The Night Stalkers: Top-Secret Missions of the U.S. Army's Special Operations Aviation Regiment

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From the authors of the bestselling In the Company of Heroes come the thrilling, never-before-heard stories of the Army's elite aviation unit, the most daring and professional helicopter crews in the world.In his first book, Michael Durant told his harrowing tale of being shot down in his Blackhawk over Mogadishu and held captive by a Somali warlord. It was a remarkable account, particularly because Special Operations pilots are notoriously reticent-they don't talk about their missions, at least not to anyone ...
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The Night Stalkers: Top-Secret Missions of the U.S. Army's Special Operations Aviation Regiment

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Overview


From the authors of the bestselling In the Company of Heroes come the thrilling, never-before-heard stories of the Army's elite aviation unit, the most daring and professional helicopter crews in the world.In his first book, Michael Durant told his harrowing tale of being shot down in his Blackhawk over Mogadishu and held captive by a Somali warlord. It was a remarkable account, particularly because Special Operations pilots are notoriously reticent-they don't talk about their missions, at least not to anyone outside their small community. But now, with the publication of The Night Stalkers, Durant and Steven Hartov shed a fascinating light on these mysterious super commandos and take readers into a world they have only imagined.From Iran to Grenada to Iraq, the 160th SOAR (A) has been at the point of the spear and in the thick of combat, delivering and supporting Delta operators, Rangers, and SEAL teams to any target, at any point on the globe, in all weather-night or day. Simply put, they are the best of the best, and here for the first time are their hair-raising true stories of battle, capture, victory, and loss.
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Until 1980, Special Forces (Delta, SEALs, Rangers, Green Berets) relied on ad hoc transportation from other units to get to every operation. That led to disaster in 1980, when the failed Iranian hostage rescue left hulks of five helicopters in the Iranian desert. The U.S. Army decided to do it right the next time, resulting in the creation of SOAR, the Special Operations Aviation Regiment, a highly trained, aggressive unit of helicopter pilots and crew. Durant (In the Company of Heroes) and coauthors recount half a dozen SOAR missions from Grenada in 1983 and Panama in 1989 to Afghanistan and Iraq today, all with abundant fireworks and casualties. However, in this account, bravery occurs only on our side, while opponents are gleefully cackling comic-book villains blown to smithereens by America's deadly firepower. Readers who wonder why our magnificent troops are assailing, say, the Panamanian army, which no one would mistake for the Wehrmacht, have picked up the wrong book. It's written for those who love vivid tales of battlefield heroics and seek no more insight from books than they do from video games. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451222916
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 216,001
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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Through his writings, lectures, and media appearances, Michael J. Durant (Chief Warrant Officer 4, Ret.) has become a symbol of the special-ops aviation community. Steven Hartov is an Airborne veteran and the author of international thrillers, including The Heat of Ramadan and The Nylon Hand of God. Coming soon... An AudioFile Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, Patrick Lawlor is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. His recent audio includes the New York Times bestseller The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell (Tantor). "Lawlor is masterful." —The Philadelphia Inquirer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2007

    On Target

    Excellent read. I wished he had gone into the selection and training of Night Stalker crews. The stories about the different situations are excellent. Of course I'm prejudiced since I was the landlord for their selction committee at Fort Campbell in 1990. I would recommend this book to those who want to know about the dedication of the Special Operations personnel.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2009

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    GREAT READ

    THIS IS A GREAT BOOK TO READ,JUST LOVED IT HAVE MEET MICHAEL DURANT A FEW TIMES,AND HAVE ENJOYED TAKLING TO HIM,HAVE ALL OF HIS BOOKS.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2009

    Great!

    Great book with great stories about great people!<BR/>I hope there will be a follow up book with more stories of the 160th.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008

    Breathtaking details of our military hero's.

    You will have a sense of pride after reading this book. I couldn't put it down once I got started. The book is so real you can almost feel the intensity from the missions of the special forces.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Inspirational...

    Reads like a novel but gives us a lesson in reality of these men.
    I really loved the format where each chapter is a different time, place and mix of dedicated men.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2010

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    Great Book

    Absolutely good all the way through. Would read again and again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    Durant's 2nd effort not quite there...

    The stories themselves are good reading, but what bothered me and what caused the low rating was the pedigree of the writing team and the poor results. All three men are veterans, and LTC Johnson taught Night Stalker history to new recruits to that unit yet there are small errors in the text that do not befit the supposed level of knowledge of the authors. In one vignette, a reference is made to a 'Blue 82' that the Air Force dropped on an enemy position. BLU-82 is the correct nomenclature, and I just find it hard to believe that this group of gentlemen overlooked something so easy. Maybe I'm being picky, but that's just me, and it seemed to be to be a glaring error.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    great reading for any former helicopter pilot

    well written, actual stories better than fiction. great to see brave young men following in the footsteps of those of us who flew in the "Helicopter War" (Vietnam)

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