Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL At first, Pfarrer's tough-guy bravado can be off-putting. But after a few chapters, you get caught up in his riveting transformation from "pooka-shell-wearing surf dude"… 2003-12-30
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Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL (2003)

Details Release Date: Dec 30, 2003; Writer: Chuck Pfarrer

At first, Pfarrer's tough-guy bravado can be off-putting. But after a few chapters, you get caught up in his riveting transformation from ''pooka-shell-wearing surf dude'' to Navy SEAL commando. His 1983 peacekeeping tour in Lebanon offers a fascinating perspective on the frustrations and ultimate futility of a conflict that, in one day alone, resulted in the deaths of 243 soldiers. (''To this day I have no goddamn idea what the United States of America was doing in Lebanon.'') Pfarrer visits other '80s hot spots: A showdown in Sicily with the Achille Lauro hijackers and an amphibious confrontation with a Nicaraguan patrol boat prove especially memorable. Even so, the writing sometimes sounds like a B movie (not surprising from the screenwriter for 1997's The Jackal), and civilians should be prepared for frequent trips to the book's military glossary.

Originally posted Jan 09, 2004 Published in issue #745 Jan 09, 2004 Order article reprints