has provided me with great insight into how courageous people behave and think. This book provided me with a number of opportunities to reflect on what I perceive as heroism. This book by Mark Owen was inspirational..."
"I wanted to read a neutral account on the raid, not some pointless, biased, irrelevant bashing of the president and government. It seems to me like this guy purely had an agenda and wanted to get it out there by capitalizing on a current event. If you're looking for unbiased facts about what happened, you're best off looking elsewhere..."
"The book itself is pretty straight-forward and a very simple read, brushing through a number of deployments but without any real detail. The best description of the writing would probably be 'mediocre', reading something like a big-print novel with descriptions of 'what' happened but without any depth or descriptive detail. It reminded me quite a bit of a 'Lassie' novel with that same kind of generalization and descriptiveness..."
WHAT DO YOU THINK?