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  • Mark Sequeira
    2019-07-01 13:56

    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 guess he is rebutting is 'The Hunt for Bin Laden' by Robin Moore or 'Roberts Ridge' by MacPherson. And he fails to mention the Navy Seals at all (Lone Survivor). And then, he only mentions ONE inaccuracy in that book by Moore so that is hardly a new telling or correct telling of events there.So even though I didn't mind the writing or see the point of all the complaints about writing...It isn't Tolstoy anyway, I did have issues with how it was represented. Still, it was a good read in an area of interest.

  • Ed Wagemann
    2019-07-17 11:50

    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 reveals this in his book Kill Bin Laden. But the question that nagged at me was why? If you have Bin Laden cornered, literally just feet from where we were dug in at, then why order our troops to stand down? Bin Laden escaped and soon enough the entire thing was sorta swept under the carpet as the Bush/Cheney gang misled America into invading oil-rich Iraq, claiming that they knew that Saddam had WMDs - WMDs that never actually materialized. And as the world looked on in horror as Bush/Cheney mounted a pre-emptive and unethical war, the mastermind of the largest attack on US soil in history was no longer a concern. In fact, in a pres conferance Bush 43 famously came out and admitted that he didn't care about Bin Laden and wasnt interested in going after him. This comment sparked disbelief in some - especially folks who had joined the military after 9/11 to fight in retaliation of Bin Laden's brutal attack on innocent U.S. civilians. It was at this time that I first found about the Bush family's business ties to the Bin Laden family through the Carlyle group. Further research showed that a bank that was associated with the Bin Laden family had bailed out one of Bush 43's failed businesses during the 1980s. John Farmer, a Senior Counsel for the 9/11 Comission, says this about 9/11: "At some level of the governmet at some point in time...there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened." Meanwhile Senator Bob Graham wrote that "the White House was directing the cover-up". Since The American people have been doubting the government and expecting cover ups in large numbers since the assasination of JFK and the crimes committed during Watergate these notions weren't anything new. And the Bush family's connections to the Bin Laden family is interesting and certianly grist for conspiracy theorists, the real motive behind the Bush/CHeney gang ordering Dalton Fury's troops to stand down goes back to 1997 when a rightwing think tank called The Project for the New American Century created a document outlining how America needed to be transformed. Members of this think tank included Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz. Several of these future members of the Bush Administration met with Bill Clinton at that time and tried to convince Clinton to invade Iraq, presenting him with a fully detailed plan. When Clinton refused the plan, the wheels were set in motion for putting a candidate into the White House who would promote the New American Century cabal's agenda.Shortly afterward, The Project for the New American Century issued a report titled Building America's Defences which stated "The process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor." Or a 9/11... Again, conspiracy Theorists have jumped on that to show that 9/11 was more than just coincidence? But the important thing to take from this evidence is that it is very clear that when this new Pearl Harbor actually occured, the Bush Administration had already been planning and was prepared for it - and that they had all the machinations for exploiting the tragedy of 9/11 to justify public support for a build-up to a war for oil in Iraq in order. They had been planning for nearly a decade, after all. Combine this with the Bush Administration's blatant dishonesty, misinformation campaigns and military-indusrial complex agenda it would suggest that their entire reign was full of evil-minded plots that reveal their obvious intentions.

  • Albert
    2019-07-18 14:54

    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 Muslim "allies" to work in tandem with Delta to slam the door shut on bin Laden's escape route. Delta on the ground already knew better. Bin Laden escaped.Our Muslim allies were venal warlords and their inept AK-47 toting tribesmen. Our own Army upper echelon thwarted Delta at every conceivable opportunity with their reluctance to commit these most elite American commandos.Now, with the death of bin Laden, the book seems almost anti-climatic. Tora Bora is history but "Kill bin Laden" is destined to become a movie. I hope that Hollywood gets it straight: an operation gone wrong. Our Army at its best and at its worst.

  • Jerome
    2019-06-27 12:36

    Well, with a title like this, and a comic-book pseudonym like that, what red-blooded American male HASN'T bought a copy the day this came out? This was OK. The author certainly isn't a talented writer, but this is a very interesting look at the Battle of Tora Bora and how Delta Force operates in a war zone. For an account of bin Laden's personal escape and movements during and after the battle, see Descent into Chaos: The United States & the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan & Central Asia. For another excellent account of the battle, see Peter Bergen's The Longest War: A History of the War on Terror and the Battles with Al Qaeda Since 9/11, which also includes interviews that Bergen conducted with the author.According to some accounts(i.e. the Internet rumor mill), Fury's real name is apparently Thomas Greer, and his brother is apparently an instructor at AMU. No way to verify that, though, as usual, and it doesn't really matter anyway...Easily a third of the book seems to be dedicated to how much of a hard-on the author has for Delta Force. Delta is so awesome that we're not even supposed to name it. Any physical test is a mere nuisance for Delta. Delta routinely benches 300, solves trigonometry problems on napkins and makes Chicken Pot Pie out of sheet rock and mealworms. No syrup for the waffles? No problem: that's the Delta Way. Some readers may be looking for that; I wasn't. I can appreciate a little esprit de corps but to me, it ends up sounding like a yearbook entry or something. Interestingly, Delta never fired a single shot to kill an al-Qaeda militant, mainly relying on air strikes. The only mention of a US soldier firing a gun in the battle is when a Delta operator tried to scare off a reporter...That made me laugh. The book also makes it seem like Delta is the only real well-functioning unit in the Army, which is depends on your point of view, really. The narrative is a little disjointed and you have a hard time linking one chapter to the next or figuring out the big-picture events of each day...Also, the American SOF operators have curious and amusing nicknames. Obviously, Fury wants to protect their identities, but it seems like these are their honest-to-God nicknames: Crapshoot, Ironhead, "the Admiral",Catfish, Hopper, Jester, Pope, Scrawny, Shrek, Ski, Stormin'...Still, this an interesting, and rare, account of how Delta Force operates in a combat zone. Also interesting were the accounts of Ali's and Zaman's rivalry, how it affected the battle, and how "Fury" and the chief CIA officer, "George", did their best to convince them to negotiate and compromise. The common narrative is that the stupid Bush did not send US troops to close the Pakistani border and relied on the ever-unreliable Pakistanis. Hindsight is always perfect, and yes, in RETROSPECT, that was a mistake, but the border regions were infested with al-Qaeda loyalists that would have given US troops a very hard time. The maps were very useful.Also, the failure to catch bin Laden, I believe was not a political or military failure that can be traced back to one decision. Although Fury notes some decisions that, if made differently, MIGHT have changed the outcome, the main reason for the failure to catch bin Laden, I think was the "light footprint" approach to the war that called for small teams of CIA and SOF personnel, supported bu local Afghans and US airpower. Without a doubt this approach was very effective, but, like every plan, it has its drawbacks. The alternative (the huge numbers of conventional troops that MIGHT have blocked bin Laden's escape) would have been inflexible and unwieldly. We just didn't have time to plan, resources, execute such a plan. And most of the conventional troops in country at the time (Marines, Rangers, 10th Mountain Division were busy with other missions. We also lacked the airlift capability required. And the Marines at Kandahar at that time didn't even have cold weather gear.Given a mission they fail and blame it on others....and an easy operation (so easy a caveman could do it!) like arresting a single old Afghani man in his hut in the mountains of Afghanistan is "one for the book". The best is yet to come: the most difficult part of the operation was done by some Afghan milita forces (opening up a checkpoint). The highly trained and arrogant DELTA operators simply were transported all the way in a truck...but Mr Fury makes us believe that the ride was very, very hard... Come on, give me a break...For some additional info on the battle see this Army history .Also see SOCOM's 20th Anniversary History for a good account of the battle .For some additional information on the battle that didn't make it, see this Senate report

  • Bob Ryan
    2019-06-28 11:36

    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 by the CIA) the Delta Force was totally undercover for several months. They were tasked to operate under total secrecy amid dozens of international journalists who were desperate for any scrap of information. Second, they were tasked to use the Afghan local forces and allow them to make the final capture of kill of their target. Third, you get an idea of how the CIA was involved in financing the local warlords and the effect of giving bundles of cash to people who live in abject poverty. The first chapters of the book cover the Delta Force itself and how the author because to be in the group and how they trained for the mission. The middle chapters are a very detailed account on the Delta Force's tactics and how they coordinated with the Air Force. The final chapters recount events after the battle ended in December 2001 and the author's eventual retirement from the Delta Force and the military. How effective was the Delta Force? Its hard to say. The author admits no member of his force used a rifle to actually kill any of the enemy. At the conclusion of the battle the Afghans documented 220 al Queda dead and about 150 captured. Most of the attack was conducted with radio directed bombing, with the Delta Force close enough to al Queda targets to be able to direct the US bombers. Over one thousands bombs were dropped over 90 days on caves and hideouts in the mountains the Afghans had used to defeat the Soviet Army a generation before. The book is very readable and divided into short chapters of 15-20 pages. There are pictures, but since the Delta members were disguised with beards and wore Afghan clothing, they aren't useful to help the narrative. All of the names of the Delta Force members(including the author) have been changed.Its important to understand how the military functions, especially in foreign lands and when tethered to local forces. In this instance, it didn't function up to its potential and the author makes that point repeatedly. The political restraints put on the Delta Force greatly hampered what could have been accomplished. I'm sure that was the author's point in writing the book.

  • Alain Dewitt
    2019-07-19 18:36

    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 life into his teammates by telling us their nickname (Stormin', Ironhead, Hopper, The Admiral) and give us some sketches of a few of them. The nicknames don't help us to get to know these men because the character descriptions are all so over the top. Every guy he tells us about is smarter, stronger, faster and a greater warrior than the last guy he told us about. They just all blur together. Unless you can give us the men's real backgrounds, I suggest you not try to flesh them out.The second grip is particular to the ebook editions. The opening pages to the book have several maps that it would have been nice to have easy access to during the reading. This is really a drawback of all ebooks and I don't know of a solution.Lastly, I think it would really behoove future editions if Fury were to include an aftermath on Neptune Spear now that Bin Laden is dead.

  • George
    2019-06-26 10:45

    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 homework and read this book because it is the most awesome thing ever.

  • Geoff Wooldridge
    2019-06-28 18:48

    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 his supporters as possible.The highly trained and secretive Delta commandos were inserted into the Tora Bora mountain area of Afghanistan (on the Pakistan border) where bin Laden and his followers had established strong defensive positions in the mountain cave network.The American objective was to work with local warlords, guiding their efforts to attack Al Qaeda, while remaining mostly invisible themselves, and coordinating massive American aerial bombardment and gunship attacks on enemy positions.Fury, as a leader on the ground during this action, has provided detailed first-hand accounts (while respecting classified information and the true identity of most individuals) of the military efforts, the difficulties and successes, giving praise and criticism as he saw fit. This is not a document promoting self-glory for the author.The local Afghani forces were fickle, had uncertain and divided loyalties, their own motivations (mostly wealth and local power), and a reluctance to fight at night, frustrating the American objectives.Fury occasionally expresses his personal frustration with higher command decisions and a political reluctance to go all out in the objective to kill bin Laden.While the military action was successful in defeating the Al Qaeda forces and driving them from their mountain strongholds, giving the locals the glory associated with victory, Delta Force considered the action a failure as it dis not achieve its primary objective of killing bin Laden. he lived to fight another day.This is pretty well done, despite an occasional excess of American nationalistic fervor.

  • Diana H.
    2019-07-12 18:49

    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.

  • Mikemcgl
    2019-06-23 16:31

    These guys took the spotter positions from 5th special forces group and negotiated with the generals to attack Bin Laden at Tora bora. They worked close with the CIA, they also worked with Grey Fox, one of the radio intercept units. The used combined arms to lase guide the bombing and tell of the frustration of working with and depending on the local forces. Wikipedi: A former Delta Force commander, using the pen name "Dalton Fury", who was present at Tora Bora has revealed in a book that bin Laden escaped into Pakistan on or around December 16, 2001. Fury gives three reasons for why bin Laden was able to escape: (1) the US mistakenly thought that Pakistan was effectively guarding the border area, (2) NATO allies refused to allow the use of air-dropped GATOR mines, which would have helped seal bin Laden and his forces inside the Tora Bora area, and (3) overreliance on native Afghan military forces as the main force deployed against bin Laden and his fighters. Fury states that the Afghan forces would usually quit the battlefield in the evenings to break their Ramadan fasts, thereby allowing the al-Qaeda forces a chance to regroup, reposition, or escape.[5:]Fury, in an interview on 60 Minutes, stated that his Delta Force team and CIA Paramilitary Officers traveled to Tora Bora after the CIA pinpointed bin Laden's location in that area. Fury's team proposed an operation in which they would assault bin Laden's suspected position from the rear, over the 14,000 foot high mountain separating Tora Bora from Pakistan. But, Fury's proposal was denied by unidentified officials at higher headquarters for unknown reasons. Fury then proposed the dropping of GATOR mines in the passes leading away from Tora Bora, but this was also denied. Forced to approach the al-Qaeda forces from the front, at one point Fury reports that his team was within 2,000 yards of bin Laden's suspected position, but withdrew because of uncertainty over the number of al-Qaeda fighters guarding bin Laden and a lack of support from allied Afghan troops.[6:]A short time later, the Afghan military forces declared a cease fire with al-Qaeda. When Fury's team prepared to advance again on the al-Qaeda forces anyway, Afghan soldiers drew their weapons on the US soldiers. After 12 hours of negotiations, the Afghans stood down, but this had allowed bin Laden and his bodyguards time to relocate. Fury reports that bin Laden, in his radio calls which began in the afternoon of December 13, was clearly under duress, reportedly saying to his fighters, "the time is now, arm your women and children against the infidel". Then, after a few hours of enduring massive and accurate aerial bombing, he broke radio silence again to say "Our prayers were not answered. Times are dire and bad. We did not get support from the apostate nations who call themselves our Muslim brothers. Things might have been different." Fury describes that Bin Laden's final words to his fighters on that night were "I'm sorry for getting you involved in this battle, if you can no longer resist, you may surrender with my blessing".[7:]A short time later, what was believed to be bin Laden and his bodyguards were observed entering a cave. Fury's team called down several bombing attacks on the cave, and believed that they had killed bin Laden. Six months later, US and Canadian forces returned and checked several caves in the area, finding remains of al-Qaeda fighters, but not of bin Laden. Fury believes that bin Laden was injured in the shoulder by shrapnel during the bombing of the cave, but was then hidden, given medical care, and assisted out of the area into Pakistan by sympathetic local Afghans.[8:]

  • Louise
    2019-07-09 17:31

    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 ground with orders to, essentially, follow local warlords. The warlords' troops, like they were punching a clock and like commuters everywhere went home at sundown. Here, their convoys streamed down a mountainous road. For three weeks Delta, cajoled, poked, and prodded its partners to hold the "real estate" won during the day.The warlords wanted US money and face time on the international news. The warlords' troops were sympathetic to Bin Laden, listening to rails against the infidels while on duty. They could have been fighting over control of opium fields or just using the US to acquire cash and weapons for later battles with each other. Whatever their goals, their cause was not ours nor as deeply felt as ours. They may have betrayed us by "brokering" a "surrender" which was neither requested nor sought. Was it a delaying tactic that allowed Bin Laden to slip out the back door?Delta, like the CIA operatives in "Operation Hotel California: The Clandestine War Inside Iraq" or the members of Pat Tillman's platoon in "Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman" was hampered by decisions made in places far from flying bullets.Lost in the drama of Bin Laden's escape is that Delta, a very tiny force, with CIA and air power back up won the Battle of Tora Bora. The Russians spent 10 years trying to do the same and the US got it in less than a month.The mission, though was not to get Tora Bora, but to get Bin Laden. Why did it fail? The first fault lays in not keeping the "real estate" at night, which resulted from the order to have the locals go first. The second is in not securing the Pakistani border. These major failures were not those of Delta. Will we ever know who is responsible? No one, to my knowledge, has ever been held accountable.This is a quickly moving story. There is quite a bit of jargon, but the lay person can usually figure it out. It is a must read for anyone interested in the early 2000 Afghan operations and/or the War on Terror.

  • Lucas
    2019-07-19 15:47

    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 not from the press but from people claiming to be ex-special forces.The extreme secrecy of Delta Force has an unintended effect of hiding its capabilities from the elected leaders and Pentagon officials who are making decisions or recommendations to deploy them. The author makes multiple comments about missions proposed from within Delta Force that were dismissed by superiors as too risky.The author has self-censored the story to make himself anonymous, which tend to undermine the chapters covering the author's life outside of Delta Force.Multiple times in the early chapters there are oblique references that go unremarked. Mostly this is the form of vouching for the competence of an individual, and the most annoying instance Dalton says a unit member is a veteran of a 'little known firefight from Desert Storm'. At that point you'd expect at least another sentence or two telling the story of that firefight but instead the book moves on to something else.Dalton's reasons for the failure accomplish the mission the book is named for are probably very well known and uncontroversial by now, but he has more detail to back them up:1. Odd decision to pull out much of the U.S. forces from the Tora Bora area prior to the fight, supposedly to trick enemies into staying and fighting.2. Over reliance on local warlords and fighters who were neither trustworthy nor had proper training. Obviously this was compounded by the problem 1 since there were few NATO forces to pick up the slack.3. Failure to seal the Pakistan border with NATO or U.S. forces. The sort of pussy-footing involved in that decision underlines the separation between stated and actual policy: the Bush administration wanted the appearance of being 'tough on terror' but compromised in many instances. Today we might hear about 'soft power', but in secret some actions the previous administration was unwilling to take are now policy.

  • Jared Sparacino
    2019-06-26 10:37

    Book review: Kill Bin Laden by Dalton FuryWritten 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 different aspects to give the reader different viewpoints on what is actually happening. First of all, as I said in the intro, this book does provide very good detail to help the reader visualize what is going on at that particular part of the story. In my opinion, the author using detail to help the reader visualize the book is essential in creating an interesting book. I enjoy movies, and books can be better than some movies if the detail used is quality, which Dalton Fury does a great job of.cAlthough this is a great book, it does have some downsides. The downside to this book is that it spends too much time on certain aspects and gives quite a few unnecessary details that I briefly explained in the previous paragraph. Another negative aspect to this book is that their are other books that are better in this category. Here is a quote from Mark, on Goodreads which says: “ Kill Bin Laden is an overall good book, however there are better options in this category of reading like Lone Survivor. “ Which I most definitely agree with because I have definitely enjoyed reading other books in this category more. Overall, I really did enjoy reading this book, although it does have some minor defects it is a good book when I look back at it. The detail and actual storyline did keep me entertained and usually wanting to continue reading at the end of each chapter. The two book reviews included in my review also are nice to see because it lets me know what other people think, and I can connect mine back to theirs. I ended up really agreeing with one and the other, not so much. These reasons are really why I gave Kill Bin Laden, by Dalton Fury a good score of 4.5/5.

  • Jason
    2019-06-22 17:42

    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 disturbing fact that the operators were not given the authority to close off the Tora Bora mountains from the Pakistan border. I was awed reading about the skill at which Delta operated, such as the sniper team of Jester and Dugan. It is a good feeling to know that such awesome commando's dawn the U.S. flag. Unfortunately, the skill at which Bin Laden evaded and escaped the mountains is unquestionable. This book puts into perspective the daunting task of hunting down an enemy in such difficult terrain with such unique customs that oft times run directly counter to keeping an enemy on their heels. I was surprised to read of the repeated denied requests of the author to use Ranger capabilities at pertinent times. It was reminiscent to reading of the F.B.I.'s lack of full cooperation and coordination with each other via the 9/11 commission report. I don't know if this is because of the convoluted nature of such work or if it simply breaks down to pride or arrogance getting in the way of creating overall unified operations. Either way, as Roosevelt said "the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena", and if you want to read about the people actually in the arena then read this book. The only side note I would add is that the author writes, at times, utilizing various military euphemisms, as if you were overhearing a conversation in the barracks. In a sense that fact just adds more merit to this book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in this subject matter.

  • Don
    2019-06-30 17:36

    Dalton Fury was the main Field Commander of Special Forces overseeing the operations to kill Bin Laden in the mountainous region of Afghanistan called Tora Bora and he gives quite a detailed account of what took place there.Very informative historical reading. The story flows smoothly and is easy to understand in what actually occurred.Many mistakes and wrong decisions were made where they could had gotten Bin Laden in December of 2001, but a number of suggestions Fury made in trying to made the ground operation in Afghanistan easier were ultimately denied by the top military brass and the end result was they did not get their man (either dead or alive).Millions and millions of US dollars were wasted in this particular operation be it paying off local Afghan 'Warlords' for their assistance (which was pretty much useless) plus the costs involved with supplying Afghan Pashtun Majahideen 'warriors' with weapons and even Nike running shoes. Most Pentagon and CIA officials felt it was money well spent due to crushing the back of al Qaeda in their most secured hideaway and causing whoever remained alive to run away very quickly (including Osama Bin Laden and his closest cronies).Strangely enough, I obtained this book a week before Bin Laden was recently killed in Pakistan (exactly where the US figured he had escaped to from Tora Bora in December 2001). Plus there is mentioned that it was suspected OBL had possible help from Pakistani Intelligence Service (INI) in his escape across the border into Pakistan with a rumor of a black helicopter coming in out of Pakistan and wisking him away to safety. Go figure as the recent disclosure of OBL's whereabouts was learned by the public.Also read: Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 9/11

  • Phillip Snyder
    2019-07-02 17:54

    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 compelling because you are just so blown away by what these guys go through. How intense the experience is, which has helped spawn ideas in my head for characters who may take on a role in a military position or such. So reading "Kill Bin Laden" was highly educational in that area. However, the only round character was our narrator, everything is solely from his perspective and even the reactions from others in the story was very limited. I'll need to remember not to make that same mistake and to include other characters, though I doubt it will be much of an issue.Also, there was a lot of useless information thrown about, probably to fill in the spaces where the government critics said there was to much info. And there also wasn't much use of any senses other than that of sight or hearing. He never elaborated on smells or touches, or tastes of any kind. It was disappointing and a mistake I've noted so that I won't make it.What I did like, however was that the story came back on it's self. The beginning was them returning to the place of the incident years later and looking for clues, and then it was a huge flashback, which brought us back to the readers present.

  • Jeff Dawson
    2019-07-19 15:43

    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 world, to continue operations of terror and destruction for another twelve years. Is Bush at fault? Perhaps. Was it important for America to gain a presence in this tumultuous area? At the time, yes. In hindsight, it’s easy to assign blame to our leaders, but when it comes down to our troops risking their lives for the country and the worlds benefit, he should have rolled the dice and killed him when the chance first appeared. The brilliance of the this work is how the reader is placed in the mountains of Tora Bora and following Bin Laden’s movements. Mr. Fury does an excellent job in recreating what he and his troops endured as they hunted this monster. Imagine being in the operations room and hearing Bin Laden bid his troops farewell as our Special Forces move in for the kill. You can feel his resignation over the air waves. You will tense up as the troops move in for the final kill, and then feel their pain and let down knowing their prey had escaped through the back door. Well done Mr. Fury

  • Jeffrey Belcher
    2019-07-13 12:56

    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 play poker with many of them on Friday nights. The “hypothetical” stories that they told were astonishing. When I pick this book up, I was expecting stories such as this. Don’t get me wrong, as an air traffic controller, I know firsthand the ability of combat controllers, however I was expecting more action. With that out of the way, I enjoyed this book a great deal. The story of the Tora Bora battle has been talked about for years, especially the part where Bin Laden was surrounded and that the military, special forces, and most notably the politicians permitted Bin Laden to “slip through their fingers.” This book explains how it was possible. This was a great read and can do nothing but admire the bravery and physical toughness not to mention the irritation of not being permitted to engage in the way that these men wished. A great insight into exactly what happened without the added opinion of those who were not there.

  • Zach
    2019-07-03 10:37

    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 "unit histories--(books about specific organizaitons, especially when written by former members of the unit or organization). The first hand view is very informative, however without especially strong editing/ghost writing, authors often attempt to settle old scores (this would have worked except someone else or it was not our fault because it was someone else) or at the very least the book fails to provide a neutral review of the unit (strenghts and weaknesses) while being critical of everyone else (intelligence agencies, officers, senior leadership, civilian leadership, other units, other branches of the military). To be honest it was a surprise when the author praises the USAF Combat Controllers!!

  • Matt Randall
    2019-07-15 15:28

    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 different versions that were embellished or misleading. Fury told a story that is full of heroism and full of frustrations. In the story he claimed that they had Bin Laden within their sights but due to upper level officers denying support or mining the path to Pakistan, he was able to escape. Lord knows why these decisions were made, and Fury does not speculate. He simply shares his frustrations in a could of or should of sense. A very interesting read and a good look behind the doors of the Army's most secret service. These men are constantly training and eternally on the razors edge. Its no wonder why they are the most premier anti-terrorism squad on the planet.

  • Bill Shuey
    2019-07-10 10:54

    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 dead bodies than in any real attempt to kill bin laden.Mr. Fury provides an excellent overview of the ineptness of the higher levels of the military chain-of-command which attempted to micro-manage the effort from their offices and hampered the possibility of killing the world's worst terrorist. Because of the blunders in December 2001 America had to wait more than 10 years to finally bring the killer of so many Americans to justice.Delta was willing - Fury tells us why they didn't achieve their mission. An interesting book.M

  • Pat Dugan
    2019-07-14 17:45

    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 loyal and dedicated followers has made fools out of all of us.We must go back to the basics to kill this bastard. AND...we better recover the body or we will have another Messiah to contend with (As if Obama isn't enough!)LOL Dugan's Rule: No Body = New ReligionBest of luck to these young warriors in their quest. I only wish I were old enough to join them - Confession: I used to think I was the best, and bulletproof too! Ah Youth!

  • Kevin
    2019-07-04 10:56

    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 weeks instead of dragging on for a decade now. Once again, you see the requests from the guys on the ground denied by politicians and higher brass who don’t know the whole story. Some of these requests could have made a huge difference. We will never know. The bottom line is, if we enter into a war, let the guys on the ground fight and fight hard and with everything at their disposal… and make the politicians get out of the way.

  • Mahlon
    2019-07-09 10:45

    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 the Muj, had hampered his team's ability to complete their mission, and allowed UBL to escape into Pakistan. The book is a great primer on small unit tactics and doctrine. The author writes in a rather dry, clipped "just the facts" type of style, but it's still a fascinating read because he was there.

  • Charles Blumberg
    2019-07-04 14:35

    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 Osama on the mountain. Another interesting lesson learned is that US did not close the backdoor escape into Pakistan at the border under orders to disrupt relations with Pakistan, which probably allowed Pakistan to assist in the Osama escape.

  • Taylor Lewis
    2019-07-05 11:54

    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 soldier first, author second. Despite the shortcomings, kill bin laden is a very detailed look at a battle fought in a very political manner. Not a perfect book but definitely worth reading if you have an interest in military affairs

  • Joe
    2019-07-14 12:29

    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 door into Pakistan . Dalton chronicles the day to day manhunt for the most wanted man in the world !!! Definitely recommended

  • Bill McNeely
    2019-06-29 15:50

    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 gets and describes the frustration you feel, as Westerner when dealing with the Afghan Mindset.

  • Grant
    2019-06-24 13:39

    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 that will advance America's goals, great, but if not, we get the lies and whatever the warlords want for themselves, regardless if it is what they promised us or not.

  • John Szucs
    2019-07-13 18:36

    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 their backs even in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 in order to appease our so-called allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Not until Iraq did we really take the gloves off.