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Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man

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The mission was to kill the most wanted man in the world--an operation of such magnitude that it couldn't be handled by just any military or intelligence force. The best America had to offer was needed. As such, the task was handed to roughly forty members of America's supersecret counterterrorist unit formerly known as 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta; more ...more
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Published September 15th 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 6th 2008)
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Mark Sequeira
So I'm a bit conflicted. The author clearly says on the jacket and foreword that this is the only real account and how no one else who's written about Tora Bora was there and so he wrote this book to correct all the poor, secondhand accounts. Then he acknowledges that Gary Berntsen was there (JawBreaker), that Gary Schroen was there (First In), that Billy Waugh was there (Hunting the Jackal), that the Green Berets and the Air Force Special Operations Command was there.

So the only accounts I gue
Ed Wagemann
There was a program that BBC aired in November of 2001 (just days before the incident in Tora Bora) where Jeremy Vine revealed an FBI document in which US agents were told to "back off" from investigating the Bin Laden family. That seemed kind of weird but irrelevent until just a few days later when it was reported that the Pentagon ordered American troops to stand down when they had Osama bin Laden cornered in Tora Bora in December of 2001. Dalton Fury, the commander on the ground at Tora Bora ...more
May 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was given to me by one of my ex Green Beret buddies several hours before bin Laden was killed in May 2011. His comment was "The Army realled f*cked up at Tora Bora". I agree.
However, the fault did not rest with the super soldiers of the Army's elite Delta Force whose actions form the core of this book. Rather, Delta was hamstrung from the outset of this operation to kill bin Laden deep in the Afghanistan mountain stronghold of the master terrorist.
George W. Bush wanted to use our Musli
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bob Ryan
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before Seal Team Six finally found Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May 2011 and ended his days, the US government thought he was hiding in the Tora Bora mountain area of Afghanistan. This book is about a joint effort of the Delta Force and the CIA to find and kill him at the end of 2001.

It's an interesting book in several ways. First, you really get a good description of the way this battle was fought. Working in the background behind local Afghan forces (who were being paid thousands of dollars
Alain Dewitt
I've read quite a few books on the Afghan and Iraq Wars and more than a few Special Ops bios and histories. I must say, this one is pretty meh.

'Fury' (a pseudonym) is the Delta troop commander at Tora Bora and so provides a very detailed account of the battle. That's the good part. Now for the bad.

Number one gripe has to be the 'characters'. I realize that Fury is working with some serious restrictions due to security. A lot of these books have the same hurdle to overcome. Fury tries to breathe
As an audio book, this was a dud. The actor reading the book just didn't sell it. Waah waah.

As a war story memoir whatever, solid 3 stars. You like this genre, then you won't be disappointed. You're looking for something about the Battle of Tora Bora, sure this is ok. Not gonna change your life, but not a waste of time. If the "oh Delta is awesome" had been dialed down a bit then it would have been ok. That said, if you're an eleven year old with a pellet gun, then stop doing your chores or hom
Geoff Wooldridge
This was a fascinating, mostly well-written and intelligent insight, from a Delta Force insider, of the nature of commando warfare, in hostile terrain, against a ruthless enemy, and alongside unreliable allies.

In early 2002, in the immediate post-9/11 environment in America, where revenge for the terrorist attacks burnt hot in the political and public psyche, Usama bin Laden was designated Public Enemy No.1 and an urgent priority was placed on tracking him down, and killing him and as many of hi
Diana H.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
An excellent first-hand account of the war on terror immediately following 9/11. Not gory, but an honest telling of how American commando troops fought.
Jun 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happened in December of 2001 in Tora Bora doesn't easily fit into a sound bite, so the reality has been vulnerable to spin and drama. Author Dalton Fury notes that not everyone is happy that he has committed this to print, but history undoubtedly will be.

Companies tout their modern, flattened organizational charts. Managers are told to "push decision making down" to its lowest level. The US military has not gotten the message.

Delta Company, incredibly trained and equipped, was put on the gr
Feb 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, history, military
The opening chapters are rough but strengthens once the story gets into Afghanistan and to Tora Bora. There is a long section criticizing the quality of journalistic coverage of special operations- the level of real facts getting to the journalists is so low that any noise floor of BS will get amplified into otherwise higher fidelity news coverage. But he neglects to mention that the same is true for his end: there is a long tradition of highly embellished or entirely fabricated stories coming n ...more
Jared Sparacino
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Book review: Kill Bin Laden by Dalton Fury
Written by Jared Sparacino

I rate the book Kill Bin Laden by Dalton Fury 4.5 out of 5 stars for many reasons. This book provides exceptional detail to help you visualize what is going on throughout most of the book. I think that the book needed more critical changes in the plotline to give it more variety of action scenes, if you know what I mean. Along with that, I do believe the book spent too much time on specific parts which is why I would have liked
May 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An accounting of the hunt for Bin Laden during the last months of 2001 as told by the Delta operator in charge of the mission. The book does a good job of articulating the various issues Delta faced when dealing with the Afghan warlords in their supposed joint mission to get the terrorist. Issues such as the fact that the Afghans would not break their custom of leaving the battlefield at nightfall each night, regardless of whatever important ground was gained and required holding. Also the distu ...more
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Phillip Snyder
First, some background. Dalton Fury is the pen name for the Delta Force officer who led the covert Battle of Tora Bora, the closet we have ever come to killing bin Laden. The author's real name may never be known.
This book is another example of how a true event can often be much more compelling than the way a book is written. I'll go easy on Fury simply because I'm sure this book was picked apart piece by piece by analysts to make sure no sensitive material was given out. The story was really
Jeff Dawson
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very encompassing book detailing the first efforts to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice. But as the reader will find out, in those early days of the conflict, George Bush attempted to work with the tribal leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan in an effort to build a solid foreign policy and provide the elders of the tribes, a place of importance in the eyes of their people and the world.
Unfortunately, his efforts turned into a political and military debacle that allowed “Enemy #1” of the
Jeffrey Belcher
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After spending quite a few years in Iraq as a contractor, I have had the privilege of running into some members of the special forces community. Though they were NEVER (I can’t stress this enough, the NEVER once, not EVER said that they were SF. They all claimed to be EOD or Explosives Ordinance Disposal) once said that they were SF, they wore sanitized uniforms, which means no unit insignias, rank or name tags, this is a dead giveaway that these soldiers, sailors and marines were SF. I used to ...more
The author provides a first hand account of the early stages of the war in Afghanistant in late 2001 and early 2002.

The most interesting parts are descriptions of how air power is combined with special operations forces and the use of Air Force Combat Controllers. Also, the descriptions of the problems in relying heavily on the local (Mujahdeen fighters) and how that and the local politics limited efforts to have a more aggressive campaign.

The down side of this is the same with many other "un
Matt Randall
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reads like it was written by a military commander. Several other books that I have read by special forces members seem a bit more raw where as this is a bit more polished. This really comes as no surprise as it is kind of what I expect from someone who has risen to the ranks of O-4/5 in the United States military complex. The account was written down to give a first hand view of the Battle Or Tora Bora. From the authors explanation, he wanted to share his story after reading several di ...more
Bill Shuey
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the individual who has an interest in the Delta Force or the short battle in the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan - this is the book. The author walks the reader through all the obstacles that Delta encountered in their attempts to kill Osama bin Laden shortly after the events of 9/11.

Having been involved in an ethnic war (Vietnam) I was not surprised by the treachery, deceit, and opportunism exhibited by the Afgans. In the author's opinion they were more interested in money and looting de
Pat Dugan
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I say this with love and admiration, but I have to laugh at my fellow brothers in arms, the Special Ops troops. They are so very good, but they do seem to believe their own hype and spin sometimes. The SEALs are the worst in this area. They all act bulletproof and yet, we have one man who has outwitted all of them, us and the entire USA Whiz Bang Intel gang.
Technology, drones, cluster bombs, computers, et al is all well and good for this generation of video game war fighters, but ONE man, with l
I liked this book. It deals with Delta Force (and Green Berets, Air Force FAC's and Brittains SBS, Special Boat Service) and the opening days of the War in Afghanistan. The title may be a little misleading, because they do not discuss the actual killing of Bin Laden, just the initial days and weeks of the battle, particularly at the Tora Bora cave complex. The author discusses what went right, what could have been done better, and what could have potentially ended the conflict in those first wee ...more
Oct 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Military History or current events
Recommended to Mahlon by: Saw interview on 60 Minutes
Shelves: read-2008
Kill Bin Laden offers a thrilling "boots on the ground" narrative of the hunt for UBL in the Tora Bora region of eastern Afghanistan in December 2001. Written by Dalton Fury (not his real name)a former Delta Force operator who had tactical command of the team assigned to go into Tora Bora and eliminate Usama.

Refreshingly, Fury keeps his political opinions to himself while still managing to deftly demonstrate how political wrangling in the upper echelons of the U.S. command structure, as well as
Charles Blumberg
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very insightful story of the couple week battle in the mountains of Tora Bora shortly after 9/11. Under presidential direction, a handful of Delta Force troops had Osama Bin Laden trapped in the mountains but could only call in airstrikes against Al Qaeda. The local Afgans were the fighting force that the Delta operators were ordered to support. Most likely it was these Afgans playing both sides that allowed Osama to escape. Had the Delta Force been unleashed they probably could have killed Osam ...more
Taylor Lewis
A very detailed account of the battle of Tora Bora. The book isn't action packed because the delta operators relied on native afghans to do the gun fighting (the delta operators primarily directed ruthless air support). The author certainly knows what he is talking about but the delivery is a little choppy at parts. The chapters are divided into small sections (this is probably due to the fact that Fury had to leave some details out). This gets a little a annoying but then again, Fury is a soldi ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read very intense and gripping, as a former soldier I think the book reads well to everyone . Dalton takes the reader deep inside the exhaustive hunt for UBL, helping navigate through the difficulties of linking up and forming an alliance with the native peshmerga of the northern alliance. The last days of the hunt takes dalton his team and peshmerga deep into the mountains of Tora Bora. It is here they believe they have UBL cornered in a cave complex only to see him slip out the back ...more
Bill McNeely
Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently re read this book in November after returning from 2 years in Afghanistan. Its amazing that of all the resources and pull The Unit has it still came up short in completing it's mission of finding Bin Laden, through no apparent fault of their own. A great look into the Army during it's transitional period last decade both the Special Ops and Conventional side.

The terain is a real bear to fight in Afghanistan and Dalton does a great way outlining this issue in particular. Mr. Fury also
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book, and gives information regarding the Delta Force and special ops, which is/was interesting to me. Besides that enjoyable aspect of the book, it is not the book about the Navy Seal who actually killed Bin Laden, but rather is about the failed attemp to catch him in the Tora Bora Mountains. The warlords are depicted in a way that makes me think they can never be trusted! They always acted in their own self interest, advancing or strengthening their power base and riches. If th ...more
John Szucs
Jul 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
A great look inside the reality of modern special operations. No Hollywood glamour, just extraordinarily well-trained, well-conditioned and smart men doing an extraordinary job. The prelude chapters set in Selection and the Balkans are just as gripping as the main action in Afghanistan. However, if you are like me, you will find it truly disheartening to hear how much higher ups, up to and including the Bush White House, forced our nation's finest warriors to fight with one hand tied behind thei ...more
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Thomas Greer, the former special operations commander who wrote a series of books under the pen name "Dalton Fury" and exposed the American public firsthand to the modern exploits of the military's most secretive units, died October 21, 2016 from cancer.

Starting as an enlisted soldier and instructor in the elite Army Rangers in the mid-1980s before becoming an officer, Greer later joining U.S. Arm

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