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Summary

As a commander of Delta Force - the most elite counter terrorist organization in the world - Pete Blaber took part in some of the most dangerous, controversial, and significant military and political events of our time. Now he takes his intimate knowledge of warfare - and the heart, mind, and spirit it takes to win - and moves his focus from the combat zone to civilian life.

As the smoke clears from exciting stories about never-before-revealed top-secret missions that were executed all over the globe, listeners will emerge wiser, more capable, and more ready for life's personal victories than they ever thought possible.

©2013 Pete Blaber (P)2013 Blackstone Audiobooks

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When management get it wrong

This is more than a gripping read about special forces and there exploits, it's also a demonstration of how interference by senior management who are egotistical can cause serious cocky ps to escalate, in this case leading to a tragic loss of life. A fantastically well written and read story.

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Not enough action

Starts well and is generally a good story. Not enough action for me though, most of the book is about lessons learned on mission but fails to detail said mission. Always felt I wanted more detail

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A must for future leaders in any area of life

Tacid knowledge is a must in any area of professionalism and is a must to be a good manager/boss/operator.

Performance was lack luster. The 'accents' used by the narrator for the Afghanis came over more Pakistani than Afghani whoch detracted from what was said and had a air of guessing the accent.

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  • Billy
  • 16-05-14

DELTA Adventures with Everyday Tactical Advice

Would you listen to The Mission, the Men, and Me again? Why?

I will definitely listen again. The depth and breadth of everyday practical applications from each of his stories and missions was very captivating. Every mission he talked about, including the planning aspects, had advice that you can apply in your day-to day life. The overarching theme was to consider how your decisions will affect: 1st - Your Mission, 2nd - Your Men, and 3rd - Me.

He also went into some of the concepts that helped him to understand what he needed to do to become a better operator and leader. "The mind has three elementary phases it goes through when it's thinking: saturate, incubate, and illuminate. although they generally occur in order, all three are continuous processes, so your mind is constantly cycling through all three phases.The most effective approach to a situation is to detect our mind's ability to recognize the life patterns that happen" How you handle and solve problems when you encounter them, will ultimately decide the outcome. Throughout the book, he explains his adventure and ends with a life lesson so we can understand, adapt, and master the future.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Peter Blaber

What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

He did not overdo it when it came to trying to portray the accents of the enemies. The tone and performance was just right.

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  • Chris
  • 01-03-14

Spot On

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If you're looking for a story book collection of battles and adrenaline spiking drama, this isn't that kind of book. The author did a great job in both titling it appropriately, as deciding what to include. I took many notes from the author, and have incorporated his leadership lessons into my personal and professional life. A must read for any junior leader, or senior leader who has lost his/her base.

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  • DS
  • 13-12-15

among the best

this book is among the best of the many spec ops books that have been published since 911 and is a window into the way the "War on Terror" should, and hopefully will, be fought. all those chicken hawks clamoring for "boots on the ground" should pause and consider the alternatives. small, entrepreneurial groups of highly trained spec ops soldiers are the better alternative.

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  • Colby
  • 11-09-15

"IT'S NOT REALITY UNLESS IT'S SHARED!"

I'm going to sound cliche'...however it's my reality. This book changed my life! I'm a 30 year old man now (29 when I first read this.) I lost my father to suicide a few years back. I am married and own a window coverings business. I am a bit of a nomad...I lose myself to lack of wisdom and guiding principles. This book, has had a profound impact on my internal dialect...and a new motor to be an effective human being. This book nailed it...I go back and listen to the guiding principles about every other week in the last chapter. READ THIS BOOK. Thank you Mr.Blaber and please write another!

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  • JLS
  • 09-09-14

Great Book

If you could sum up The Mission, the Men, and Me in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, Gripping, Insightful

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed Pete's lessons learned during his time in the unit.

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Great book, I have read it a few times and it was nice to listen to it as well. Good story, good insights into leadership, and interesting to learn about that part of our military history too.

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  • Vincent J. Capone
  • 22-06-14

Great lesson for lif forged in the elite forces

Would you listen to The Mission, the Men, and Me again? Why?

Definitely a multiple listen book as the lessons are embedded in story layers that can improve anyone's outlokk and life

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  • OPSEC S.
  • 15-04-18

Not a war story - rather, a study on leadership!

What made the experience of listening to The Mission, the Men, and Me the most enjoyable?

"So there I was...surrounded on all sides...down to my last magazine. Enemy closing in from every direction. And was I scared? You're damn right I was scared. PEWPEWPEWPEWPEW."

...This is NOT one of those books! The fact that Pete's experience happens to come from a military background is almost a distraction from the fact that he writes about tenents of bold leadership with a clarity and authority I've not seen anywhere else.

His guiding principles are applicable to any profession, and are incredibly insightful. After 20 years as a leader in my own line of work, I found myself re-invigorated by hearing these stories, and reminded of the need to be humble (like Blaber) in the pursuit of organizational excellence.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mission, the Men, and Me?

Why on earth would a group of American commandos rush-order a gorilla costume for use on a real-world operation? Listen to this book to find out!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. There's so much value in this book that one should take it in doses and think critically about it, rather than trying to absorb it all at once. Yes, it's entertaining - but to be swept up in the stories would prevent the listener from getting all the value to be had here.

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  • patty ringer
  • 29-03-18

interesting

Solid book. Drifts off on tangents though. Wish 4 more detail. I recommend this book.

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  • Josh
  • 27-03-18

A must read

Incredible lessons broken down into very digestable and captivating stories. Every leader at any level can find applicable leadership lessons.

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  • Loveless
  • 05-03-18

Important

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this book is not only interesting it is also extremely affordable.

What did you like best about this story?

Examples used by the author from his plethora of experience.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Mostly surreal, my leadership style and thoughts mirror the author's. Listening to this book has allowed me to hone my logical processes in regard to life, and my career.