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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (December 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399153926
  • ASIN: B000RW9DK4
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,333,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From 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.)
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Three authors, all army veterans, join forces for this history of their service's Special Aviation Regiment. Founded in the 1970s, the unit received a boost from the Iran hostage fiasco. It first went to war in Grenada in 1983 and since then has flown, usually by night, hence the name Night Stalkers, everywhere army special-ops troops have needed to be delivered and supported. Durant and coauthor Robert L. Johnson are veterans of the regiment itself, so they can retell, vividly but discreetly, what it feels like to go into action against what are frequently blood-chilling odds. Sometimes the Stalkers use state-of-the-art stealth helicopters, in whose development the regiment played a significant role; at other times, they use more conventional "birds" and rely on darkness and skill. The book's action scenes are numerous and spine-tingling, its portraits of men living a life of danger absorbing, and the regiment's sadly long roll of honor distinctly moving. Roland Green
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Customer Reviews

This book is really well researched and well written.
Ralf
Thankfully, "The Night Stalker" shares the story of these unsung heroes for the rest of us to appreciate.
Paige Turner
I regret waiting so long in buying and reading this book.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Douglas H. Mcconnell MD on January 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished this book in a great 4 night read. I found the book to be well written, exciting and a great tribute to the men and families of the Night Stalkers. I served at Fort Campbell as an Army Surgeon during the creation of this unit (1980-81) and saw the first "Little Bird" conversions. One of the authors (LtCol Bob Johnson) was my guide on that day. Until then, I had never seen a helicopter with seats on the OUTSIDE! My thanks to the authors for providing insight into a very secret and special military unit and some of its famous operations.
My family and I are glad that we have the men and the will to create, deploy and support a unit such as this. I hope that we can all learn what it means to be an American from this book and the Night Stalkers.
Read this book - you will not be disappointed! NSDQ
Doug McConnell, M.D. Long Beach, CA
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Ortiz Urbina on March 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the kind of book that get you reading for hours.

Already among my favourites.

I think this is one of the most descriptive accounts about what the Night Stalkers do and a very detailled description of the few missions that can be talked about.

An excellent book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stanley A. Kennedy on March 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a excellent account of the early history of those visionaries who brought the 160th into being. The short bio of each individual serves to underscore the tenacity of the founding Night Stalkers, and those who man the Regiment today. "Night Stalkers Don't Quit!" is not just another catchy slogan, it's a way of life within the Regiment at all levels.
It's really a shame that the American taxpayer cannot see all they are getting for their tax dollars from the members of the 160th, and the units they support. SPEC OPS is perhaps the biggest bang for the buck in the military today. I'm glad some of the declassified missions were able to come to the light of day. NSDQ! Night Stalker 1986 - 1998
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Perry on September 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great read! What these soldiers can do is amazing. I had to read this because my son is a new Night Stalker. I can't help but well up with pride and fear because I now have an idea of what the Night Stalkers can do.
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Format: Paperback
As the child of a former Little BIrd pilot this book taught me a lot about what my dad did as I was growing up throughout the 80s and 90s. I was always told he's a helicopter pilot but we couldn't know where he was going or what he was doing-it was secret. What does a little girl know? That just meant I couldn't know where he was going or what he was doing-since he had been doing this since I was 3 it was normal. As a little girl in the 80s I had no idea that my dad was a "real" hero (much to his dismay his name is actually mentioned in this book-as is the nature of most of these men, they like to keep their identities to themselves, and bragging is usually not in their nature). It wasn't until I found out he was working with Navy Seals when I was around 14 that I realized there was more to my dad's job then a lot of my friends who's dads were 101st helicopter pilots. It was at this time that my mom told me a little more about the importance that his unit/company actually played in top secret missions. Still, she gave no details (as she never knew any herself)-which is where this book has filled in the blanks. Great military history in this book-much of which the regular American will never know even happened.

I am keeping this book (i received a free copy) for my son so when he is older he can read about what his grandfather did and about the silent heroes who put their lives on the line to keep America safe. I would actually purchase this book if I hadn't received the free copy, and would love to see it on the Kindle-it would definitely be worth having! It's also neat to read about men who I knew and to think about their families whom I was/am close to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By laz_254 on November 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
The author, Michael Durant, tells his story of captivity as a prisoner of war in Somalia (Battle of the Black Sea). This book is a great compliment to Blackhawk Down by Bowden. Durant also sprinkles his story with other missions he was part of while a U.S. Army helicopter pilot. The book is historically accurate and the author (with co-author Steve Hartov) writes in a cohesive and flowing manner that is easily understood. I regret waiting so long in buying and reading this book. An excellent story that is well presented and narrated. One of the better books out there that combine history, warfare, and biography.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Clay Morris on November 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Night Stalkers is a book written by heroes, about heroes and a must read for America's future heroes. The book is a must for anyone interested in our military's special operations units. Mike Durant, Steven Hartov and Lt Col (Ret) Robert Johnson go to great lenghts to acurately present the unbelievable talent, skill and heroics of the members of the 160th SOAR. The book is a well-written, factually correct, and easy to read. Once started, you will find it hard to the book put down.

After reading about the members and missions of the 160th SOAR, it is obvious that the Night Stalkers are some of the unsung heroes of the special operations community. In the words of a man who I admire greatly, the book was "Totally AWESOME".
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