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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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So Few Protecting the Many!

This book reports on the use of drones as a tool against bad people and the price paid by the few that fight to protect the majority. It is informative and a must read to learn about the smart well trained and dedicated modern warrior.

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Excellent book, kept me engaged the whole time.

Thank you for your service and dedication. my family praise for the men and women that serve for our country, I've taught my son's the importance of our freedom... ❤

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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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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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Interesting Read. Opens eyes on drone warfare.

Not necessarily what I expected. Thought this would be more into the details of drones. Does provide some background on how drones are leveraged within military to spy and protect our service people on the ground. The little details this book provided shows a totally different landscape of the military tools. It does also show how dangerous this weapon can be in the wrong hands. You can see how the technology has progressed. Provided some insight on how military personnel are impacted by round-the- clock surveillance.

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A books that truly changes you for the Better

I have read so many books about our U.S. capability and servicemen. however this is one that you will have to read if you wanna know about our service men and what they are doing to keep us safe. If you are considering joining the military or just want a better understanding of our capability in the world You have come to the right book. To the author thank you for writing this... It is long past time someone gave your position the words it deserves. However he left me wanting more as any great book goes.

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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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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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Interesting View into Intel Analyst's experience with RPA

Insightful view into how Special Operators use Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). Quick and easy read and flowed well. Interesting transition that he made going from the military to civilian uses of RPA technology, and uses that transition to push the technology to more than military applications. Good companion to the book Hunter Killer by McCurley and Predator by Whittle.

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  • 08-09-17

Great

What did you like most about Drone Warrior?

Its a great insight into the new type of warfare. despite the censors hacking at it he trys his best to tell us how it is. its is computers, algorithms and unmanned sensors.....

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Author

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Hiding in the toilet

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Life and Death from Above