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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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    Paul Duluth, MN, United States 09-08-12
    Paul Duluth, MN, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    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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    Tom Colleyville, TX, United States 08-28-12
    Tom Colleyville, TX, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Inside Delta Force in three words, what would they be?

    Inside Delta Force is captivating, and informative. All Americans should read or listen to this book; we take freedom for granted. Freedom comes at the cost of personal sacrifice of men and women of great character. There is NO entitlement in this book.


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    Amazon Customer Coastal North Carolina 08-20-12
    Amazon Customer Coastal North Carolina 08-20-12
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    "Fascinating true story with inside info"

    A well written, interesting story. My husband I enjoyed listening to it on a road trip, and it made for good discussion afterwards. The inside info from events we recalled reading about or seeing on the news was pretty enlightening and even scary at times. The author talked about the human emotions involved in his work, which often involved killing, yet he also demonstrated a sense of humor regarding other things. The narrator's voice sometimes seemed a bit slow but did not detract.

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    Amazon Customer 08-18-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you want to read about the lives of our soldiers. it is interesting to know the level of commitment it takes to be the best. these men are amoung the best at what they do. i am glad that we have such commited men and women here in the United States.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the first hand account about the people, the different perisonallities that make up our special forces, and the important work that they do. I thank GOD that we have such men and women.


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

    the oppertunity to here the story. i do not have much time to sit and read, so as i am driving, i listen to books.


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

    yes, and i will listen to it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi K Orange Park, Florida United States 08-16-12
    Cyndi K Orange Park, Florida United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Inside Delta Force in three words, what would they be?

    great insight into the training and life of delta member


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eric Haney


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    I liked it


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

    the selection process


    Any additional comments?

    Have a Goodn'

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    Carol 08-13-12
    Carol 08-13-12
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    What an extra ordinary American - as are all the men and women who serve this country in the most dangerous places. He is remarkable. I wish there had been more about his personal life. I come from a military family and could identify with many of the sacrifices of Eric Haney. I really enjoyed this book.

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    M.Chris United States 08-13-12
    M.Chris United States 08-13-12
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    What did you love best about Inside Delta Force?

    This is a great book! If you like Military History this is a must read! A good look into the very secret community of special operations.


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    Paul J. Wheeler Charlotte, NC USA 08-09-12
    Paul J. Wheeler Charlotte, NC USA 08-09-12 Listener Since 2009

    I love reading and I love Audible. Their fantasy and Sci-Fi selection is excellent!

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    "Interesting Book"

    This is the first military type book I've read in Audible and I enjoyed it. I feel like the details were really packed in the beginning of the book about the creation of Delta Force but seemed to be less dense towards the end. I liked the personality of the author and the tone of the book. I haven't read any other books of this kind so don't have much to compare it to, but found it really interesting.

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    WILLIAM PLUMMER, ID, United States 08-07-12
    WILLIAM PLUMMER, ID, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "UNABLE GET THE SECOND TO WORK"
    Would you listen to Inside Delta Force again? Why?

    TRY DOWNLOADING TWICE, ON EITHER THE SECOND PART WORK


    What did you like best about this story?

    HOW THE GROUP FORMED AND THE TEST THEY HAD TO PASS


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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