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.
Yes. In fact I am. Because my husband needs to hear it. Right now we're listening to it as we lay down before sleeping.
I bought this book because I noted that Eric Haney was the advisor for one of my favorite TV shows The Unit. Unfortunately that show---like many of the shows I personally like--was canceled. It's on constantly as reruns however, and I got hooked then. So I was curious about the adviser and decide to listen to the book. I enjoyed this immensely. Thanks Eric for serving and sharing your experience.
No. I am new to Audible. However, he did an excellent job.
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 served 22 years in the United States Army 16 of them at Ft. Bragg NC. After becoming a Sgt I would get yearly invites to attend a Delta briefing which consisted of a film showing some of the high speed training of the super secret Delta Force, which everyone on Bragg knew was there and where they were but of course they didn't exist even after seeing small groups of guys wearing beards running out with rifles out in the range areas, but we must have been seeing things. I always wondered what the selection process was but having a family and understood I wouldn't see them for long periods of time and really know my limits one of which was I swam like a rock I just never had the balls to try out. I did have friends who did and even though they ended up stationed on Ft. Bragg they just seemed to disappear and if you did see them they acted like they didn't even know who you were and I always thought they were snobs because they felt special, but now I understand better what they had to go through. While listening to the book it took me back to my time at Bragg. I retired in 2002 and as I listened I could see in my mind the post again and of course it confirmed what we all knew about the where abouts and existance of Delta. I must admit I admire the men who had what it takes and took to join their ranks and salute them!
I am the most amazing version of myself that I have ever met.
This book was surprisingly good, with a great mix of action, information, and perspective. The narration, too, was clear and kept my interest.
I have listened to quite a few military books, and many of them are from former Navy Seals or various Special Forces Operators. But Delta Force is a unit that you don't hear much about. This book basically provides information into the formation of this unit, its purposes, and some of the missions that Haney undertook while serving in the counter-terrorism unit. And I realize that that description makes the book sound mundane and generic, but it was incredibly interesting and entertaining.
My favorite thing about the book was actually Haney's perspective on world events, terrorism, and the United States Military. He's a very smart man, very articulate, and obviously has seen some crazy things. In my opinion, men with honor and valor like Haney are true heros.
If you enjoy books such as Lone Survivor, No Easy Day, or The Red Circle, you'll love Inside Delta Force.
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.
So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.
I enjoyed hearing the inside scoop on past, significant military conflicts, etc. but it didn't completely capture my attention. I didn't spend time during the day thinking about this story like I have with many others.
Perhaps the biggest challenge to this book is that I had just finished listening to Fearless, the Adam Brown story. It was also about an elite military force, the Navy Seals, going into similar circumstances, but it was so much more interesting and exciting. If you want to hear good military action listen to Fearless. If you're specifically interested in Delta Force you will probably find this book by Haney enjoyable.
I have to start with how much I appreciate men like Hanley and those who served with him. These men are our true super heroes. My thanks to them.
Now to the book, I thought it was going to be dry with a lot of bragging like Richard Marcinko's. It was not, this book was entertaining. I could really relate to the training and how exhausting it was. Even the guys that wash out get my admiration. The part about the op's changed my view of politics and world history in the 1980's. What made this book the most real for me was how used up Hanley was at the end of his career. I would recommend this to any one wanting more insight into the spec ops world or the Reagan area.