Rogue Warrior (book)

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Rogue Warrior (ISBN 0671795937), by Richard "Demo Dick" Marcinko, is an autobiographical account of how Marcinko founded two United States Navy counter-terrorist units, SEAL Team SIX and Red Cell and whether the Navy created these units for public relations, as a deterrent, or as real tools of diplomatic/economic policy. Commanding Red Cell, he was directed to use them to test the Navy's anti-terrorist capabilities and to expose the security weaknesses of U.S. properties around the world. The Base Commanders usually cried foul when Red Cell was able to humiliate their base's security. During the tests, Red Cell was able to infiltrate supposedly impenetrable, highly secured bases, nuclear submarines, ships and other "secure areas", including the Presidential plane Air Force One. In doing so, he claims to have embarrassed several superior officers, whom he accuses of involvement in his subsequent conviction for misappropriation of funds and resources under his command. Marcinko also delights in recalling the gross behavior of the SEALS, such as eating the brains of a live monkey to impress some of his Cambodian allies.[1][2]

Based on the success of the book, Marcinko went on to author a series of novels placing himself as the protagonist and entitling the series: Rogue Warrior.


  1. ^ Regan, J., & Mccarthy, P. (Eds.). (1992, March 2). Rogue Warrior. Retrieved December 7, 2012, from Publishers Weekly website:
  2. ^ Lipsyte, R. (1992, April 5). Boys Will Be