7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good first half, but peters out,
By A Customer
This review is from: Inside Delta Force (Paperback)
This is a pretty good story of one man's experience at the hub of Delta Force for a dozen years. Haney was right there from the beginning and was present at most of the unit's main actions - from the disastrous Iranian rescue operation to the only slightly less disastrous invasion of Grenada.
Haney comes across as a likeable and perceptive man. He also writes very well and has a knack for the sorts of details that make books like these worth reading. Delta Force is without doubt an impressive unit, and this book shows why.
Its main faults have been pointed out by other reviewers. Easily the best part of the book is the first half, covering Haney's early career and Delta Force's gruelling selection process. After that, it doesn't so much flag as meander.
Haney goes on all sorts of missions, but never really does very much. He goes to Beirut on guard duty, but nothing much happens. Haney's description of the failure in the Iranian desert is compelling, but he never really offers his thoughts on what went wrong. One of the most interesting sections of the book is where he talks about preparations for a mission to free US captives in Vietnam. This is surely worth a book in itself, but we never really learn very much, despite Haney's assurances that the story is genuine. Eventually, he injures himself on operations with the SAS, and has to retire to a normal infantry unit, which is where the story ends.
This is a still a very good book, and I highly recommend it, but it slightly dissapoints after the excellent first half.