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The book reads more like a biography of the men and women in the 160th SOAR rather than an operational history of the unit. The book cover flap says "never-before-heard stories" and "Top-Secret Missions of the US Army's SOAR" but so far, the book hasn't lived up to the claims.A big annoyance is how the authors include a one to ten page biographical background of every person introduced. These biographical "flashbacks" throw off the pace of the book. The book starts in Grenada, jumps back to Iran...
From time to time, I didn't like the tone of this book, because it felt the author was glorifying the characters in the book a little too much. That said howdver, it is a good read on how this unit was formed, and some of the highlights of their intensive and traumatic missions that they had to complete.
This is an excellently organized and engaging history of the Night Stalkers outfit. As a chronological anthology, many of the stories offer heroic glimpses into famous missions, such as those in Mogadishu and at Robert’s Ridge. Other, less well known missions are described in vivid detail so that the reader/listener can properly understand the gravity of the military actions.The authors word choice is perfect. His adjectives are punchy. I listened to this book on Audible and often lost track of
Great writing bring to life the interesting history of the 160th SOAR told through high profile missions they have been on and notable pilots and crewmembers that have been a part of the Taskforce. The only downside is that you don't get any special insight into their secret work, it's all the missions that you'be probably already heard about, but when the nature of their work is considered that makes sense. I had a hard time putting this book down.
Outstanding Read! I watch the movie Black Hawk down Was a kid, Heard the name night stalker there thought it was kind of cool but didn’t realize what they actually do. These are some serious bad ass is putting them selves in harms way to deliver their “customers” to some of the hottest combat zones on the planet. I believe this is a must read.
Enjoyed this look into TF 160's history, operations, and pilots. Book took the format of a series of vignettes told by pilots illustrating operations the unit has been involved in over its history.
If you have any interest in Army Aviation then this is the book for you! Army pilots, development of aircraft and tactics, it’s a great book!
I’d give it four stars but the man who read the audiobook left a lot to be desired.
GreatIntriguing. Held my interest. No over the top language i didn't understand about the helicopters. Just fantastic writing about fantastic men doing amazing things.
Very interesting book!
The 160th SOAR...ballsiest bastards in aviation. Nerves of steel and an operator's best, last and only hope when the poop has hit the fan. Good book, Mike.
Recently I have just read the novel “Night Stalkers” by Michael J. Durant and Steven Hartov. It was a great novel, but it wasn’t much of a novel as much more it was a collection of biographies. These biographies were all of a elite group of super militiamen and women. They are part of a group known as the Night Stalkers or more officially known as the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). This high ranking group of men and women are known for flying fairly close to the ground an...
very interesting,, if you want to know about combat missions,, great reading
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 coau...
While I enjoyed each of the stories within this book, I found the overall format a little jarring. Since each chapter was about a completely different op or group of people, each chapter was like starting a whole new book. In addition, within each chapter, the story would jump from one group of people to another. This all made it somewhat difficult to get into the flow of each story and to get to know or feel for the individuals. However, it was still worth reading to learn the amazing skill and...
This is a really intense book of the US Army's 160th squadron, better known as The Night Stalkers. This group of Special Pilots used to not be very well known but in the last few years they and their missions started to be famous and they officially became super stars after the recent raid against Osama Bin Laden.The Night Stalkers deserve a book like this one, a really outstanding biography of what they had done in the past. The author starts from the creation of the SOARa in the 1970s and he g...
US Navy SEALs and SEAL TEAM 6 are currently the super-stars of the media and are rightly deserved too. Special Operations teams seldom work alone and one of the crucial elements that took part in the recent Osama Bin Laden raid was the US Army’s 160th SOAR(Airborne) or The Night Stalkers. The Night Stalkers: Top Secret Missions of the U.S. Army's Special Operations Aviation Regiment is truly an outstanding book that chronicles the creation of the 160th SOAR(Airborne) from the 1970s to early 2003...
The story of Task Force 160 or as they call themselves the Night Stalkers. This is the squadron of US Army Aviators that fly the helicopters that carry Special Forces into their missions around the world. The book goes through a history of the creation of the Task Force and then recounts some stories of some of their pilots and crew through various missions. There is a story that covers the events in Mogadishu Somalia that was made famouns by Mark Bowen's Blawkhawk Down. In fact one of the autho...
The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), AKA Night Stalkers, is is an Army helicopter unit specializing in long-distance and low-altitude flight, covert operations, raids, infiltrations and exfiltrations, and so forth. This book is a breathless, worshipful, admiring account of the unit from their creation as a temporary covert task force in the aftermath of the failed Iranian hostage rescue in 1980, through Grenada, Panama, the Iran-Iraq War, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Mis...
This was another great military aviation collection. If I have any gripe, it's that I know there are probably hundreds more stories involving the Night Stalkers, and the missions they participated in. Given the nature of their job, though, it's obvious that those stories may be told years later, if at all. I was grateful that the stories that were able to be told were published. I love reading about the single minded dedication of the pilots and soldiers. Especially when it involves the crazier
This is a fantastic book about the creation of the elite military helicopter pilots that work with special forces ground crews.The stories are amazing. Each story is recounted with detail; yet remaining distant enough to avoid being gruesome.The book is filled with detailed stories from people who were clearly there. I felt like I was there with them.The book really made me even more impressed by the skill of these pilots. And the bravery that they display. And the luck that is often the differe...
What can I say? I love this book and find it to be an incredibly interesting read. It is fast paced and full of incredible stories of the soldiers of the 160th SOAR. It's only downfall is that it may be a bit too technical for the average layperson to understand. Being in the military, it was easy for me to follow along but it could easily confuse others who don't have an understanding of Army Aviation.
An excellent piece of non-fiction written by a former Night Stalker pilot (Michael J. Durant, who also happens to be the pilot that was shot down and captured -and later freed- in Somalia, an incident depicted in "Black Hawk Down").Superbly well-written, balances the focus between the individual men and the particular missions, with enough technical detail to thrill combat aviation readers.
I listened to this on Audible and loved it! Mike Durant who was shot down and captured in Somalia, (In the Company of Heroes) writes another excellent book shedding light on the 160th SOAR Night Stalkers. Includes a number of spec ops missions during the Iran-Iraq war of the 80's, invading Panama to capture Noriega, and a heart-wrenching mountaintop battle after being shot down in Afghanistan. Fantastic book that commands respect for those who sacrifice so much for their country.
After reading Durant's personal account of his experience in Mogadishu ("In the Company of Heroes"), I was eager to pick up his new one about this history of his unit, the Army's elite covert ops air division.While the book was had some fascinating tales about the units founding and operations, it was often overly technical making the otherwise gripping stories quite dry.
This was an extraordinarily difficult book for me to read. The detailed accounts of the deaths of these brave and dedicated men brought me to tears several times. This book reinforces my belief that war should be the course of last resort - not a method of political expediency. I grieve for the fallen, and their families.
Unbelievable real world story telling. The authors did a fantastic job telling the story of these unsung heroes, from their inception to now (well, what is declassified). This is a roller-coaster ride that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat; absolutely impossible to put down.This is a must read for those interested in the history of special operations.
This book doesn't read like a novel, but it is still extremely engaging. it takes you through the different missions that the 160th SOAR unit is involved in, from Grenada to Somalia. Each chapter is a different set of characters but the book accomplishes its objective of familiarizing you with the most elite group of pilots on the planet.
Wow! If the entire book had been written at the level of the description of the battle at Takur Ghar, this would easily have been a five star read. There are enough people, places, time frames, aviation history, and military acronyms to satisfy most flying-action geeks - especially rotor heads. But the story telling is rarely linear and character appearances often get a little confusing.
A fast and enjoyable read. Mike Durant gives a bit of a history of the relatively unknown 160th SOAR.It mostly is a collection of different stories, at least that's how it felt to me, about the until and their exploits up to and after Black Hawk Down.In the end: A quick read, some new details about the Nightstalkers, and a few good chapters about their ops in the War on Terror