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!
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.
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.
The story line itself was a bit bland. The details were ok but it was just not for me.
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.
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