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.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
I found the memoir, Inside Delta Force, to be an informative book of how and why the Delta Force was begun. The author, Robertson Dean, takes the reader through the selection process to the grueling physical requirements needed to become a member of the first elite special ops force ever in America. The army knew there was a need for this small but excellently trained group of men to fight counterterrorism. The tides of war were changing and the army was prepared to meet it head on. Their training continued to teach them as well as to train them to near perfection in many areas of conflict that they would encounter while serving with Delta Force. The Delta Force did their training in real life situations where live ammunition was used. There was training for high-jacked airplanes, close quarter combat for other situations where there was hostage involvement. Sniper's would spend long hours watching and waiting but would not need to shoot. However, they used this time to watch and learn about the operations of the enemy. That information could prove invaluable to the unit. They were also taught how to spy because there would be times that spying may be an intricate part of their mission.
What I found to be missing in Robertson Dean's memoir was wartime action. He described the places Delta Force had operated but did not include how the battles were fought, whether it was face to face combat or gathering information and having the known factor that he may get caught. Would the other member's of Delta Force plan a rescue operation and initiate the extraction of their captured brother.
The memoir was well written and easy to understand to be filed away and remembered at another time. The character's were not well developed but were included in such a way that they did not work together in true action. There was no excitement that created my needed edge of the seat listen. I like to have thrilling action when I read a novel or memoir concerning an elite unit of the military. I had never read about the Delta Force before and that is why I chose this book to read. I did get a comparison and contrast of the military's elite forces as to how they became that emulated member of Delta Force.
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.
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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.
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.
This was a great book on the beginning days of Delta. I listened to Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man, by Dalton Fury (pseudonym) the Delta Commander on the ground at Tora Bora in the beginning of the war on the Taliban and the hunt for the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks. It was interesting to see how Delta has evolved as a SF unit from the beginning days of Haney, through many missions and many sacrifices, and one of Deltas more recent missions. I think Haney's story was very informative and exciting. As well as hearing of the Ultimate Sacrifices of Deltas several members. I know these books don't touch the tip of the iceberg of what Delta is actually capable of, but what is told amazes me every time I think about it. The narrator was excellent and should narrate all audios of this type in my opinion. It's a great book and I would recommend listening to it, as well as Fury's book to see how Delta has evolved into one of the US's top SF groups. All branches of the US military have top notch SF units and even though we were behind in the formation of ours, (British SAS). I think we have the best.
This audio book was a great listen.
I only wish that there was as more to the actual missions in the last third of the book. For example, the author describes in great detail all the team members in Beirut, but once all of that is done, offers a cursory summary of the type of events they went through in Beirut instead of actual missions. In fact much of the action is based on Delta forces working with operators they trained in other countries.
After listening to all the selection and training that made these heroes great, I would like to hear about one of their missions that actually executed end to end.