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Shaping the World from the Shadows: The (Open) Secret History of Delta Force, Post-9/11 Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1105 KB
  • Print Length: 53 pages
  • Publication Date: April 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007YLWXEY
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Journalist Chris Martin has covered the motorsports world since the late '90s. More recently, he's expanded his focus to include coverage of special operations and writing science fiction.

His latest non-fiction book is Modern American Snipers: From the Legend to the Reaper -- On the Battlefield with Special Operations Snipers (St. Martin's Press, 2014).

The first episode of his new project -- Engines of Extinction, a monthly episodic espionage/military science fiction series created in collaboration with leading concept artist Ben Mauro -- was released on March 10, 2015.

Chris is also the author of Shaping the World from the Shadows: The (Open) Secret History of Delta Force, Post-9/11 and Beyond Neptune Spear: The (Open) Secret History of SEAL Team Six, Post-9/11.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jack Murphy on April 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Chris does an amazing job compiling open source information about this often misunderstood special operations unit, a job that journalists and researchers should have done a long time ago. Delta Force is one of the most secretive organizations in the U.S. military but by aggregating information from dozens of sources Chris has put together a big picture that will give readers an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at this unit. For sure this is just a small sampling of what is really going on behind the curtain, but until these missions are declassified, this is the best information you are likely to find on the topic.

-Jack Murphy, author of Reflexive Fire
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tyson E. Goll on July 23, 2012
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Very impressive that Mr. Martin was able to put this together with open source material. The way I see it, is that Chris here did hours worth of researching and vetting of sources so that I didn't have to. So to the folks who are upset with the relatively small body that makes up Chris's article/pamphlet, I offer this: The world of CAG/SOFD-D is shadowy for a reason; the operational security of the unit dictates that modern/contemporary knowledge of the unit's mission and tactics be at least a few years behind and that past missions be left fairly ambiguous so that members of this storied unit can continue to operate at a highly-effective level. The insight that Chris provides is not only secure for the operators but also secure for the reader and therefore, a solid resource for those "not-in-the-know". Pay the .99 cents because the knowledge you garner is worth more than that. Period.

Excellent research Mr. Martin! If you like this bit here you can read more of Chris Martin at SOFREP.com where his articles continue to be thoroughly researched, vetted and provide much information to all (that is the opinion of this reviewer). DISCLAIMER: The only vestment I have in Chris Martin's success is to read more of his work. Other than that I do not know any more about him than what he chooses to write about, so save the "paid advertisement" accusations for someone else. Compliments aren't always used to get something from somebody, they're occasionally used to congratulate as well.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa the Red on May 1, 2012
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This collection pieces together many instances that are open sourced, although shadowy. After all most of the Operations the boys from Bragg take on are not meant to initially see the light of day. Well put together the author did his homework and research and makes it easy for fans of such operations and provides new info to people who were in the AO and heard "rumours" of whos work it really was. Excellent, its worth it.
You can see some of Chris's work on SOFREP.com
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave on December 22, 2012
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If you are interested in learning about how we have conducted our special forces wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, or want to read footnoted and referenced information about Delta Force, this is an excellent book. The references were great because they show what sources and research back up the text. On my Kindle I could even click on much of the footnotes and read them "real-time".
If you are looking for something that reads like a novel, or want to read about specific battles or "operations" in detail then you may be disappointed. However, for the price, if you have any interest in this topic I strongly urge you to give this book a try!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MAJ (Ret) W Rodriguez on July 18, 2012
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I would have gladly paid $10 for this read. Great reference document for those that want to know as much as possible about 1st SFOD-D. Chris Martin weaves together multiple open source incidents into one readable well referenced document. It would take an individual well over a hundred dollars and over 40 hours of reading to gather all this information (assuming you knew where to look). I've read just about every reference Chris Martin cited and I still learned some things and remembered quite a few I forgot. Must have for any serious student of JSOC. Wish this came in a bound publication.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By travis on January 1, 2013
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Good info source for an overview, but not a book by any means. Would be considered a long article by most.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EvanWiIliams on July 13, 2012
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A lot of information in the 50 or so pages ... if you're not quite up to speed, it does a great job of getting you there in an easy-to-read format. If you are up to speed, the sourced info has never quite been compiled in this way before. A great quick reference document.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jakub Brož on June 9, 2013
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For just one dollar you get absolutely perfect piece of work about "The Unit" (CAG, ACE, Delta,...). Chris did really awesome job - gathered all available open intel about Delta (post 9/11 mainly) and put in in one perfect book. If you want to start reading stuff about Delta, you should pick up this book first. After you finish reading it, ask yourself if you really need to know something more (I am speaking about non SF readers).

Ofcourse if you are interested in the history of the unit, you should look somewhere else. But as I said, if you want to have relatively accurate idea about last decade of Delta, don't look anywhere else and just support Chris by clicking on "buy".
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