SOCNET: The Special Operations Community Network

SOCNET: The Special Operations Community Network (http://www.socnet.com/index.php)
-   Book Reviews (http://www.socnet.com/forumdisplay.php?f=226)
-   -   What are you reading? (http://www.socnet.com/showthread.php?t=40592)

rgrdrew 3 December 2013 13:40

Just got "We Die Alone" from my father-in-law. WWII story about ex-pat Norwegian commandos attempting a raid from northern England into German held Norway. Contact double crosses them and one man (Jan Baalsrud) survives to E&E. Should be a good one!

Just Another Guy 3 December 2013 14:43

I'm reading Brad Taylor's books on Kindle and like them so far.

I also see Amazon is running a special on books by Jon Land about a character named "Blaine McCracken", ex-SF and disgraced CIA.

Haven't read any yet, but would like a review.

Oh, in many of his on-line bios Land states "... He is an associate member of the US Special Forces . ..." (not SFA). Never heard of such a thing.

Rockville 4 December 2013 00:44

Commerce Raiding: Historical Case Studies, 1755-2009

http://www.usnwc.edu/Publications/Na...rt-Papers.aspx
or
pdf at http://www.usnwc.edu/getattachment/3...mmerce-Web.pdf

Rockville 4 December 2013 00:47

There was a movie about the guy
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050762/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1a


Quote:

Originally Posted by rgrdrew (Post 1058347723)
Just got "We Die Alone" from my father-in-law. WWII story about ex-pat Norwegian commandos attempting a raid from northern England into German held Norway. Contact double crosses them and one man (Jan Baalsrud) survives to E&E. Should be a good one!


GPC 4 December 2013 11:01

Finished The Rampage of Ryan O'hara,Countdown M Day by Tom Kratman.

Started Civilian Warriors by Erik Prince.

Mr.Smith 5 December 2013 00:15

Quote:

Originally Posted by UGA_11B (Post 1058344492)
House to House: SSG Bellavia with John R Bruning. For the third time now. I discover new things each time. It's such a great book. I feel that the Army was "under-played" in the Fallujah Assaults. This book brings light to a small part of the Army role in the city.

My buddy was an MP out there during that time.

osubuckeye762 6 December 2013 16:51

I was at the library this afternoon and picked up ORR: My story by Bobby Orr.

I am also reading Pinkerton's Great Detective: The Amazing life and times of James McParland.


I just finished Dam Busters: The True Story of the Inventors and Airmen Who Led the Devastating Raid to Smash the German Dams in 1943 and Wrestling with the Devil: The True Story of a World Champion Professional Wrestler - His Reign, Ruin, and Redemption by Lex Luger.

Linda1961 7 December 2013 04:59

Just started Tom Clancy's last book..."Command Authority".
Regarding Vince Flynn...I will miss the "Mitch Rapp" books.

RIP both Clancy and Flynn and thanks for all the enjoyment I received while reading your books.

Jimmur275 8 December 2013 01:18

The Kentucky Rifle, By Capt John G. W. Dillin. Came out in 1925 the NRA reprint in 1998. Great history on the rifles that led us in to accurate weapons and marksmanship. Have one being built now in the Lancaster school and can't wait to hunt with it...

UGA_11B 8 December 2013 01:42

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr.Smith (Post 1058348248)
My buddy was an MP out there during that time.

That's pretty cool. I'm sure he had his share of close calls and shit days (no pun intended). My squad leader overseas was a PV2 in 2-2 when they went into Fallujah. He actually is the one who told me about the book. And, I'm very thankful he did. Our guys did great things there, and had a hell of a fight in their hands. I also work with a Marine who served in Fallujah and during the invasion on Iraq. From what I gather from him, this book brings only a nibble of the fighting and ferocity involved in the taking of the city...etc. IMHO that may have been the most intense fight in Iraq. I never got the chance to go to OIF, only OEF. But I've heard mostly Fallujah and Ramadi (sorry if I spelled that wrong) were the worse places.

Great book. I highly recommend it for anybody.

Mr.Smith 8 December 2013 01:46

Quote:

Originally Posted by UGA_11B (Post 1058349177)
That's pretty cool. I'm sure he had his share of close calls and shit days (no pun intended). My squad leader overseas was a PV2 in 2-2 when they went into Fallujah. He actually is the one who told me about the book. And, I'm very thankful he did. Our guys did great things there, and had a hell of a fight in their hands. I also work with a Marine who served in Fallujah and during the invasion on Iraq. From what I gather from him, this book brings only a nibble of the fighting and ferocity involved in the taking of the city...etc. IMHO that may have been the most intense fight in Iraq. I never got the chance to go to OIF, only OEF. But I've heard mostly Fallujah and Ramadi (sorry if I spelled that wrong) were the worse places.

Great book. I highly recommend it for anybody.

I actually might check it out now that you have mentioned it. I only get bits and pieces of certain things that he had to go through out there. No doubt it sucked and was a deadly time. But only stories I have read about fallujah and Ramadi come from Special Operations guys.

UGA_11B 8 December 2013 20:45

Also check out "No True Glory: a Frontline Account of the Battle of Fallujah". It's similar to "House to House", but from more of the Marine contributions. It has some details on the political and leadership aspect, and also goes in depth with Marines inside the city. It also touches on Ramadi and how tough of a fight they encountered there.

"American Sniper" by Chris Kyle also talks a lot about Fallujah. Not only being a SEAL was he tasked with hi-profile missions, he embedded himself within Marine and Army Sniping sections/teams and also the common Sniper support for the grunts. It is probably one of the best books I've read.... Ever

Mr.Smith 8 December 2013 22:11

Quote:

Originally Posted by UGA_11B (Post 1058349385)
Also check out "No True Glory: a Frontline Account of the Battle of Fallujah". It's similar to "House to House", but from more of the Marine contributions. It has some details on the political and leadership aspect, and also goes in depth with Marines inside the city. It also touches on Ramadi and how tough of a fight they encountered there.

"American Sniper" by Chris Kyle also talks a lot about Fallujah. Not only being a SEAL was he tasked with hi-profile missions, he embedded himself within Marine and Army Sniping sections/teams and also the common Sniper support for the grunts. It is probably one of the best books I've read.... Ever

"American Sniper" was one of the first books I have picked up in a long time, and I do not regret it. It was also my introduction into the special operations world. It is what led me to "Lone Survivor" and several other great stories of these warriors. American Sniper is one of my favorites.

Murph 10 December 2013 22:21

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dark Helmet (Post 1058347307)
Read it twice. You should enjoy it.

^^ Re: Killing Pablo. Did enjoy it very much. I got a little bogged down in some of the minutiae of who he was, but in the end it made good sense.

Now reading "Hunting the Jackal" by Billy Waugh. I've had it for a while and didn't read it until now. Thought it was all about Carlos the Jackal, much like "Killing Pablo" but I was wrong. Really a good read, well written.

JoeArmyNCO 11 December 2013 16:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by Linda1961 (Post 1058348965)
Just started Tom Clancy's last book..."Command Authority".
Regarding Vince Flynn...I will miss the "Mitch Rapp" books.

RIP both Clancy and Flynn and thanks for all the enjoyment I received while reading your books.

Just started Command Authority myself. Looks pretty good so far buy my biggest problem is getting some good quiet time to read.

DRS7963 11 December 2013 18:15

[QUOTE=Murph;1058350135]^^ Re: Killing Pablo. Did enjoy it very much. I got a little bogged down in some of the minutiae of who he was, but in the end it made good sense.

I enjoyed reading about the Los Pepes who pursued Pablo. Bowdens latest work "The Finish" is not quite as good as "BlackHawk Down" and "Killing Pablo".

DRS7963 11 December 2013 18:30

I just saw that Mark Owens author of "No Easy Day" has a book coming out May 2014 titled "No Hero". It is a collection of stories from his career that had the greatest impact on him.

UGA_11B 12 December 2013 19:10

I will pre-order it immediately. "No Easy Day" was a great book, I look forward to the new one!

Mr.Smith 25 December 2013 15:22

In the middle of reading "Honor and Betrayal". I have to say holy shit! The treatment those SEALs got all on the words of a terrorist and some dumbass kid!

SOTB 25 December 2013 15:33

^^^^Isn't the author of Honor and Betrayal the same guy exposed by SEALs as being both a fraud and a scam artist?


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 14:46.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Socnet.com All Rights Reserved