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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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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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    PC 08-06-12
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    "First-Person History of Delta Force"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inside Delta Force to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


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

    Delta Force selection and training experiences, especially the final test, a very long cross-country march.


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    Positive and convincing tone in the narration.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The inside story of Delta Force


    Any additional comments?

    It was most enjoyable to listen to a credible inside story of the founding of Delta Force.

    I wish our government was as competent and honorable as these people.

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    Wm 08-06-12
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    "Not much meat and potatoes"
    What did you like best about Inside Delta Force? What did you like least?

    There is nothing in this book of the exploits of Delta Force. It is, for the most, part a story of how the author gained entry into the ranks of this organization. It is not a story of Delta Force.


    Was Inside Delta Force worth the listening time?

    It was a good story, just not the story I was expecting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matt STILLWATER, MINNESOTA, United States 08-06-12
    Matt STILLWATER, MINNESOTA, United States 08-06-12
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    "Awesome Book"

    If you are interested in military at all you will love this book! Very fun one to listen to.

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    Jeffrey Petaluma, CA, United States 08-06-12
    Jeffrey Petaluma, CA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very cool. I want to be him."

    The story goes from before he enters selection to Delta force to after he retires and has some great stories in between!

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    josh dekalb, IL, United States 08-04-12
    josh dekalb, IL, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Training to kill never sounded so fun"

    Good book goes into the formation of Delta force and the selection process. Robertson Dean has a low almost Andre the Giant quality of his voice and is always good for military books. Also doing practice door breaches with actual people in to room, with live rounds can only be described in one way.

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    Chad United States 07-30-12
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    "Amazing story, a must listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to Inside Delta Force the most enjoyable?

    This kind of material can be dry if not presented in the right way. The author and nararator did an excellent job of balancing the humor along with the action and hard facts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed following his journey in the selection process for Delta Force membership. I found myself cheering him along the way.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I had a hard time not wanting to keep listening to it for hours. Really sucks you in.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well done and you will walk away looking at how our country and it's elite special forces take care of some sticky scenarios life throws at you.

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    Patricia Geneva, Illinois, United States 04-18-12
    Patricia Geneva, Illinois, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Hats off to these guys!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, found it very interesting, informative, and reassuring. It was very well done.


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

    What sticks in my mind the most is that our government prevented them from doing what they trained them to do --to save the lives of the POW's was a big one. Hard to understandhow anything could matter more than that. Very impressed with many aspects of their training. I did not realize the significance of our special forces. I have started listening to another similar one, different area of the military, but not as good as this one.


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

    The main character.


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

    Unknown, unappreciated men of honor and excellence.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it, and am so thankful for each and every one who serves our nation like The Delta Force.

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    S. Keefe Phoenix, AZ USA 04-18-12
    S. Keefe Phoenix, AZ USA 04-18-12 Member Since 2004
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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who hasn't read any books about the Navy SEALs or Special Forces.


    What was most disappointing about Eric L. Haney???s story?

    It wasn't that exciting. It was filled with mundane events and conversations obviously put in just for filler.


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

    I don't have a favorite but definitely someone who has more experience. He sounds like this is maybe his first attempt. He needs a lot of practice and or training before he should be turned loose.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I can appreciate the men who serve not only in Special Forces but in the military period. Thanks for bringing them to our attention.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read several books on the Navy SEALs and compared to what they go through becoming a member of Delta Force seems like Boy Scout Camp.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Turpin, OK, United States 01-11-12
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    Would you listen to Inside Delta Force again? Why?

    His personal knowledge of Delta Force.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book very much. I would much rather hear about it from someone that lived it than someone that just watched and then wrote about it. If I wanted a documentary, I'd watch the History Chanel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David TURPIN, OKLAHOMA, United States 01-11-12
    David TURPIN, OKLAHOMA, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    His personal knowledge of Delta Force.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book very much. I would much rather hear about it from someone that lived it than someone that just watched and then wrote about it. If I wanted a documentary, I'd watch the History Chanel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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