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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.

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“The story of the US military’s elite counterterrorism warriors… Timely… fascinating… well-written.” ( Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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  • Michael
  • Scotch Plains, NJ, United States
  • 09-18-12

Wow! what a thrill

This book made me wish for traffic jams so that I could listen to it more. It's a first hand account of the selection, training and day-to-day operations of the most elite military group in the US. Fantastic listen and an excellent narration.

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  • Joanna
  • SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States
  • 09-01-12

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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  • Wayne
  • St. Albert, AB, Canada
  • 08-27-12

book more realistic than TV adaptation (the Unit)

What did you love best about Inside Delta Force?

seemed very believable ... unit members were courageous warriors and not gun happy cowboys

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

a bit bland

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Very interesting book

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Good reader and good story. I loved the tv show "The Unit" and when I found out it was based on this book I had to give it a listen. Some really good stories about a group of people we rarely get to hear about.

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  • Paul
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 07-25-11

A view into what it takes to become a Delta Opr.

This audio book was a great listen.

I only wish that there was as more to the actual missions in the last third of the book. For example, the author describes in great detail all the team members in Beirut, but once all of that is done, offers a cursory summary of the type of events they went through in Beirut instead of actual missions. In fact much of the action is based on Delta forces working with operators they trained in other countries.

After listening to all the selection and training that made these heroes great, I would like to hear about one of their missions that actually executed end to end.

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  • Brock
  • DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain
  • 05-31-13

Interesting, but just OK

I enjoyed hearing the inside scoop on past, significant military conflicts, etc. but it didn't completely capture my attention. I didn't spend time during the day thinking about this story like I have with many others.

Perhaps the biggest challenge to this book is that I had just finished listening to Fearless, the Adam Brown story. It was also about an elite military force, the Navy Seals, going into similar circumstances, but it was so much more interesting and exciting. If you want to hear good military action listen to Fearless. If you're specifically interested in Delta Force you will probably find this book by Haney enjoyable.

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The Beginnings of the First Special Ops

I found the memoir, Inside Delta Force, to be an informative book of how and why the Delta Force was begun. The author, Robertson Dean, takes the reader through the selection process to the grueling physical requirements needed to become a member of the first elite special ops force ever in America. The army knew there was a need for this small but excellently trained group of men to fight counterterrorism. The tides of war were changing and the army was prepared to meet it head on. Their training continued to teach them as well as to train them to near perfection in many areas of conflict that they would encounter while serving with Delta Force. The Delta Force did their training in real life situations where live ammunition was used. There was training for high-jacked airplanes, close quarter combat for other situations where there was hostage involvement. Sniper's would spend long hours watching and waiting but would not need to shoot. However, they used this time to watch and learn about the operations of the enemy. That information could prove invaluable to the unit. They were also taught how to spy because there would be times that spying may be an intricate part of their mission.

What I found to be missing in Robertson Dean's memoir was wartime action. He described the places Delta Force had operated but did not include how the battles were fought, whether it was face to face combat or gathering information and having the known factor that he may get caught. Would the other member's of Delta Force plan a rescue operation and initiate the extraction of their captured brother.

The memoir was well written and easy to understand to be filed away and remembered at another time. The character's were not well developed but were included in such a way that they did not work together in true action. There was no excitement that created my needed edge of the seat listen. I like to have thrilling action when I read a novel or memoir concerning an elite unit of the military. I had never read about the Delta Force before and that is why I chose this book to read. I did get a comparison and contrast of the military's elite forces as to how they became that emulated member of Delta Force.

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Remarkable story- excellent performance

Inspirational story, made me want to go for a ruckmarch.
I enjoyed the story as well as the voice with the appropriate amount of emphasis without overly dramatic music or sound effects.

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Boring

Terrible narrative and not a very exciting read despite the title. Also very dated considering all that’s happened since.

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Superb Reading and eye opening closing

I started reading this book with an intention of reading about the elite combat unit called Delta Force Team. What I got back was much, much more.
Erick Haney shows the beginnings of the Delta Force, but then went to talk about events I listen to on tv or read about in news papers/magazines as I was in my late teens and early 20’s. It is refreshing and exciting to see the account from someone who was there, from the inside.
His explanation of what is at the root of the Arab issue alone, makes this book worth reading.