Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!
If you are intrigued by, and have a special admiration for the special ops divisions of our country's armed forces, this is a worthwhile read. It did leave me a little disappointed that the author didn't really describe any major (or even many minor) missions that the Delta Force unit carried out, but it is still interesting.
The entire first Part of the download is dedicated to Haney's description of his experience of being selected to apply to be a part of this elite unit of soldiers. He goes into an hour by hour detailed story of the extraordinarily rigorous testing phase that the original hopefuls went through to weed out those who would be chosen to continue on to be trained as Delta Force soldiers, and those who would wash out. It is engaging and certainly gives the reader a clear picture of the physical and mental strength required of these men to even be considered to serve in this unit. The group begins with over 100 candidates, and by the end of the testing phase, less than two dozen remain to move on.
The further story of the extensive training that these men go through is remarkable, and can't help but give the reader an intense admiration for all that Delta Force soldiers must learn to become such elite warriors.
After this, however, the book becomes very weak, and the second Part of the download consists entirely of short anecdotes of small missions, the lifestyle of a Delta soldier, and Haney's personal experience with his assignments(locations.) Honestly, it really isn't that interesting. I was craving more. He would write that one of the most frequent use of their skills was in aircraft hijackings, but he never told a really thrilling story of one of these missions. It began to seem as though this information might be classified, and that he was limited in how much information he could disclose. Again, this was disappointing. If you are hoping for a thrilling story similar to Acts of Valor, this is not the book for you.
However, once of the best parts of the entire listen is the epilogue in which Haney gives a very insightful opinion from his first-hand knowledge of the fighting in the Middle East, and gives an explanation of why our country is in Iraq, and took out Sadaam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. (He does includes the actual account of Bin Laden's assasination, which is much more informative than what we know from the news.) His explanation of why we are in Iraq, his opinion of the future of the stability of the Middle East, and his view of what is necessary to create world stability and truly combat terrorism is one that every American should hear and understand. It is a worthy listen for this small section alone.
Inside Delta Force is captivating, and informative. All Americans should read or listen to this book; we take freedom for granted. Freedom comes at the cost of personal sacrifice of men and women of great character. There is NO entitlement in this book.
A well written, interesting story. My husband I enjoyed listening to it on a road trip, and it made for good discussion afterwards. The inside info from events we recalled reading about or seeing on the news was pretty enlightening and even scary at times. The author talked about the human emotions involved in his work, which often involved killing, yet he also demonstrated a sense of humor regarding other things. The narrator's voice sometimes seemed a bit slow but did not detract.
Yes, if you want to read about the lives of our soldiers. it is interesting to know the level of commitment it takes to be the best. these men are amoung the best at what they do. i am glad that we have such commited men and women here in the United States.
the first hand account about the people, the different perisonallities that make up our special forces, and the important work that they do. I thank GOD that we have such men and women.
the oppertunity to here the story. i do not have much time to sit and read, so as i am driving, i listen to books.
yes, and i will listen to it again.
great insight into the training and life of delta member
I liked it
the selection process
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What an extra ordinary American - as are all the men and women who serve this country in the most dangerous places. He is remarkable. I wish there had been more about his personal life. I come from a military family and could identify with many of the sacrifices of Eric Haney. I really enjoyed this book.
This is a great book! If you like Military History this is a must read! A good look into the very secret community of special operations.
I love reading and I love Audible. Their fantasy and Sci-Fi selection is excellent!
This is the first military type book I've read in Audible and I enjoyed it. I feel like the details were really packed in the beginning of the book about the creation of Delta Force but seemed to be less dense towards the end. I liked the personality of the author and the tone of the book. I haven't read any other books of this kind so don't have much to compare it to, but found it really interesting.
TRY DOWNLOADING TWICE, ON EITHER THE SECOND PART WORK
HOW THE GROUP FORMED AND THE TEST THEY HAD TO PASS
I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
As a Navy Veteran, I used to idolize the Navy Seals until I listened to this book by Retired Sgt Major Haney (founding member of the Army's Delta Force). These guys make make the Navy Seals look like a bunch of prima donnas. Navy Seals typically want glory. Delta force are the true unsung heros of our Armed Forces. They keep their identities secret. Even their families don't even know they're in Delta Force. Delta Force is by invitation only and the attrition rate is 95%. They receive tens of millions of dollars worth of training including secret agent training at Camp Perry (aka CIA's Farm) in Williamsburg, VA. They are truly Super Soldiers and Super Spies. They're the best of the best of the best! I'm just glad they're on our side to protect us from all the bad people in the world.