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.
Captivating. Worthy. Great.
My main beef with Robertson's performance in this audiobook was that he didn't really put any emotions into the characters' lines. It wasn't that the audiobook was boring to listen to, I just wasn't really fond of the performance done by Dean.
I wouldn't say "extreme". But there are some moments that shocked me. Mainly the death of Haney's comrades in the unit.
Give it a buy. It's got some insight on units around the world similar to Delta Force. Other Delta operations, and it's interesting to see a closer look on the life of one of these guys during their service.
this was a very good book that give you onsite view into several operations and it is very good read
Yes, there is a lot of interesting information.
All the different types of training that he went through is very interesting and down right cool.
This was one of the most interesting books I have listened to and gave me an even higher respect for these operators.