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on 6 June 2006
A fascinating, illuminating read. Lucid, insightful and explosive - Smith draws a compelling picture of the Special Ops community, and its perennial battle against Washington and the top brass in pursuit of their deadly mission. Things seemed to have improved under the auspices of Rumsfeld, but how long this spring will last is anyone's guess. Anyone with a healthy respect for our hard-won freedoms should hope now that the Activity, Delta, et al will be allowed to go to work without political hindrance.
My only quibble is with the title. While the Activity retains a small cadre of shooters, the group's main mission is to provide intelligence (where the CIA has no assets) for direct action which is followed up the true 'Killer Elite' of Delta and Seal Team Six (or DevGru, as it now appears to like to be known).
That aside this is near peerless books - as gripping as a novel but all too chillingly real - and stands among the best books about modern covert warfare.