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Inside Delta Force Audiobook

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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    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.

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    Mr. V 10-27-12
    Mr. V 10-27-12

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    "Very interesting."
    Would you listen to Inside Delta Force again? Why?

    I prefer not to listen to audio books more than once. However, I would recommend this book to others.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first time they went through the hostage rescue house when they had no idea what to expect, was riveting.


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

    How to adjust your bearings when you are lost in the woods.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth reading for anyone who enjoys military history.

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    Mike Rapolas Winter Haven, FL United States 10-01-12
    Mike Rapolas Winter Haven, FL United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Read"
    What did you love best about Inside Delta Force?

    I really enjoyed this book. It gave a different perspective of the war. But it lacked in depth descriptions of his training. Otherwise I would recommend it.


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    Michael D. Sackett Sterling Heights, MI USA 09-24-12
    Michael D. Sackett Sterling Heights, MI USA 09-24-12

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    "Great Story"
    Would you listen to Inside Delta Force again? Why?

    No, I normally don't listen to anything twice.


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

    His reading style is enjoyable and there weren't any annoying habits I've run into with other readers.


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    Gary 09-12-12
    Gary 09-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Very fascinating. Very insightful."

    It was a pleasure to listen to and to hear about.
    I think all aspects of this book are commendable.
    I had no idea this guy had experienced so many of those critical missions.

    This is THE dude to get the story from!

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    Francisco Pasig City, Philippines 09-11-12
    Francisco Pasig City, Philippines 09-11-12
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    "Possibily the best military book I've read so far"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to people who are interested in special forces operations.


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

    This book is written so well that it would make you feel as if you're actually going through selection and deployment yourself. It's very detailed but not so much that it would bore you.


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

    It was read well, but nothing special about it.


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

    Seriously? What the hell kind of question is that?


    Any additional comments?

    Love this book!

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    deborah 09-09-12
    deborah 09-09-12
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    "Excellent"
    Where does Inside Delta Force rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an extraordinary listen; the narrator was very, very good. The story kept me listening.


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

    yes


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    Paul Duluth, MN, United States 09-08-12
    Paul Duluth, MN, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "To much training story in the beginning"
    What made the experience of listening to Inside Delta Force the most enjoyable?

    I hate to write anything bad about someone who has devoted his life to his country, but then I think the author would be insulted if I was honest with him. First half of the book covered training but it had to many details about it. Maybe the author made him I don't know but I thought that it could have been reduced.

    Second half of the book was what I had expected, great read!


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for giving so much for our feedom!

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    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 09-01-12
    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2015

    Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!

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    "The Tip of the Iceburg"

    If you are intrigued by, and have a special admiration for the special ops divisions of our country's armed forces, this is a worthwhile read. It did leave me a little disappointed that the author didn't really describe any major (or even many minor) missions that the Delta Force unit carried out, but it is still interesting.

    The entire first Part of the download is dedicated to Haney's description of his experience of being selected to apply to be a part of this elite unit of soldiers. He goes into an hour by hour detailed story of the extraordinarily rigorous testing phase that the original hopefuls went through to weed out those who would be chosen to continue on to be trained as Delta Force soldiers, and those who would wash out. It is engaging and certainly gives the reader a clear picture of the physical and mental strength required of these men to even be considered to serve in this unit. The group begins with over 100 candidates, and by the end of the testing phase, less than two dozen remain to move on.

    The further story of the extensive training that these men go through is remarkable, and can't help but give the reader an intense admiration for all that Delta Force soldiers must learn to become such elite warriors.

    After this, however, the book becomes very weak, and the second Part of the download consists entirely of short anecdotes of small missions, the lifestyle of a Delta soldier, and Haney's personal experience with his assignments(locations.) Honestly, it really isn't that interesting. I was craving more. He would write that one of the most frequent use of their skills was in aircraft hijackings, but he never told a really thrilling story of one of these missions. It began to seem as though this information might be classified, and that he was limited in how much information he could disclose. Again, this was disappointing. If you are hoping for a thrilling story similar to Acts of Valor, this is not the book for you.

    However, once of the best parts of the entire listen is the epilogue in which Haney gives a very insightful opinion from his first-hand knowledge of the fighting in the Middle East, and gives an explanation of why our country is in Iraq, and took out Sadaam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. (He does includes the actual account of Bin Laden's assasination, which is much more informative than what we know from the news.) His explanation of why we are in Iraq, his opinion of the future of the stability of the Middle East, and his view of what is necessary to create world stability and truly combat terrorism is one that every American should hear and understand. It is a worthy listen for this small section alone.

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