By Mike Atkinson
I recently finished reading Damn Few by Rorke Denver. I will admit I am biased as Rorke is a friend, and I have a great deal of respect and admiration for him. I highly recommend his book to anyone interested in the SEAL Teams. The top reason being, of the SEAL author genre, it is singularly unique. It is so because of the sort of person Rorke is. He is the humble, quiet, highly accomplished professional that the vast majority of SEALs are, or at least strive to be. As far as the quiet part of professional goes, I believe Rorke to be the near polar opposite of the rest of SEAL authors. While a handful of the other writers are, like Rorke, exceptionally well regarded in an operational capacity, (Mark Owen), it’s no surprise that many others decided to write books as they feed outsized egos.
It was an accident of fate and a fortuitous set of circumstances for the Teams that Rorke was selected to work on the Act of Valor project. Rorke and the cast deserve a great deal of credit for making what is going to be the seminal SEAL recruitment device for the next decade.
In Damn Few, the reader gets an exceptionally candid look at the Naval Special Warfare Community through the eyes of a well-respected operator and officer. Plus, the reader gets inside the head of a man who continued a mission in print that he started with the movie: to set a shining example to those who will come after him.
I hope that Damn Few becomes Act of Valor ‘s literary equivalent for recruitment. Saying that a book is the sort of quality that will inspire the right sort of men being inspired to become SEALs, is the highest praise that I can give. Read it for yourself and see.