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Hunter Killer

Inside America's Unmanned Air War
Narrated by: Holter Graham
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Summary

The first-ever inside look at the US military's secretive Remotely Piloted Aircraft program - equal parts techno-thriller, historical account, and war memoir.

Remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), commonly referred to by the media as drones, are a mysterious and headline-making tool in the military's counterterrorism arsenal. Their story has been pieced together by technology reporters, major newspapers, and on-the-ground accounts from the Middle East, but it has never been fully told by an insider.

In Hunter Killer, Air Force Lt. Col. T. Mark McCurley provides an unprecedented look at the aviators and aircraft that forever changed modern warfare. This is the first account by an RPA pilot, told from his unique-in-history vantage point supporting and executing Tier One counterterrorism missions. Only a handful of people know what it's like to hunt terrorists from the sky, watching through the electronic eye of aircraft that can stay aloft for a day at a time, waiting to deploy their cutting-edge technology to neutralize threats to America's national security.

Hunter Killer is the counterpoint to the stories from the battlefront told in books like No Easy Day and American Sniper: While special operators such as SEALs and Delta Force have received a lot of attention in recent years, no book has ever told the story of the unmanned air war. Until now.

©2015 T. Mark Mccurley and Kevin Maurer (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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  • Irfan M. Ibrahim
  • 17-11-15

No political Bias. Just a narration of modern soldier's perspective.

Really enjoyed it. It might be dry read for some people but to truly understand what happens in black box to operate unmanned air craft. To understand modern warfare in form of intelligence gathering and true bird's eye view on unknown future of Unmanned machines. It made me appreciate the layers of checks and balances before single hell fire missile leaves aircraft's railing.

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  • Wayne H. Mackirdy
  • 25-10-15

Important story....needed to be told!!

Very good read. I found myself in the cockpit with the author. And...I understand the RPA community so much better now!

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  • Avid Kindle Reader
  • 30-09-17

Rather Boring

After listening to about half this book I just stopped listening. It was not exciting in the least and went into great detail about the rather trivial and mundane. I'm a fan of aviation and a pilot myself, however this book was just not interesting. The narration was good however. No problem there.

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  • Matthew
  • 03-10-16

Extremely interesting and well-written!

Fascinating to read a first-person account of the development of the new unmanned aircraft program. Very interesting to hear from someone who was directly involved from the beginning up to and including the famous killing of Anwar Al Awlaki.

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  • R. Bedsole
  • 29-07-16

chocolate chip cookies

this is a very cool book. it outlines what or how the Air Force uses the predator to hunt the United States enemies overseas. it begins early in the life of a pilot who flies awax and ends with a squadron commander who has done it all gradebook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-16

Interesting history of RPAs in the GWOT

Learned alot about the Predator in particular and the Air Force in general from this book. I would've liked to hear the authors' thoughts on the concerns of collateral damage caused by Hellfire strikes though.

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  • Teravaxis
  • 05-06-16

Thoroughly Enjoyed This One

I don't usually write reviews of books because so many of them become a matter of taste and preference, but I couldn't resist sharing the pleasure I derived from Hunter Killer. It is an interesting story very well told and extremely well narrated. Aviation buff who thrives on details of airframes? Check. Interested in an inside look at how America's unmanned aerial vehicles are tilting the balance of power against terrorist organizations? Check. Maybe the best part of this book is that the author knew when to stop. And I thought Kevin Maurer's read was off the charts. Great read all the way around.

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  • Frank C.
  • 10-11-15

Great insight into a dynamic community.

This book shows how the RPA program has grown in such a small amount of time. The community's role in the military is still being forged, and in many ways this book shows that it's limitations can be overcome with luck, hard work, and persistence.

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  • Michael
  • 25-11-16

A memoir, nothing more.

My disappointment lies in a few areas. If you want a painstakingly broken down autobiography of one predator pilots experiences in the community then that's exactly what you'll get with this book. Not much else. First, I thought this book would contain narratives about the history of UAV's, their inception, deep detail. Unfortunately this book is just a first person recollection of one man's UAV work. My second gripe is that this book seems to be written solely for the enjoyment of people completely uninitiated in either military tactics or aviation. Which I suppose isn't necessarily a bad thing, but to anyone with even a basic understanding of how military aviation operates you'll find this book long winded and pathetically basic.

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  • DS
  • 05-01-16

Very informative, good story

The author kept my interest throughout the book by offering interesting technical facts on the UVA'S surrounded by a good story. It makes you appreciate the RPA community a lot more and would not offend me if my federal tax dollars were spent to support these defense programs

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