4 out of 4 stars
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Hooyah: An Elite Navy SEAL Operator's Autobiographical Account of Heroism, Sacrifice, and Even More Heroism by Pat Riot is a satirical story of a Navy SEAL. The first sentence of the book is the author's over-the-top description of himself. “Commando, champion, warrior, hero, legend...” He warns readers that they could never measure up to his manly and epic qualities. “This book, Hooyah, is my effort to pass on my awe-inspiring leadership wisdom to the next generation of SEALs and regular people. You’re welcome.” And the outrageous bravado continues for another 177 pages.
I selected Hooyah expecting to read a serious autobiography of a Navy SEAL. When I first started reading the book, I was so offended by Pat Riot, I put it down and walked away. Then I realized this has got to be a satire. Then I felt like a horrible person for laughing at the Navy SEALs. But it's okay. You have permission to laugh.
Pat Riot is a character created in this book. He is not only a patriot (Pat Riot), he is an arrogant SOB who thinks he knows everything. According to Pat, the Rocky Mountains were named after the famous Italian boxer, Rocky Balboa. Before killing a terrorist or any type of predator, Pat Riot always rips off a clever one-liner that is sure to make his whole team laugh because Navy SEALs are known for their hilarious sense of humor. Pat is so amazing he can “will himself” out of a concussion or “will himself “ warm out of hypothermia.
Pat Riot could not reveal the super-secret tactics that make the SEALs so lethal. Their interrogation and communication methods are super-secret. All of the weapons in their arsenal are super-secret. Leadership training is super-secret. The hand signals they use are super-secret. They even have super-secret techniques to aim better and shoot more effectively.
The only thing I didn’t like about the book was that, even in jest, some of the insults went a little too far. “Arabic looks like retarded graffiti.” “Speak a real language like English.” “I prayed to the (correct) Christian God.” Behave, Pat Riot!
I learned that “Hooyah” is not only the Navy's battle cry, it is also a noun and an adjective. For example, “I channeled my inner Hooyah and marched the 2.8 miles.” “You may be the most Hooyah BUDS candidate I have ever seen.” A thumbs-up in SEAL-speak also means “Hooyah.”
I found a couple of minor typos, but the book was professionally edited and very well-written. The target audience for Hooyah is probably 13-year-old boys, anyone who thinks peeing your pants is funny, and people with freakishly high levels of testosterone in their body. This book is insensitive to Muslims, homosexuals, and every branch of the military other than the Navy SEALs. But that is the whole point. Mission accomplished. I am giving Hooyah a rating of 4 out of 4 stars.
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