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

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

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by Michael J. Durant, Steven Hartov, Robert L. Johnson, Patrick Lawlor
     
 

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From the New York Times bestselling authors of In the Company of Heroes.

In the world of covert warfare, Special Operations pilots are notoriously close- lipped about what they do. They don't talk about their missions to anyone outside their small community. But now, Michael J. Durant and Steven Hartov shed fascinating light on the mysterious elite

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From the New York Times bestselling authors of In the Company of Heroes.

In the world of covert warfare, Special Operations pilots are notoriously close- lipped about what they do. They don't talk about their missions to anyone outside their small community. But now, Michael J. Durant and Steven Hartov shed fascinating light on the mysterious elite commandos known as SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment) and take readers into a shadowy world of combat they have only imagined.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400133482
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Durant retired from the army as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. In addition to participating in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, he saw action in the Persian Gulf, Panama, and Kuwait. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with Valor Device, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, the POW/MIA ribbon, and the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters

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Night Stalkers 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
VETMJ More than 1 year ago
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.
mwmule More than 1 year ago
Great book with great stories about great people!
I hope there will be a follow up book with more stories of the 160th.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
mranavayaII More than 1 year ago
Absolutely good all the way through. Would read again and again.
hookpilot16 More than 1 year ago
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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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.