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.
“The story of the US military’s elite counterterrorism warriors… Timely… fascinating… well-written.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
I have to start with how much I appreciate men like Hanley and those who served with him. These men are our true super heroes. My thanks to them.
Now to the book, I thought it was going to be dry with a lot of bragging like Richard Marcinko's. It was not, this book was entertaining. I could really relate to the training and how exhausting it was. Even the guys that wash out get my admiration. The part about the op's changed my view of politics and world history in the 1980's. What made this book the most real for me was how used up Hanley was at the end of his career. I would recommend this to any one wanting more insight into the spec ops world or the Reagan area.
I didn't think I'd be interested in the parts of the book that talked about the early days of Delta and how it formed, but they were well written and engaging. The selection process was very interesting and worth hearing. However, as soon as he was done talking about that and got into the real world operations of Delta the book became incredibly boring and failed to keep me interested. I would have stopped listening, but I'd paid for it so I kept at it hoping it would get better towards the end, but it did not.
I am intrigued by terrorism and secret Delta Force organizations, This book told just enough to keep you interested and still private enough to not blow any national secrets.
I appreciated that even though it is a personal memoir, it wasn't 'me me me', but mostly stores of "my team". This is very much like Airline pilot Captain Sullenberger's book, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters
As a military veteran myself, having been through boot camp and training camp (although NOTHING like he chronicles, thank goodness), I found the beginning passages about the selection process interesting and something I could (somewhat) identify with.
Any naysayers who think CSM Haney (Retired) is just puffing himself up in this book need to remember this is HIS perspective of HIS experiences.It is really a balanced look back at his time in the Army.
I also think he is SPOT on in his observations in the epilogue about our nation's greatest threats.
well if i could sum up delta force in 3 words with a minimum of 15 words and 25 characters, i'd say that is nonsensical. have a good-un.
Eric Haney tells it like it is. His recalling of going through "Selection" was awesome. His stories of missions he went on were enough to make me sit in the car with the engine running for "just a few more minutes". His insight on terrorism made me sit up and listen.
Now for the narrator: I don't care for the style of Mr. Dean. He reminds me so much of the kid in class who reads every word exactly as it is on the page.
Eric Haney provides interesting insight into one of the many aspects of special operations we like to read about. I know that his book is taken a lot of heat from those inside and outside of the community, but I found the story speak consistently entertaining and worthy of listing from beginning to end. The narration of this book is first-rate, and it is sure to keep anyone interested in the topic wrapped-up in the events clear to the end.
Captivating. Worthy. Great.
My main beef with Robertson's performance in this audiobook was that he didn't really put any emotions into the characters' lines. It wasn't that the audiobook was boring to listen to, I just wasn't really fond of the performance done by Dean.
I wouldn't say "extreme". But there are some moments that shocked me. Mainly the death of Haney's comrades in the unit.
Give it a buy. It's got some insight on units around the world similar to Delta Force. Other Delta operations, and it's interesting to see a closer look on the life of one of these guys during their service.
this was a very good book that give you onsite view into several operations and it is very good read
Yes, there is a lot of interesting information.
All the different types of training that he went through is very interesting and down right cool.
This was one of the most interesting books I have listened to and gave me an even higher respect for these operators.
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