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)
Being a former naval officer, and seeing limited combat I know what these men went through. I know of thier character, I know this book tells the story of how these men, put it all on the line each and every day.
Thank you for sharing this with the world.
As the previous reviewer noted, this book really does shed some light on those that do not seek it. I always find that listening to books like this make you realize just how easy our lives can sometimes be.
Some of the stories recalled herein, will leave you shaking your head. Outside of Black Hawk Down and a few other books, I had heard of zero of their exploits, but what amazing stories. Hollywood could pick out any of these stories and do an amazing movie. This is a great audio book.Night Stalkers Don't Quit
Also, since this is an audio book review, I would be remiss not to mention Patrick Lawlor. By far one of my favorite narrators, was he in the military (he also narrated Generation Kill, another great audio book) Some of his delivery and different change of characters really bring home a great read.
I was originally looking for action stories about the wars in Iraq & Afganistan so I was slightly discouraged when the book started off as a history lesson about the origins of special forces and the invasion of Grenada. However, it war really interesting after you understood where it was going and really gave me a better understanding and respect of the intensity of the Grenada and Panama conflicts. I really got everything I was looking for when the story covered the gulf wars! The story is a mix of after-action reports mixed with a dialogue story while it happends. There narrator was 'ok'. I didn't care for the way he read it but he did a good job of acting with the dialogue and made you feel the intensity of the situations.
I understand many of the Night Stalker missions are classified, but I want to know more!! A good book!
The narration was irritating and the dialogue seemed more fitted to a comic book and than a story about real soldiers.
The history of development of the unit was fascinating to see how many times there was a great need and how many times the whole thing almost got scrapped.
To make sure if I write a book I do a better job than this.
Interesting look into how Special Ops guys get to where they're going. If you like Special Forces books, this is a good compliment to some of the others out there.
The narrator tried to hard to sound "tough and gruff" when reading quotes but it sounded silly. Also, read mostly in a monotone voice, but then SCREAMED certain parts, which was trying to convey stress or battle. I had to keep turning the volume up and down through the whole book...very annoying.
I not so sure about the narrator, Pat Lawlor cause he is so deliberate in his reading and seems to be a loss of fluidity in his dialogue. He literally shouts in the mic when they are shouting I was distracted focusing on his reading then the dialogue at times.
I enjoy many narrators so Ray Porter is one that has done well with military biographies.
Yes it was because I am interested in the story but just have to get use to the narrator.
a very worthwhile book. The stories are top notch, enlightening, and scratch my patriotic itch. Absolutely worth it, I promise. A bit of cursing, but nowhere near as much as some other lesser books.
Yes. Because of the story.
As far as I know, this is the only book ever written about the 160th SOAR. It tells the story of the unit, how it began, and highlights the bravery and professionalism of the men within it's ranks.
He tends to place emphases inappropriately. He is way over animated and almost cartoonish.
This is the third book I've read that Patrick Lawlor has narrated. One book was written to appeal to a wide audience and not just the military / history enthusiast. That was okay. The other was written about a Special Forces unit in Iraq. Mr. Lawlor's narration was equally as annoying as this one, but that book was relatively short... Being a former Army Aviator myself, it's difficult to make my way through the audible version of this book. The book itself is very good.
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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.
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