Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces

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Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces by Tom Clancy, Carl Stiner, Tony Koltz, Jonathan Marosz

The third in an extraordinary series of nonfiction audiobooks by the number-one-bestselling author — a look deep into the art of war, as seen through the eyes of one of America's outstanding commanders.

The training, resourcefulness, and creativity of the Special Forces soldier make him capable of jobs that few other soldiers can handle, in situations where traditional arms and movement don't apply. Carl Stiner was only the second commander of SOCOM, the U.S. Special Operations Command responsible for the readiness of all the special operations forces of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, including the Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Rangers, Delta Force, Air Force Special Operations, PsyOps, and Civil Affairs.

Stiner and Clancy trace the transformation of the Special Forces from the small core of outsiders of the 1950s through the cauldron of Vietnam to the rebirth of the SF in the late 1980s and the 1990 as the bearer of the largest, most mixed, and most complex set of mission in the US military. From Vietnam and Laos to Panama, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq, these are stories of raids, couterterrorism, hostage rescues, reconnaissance, counterinsurgency, and psychological operations — and also of building settlements, teaching civilians, cleaning up water supplies, and saving lives. This is a front-row seat to a man, an institiution, and a way of war and peace that make this an instant classic of military history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736688758
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2002
Series: Commanders Series
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 2.75(h) x 6.30(d)

About the Author

Tom Clancy is the author of eleven novels, most recently The Bear and the Dragon, and the Commanders books Into the Storm and Every Man a Tiger. He is also the author of the paperback nonfiction series begun with Submarine, and the cocreator of the Op-Center, Power Plays, and Net Force series.

General Carl Stiner (ret.) was commander in chief of SOCOM from 1990 to 1993, and previously spent a large part of his career as the commander of many of the nation's preeminent contingency strike forces, such as the XVIII Airborne Corps, the 82nd Airborne Division, and the Joint Special Operations Command. Among missions with which he was involved were the Achille Lauro hostage rescue, the Panama invasion, and operations during Desert Storm


Huntingtown, Maryland

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1947

Date of Death:

October 1, 2013

Place of Birth:

Baltimore, Maryland


Loyola High School in Towson, Maryland, 1965; B.A. in English, Loyola College, 1969

Read an Excerpt

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Tom Clancy returns to Jack Ryan’s early days, in an extraordinary novel of global political drama.

“Smart and likable, Jack Ryan has become one of the best-known
characters in contemporary American fiction.” –The Washington Post

ong before he was President or head of the CIA, before he fought terrorist attacks on the Super Bowl or the White House, even before a submarine named Red October made its perilous way across the Atlantic, Jack Ryan was an historian, teacher, and recent ex-Marine temporarily living in England while researching a book. A series of deadly encounters with an IRA splinter group had brought him to the attention of the CIA’s Deputy Director, Vice Admiral James Greer–as well as his counterpart with the British SIS, Sir Basil Charleston–and when Greer asked him if he wanted to come aboard as a freelance analyst, Jack was quick to accept. The opportunity was irresistible, and he was sure he could fit it in with the rest of his work.
And then Jack forgot all about the rest of his work, because one of his first assignments was to help debrief a high-level Soviet defector, and the defector told an amazing tale: Top Soviet officials, including Yuri Andropov, were planning to assassinate the Pope, John Paul II.
Could it be true? As the days and weeks go by, Ryan must battle, first to try to confirm the plot, and then to prevent it, but this is a brave new world, and nothing he has done up to now has prepared him for the lethal game of cat-and-mouse that is the Soviet Union versus the United States. In the end, it will be not just the Pope’s life but thestability of the Western world that is at stake. . . and it may already be too late for a novice CIA analyst to do anything about it.
“Clancy creates not only compelling characters but frighteningly topical situations and heart-stopping action,” wrote The Washington Post about The Bear and the Dragon. “Among the handful of superstars, Clancy still reigns, and he is not likely to be dethroned any time soon.” These words were never truer than about the remarkable pages of his breathtaking new novel. This is Clancy at his best–and there is none better.
TOM CLANCY lives in Maryland.

Table of Contents

Authors' NoteXI
I.Monday, October 7, 19851
III.Warriors' Warrior67
IV.Country Carl99
V.Few Are Called, Fewer Are Chosen127
VII.Between the Wars205
VIII.The Lebanon Tragedy227
IX.The Achille Lauro Strike265
X.Panama: Operation bluespoon297
XI.Panama: Operation just cause341
XII.Shadows in the Storm395
XIII.Bulldog and His Pack: An Incident in the War451
XIV.The Face of the Future469
XV.Tuesday, September 11, 2001501
Appendix IThe United States Special Operations Command: A Brief History511
Appendix IILeadership523

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Some action vignettes from [Special Forces] roots in WWII and Vietnam rival Clancy fiction.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The plethora of insider history and firsthand operation specifics…will please the historically minded.”—Publishers Weekly


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Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about exactly what the title implies, Special Forces (SF). Some reviewers apparently had confused the term "Special Operation Forces" (SOF) with the term "Special Forces." Special Forces is a term that is exclusive to one part of the Army's Special Operation Forces. It does not apply to other Army SOFs or any other branch's SOF. It really is unfair for the reviewer to blame Mr. Clancy for titling his book aptly just because the reviewer has a misunderstanding of the terminology.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most people that dont know that much about military, and war dont understand this book. It tells you about special forces not special operations. This book tells what went on then and how things worked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Puts her arm down and a dagger slides down her sleeve and into her hand and she kulls the mirage
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A stormy gray shecat pads in. "Autumnstar there's an apprentice named Ravenpaw at the first result who wants to join. I don't think Seasalt has an apprentice." Stormheart mews. Her dark blue eyes flicker like night skies. ~Stormheart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To all the people laboring under the impression that this will include Special Operations Forces detachments from every branch of the military, let me inform you that you are gravely mistaken, Tom Clancy didn't FORGET to mention other branches because no other branch falls under the category SPECIAL FORCES, they fall under the category of SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read, but as some other reviewers have mentioned, it focuses mainly on GEN Carl Stiner's career with the Army as a Ranger, Special Forces and General Officer. From the cover (yes, yes - I know the old addage) I figured it would be styled around three parts, Army, Navy and Air Force, having Rangers/Delta, SEALs and Pararescue, Combat Control and Air Force aircraft, respectively. The Marine Corps itself did not have any units under SOCOM until recently (July 2003), with it's SpecOps Capable units and I did not expect to find anything about the 'Corps in there from the beginning. That told, I found the book to be an interesting, quick and informative read about the background of Army Special Forces and the contributions of PSYOPS and Civil Affairs in conjunction with the famed Green Berets. GEN Stiner walks through WWII era beginnings and SF pioneers like Yarborough, Singlaub, et. al. and brings the reader right up through American SF involvement in Vietnam, terrorism in the Middle East (Lebanon '83 Marine barracks bombing and the Achille Lauro incident), Panama, the First Gulf War and into special operations today. A fantastic read for those interested in Army SF, Rangers, etc. but will be of interest to anyone seeking unconventional warfare military knowledge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those that don't have a true understanding of the military and what makes it up should not read this book before learing the terminology. Ask an Army SF 'operatior' and they will tell you that they don't call each other 'Green Berets'.(only those outside the forces and John Wayne did that) They only are given a green beret, just like a number other groups, like the 101st, Rangers, etc. They all have a different colored beret. The 'Special Forces' are just that: Army Special Forces, the Rangers are just the Rangers, they are not the 'Special Forces', there are a number of highly trained and specialized units which fall under the command of the USSOC or SOCOM. If u r truly interested in were the 'Special Forces' were derived from, it would help to read about the 'SOG' or 'MACVSOG' as well as about the 'OSS'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great look into the development of special forces with an empasis on the career of Carl Stiner. It's main focus is the green beret's and what it is like to become one and be one. Its a quick read with a ton of good stuff in it. If you are a Clancy fan you will enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After you read 'Into the Storm' and 'Every Man a Tiger,' you think that this is a great bio about a SF Operator. Or maybe you think it is about the US Military's SF groups, such as SEALs, Green Berets, PJ's, Force Recon, or Delta. What this is about is a bit of the history of the Army's Green Berets and a LOT about the career of General Carl Stiner. If Gen. Stiner had served in SF units all of his career, it might have been on target, but Gen. Stiner spent much of his career on conventional military assignments.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A big disappointment for me. There is much more to special forces than Green Berets and General Stiner's experiences.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I am an avid Clancy reader, I found this book disappointing. The title is misleading: "Special Forces" means the U.S. armed forces' elite units from each and every major branch of services. Rather, Clancy's reliance upon one highly respected and former Green Beret does injustice to the Navy SEALs, Marine Force Reconnaissance, Air Force Special Forces, and the Army Rangers. I originally thought that this book was a history of how each armed forces developed their special forces. Instead, this book seemed to be a companion to Clancy's other Army's Special Forces. I only recommend this book to those that love to read about the Green Berets.