A controversial tell-all book about the violent end of Osama bin Laden is set to hit bookstore shelves Tuesday morning.
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"No Easy Day" was written by a former Navy SEAL using the fictitious name Mark Owen as a firsthand account of SEAL Team Six's deadly showdown with the terrorist leader.
The novel was never vetted by the CIA, U.S. Navy or the Pentagon, adding controversy to its release. Bay Books in Coronado has received about 100 copies of the book. However, preorders for the book have been surprisingly slow.
"Probably around twenty to twenty-five," said Bay Books manager Barbara Chambers. "It's about average." The number is average for Coronado, which has a huge military community and is the unofficial hometown of the Navy SEALs.
10News tried speaking with a number of current and retired Navy SEALs. None would go on the record, mostly because they have not read the book yet.
However, one retired SEAL told 10News he doubted Owen whose real name has been revealed by other media outlets but will not be used by 10News would reveal any SEAL secrets or hurt U.S. intelligence.
He also doubted the SEAL was looking for a quick payday.
"You know it's not about money because he's donating all of the proceeds to the Navy SEAL Foundation," said former SEAL Greg McPartlin.
The foundation cares for wounded SEALs and their families. Despite the donation, the federal government has stated it may seek legal action against Owen.
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