This story describes how Delta Force came about. The book does a great job describing just how tough it was for a Soldier to become an operator. It takes a rare breed of men to join the ranks of such an outfit and the book paints the picture well. Having been stationed at Fort Bragg, this book felt very personal to me. I pictured myself ruck-marching near training are II2 (intersection of Chicken and Preachers road) just as described in the book. I too have seen the old retired CSM’s guarding the entrance to the extremely secured compound. In all, this book was very entertaining and god bless CSM Haney and every member of his team.
Yes, I have gone through many books on Audible, but this one really was one of the best, if not the best. The author takes you through the selection process for Delta Force with all the incredible physical and psychological demands. In the second half of the book, he goes into many different missions that Delta Force was involved in. Having gone through this book, I now feel as though I was very ignorant about some of the historical events Haney describes and the details and reasons for those events.
There was a Master Seargant that I really liked. Just in terms of personality and the way the reader depicted him. These guys had been through such hard battles and experiences and yet they were able to keep a light outlook on things. Just one more incredible aspect of their personalities.
Of course the main person, Eric Haney was great. He never tries to portray himself as some tough guy super soldier, although that is exactly what he is. I'll always remember his account of going on the "forty miler" and making a mistake in navigation that made him go over 50 miles. This was also with a heavy rucksack. Truly unbelievable.
The Master Seargeant who I believe was a primary figure during selection. He was very laid back and this was not consistent with the authors experience with Master Seargeants in the army. He was a cool character.
I finished this book last night. For the first half of the book I was like man this stuff is so cool with all the training and preparation and everything. The second half of the book dove into the realities of Delta Force, which was a lot of danger, self sacrifice, members getting wounded very badly and/or killed, and questionable missions with questionable motivations on the part of those at the top ordering them. At one point Haney says he felt he was under a microscope by God. These guys have to do some pretty rough things so we can all sleep safe at night.
I began to feel very sad towards the last third or so of the book. All these amazing guys who put their lives on the lines in far off places, in wars and missions most of us will never even know about, and we'll never even know most of their names. That's how you know their not in it for the accolades or applause.
Also, when Haney drove away from the Delta compound for the last time, it made me very sad for some reason. I guess that's because in the book he did such a great job of bringing us along verbally in his journey, and you realized it was over.
There are things I learned in this book that have affected me and I will not be able to forget; things about our nations past that we have done or have not done, but should have.
Yes, this book affected me a lot.
If I could shake Eric Haney's hand I would, but I would feel unworthy to do so. What these guys have given up, gone through, endured, and seen, is more than most can imagine.
This book also gave me great appreciation for the Rangers and other Special Ops. Haney describes various missions that utilized other Special Ops, and all these guys are truly awesome. I'm so grateful we have such amazing men in our military.
I cannot say enough good things about this book.
Awesome, Exciting, Fun
I think one of the most memorable moments for me is when Eric is going through Selection and he is describing people he met such as Walter Shumate and his demeanor when he first met him and his impressions. Also, when he talks about some of the classic screw ups by other Selection members during that class with the guy in the gorilla mask and the other guy who road into a checkpoint on the back of a dirt bike.
There are so many cause he paints the picture so well. I would have to say during Eric's OTC course when he describes meeting his contact at the hotel. His contact is drunk as a lord and is making a huge scene about his team loosing the game...obviously to attract attention and Eric has to handle the guy with kid gloves while getting his next set of instructions as well.
The most interesting thing I picked up from this book was the amount of dedication and preserverence it takes to do a job like that, and it gave me a lot of respect for the men and women who do that type of thing every day.
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.
I didn't think I'd be interested in the parts of the book that talked about the early days of Delta and how it formed, but they were well written and engaging. The selection process was very interesting and worth hearing. However, as soon as he was done talking about that and got into the real world operations of Delta the book became incredibly boring and failed to keep me interested. I would have stopped listening, but I'd paid for it so I kept at it hoping it would get better towards the end, but it did not.
I am intrigued by terrorism and secret Delta Force organizations, This book told just enough to keep you interested and still private enough to not blow any national secrets.
I appreciated that even though it is a personal memoir, it wasn't 'me me me', but mostly stores of "my team". This is very much like Airline pilot Captain Sullenberger's book, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters
As a military veteran myself, having been through boot camp and training camp (although NOTHING like he chronicles, thank goodness), I found the beginning passages about the selection process interesting and something I could (somewhat) identify with.
Any naysayers who think CSM Haney (Retired) is just puffing himself up in this book need to remember this is HIS perspective of HIS experiences.It is really a balanced look back at his time in the Army.
I also think he is SPOT on in his observations in the epilogue about our nation's greatest threats.
well if i could sum up delta force in 3 words with a minimum of 15 words and 25 characters, i'd say that is nonsensical. have a good-un.
Eric Haney tells it like it is. His recalling of going through "Selection" was awesome. His stories of missions he went on were enough to make me sit in the car with the engine running for "just a few more minutes". His insight on terrorism made me sit up and listen.
Now for the narrator: I don't care for the style of Mr. Dean. He reminds me so much of the kid in class who reads every word exactly as it is on the page.
Eric Haney provides interesting insight into one of the many aspects of special operations we like to read about. I know that his book is taken a lot of heat from those inside and outside of the community, but I found the story speak consistently entertaining and worthy of listing from beginning to end. The narration of this book is first-rate, and it is sure to keep anyone interested in the topic wrapped-up in the events clear to the end.