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The co-authors of In the Company of Heroes share stories from the army's elite aviation unit, describing the harrowing adventures of some of the world's top professional helicopter crews during their missions in Iran, Granada, Iraq, and other locations.
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Through his writings, lectures, and media appearances, Michael J. Durant (Chief Warrant Officer 4, Ret.) has become a symbol of the special-ops aviation community. His In the Company of Heroes cowriter Steven Hartov is an Airborne veteran and author of international thrillers. Robert L. Johnson served as a Night Stalker officer for most of his career, then went on to instruct the Regiments volunteers in the history of the unit.From Publishers Weekly:
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 coauthors recount half a dozen SOAR missions from Grenada in 1983 and Panama in 1989 to Afghanistan and Iraq today, all with abundant fireworks and casualties. However, in this account, bravery occurs only on our side, while opponents are gleefully cackling comic-book villains blown to smithereens by America's deadly firepower. Readers who wonder why our magnificent troops are assailing, say, the Panamanian army, which no one would mistake for the Wehrmacht, have picked up the wrong book. It's written for those who love vivid tales of battlefield heroics and seek no more insight from books than they do from video games. (Jan.)
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