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The Night Stalkers: Top-Secret Missions of the U.S. Army's Special Operations Aviation Regiment

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  650 ratings  ·  40 reviews
From the authors of the bestselling In the Company of Heroes come the thrilling, never-before-heard stories of the Army's elite aviation unit, the most daring and professional helicopter crews in the world.
Published December 1st 2008 by Findaway World (first published 2006)
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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
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 ...more
Fabio Laporta
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
Scottsdale Public Library
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
Roger Burk
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 ...more
Stephen Kennedy
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
Dustin Gaughran
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 ...more
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
A really good history of some truly bad ass soldiers.
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.
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.

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.
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.

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
Michael York
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.
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.
Great read!
Now I have to go back and re-read some related books.
Blackhawk Down and SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper
Roberts Ridge: A Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan
Wow! What an awesome book. It's nice to gain knowlegde (as much as they will allow) about out special forces. The 160th SOAR is the best aviation unit in the world. Although I'm not ex-miltary I found it easy to follow. Some of the missions will pull on your "heart strings".
I really enjoyed this book, a look into the origins and development of the 160th SOAR. Durant skillfully tells the story in a way that is both simple and captivating. The book is an easy read and should be of interest to anyone who relishes modern military history.
Very good book about the history behind the 160th. A good read if you want to learn about the wild tales of special operations helicopter pilots. Provides an interesting perspective on my conflicts the united states has entered over the past few decades.
Fantastic non-fiction book about army helicopter pilots and their real stories that run from the news reels of the 70's to present day. Excellent for anyone that is interested in special ops, military planning, and the dedicated men that protect us.
This is a very stunning book it is exceptionally written and a must read.It is very gripping and inspiring just keeps you on the edge.The author dose not pull any punches till's it like it is of great men and there bravery.
Michael Taylor
An absorbing book looking at a part of the U.S. military that shuns media attention, but is among the first called in many uses of military force around the globe. Military history fans will especially find the book valuable.
Brian Arsenault
A fantastic story of the members of the 160th aviation regiment of the US Army. The author did a great job capturing the lives of those that formed the unit and have made it into the elite flying squadron that they are today.
Excellent book detailing the origins and some of the missions of the 160th SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment). Easy to read and interesting to follow, an inside look at special ops.
Dec 10, 2007 Leslie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military buffs
Shelves: audiobooks, history
This book is very detailed and well narrated. However, it was way too technical and detailed for the layperson. I would recommend this book to anyone who is in the military or is a veteran.
Ed Heichel
Well written and action packed. A little repetitive towards the end, as this is a collection of various fight stories and not a continuous narrative, but still very good.
Mary Mangus
Really enjoyed reading about how the night stalkers came into being. This would be very dry to a lot of people.
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