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Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man Paperback – September 15, 2009
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“A riveting account of one of the most important--but also least understood--battles in the war on terror.” ―Time
“The best book ever written by a special operations insider. This guy Fury's men are the real-deal Delta Force operators. You need to know what happened at Tora Bora, and this great book will tell you.” ―Colonel David Hunt, U.S. Army (Ret.), New York Times bestselling author of They Just Don't Get It and On the Hunt, and FOX News special ops and counterterrorism analyst
“Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta is without doubt one of the most fearsome military units ever assembled. Delta officer Dalton Fury didn't just take part in the battle of Tora Bora, he commanded all the special operations troops, both U.S. and British, who were there. Kill Bin Laden is a proud, riveting, warts-and-all account of that battle, one of the most important special operations missions of all time.” ―Michael Smith, author of Killer Elite: The Inside Story of America's Most Secret Special Operations Team
“An important, must-read book about real warriors.” ―Cofer Black, former chief of the Central Intelligence Agency's Counter Terrorist Center
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“A riveting account of one of the most important—but also least understood—battles in the war on terror.” —Time
The mission was to kill the most wanted man in the world—one of such magnitude that it couldn’t be handled by just any military or intelligence force. The best America had to offer was needed. The task was handed to roughly forty members of America’s supersecret counterterrorist unit: the elite and mysterious unit Delta Force. This is the true story of one Delta Force commander’s hunt to
KILL BIN LADEN
The first eyewitness account of the Battle of Tora Bora, this is also the first book to detail just how close Delta Force came to capturing bin Laden, how close U.S. bombers and fighter aircraft came to killing him, and exactly why he slipped through our fingers. With KILL BIN LADEN, Dalton Fury offers an extremely rare inside look at one of the most important special operations missions of all time.
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Fury ( a pseudonym) wrote the book to straighten out all the misinformation. As for Fury's criticism of the higher-ups, they have to think about global issues such as relations with Pakistan, a nuclear power. The Pentagon's decision to use indigenous warlords was the mistake, not Delta operations. It is clear, that left unhindered, Delta would have been successful.
Fury's account of his hunt for the then-most wanted man in the world is loaded with information, spectacle and bittersweet "what-ifs." His unique position as the commander of the Delta Force operators leading the way in the Battle of Tora Bora gives him incredible insight into the nuances of the operation and definitive authority on its proceedings. It's a "no frills" sort of story and Fury endeavors to give much of the credit to his men. Indeed, he spends much more time detailing their adventures than his own and extols their virtues throughout the tale. It's obvious he has a huge amount of respect and admiration for the men under his command who accomplished so much under such insane conditions.
I do have a few quibbles about the book. I felt like I never had a clear picture in my mind of the other operators, and perhaps this was by design, but I forgot several times who was who and doing what. Some of them stood out very well, but some others faded into the background. The way Fury writes dialogue also comes off a little stiff, too grammatically correct perhaps, but I sometimes had trouble imagining people saying it that way. Lastly, and this is a common problem of most nonfiction, the end of the story seems to come out of nowhere. By this, I mean it doesn't feel like the soldiers are anywhere close to finished and then - BAM - it's over. Obviously, this is how it happened and I'm not saying he should have lied to make it more dramatic, this is simply an observation of how I felt reading it. Still, these are minor criticisms that in no way diminished my enjoyment of "Kill Bin Laden."
So why did it leave me satisfied? Simple. The Delta boys put such a hurting on Bin Laden that he was forced to live in hiding for nearly another decade before ST6 caught up with him. They showed him as the coward he was, tore down what was thought to be an impregnable fortress and did it under the most austere conditions imaginable. This was Bin Laden's end - the end of his power, capabilities and status. Maybe they didn't kill or capture him, but Fury and his commandos did one heck of a job, hamstrung by the higher-ups and all.
As I understand it, Dalton Fury received Persona Non Grata status in Delta Force for publishing this book without receiving clearance. In his intro and other writings he's published (regarding "No Easy Day" author Mark Owen) it seems he's okay with this. He felt the story needed to be told and I agree. It's important that the American public understand not only what happens during wartime, but why and how (to a degree; OPSEC and all that). If I could, I would personally thank Mr. Dalton Fury for his service and his willingness to share one small part of it; and I'd buy him a beer (or five). After reading this, it's obvious he deserves it.
I appreciate the detail that was given of the battle as it was waged. Some might call it 'boring', but I thought it gave credibility to his explanations. And I found that it was a book that was easy to understand. I am a civilian...and a woman...and I didn't have to be a Military Scholar to get through this.
It was just really nice to read the truth, rather than listening to the misinformation from MSM.
On a personal note to Commander Fury...I thank God for you, and our Special Mission Units. I thank you, and your wife and daughters, for the work that you have done to ensure my freedom...and of our nation. You would all be welcome in my home, for coffee, anytime!!!!!
BTW...you are a really good writer! Now, on to your fictional work!
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