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Drone Warrior Audiobook

Drone Warrior: An Elite Soldier's Inside Account of the Hunt for America's Most Dangerous Enemies

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Publisher's Summary

A former Delta Force black ops member takes us inside America's covert drone war in this headline-making, never-before-told account for fans of Zero Dark Thirty and Lone Survivor, told by a Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal writer and filled with eye-opening and sure to be controversial details.

For nearly a decade, Brett Velicovich was at the center of America's new warfare: using unmanned aerial vehicles - drones - to take down the world's deadliest terrorists across the globe. One of an elite handful in the entire military with the authority to select targets and issue death orders, he worked in concert with the full human and technological network of American intelligence - assets, analysts, spies, informants - and the military's elite operatives to stalk, capture, and eliminate high-value targets in al-Qaeda and ISIS.

In this remarkable book, cowritten with journalist Christopher S. Stewart, Velicovich offers unprecedented perspective on the remarkably complex nature of drone operations and the rigorous and wrenching decisions behind them. In intimate, gripping detail, he shares action-packed insider stories of the most coordinated, advanced, and secret missions that neutralized terrorists, preserved the lives of US and international warriors across the globe, and saved countless innocents in the hottest conflict zones today.

Drone Warrior also chronicles the US military's evolution in the past decade and the technology driving it. Velicovich considers the future it foretells and speaks candidly on the physical and psychological toll it exacts, including the impact on his own life. He reminds us that while these machines can kill, they can also be used productively to improve and preserve life, including protecting endangered species, work he is engaged in today.

Joining warfare classics such as American Sniper, Lone Survivor, and No Easy Day, Drone Warrior is the definitive account of our nation's capacity and capability for war in the modern age.

©2017 Brett Velicovich and Christopher S. Stewar (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    "If You Like War Stories, You'll Enjoy This Book."

    If you are familiar with most books in this category you will know that a majority of them are written by the special operators themselves, however, this book gives an entirely new and (very) interesting perspective as it sheds light on the drone/intel side of the war on terror. This book helps the reader/listener get a better idea of what drones do and how drone strikes are conducted. While the author isn't in "direct action," that doesn't mean there aren't just as many interesting and exciting stories in the book. I also thought the narrator did an excellent job.
    Bottom Line - if you enjoy books in this category, you will enjoy this book

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    "For the better good!"

    Great insight into a world that we were never told about. The ending is best!!!

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    Richard 07-24-17
    Richard 07-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Compelling"

    Kept me engaged throughout. As a former soldier decades past in Southeast Asia, I was enthralled with the technology available to the warfighter today.

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    TAG P. South Carolina, US 08-09-17
    TAG P. South Carolina, US 08-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Must read!!"

    Absolute best read ever! I've read every military book there is. This one tops them all so far. I love this author and the way he writes .

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    "Brilliant writing, definitely binge- worthy"

    This insider view of a soldier's story in modern warfare is beautifully written. This opened my eyes to both the secrets of advanced technology warfare and the mind on the warfighter. The performance was well spoken and kept me listening throughout!

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    Steven 06-30-17
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    "Thoroughly engrossing story."
    Would you listen to Drone Warrior again? Why?

    I enjoyed every minute of the book. From beginning to end it held my attention. Without giving away classified information, the author manages to convey the sophistication of the military drone inventory and the skills required to utilize them. It is much bigger and more complicated than I had imagined. But What a surveillance tool. It is like a video game in God Mode.


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

    They are watching


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    Reader 06-27-17
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    "***** 5 STARS *****"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Drone Warrior to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    A unique account of drone technology in war and other creative applications.


    Which character – as performed by Brett Velicovich and Roger Wayne – was your favorite?

    Brett!


    If you could give Drone Warrior a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Prepare to be blown away!


    Any additional comments?

    A must-read, page-turner!

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    Marty R. Smith Florida 10-07-17
    Marty R. Smith Florida 10-07-17 Member Since 2007
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    wellsryanj 10-01-17
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    "Phenomenal Story..."

    About the psychological toll has on not just the soldiers on the ground, but those who conduct operations from the "box". Very fascinating to see the growth of drones and the expansion from fighting the war on terror to helping conservation efforts across the world. This was an excellent book that was narrated very well. If you are interested in military history and want a topic that not much is known on, I would highly recommend this book. I believe that this book will be referenced regularly in the years to come as the way wars are fought continue to evolve.

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    Wil 09-29-17
    Wil 09-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I want to listen to this again and again"

    Great narration and well written; the suspense had me hooked. What a crazy life to live, this is a great look into modern warfare and the view from someone working in a controversial position. Would definitely recommend

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