Special Operations pilots are notoriously reticent; they don't talk about their missions, at least not to anyone outside their small community. But now, with the publication of The Night Stalkers, Durant and Steven Hartov shed a fascinating light on these mysterious super commandos and take readers into a world they have only imagined.
From Iran to Grenada to Iraq, the 160th SOAR (A) has been at the point of the spear and in the thick of combat, delivering and supporting Delta operators, Rangers, and SEAL teams around the globe, in all weather, night or day. Simply put, they are the best of the best, and here for the first time are their hair-raising true stories of battle, capture, victory, and loss.
©2006 Michael J. Durant, Steven Hartov, and Robert L. Johnson; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
"The book's action scenes are numerous and spine-tingling, its portraits of men living a life of danger absorbing, and the regiment's sadly long roll of honor distinctly moving." (Booklist)
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This true story is about the birth of the superior helicopter pilot's of the US. The dream of one man became a reality when he was able to convince the hierarchy of the Army that there was a need to establish the best of the best helicopter pilots to fight anywhere and everywhere that they were needed. These elite helicopter pilots were the Night Stalkers.
There are individual stories that are told of the courageous men who served and serve the Night Stalkers.
When the Night Stalkers began there were no night vision goggles. These men learned to fly in the night. They also fly in the day but still want the darkness for the stealth that it provides against the enemy.
These pilots are the best of the best. They try to tuck their fear away when on a mission. They will fight to the death for the warriors they drop in any and all places in the world to fight for the freedom of the United States of America. These pilots understand the meaning of brotherhood, One for all and all for one.
The narration is great, the stories are without question, memorable and well written. I have learned that there is another segment of the armed forces that put themselves in peril for their country. They are one of the bravest segments of our nation who will give their lives for me and you.
Yes, the different characters are wonderfully portrayed,
Don't have a favorite the mix of all of them were great
Can't choose just one
A good book. I had heard of this story before and it was a very interesting book to listen to. I would recommend it to anyone.
Unfortunately I read this after reading Fearless. A mistake. In comparison the stories were flat and without feeling.
My other observation is the quality of the fighting man. After reading books from the early days of Iraq to the end of Afghanistan it's amazing the improved quality of the American fighting man.
Unfortunately this book had stories from these theatres and others and it was very frustrating to hear all the incompetencies and still have compassion for the solders.
i drive a truck on the night shift. i love hearing interesting stories, i need some action to keep me awake :)
the subject matter.
black hawk down.
great read as non-fiction. action is never that smooth. us military propaganda for sure but it kept me entertained.
Got this book after listening to the book on Delta force history which was excellent and put me on to Night Stalkers, This book will take you with them into there world good and bad.
I have a big interest in Army rotary wing aviation, and I really enjoyed this book. The narrator isn't my favorite, and I've grown kind of tired of hearing books read by him. Also, there were a lot of words that were used too often in the book, so that everytime you heard them you thought to yourself "didn't the authors have a thesaurus handy?" Other than those two gripes, it was an excellent account of the 160th SOAR, and very interesting and in depth.
Fasinating read that held my attention from the get-go! Reads more like a novel than just dry historical facts. I enjoyed the descriptions of the different types of helio's and what part each can play in certain situations of battle. I was glad the authors of the books gave us real people and real missions. Mr Lawlor did a great job with the narration. Completely enjoyable.
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