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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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    Leah F. 02-19-13
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    "Hard to get into, but really good."

    I was tempted to give up after the first 40 minutes, but I'm so glad I stuck it out. This is a very interesting story once you get into it. It's intense and very descriptive. Haney describes both the formation of the unit and the kinds of mission they went on, ranging from rescuing hostages to assaulting hi-jacked airplanes. As I listened, the dangers in the book felt completely real. I highly recommend it!

    The information is presented in a very straightforward way, in unflourished language. Haney also gives the reader in insider's look at the strange type of humor that those in the military enjoy. Unlike some other reviewers, I wouldn't describe this as a "how-to" book. Although there are definitely things to be learned from it, I don't think any average person would learn enough to do anything useful with the information.

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    Dorothy Hinton, AB, Canada 02-19-13
    Dorothy Hinton, AB, Canada 02-19-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Our world today is safer thanks to these warriors"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. We should all have great respect for the military we seldom hear about. All of the Special Opps qualify for this .


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    So well done it is hard to stop listening till the end.


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Would not seem as real.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Comfort in the fact that terrorism is dealt with - we just don't know about it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Sarasota, FL, United States 02-14-13
    Todd Sarasota, FL, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Naration matters."
    Would you try another book from Eric L. Haney and/or Robertson Dean?

    This book was a clear and concise account of the stand up and early history of Delta Force. It was very well written withour glorification or "cheese." I really enjoyed it and would read other books from this author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the clear picture of the selection and training process for Delta Force.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robertson Dean?

    Although Robertson Dean's narration might have been well suited to the author's attitude, I wished for more inflection.


    Was Inside Delta Force worth the listening time?

    Definitely!


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    Drew 02-09-13
    Drew 02-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome book, that is surprisingly humorous."
    If you could sum up Inside Delta Force in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, educational, and funny


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I loved the detail that went into the training and selection process.


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    Great


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed on many occasions.


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    Steven 02-04-13
    Steven 02-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Listen. Very Interesting point of view."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved the personal touch that the author gave to his story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author makes you realize that its not just guns and tech that make some one a Delta Force member. The people and their training are the real weapon.


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    The authors intonation made each character clear.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I had no idea that the US used Delta in their protection details!


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    M. Rondeau West Springfield, MA United States 01-19-13
    M. Rondeau West Springfield, MA United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fascinating Information"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inside Delta Force to be better than the print version?

    I never read the printed version


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

    The intense training


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Clear and concisely verbal content.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last day of training on the 40 mile trek.


    Any additional comments?

    I was rather expecting a rough and tumble fictionalized battle type story. I was not expecting the details it took to become a Delta Force member. I kept waiting for the war story and excitement to begin, however I soon realized this wasn't going to happen but by then I was rather intrigued by the background and other bits of information about weapons, and physical as well as emotional elements that went into the men who became members of the Delta force unit.

    I actually enjoyed this even though it was not light entertainment as I originally thought but I was soon captivated by the lessons in history, and knowledge gained that gives me a better idea of the brave men who help guard this country. This book was very good and I would highly recommend it with the caveat that it is more biographic than a fictionalized story.

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    Anthony 01-02-13
    Anthony 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Intense and informative"

    It is always interesting to see inside an organization, warts and all. Eric does a great job of showing us what the Delta Force is and isn't without taking away from the great deeds and sacrifices of the men and women that are willing to do whatever it take to preserve our freedom and safety. Thanks for the book!

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    sean bronx, NY, United States 12-31-12
    sean bronx, NY, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Nicely done all around."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inside Delta Force to be better than the print version?

    very similar experience


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    good detailed first person narrative, you almost feel what Haney is going through.


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    he does a good job with all characters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    a few laughs. not much of a crier


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.
    Some contradiction out there between Haney and Military. Haney's vivd imagination? Goverment does have a way of distorting and covering up facts. Hell, they kept cland ops secret for years. you decide.

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    Cessna 11-13-12
    Cessna 11-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Delta Force = Counterterrorist"
    What did you love best about Inside Delta Force?

    All the information I learned


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I am safer with existence of Delta Force. They are the best at recovering a highjacked aircraft.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he spoke about how Snipers are psycologically chosen.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That Delta Force short gunners learn to shoot looking at the target not the sight on the gun.


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    David Crested Butte, CO, United States 10-29-12
    David Crested Butte, CO, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story from somebody on the inside"
    Would you listen to Inside Delta Force again? Why?

    I think once was enough for this one.


    What other book might you compare Inside Delta Force to and why?

    Fighter Pilot, see below.


    Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think he also did "Fighter Pilot" which was in a similar vein (military history)


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I wasn't really sure what Delta Force was about. I'm thankful that we have them.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of the book--more than half--is about the grueling training that Haney went thru to become an operator. Some of this got a bit tedious at times. I might have preferred more stories about the operations. Still, this is an amazing story, told well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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