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On August 6, 2011 - three months after members of Navy SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden - Taliban forces took down a United States helicopter, call sign Extortion 17. The attack killed the Air National Guard crew, seven unidentified members of the Afghan military, and 17 members of Navy SEAL Team Six - warrior brothers from the same team that had killed Osama Bin Laden just 90 days prior. Were the seven Afghan soldiers aboard that helicopter really undercover Taliban who either maneuvered the chopper within easy range of being shot down or sabotaged it from within? Were the SEALs sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and deliberately flown into a known Taliban hot zone?

Don Brown, a former US Navy JAG officer stationed at the Pentagon and a former special assistant United States attorney, re-creates the wartime action, tells the life stories of the elite warriors our nation lost on that day and tears apart the official military explanation of the incident contained in the infamous Colt Report, which reveals either gross incompetence or a massive cover-up.

©2015 Don Brown (P)2015 Tantor

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Conspiratorial prattle

What disappointed you about Call Sign Extortion 17?

It is like a commercial for conspiracy theories. His idea is, "if you say it 100 times, someone will believe it". His lack of knowledge on special ops is glaringly obvious. Other than a few of the families of the dead, there is not much to be heard from the seal community past or present. His theory about the National Guard pilots is bogus. The CSAR special operations units are almost completely made up of Air National guard units. The seal platoon were on QRF duty that night. The helicopters do not drop of QRF away from the fight. CH - 47 are and have been commonly used to insert spec ops and QRF troops in Afghanistan due to better altitude performance than MH - 60 blackhawks. 160th SOAR units were not always available. The author disregards the amount of experience of the co-pilot(CWO-4) with lots of flight hours including combat in order to push his point of pilot inexperience. As for the Colt report, this is not the first time an after action report/incident investigation has been blundered by flag officers who push pens for a living. The passing mentions that bullets were found in the seals' bodies during autopsy attributed to british news reports indicating that the "mysterious 7 afghans" somehow gunned down 2 seal platoons on board the helicopter before it crashed. I have read almost every book available about the seal community in combat in Afghanistan, most written be actual combatants, not a former low level JAG Lt. who writes almost all fictional thrillers. The seals have been taking afghan commandos on ops with them for several years. They vette and train them themselves before taking afghans into combat. The idea of the swapping of afghan units to some unknown group is ridiculous and further explained in a congressional hearing into the shoot down. I could go on but I would have to write my own book.

What was most disappointing about Don Brown’s story?

He denigrates the memory of these selfless soldiers and continues the grief of all of their families with this rag of a conspiracy theory.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill Thatcher?

Anyone. He excises sinister tones when talking about the few key points the officer tries to make. I guess he is just doing the job he is being paid to do. Just like a B movie actor in a really bad movie.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. He got my $14 and I can't get that or the wasted time back. Next time I will do the research on the author before buying another book from Audible.

Any additional comments?

I wonder if anyone at audible proof read this book. You have made available many great books written by combatants and people who have spent much of their lives writing about military history. This book and the subsequent book written by Aaron Vaughn's father are not one of them. They do no service to your subscribing members, nor the country as a whole. I would hope that in the future you would do better to consider this before helping a man like Don Brown put money in his pocket. It will only help him further his conspiracy theory ranting.

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Avoid it, unless you enjoy conspiracy theories.

This book is unbearably repetitive and relies on political bias instead of good journalism.

Skip it, and listen instead to Ed Darak’s “The Final Flight of Extortion 17.”

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Get your facts straight don

I had to stop listening about 4 minutes in. facts are so far off it hurt.

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Too repetative and focused on smeer agenda

What disappointed you about Call Sign Extortion 17?

I hoped the book would tell the story of what lead up to and the events that unfolded with Extortion 17. I did not expect the book to be so completely focused on the expose of what the author obviously believes was abject failure and repetitive condemnation of those in charge (truly repetitively hammering away at the same notion over-and-over, in the same chapter as if it were not said a short time before).

What could Don Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Tell the story and let the reader/listener come to the best conclusion. Repetition and hammering away at the reader as if they would not get it, is not an approach that works for me.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narrator voice was okay. The reading okay, but their emphasis on the parts that were irritating may have played a part in my distain for the audio book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Call Sign Extortion 17?

The conspiracy framed approach (e.g. the 7mysterious Afgans) and references to the "pink elephant in the room" (cover ups?), having being explained repetitively in the first 4 chapters had me so irritated that I just stopped the book and I will not finish it.

Any additional comments?

I wasted my money and after having listened to a dozen great books on Audible, this was the first stinker and one that has me rethinking how I will pick books before buying.

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Just awful

Dan has an agenda. His arguments are illogical and he's pushing that conspiracy agenda full throttle. I was hoping for facts that i could interpret for myself but every angle he pushes ive had to play the devil's advocate on and take the other side just to counter balance his bias. I've even tried to enjoy this as a work of fiction but can't. He's a fiction writer and his approach to facts is fiction-like. He keeps asking the same questions in different ways. Enough with the seven Afghans already! WE GET IT!!! They represent an unexplained anomaly among even more anomalies. It's as if he's venting his frustrations at what he perceives as a coverup and this is his only way to deal with it. Even if it is a coverup, I'm far too intelligent for the over-the-top fictitious and repetitive way you presented it. You're an angry American who is incensed and you feel that you're entitled to do something about this situation that you have nothing to do with. Go become a policy maker, make your changes, but don't vent on my credit.

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Terrible Listen

The author tries to make questionable links to unrelated situations and regurgitates 3 main items over and over. The topic does have merit, but an overall horrible delivery. Pass this audio book immediately.

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he wants the military to be guilty of wrong doing

he gives all the benefits of doubt to the green pilot and none to the investigation. The author wants to push you to a guilty military or wrong doing.

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interesting approach

unsubstantiated allegations throughout. Author clearly portrayed his lack of knowledge and awareness on all aspects of reality when discussing operation roles in combat.

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Tin hat conspiracy theroy.

I usually would listen to the entire work before passing judgement, but when the author degrades the service of fallen heroes in the first 2 minutes of the piece, I have to say pass on this tin hat conspiracy POS. Speculating that the Extortion-17 pilot was thinking about his son instead of the mission at hand, implying that he was both irresponsible and unfit for his duty. Having know personally the brave men and women in JSOC and their supporting elements, I find it hard to believe this trash even was published. Anything for a buck, huh brown.

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WTF REALLY HAPPENED?!?!

Another awesome book on Seals. I pray the truth of how and why they all died will finally come to fruition now that this book was released. What to do now AMERICA?????? Somebody, somewhere. HAS TO KNOW SOMETHING. We are not ignorant. God bless the families of those Troops.

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