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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The Nintendo generation has taken to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan where remotely controlled aircraft are killing Americas enemies and saving American lives.

Matt J. Martin is considered a "top gun" in the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). For nearly four years, he has flown hundreds of missions on two warfronts in a new kind of combat that, until recentl
ebook, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Zenith Press
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Michael Burnam-fink
Like the machine gun in World War I, the tank and bomber in World War II, and the atomic bomb during the Cold War, the Predator drone is the defining weapon of the War on Terror. In Iraq and Afghanistan, both sides strike their blows at a distance, the terrorists with remotely detonated roadside bombs, and American forces with precision guided missiles from above.

Lt. Col Matt Martin takes us inside the hidden world of Predator operations. As both a knowledgeable practitioner and an amateur philo
A memoir with great depth and perception. The primary author, an Air Force officer, flew surveillance and combat missions by remote control in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He gives a clear and vivid picture of that experience, including painful self-examination about killing insurgents with missiles - an action he treated with the utmost seriousness, far from the stereotyped image of callous or reckless people wreaking wanton slaughter from far away - and some haunting moments when innocent civili ...more
Ryan Morton
First-hand account of the change to unmanned aircraft in the US Air Force from the perspective of a Predator drone pilot/insider. The author highlights his journey from the missile silos of Wyoming, through the gulf war from Crete and onto his most recent challenge as a pioneer pilot of the Predator drones during both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Known to some as "the professor" for his inquisitive search for all things historical, the narration contains a pleasant spr ...more
This was a good book. Major Martin, a pilot that flew in the predator program since its very beginning, talks about how the program developed, successes and frustrations he experienced while flying the drone, and personal feelings during his service. He revisits his time at both Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada up to his progression to Balad Air Force in Iraq, flying drones while dangerously close to the enemy. This book does a good job highlighting the benefits of unmanned aircraft while helping ...more
Great, great memoir of a Predator pilot who began with the program in its infancy and helped build the strategy for drones during his experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. Martin is the perfect person to dispel the myth that drones are robots - rather, they are planes that are remote-piloted by humans. He offers a lot of insight into what waging war in the early years of the 21st century is like, especially with its inherent conflict of locale (he is here, the war is there), social media (dealing ...more
Fuzzy Gerdes
I can't pretend to give you any sort of objective review of Predator* because it was written by my friend Matt. But I'm really glad I read it—we've talked about his day job, but when we get together we usually talk more about improv or beer, so there were plenty of stories here I didn't know at all. And they'll all be new stories to you, about a fascinating new facet of modern warfare.

* colon: The Remote-Control Air War over Iraq and Afghanistan: A Pilot's Story
I’ve always been interested in robotic warfare, particularly in the drone aircraft increasingly used by the U.S. military to fight terrorism. I found Matt Martin’s memoir of his time as a predator pilot to be both extremely interesting and highly readable. Overall I found the book fascinating, but his comments on the challenges of switching between flying the predator and then going home to his family to be particularly insightful.
The book gave good details and I found it to be both highly informative and entertaining at the same time. I think anyone with an interest in military techniques and technology will enjoy it as well, though it may be to dry in spots for those without a military background. For that reason only I gave it four stars instead of five.
John Parker
An interesting look behind the scenes of unmanned combat.
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