Good reader and good story. I loved the tv show "The Unit" and when I found out it was based on this book I had to give it a listen. Some really good stories about a group of people we rarely get to hear about.
I could not put this read, or listen if you will, down. Absolutely one of the best
military reads since Commander Marcenko's Rogue Warrior. Command Master Sargent Haney covers everything from entering a room of bad guys with hostages to the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beruit. By the way, a fact that was not covered almost anywhere, is that all the CIA station chiefs in the Middle East where in a staff meeting in the conference room above the enterance to the Embassy at the time of the bombing!
Eric Haney tells his story so naturally. It's very infectous. Wish they had some more of Eric haney's books.
The narrator was excellent and story was gripping.
The story of how Eric entered as an operator.
When Eric was walking by an officer during selection phase, and was told he would fail. The mind games that were used were tremendous.
Great book and spot on with today's unstable hot spots around the world.
I read almost exclusively non-fiction; there are so many real stories that are worth knowing, and learning from.
Haney talks about the personalities of the officers he served under and with, and the effect their strengths and foibles had on the unit during his tenure there. Although some online critics have questioned, or even challenged the truthfulness of his accounts, I must say that I believe his accounts of the incidents related are factual; they do not sound embellished to me, and I consider myself a skeptic. He questions the motivations behind the Top Brass in our military, and why certain missions were undertaken, e.g. Grenada, and I'm sure some of those above him in rank would have preferred his book not appear. I've looked on Amazon for a hard copy of the book to purchase, as it's worth going through again. Sadly however, it seems that the second half of the printed book lacks all the good stuff. I suppose he, or the publishers decided to skip the flack they might receive, I don't know; but in this audio book in the second part, where the actions closer to the present day occur, Haney leaves clues as to how he feels about the present day administration, and commendations for that of George W. Bush.
This one is worth spending the time on.
The honesty of the author, and his sensitivity to the fact that he was dealing with, soldiering with, and in some cases having to take the lives of other human beings, not just cardboard targets.
Haney's welcome to the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.
American counter-terrorist lives through decades of the changing role of the U.S. around the globe.
Although the reader did an ok job, and it wasn't hard for me to listen to, I would have enjoyed a little quicker pace. The story Eric Haney tells is more than worth putting up with a little lackluster narration.
The book gives an in depth look at how the unit was formed, how the unit was trained, and how the unit grew to adapt to its niche purpose.
At the same time the book gives an account of how much it was misunderstood, under-appreciated initially, and in a few cases perhaps misused.
I was particularly intrigued by Eric L. Haney's viewpoints in the afterward on America's current actions and involvements in the war-on-terror. He has a unique worldview that most of us would find difficult to grasp, but at the same time has an inside look at the motives behind Americas actions in the war-on-terror.
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This book made me wish for traffic jams so that I could listen to it more. It's a first hand account of the selection, training and day-to-day operations of the most elite military group in the US. Fantastic listen and an excellent narration.
The narration put me to sleep.
Parts of the story seemed overly detailed and other parts under detailed.
His voice is so monotonous.
The story itself was interesting and to a military history buff would be both enlightening and enjoyable.
I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.
Learning about all the different training techniques that the Delta Force operatives used. It was good to know that we have soldiers taking a proactive approach to combating terrorism at home and abroad.
The descriptions of the training sessions for Delta Force operatives, especially the live fire shooting drills.
Bit too folksy
It wasn't the most compelling listen, but a solid and enlightening book about the formation of Delta Force.
I thought the book was good overall, however I found myself looking for some more gritty details about life in Delta Force. One highlight of the book is the author's postscript at the end. I think he does an excellent job of summing up the root causes of terrorism and makes a compelling argument about where our military focus should be.
seemed very believable ... unit members were courageous warriors and not gun happy cowboys
a bit bland