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 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.
Yes. We should all have great respect for the military we seldom hear about. All of the Special Opps qualify for this .
So well done it is hard to stop listening till the end.
Would not seem as real.
Comfort in the fact that terrorism is dealt with - we just don't know about it.
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.
I liked the clear picture of the selection and training process for Delta Force.
Although Robertson Dean's narration might have been well suited to the author's attitude, I wished for more inflection.
I loved the personal touch that the author gave to his 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.
The authors intonation made each character clear.
I had no idea that the US used Delta in their protection details!
I never read the printed version
The intense training
Clear and concisely verbal content.
The last day of training on the 40 mile trek.
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.
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!
very similar experience
good detailed first person narrative, you almost feel what Haney is going through.
he does a good job with all characters
a few laughs. not much of a crier
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.
All the information I learned
I am safer with existence of Delta Force. They are the best at recovering a highjacked aircraft.
When he spoke about how Snipers are psycologically chosen.
That Delta Force short gunners learn to shoot looking at the target not the sight on the gun.
I think once was enough for this one.
Fighter Pilot, see below.
I think he also did "Fighter Pilot" which was in a similar vein (military history)
I wasn't really sure what Delta Force was about. I'm thankful that we have them.
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.
I prefer not to listen to audio books more than once. However, I would recommend this book to others.
The inside story about the house where they train to rescue hostages is fascinating. I still find it hard to believe this stuff went on with real bullets.
Also, it was very interesting hearing the inside story of the failed Iran Hostage rescue attempt from one of the leaders of the rescue attempt.
The first time they went through the hostage rescue house when they had no idea what to expect, was riveting.
How to adjust your bearings when you are lost in the woods.
Worth reading for anyone who enjoys military history.
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