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)
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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.
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.
No, I normally don't listen to anything twice.
His reading style is enjoyable and there weren't any annoying habits I've run into with other readers.
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!
I would recommend this book to people who are interested in special forces operations.
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.
It was read well, but nothing special about it.
Seriously? What the hell kind of question is that?
Love this book!
This was an extraordinary listen; the narrator was very, very good. The story kept me listening.
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!
Thank you for giving so much for our feedom!
Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!
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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