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Publisher's Summary

The Last Punisher is a bold, no-holds-barred first-person account of the Iraq War. With wry humor and moving testimony, Kevin Lacz tells the story of his tour in Iraq with SEAL Team Three, the warrior elite of the navy. This legendary unit, known as The Punishers, included Chris Kyle (American Sniper), Mike Monsoor, Ryan Job, and Marc Lee. These brave men were instrumental in securing the key locations in the pivotal 2006 Battle of Ramadi, told with stunning detail in this book.

Minute by minute, Lacz relays the edge-of-your-seat details of his team's missions in Ramadi, offering a firsthand glimpse into the heated combat, extreme conditions, and harrowing experiences they faced every day. Through it all, Lacz and his teammates formed unbreakable bonds and never lost sight of the cause: protecting America with their fight.

The Last Punisher brings the listener into the life and mind of a SEAL, demonstrating the tough realities of war. At the same time, Lacz shares how these experiences made him a better man and how proud he is of his contributions to one of this country's most difficult military campaigns.

©2016 Kevin Lacz (P)2016 Tantor

What the critics say

" The Last Punisher takes you right onto the battlefield and into the heart of the action. A rare glimpse into the mind of a Navy SEAL - you won't be able to put it down." (Clint Emerson, New York Times best-selling author of 100 Deadly Skills)

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Very interesting and worth listening to again and again. Informative and action packed story of great men.

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Better from the man himself

interesting story but i would have liked to hear it from the man that lived it even if he isn't a polished narrator.

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  • 2021-06-19

great book, bit of a tough performance for me

really great content, had a bit of a tough time with the reading of it

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Great story, bad narrative

The guy reading this book is horrible, has no understanding of military jargon or slang. I've heard third graders read better.

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Great story from a first hand perspective.

Great story, it was hard to put down. Interesting to hear about Chris Kyle from a secondary perspective.

Really need a better reader though, the movie trailer type voice, over doing the random words at random times was a comical contrast to the heavy story being told.

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  • Dusty
  • 2016-09-03

Good story, poorly read

I enjoyed the story but the narrator was painful. It was like he was surprised by what word came next and where pauses and emphasis should be placed. As an example "... He was hit by a stray round" was read like "... He was hit by a stray... round". It could have been better but doesn't ruin the story.

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  • KINGFHB
  • 2016-10-25

Narrator sounded like the dog from the movie "UP"

What did you love best about The Last Punisher?

True life accounts of events. Very well written, the "narrator" really took away from the overall story by making it harder to even listen.

What did you like best about this story?

EVERYTHING!

How could the performance have been better?

Hire a new Narrator

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Brotherhood

Any additional comments?

Vet your narrators. They should at least have a 3rd grade reading level.

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  • 2016-09-24

Great Story Ruined

This is a truly great account of some of the most talented SeALs our country has ever produced. Unfortunately it is a difficult listen as the narrator has a very staccato pace that is brutal to listen to. He can not seem to read one sentence without having to stop and take a break. Save your money and buy the book.

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  • Erika H.F
  • 2018-08-27

worst effing narrator!

I don't know if I'll be able to finish with this guy. jesus effing christ

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  • Ronald
  • 2016-09-29

Good book poor reading

I enjoyed the story i did not like the readers in ability to get the nuances of military vernacular

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  • Dustin
  • 2016-09-03

Narrator???

Great book, but the narrators bad read, made it tough for me to stay focused.

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  • Shannon M Pranke
  • 2016-10-13

reader sucks.

would have been a lot better with a different guy reading it. Seems like he is trying way to hard. I just couldn't listen to all of it.

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  • Jake
  • 2018-09-25

narrator sucks

it's a good story, but like anything else it's not what you say, but how you say it. the way he reads the story makes a good story boring and hard to follow. the first half of the book his tone goes from a loud and clear voice, then the last word or two of each sentence his voice drops low like a movie preview. then he switched to a different reading style and starts making unnecessary pauses and tone switches making it sound stupid. for example when he's talking about doc Crispen, "I got an adjustment on my back a time (pause and change of tone) or two (pause then lower tone) from Crispen..." the same guy narrated "the red circle" by Brandon Webb, also a good book ruined by bad narration. his voice in it's self is fine, but the style he does it makes it feel like I'm listening to a $10 budget show on public Access tv as he's reading que cards written by a 3rd grader. they should have used the guy from American sniper, or line survivor to narrate. once I got past the voice it's a great story.

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  • Robert Spalding
  • 2019-04-21

Great story! Lousy narration

I love the book, and was excited to listen to it on Audible.
I had to check a couple of times if Timothy Phillips was an AI.
It seemed like every single sentence ended in a down note, apparently to provide gravitas. Instead, it was stilted and robotic.
If the book had been read by a program, I would rate it higher, but the utter lack of emotion in some of the most intensely emotional parts of the book was pure amateurism.
I hope Mr. Phillips develops his craft before taking on another project.

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  • Nate Miller (Sgt, USMC Retired)
  • 2016-08-31

Great book, the narrator was just OK.

The story was great, and for someone who was in Ramadi during the same time frame it was pretty cool to hear about things you lived through from a different perspective!
The narrator on the other hand was decent, except for his mis-pronunciation of military terms, phrases, and acronyms drove me crazy at times. But overall I'd recommend this book!

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