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Razor 03 (ePub)

A Night Stalker’s Wars

Colour eBooks Military > Memoirs Military > SAS & Special Forces

By Alan C Mack
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 6.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 20 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781399018708
Published: 2nd September 2022


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Finalist in the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Awards 2022

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The US Army’s Special Operations Aviation Regiment fields the best helicopter pilots in the world. Alan Mack was one of these intrepid “Night Stalkers,” proving his mettle through the rigors of training, endless deployments, and decades of war, during which he hunted Osama bin Laden, rescued American warriors from the jaws of death, was shot up, shot down, and only survived due to his indomitable will and the grace of God.

-Steven Hartov, New York Times Bestselling co-author of IN THE COMPANY OF HEROES and THE NIGHT STALKERS

“Alan Mack has achieved something quite extraordinary: an enthralling combat memoir that provides at the same time a compelling commentary on two decades of war. Perhaps most importantly, it is a searingly honest human story of the personal cost endured by the families of those who serve, and an inspiring tale of resilience. In short -- Mack has produced a triumph of story-telling.”

-Andy Milburn, author of WHEN THE TEMPEST GATHERS

Alan Mack is the real deal, part of an elite band of ultimate aviators. Throughout all the setbacks - getting shot down, losing comrades, and tragedy on the home front - he endures. He is the living embodiment of his unit's motto: "Night Stalkers Don't Quit!"

-Toby Harnden, author of FIRST CASUALTY

A been-there, done-that pilot in the world’s most elite helicopter unit, Alan Mack delivers a gritty, inside look at life as a Night Stalker – from intense combat missions overseas to the tragic costs that lifestyle can impose on a family.

-Sean Naylor, author of New York Times Bestseller RELENTLESS STRIKE

“Al Mack reminds us that the blank check our service members sign to our country is drawn against their families as well. The challenges can be heartbreaking. His candid memoir speaks of courage and tragedy, both on the battlefield and at home.”

Taya Kyle, New York Times Bestselling author of AMERICAN WIFE
Razor 03, A Night Stalker’s Wars, is an eye-opening description of what goes on behind the scenes of special operations from a pilot’s perspective. Al Mack’s edge-of-the-seat stories provide a compelling rendition of what it’s like to ride to Hell and back in an MH-47 Chinook. An incredible story hardly believable had I not witnessed it first hand.”

-- Command Master Chief (SEAL) Britt K. Slabinski, United States Navy (Ret)

Medal of Honor Recipient

"The largest part of the story is about his missions in northern Afghanistan, and Mack does an excellent job of maintaining the tension. He covers the high points as well as the lows thoroughly; and a reader has a sense of—if not being there—looking over Mack’s shoulder."

The Journal of the Air Force Historical Foundation

This title gives you an insight into how these roles can be carried out, an idea of the mindset required and life in the forces.

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This is an excellent book which I found does take little time to get into the flow of reading as I perceive a difference is in the style of writing between the US and UK. Well-illustrated with both colour and black and white pictures.

5 Stars

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

Al Mack did the impossible: delivering my (Operation Detachment Alpha) ODA Special Forces team past numerous Taliban defenses to start our mission after 9/11. He did a phenomenal job then, and he’s done a phenomenal job now, detailing a life filled with missions every bit as exciting and dangerous as ours.”

Mark Nutsch, US Army Major, Commander ODA 595 HORSE SOLDIERS, and co-author of SWORDS OF LIGHTNING: Green Beret Horse Soldiers and America's Response to 9/11



Yonkers Times

Razor 03 reads like a fast-paced action novel. Alan Mack gives us the deepest dive I’ve ever read about the fantastic life of a Night Stalker. It is as much a history lesson as it is a personal confession about the extremes of life in our nation’s most esteemed aviation unit, TF 160. Razor 03 is the reminder we all need to know: our nation is safe because of the sacrifices and commitment of these brave men and women.

- Matt Eversmann, New York Times Bestselling Author of Walk in My Combat Boots

About Alan C Mack

CW5 Alan C. Mack retired from the Army as a Master Aviator. He served over 35 years in the Army, first as an aircraft mechanic then as a pilot.
He flew CH-47s in support of Operations Desert Shield and Storm. Additionally, he spent 17 years flying MH-47 Chinooks with the 160th SOAR. As a Night Stalker Flight Lead, he participated in Operations Desert Thunder, Desert Fox, Enduring, and Iraqi Freedom.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 10 Air medals – 1 with 'V,' and a Combat Action Badge.
Alan finished his career as Commander of the West Point Flight Detachment. Now he and his wife Patti live happily in New York's Hudson Valley. 
His website is www.alancmack.com

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