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The Night Stalkers: Top Secret Missions of the U.S. Army's Special Operations Aviation Regiment Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B004GJW51S
- Publisher : Dutton Caliber (December 28, 2006)
- Publication date : December 28, 2006
- Language : English
- File size : 1071 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 372 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #437,955 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As a former member of this regiment, Mr. Durant is evidently well prepared to tell the stories "from within". Unfortunately, as with so many books dealing with the rather secretive Special Forces, the need to keep (still widely used) tactics and procedures secret means that sometimes many interesting facets of the operations are kept untold. At least I found myself (too) many times asking "why" and "how", without finding any answers in the book.
Nevertheless, the brief glimpse that the reader is allowed into this secretive world reveals a long succession of very professional men (and women) with a strong dedication to their job and a deep sense of duty and honor. The overall reading experience is positive and interesting, it's just that many times you wish the authors would be allowed to tell us more of the full story behind the few facts uncovered. In case you wonder, only the truly gripping description of the (failed) mission in Afghanistan is well worth the price of the book!
Overall, the authors provide us with a unique insight into an area of the US military forces that is usually invisible for us "mortals", and does so in an interesting and engaging way - recommended.
Much like one of the other reviewers on here, I grew up knowing my dad was a helicopter pilot and that was about it. I knew he was in the 160th and he was gone a lot.. and that meant we couldn't talk to him on the phone or really know where he was. I thought this was normal, I had no idea what was really going on. When I was really little I knew he had a helicopter accident but never knew the specifics.. that is until I read this book. And of course, when I finally read the chapter that went into great detail about my dad's accident I was a little boy all over again, balling uncontrollably.
This is a fascinating book for anyone into military history. Most of the stories are recounts from many different people. Some of the minor details may be a little bit off, as they are recounts from many different parties. It isn't overly dramatic like a novel, but it's a very good read. I have a personal connection yes, but I know other people who have read the book and were really into it.
It's pretty cheap, so give it a shot. Would be a good gift for someone who is into the military, history or helicopters.
Top reviews from other countries
The Operational stories in this book show good people doing what they see as an everyday job, training, fighting and pushing the boundries of mission capable not being heroes but doing things that are simply heroic, knowing that every flight could be and in lots of cases have been their last for one reason or another. In any case they know they have done the best they can do with the tools at their disposal.
The sense of brotherhood is key, to know that everyone on your team will do what's needed to the point of laying down their life, to make completing the mission priority, Strange to think Dying is an acceptable risk in your everyday job, but like all true professionals they would only be angry about it, if they failed their mission or their team NSDQ is a quote that has my total respect
Mi sono ricreduto: la descrizione degli eventi storici raggiunge il livello di dettaglio necessario per far sentire il lettore pienamente appagato. Anche la descrizione da un punto di vista tecnico del volo e delle missioni, per quanto semplificata, lascia sufficientemente appagati. La narrazione (forse un pò "epicizzata" se mi si passa il termine) è avvincente e per quanto l'inglese non sia la mia lingua madre il libro si fa leggere tutto. Il racconto poi dei lati umani (o superumani visto i personaggi al centro delle vicende) chiarisce le difficoltà che questi uomini devono affrontare ed il loro approccio mentale alla professione, alla vita che comporta e nei confronti della morte che è quasi sempre presente nelle vicende narrate.
Un bel libro quindi indicato ad un pubblico affascinato dal mondo militare, dalle forze speciali, dall'avventura e perché no anche dalla Storia.