I was tempted to give up after the first 40 minutes, but I'm so glad I stuck it out. This is a very interesting story once you get into it. It's intense and very descriptive. Haney describes both the formation of the unit and the kinds of mission they went on, ranging from rescuing hostages to assaulting hi-jacked airplanes. As I listened, the dangers in the book felt completely real. I highly recommend it!
The information is presented in a very straightforward way, in unflourished language. Haney also gives the reader in insider's look at the strange type of humor that those in the military enjoy. Unlike some other reviewers, I wouldn't describe this as a "how-to" book. Although there are definitely things to be learned from it, I don't think any average person would learn enough to do anything useful with the information.
Yes. We should all have great respect for the military we seldom hear about. All of the Special Opps qualify for this .
So well done it is hard to stop listening till the end.
Would not seem as real.
Comfort in the fact that terrorism is dealt with - we just don't know about it.
This book was a clear and concise account of the stand up and early history of Delta Force. It was very well written withour glorification or "cheese." I really enjoyed it and would read other books from this author.
I liked the clear picture of the selection and training process for Delta Force.
Although Robertson Dean's narration might have been well suited to the author's attitude, I wished for more inflection.
Intense, educational, and funny
I loved the detail that went into the training and selection process.
I laughed on many occasions.
I loved the personal touch that the author gave to his story
The author makes you realize that its not just guns and tech that make some one a Delta Force member. The people and their training are the real weapon.
The authors intonation made each character clear.
I had no idea that the US used Delta in their protection details!
I never read the printed version
The intense training
Clear and concisely verbal content.
The last day of training on the 40 mile trek.
I was rather expecting a rough and tumble fictionalized battle type story. I was not expecting the details it took to become a Delta Force member. I kept waiting for the war story and excitement to begin, however I soon realized this wasn't going to happen but by then I was rather intrigued by the background and other bits of information about weapons, and physical as well as emotional elements that went into the men who became members of the Delta force unit.
I actually enjoyed this even though it was not light entertainment as I originally thought but I was soon captivated by the lessons in history, and knowledge gained that gives me a better idea of the brave men who help guard this country. This book was very good and I would highly recommend it with the caveat that it is more biographic than a fictionalized story.
It is always interesting to see inside an organization, warts and all. Eric does a great job of showing us what the Delta Force is and isn't without taking away from the great deeds and sacrifices of the men and women that are willing to do whatever it take to preserve our freedom and safety. Thanks for the book!
very similar experience
good detailed first person narrative, you almost feel what Haney is going through.
he does a good job with all characters
a few laughs. not much of a crier
Some contradiction out there between Haney and Military. Haney's vivd imagination? Goverment does have a way of distorting and covering up facts. Hell, they kept cland ops secret for years. you decide.
All the information I learned
I am safer with existence of Delta Force. They are the best at recovering a highjacked aircraft.
When he spoke about how Snipers are psycologically chosen.
That Delta Force short gunners learn to shoot looking at the target not the sight on the gun.
I think once was enough for this one.
Fighter Pilot, see below.
I think he also did "Fighter Pilot" which was in a similar vein (military history)
I wasn't really sure what Delta Force was about. I'm thankful that we have them.
A lot of the book--more than half--is about the grueling training that Haney went thru to become an operator. Some of this got a bit tedious at times. I might have preferred more stories about the operations. Still, this is an amazing story, told well.