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Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit | [Eric L. Haney]

Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).
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Publisher's Summary

Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

He is a master of espionage, trained to take on hijackers, terrorists, and enemy armies. He can deploy by parachute or arrive by commercial aircraft, survive alone in hostile cities, speak foreign languages fluently, strike at enemy targets with stunning swiftness and extraordinary teamwork. He is the ultimate modern warrior: the Delta Force operator.

In this dramatic chronicle, Eric Haney, one of the founding members of Delta Force, takes us inside this legendary counterterrorist unit. Here, for the first time, are details of the grueling selection process—designed to break the strongest of men—that singles out the best of the best.

With heart-stopping immediacy, Haney tells what it’s really like to enter a hostage-held airplane. From his days in Beirut, he tells a remarkable tale of bodyguards and bombs, of a day-to-day life of madness and beauty, and of how he and a teammate are called on to kill two gunmen targeting US Marines at an airport. As part of the team sent to rescue American hostages in Tehran, Haney offers a first-person description of that failed mission that is a chilling, compelling account of a bold maneuver undone by chance—and a few fatal mistakes.

From fighting guerrilla warfare in Honduras to rescuing missionaries in Sudan and leading the way onto the island of Grenada, Haney captures the daring and discipline that distinguish the men of Delta Force. Inside Delta Force brings honor to these singular men while it puts us in the middle of around-the-world action that is sudden, frightening, and nonstop.

©2002 Eric L. Haney; Afterword 2005 by Eric L. Haney (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“The story of the US military’s elite counterterrorism warriors… Timely… fascinating… well-written.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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    Dan 05-27-12
    Dan 05-27-12
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    "Very interesting book"
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    Good reader and good story. I loved the tv show "The Unit" and when I found out it was based on this book I had to give it a listen. Some really good stories about a group of people we rarely get to hear about.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "The best military read since Rogue Warrior"

    I could not put this read, or listen if you will, down. Absolutely one of the best
    military reads since Commander Marcenko's Rogue Warrior. Command Master Sargent Haney covers everything from entering a room of bad guys with hostages to the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beruit. By the way, a fact that was not covered almost anywhere, is that all the CIA station chiefs in the Middle East where in a staff meeting in the conference room above the enterance to the Embassy at the time of the bombing!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri Clinton, CT, United States 06-02-11
    Sherri Clinton, CT, United States 06-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing story. Great reader."

    Eric Haney tells his story so naturally. It's very infectous. Wish they had some more of Eric haney's books.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Eric United States 01-17-12
    Eric United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book on the Early Days of Delta"
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    This was a great book on the beginning days of Delta. I listened to Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man, by Dalton Fury (pseudonym) the Delta Commander on the ground at Tora Bora in the beginning of the war on the Taliban and the hunt for the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks. It was interesting to see how Delta has evolved as a SF unit from the beginning days of Haney, through many missions and many sacrifices, and one of Deltas more recent missions. I think Haney's story was very informative and exciting. As well as hearing of the Ultimate Sacrifices of Deltas several members. I know these books don't touch the tip of the iceberg of what Delta is actually capable of, but what is told amazes me every time I think about it. The narrator was excellent and should narrate all audios of this type in my opinion. It's a great book and I would recommend listening to it, as well as Fury's book to see how Delta has evolved into one of the US's top SF groups. All branches of the US military have top notch SF units and even though we were behind in the formation of ours, (British SAS). I think we have the best.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Newark, NY, United States 08-17-13
    Marc Newark, NY, United States 08-17-13
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    "One of the best I've listened to"
    What made the experience of listening to Inside Delta Force the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was excellent and story was gripping.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inside Delta Force?

    The story of how Eric entered as an operator.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Eric was walking by an officer during selection phase, and was told he would fail. The mind games that were used were tremendous.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and spot on with today's unstable hot spots around the world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 05-31-13
    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 05-31-13 Member Since 2015

    So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.

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    "Interesting, but just OK"

    I enjoyed hearing the inside scoop on past, significant military conflicts, etc. but it didn't completely capture my attention. I didn't spend time during the day thinking about this story like I have with many others.

    Perhaps the biggest challenge to this book is that I had just finished listening to Fearless, the Adam Brown story. It was also about an elite military force, the Navy Seals, going into similar circumstances, but it was so much more interesting and exciting. If you want to hear good military action listen to Fearless. If you're specifically interested in Delta Force you will probably find this book by Haney enjoyable.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David CYPRESS, TX, United States 02-24-13
    David CYPRESS, TX, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2015

    I read almost exclusively non-fiction; there are so many real stories that are worth knowing, and learning from.

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    "Fascinating review of his service in Delta Force"
    What did you love best about Inside Delta Force?

    Haney talks about the personalities of the officers he served under and with, and the effect their strengths and foibles had on the unit during his tenure there. Although some online critics have questioned, or even challenged the truthfulness of his accounts, I must say that I believe his accounts of the incidents related are factual; they do not sound embellished to me, and I consider myself a skeptic. He questions the motivations behind the Top Brass in our military, and why certain missions were undertaken, e.g. Grenada, and I'm sure some of those above him in rank would have preferred his book not appear. I've looked on Amazon for a hard copy of the book to purchase, as it's worth going through again. Sadly however, it seems that the second half of the printed book lacks all the good stuff. I suppose he, or the publishers decided to skip the flack they might receive, I don't know; but in this audio book in the second part, where the actions closer to the present day occur, Haney leaves clues as to how he feels about the present day administration, and commendations for that of George W. Bush.
    This one is worth spending the time on.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The honesty of the author, and his sensitivity to the fact that he was dealing with, soldiering with, and in some cases having to take the lives of other human beings, not just cardboard targets.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Haney's welcome to the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.


    If you could give Inside Delta Force a new subtitle, what would it be?

    American counter-terrorist lives through decades of the changing role of the U.S. around the globe.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the reader did an ok job, and it wasn't hard for me to listen to, I would have enjoyed a little quicker pace. The story Eric Haney tells is more than worth putting up with a little lackluster narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Milwaukie, OR, United States 02-19-13
    Justin Milwaukie, OR, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Stay tuned to the Afterward!"

    The book gives an in depth look at how the unit was formed, how the unit was trained, and how the unit grew to adapt to its niche purpose.
    At the same time the book gives an account of how much it was misunderstood, under-appreciated initially, and in a few cases perhaps misused.

    I was particularly intrigued by Eric L. Haney's viewpoints in the afterward on America's current actions and involvements in the war-on-terror. He has a unique worldview that most of us would find difficult to grasp, but at the same time has an inside look at the motives behind Americas actions in the war-on-terror.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Scotch Plains, NJ, United States 09-18-12
    Michael Scotch Plains, NJ, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself! - i'm Mike

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    "Wow! what a thrill"

    This book made me wish for traffic jams so that I could listen to it more. It's a first hand account of the selection, training and day-to-day operations of the most elite military group in the US. Fantastic listen and an excellent narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bethany 09-17-12
    Bethany 09-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Inside the sleeper"
    What disappointed you about Inside Delta Force?

    The narration put me to sleep.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Parts of the story seemed overly detailed and other parts under detailed.


    What didn’t you like about Robertson Dean’s performance?

    His voice is so monotonous.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story itself was interesting and to a military history buff would be both enlightening and enjoyable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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