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Thomas Greer, the former special operations commander who wrote a series of books under the pen name "Dalton Fury" and exposed the American public firsthand to the modern exploits of the military's most secretive units, died October 21, 2016 from cancer.Starting as an enlisted soldier and instructor in the elite Army Rangers in the mid-1980s before becoming an officer, Greer later joining U.S. Army Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta, more commonly known as "Delta Force," the Army's version of SEAL Team Six. He published "Kill Bin Laden" in 2008, recounting his participation in the unsuccessful 2001 mission to capture elusive terrorist leader Osama bin Laden when he was holed up in the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan. He went on to write a series of other books, including a fictionalized account of special forces operations.Greer, 52, was perhaps the first in what has become a long series of shadowy warriors-turned-authors who traded their rifles for pens to meet the public's growing enthusiasm for details on the government's most classified missions. Civilian leaders and military planners increasingly rely on these elite commandos to accomplish secret missions in modern war zones, creating tension between those willing to tell the story and others who choose to uphold their pledge to secrecy."Every one of us was dubbed persona non grata by our former organization," Greer told U.S. News in 2015. "To some, that doesn't mean squat. To others, it can be pretty painful as you lose a lot of close friends."He spoke shortly after Matt Bissonnette, one of the SEALs who contributed to the 2011 mission that killed bin Laden, came under formal Pentagon inquiry for writing his own book, "No Easy Day," as did Robert O'Neill, another of the SEALs on that mission, who revealed himself on Fox News and claimed he fired the shot that killed the al-Qaida leader.Their actions prompted top SEAL leaders to write a letter to those within their ranks, admonishing those who break from what they described as the "critical tenet of our ethos," to not advertise the nature of their work or seek recognition for it."We do not abide willful or selfish disregard for our core values in return for public notoriety or financial gain," Navy Rear Adm. Brian Losey and Force Master Chief Michael Magaraci wrote at the time.Both Bissonnette and O'Neill claimed they chose to tell their stories for the sake of the American public."It was UBL, the biggest target of our generation," Greer explained at the time, using the military's prefered acronym for bin Laden, and referencing the fact that the White House confirmed reports the SEAL unit had conducted the assault. "Once the gates were opened by the Obama administration, I believe both Biss and Rob decided to make their claim to history while it was still marketable."The greatest source of criticism for the former commandos centered on their decision not to seek approval through established channels at the Department of Defense for discussing classified information. Greer submitted copies of his proposed books for review, as most others like him do, and any information the Pentagon deemed sensitive was either changed or stricken.Others who knew Greer say he was at least in part inspired to write his own book by a perceived barrier between the general public and the less than 1 percent of them who fought the seemingly never-ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."It brings a lot of pride to the American people, especially in times that are needed," says Jim Reese, founder of security consulting firm TigerSwan who served with Greer in both the Rangers and Delta as a fellow officer. "You've got this organization that is in the shadows, and part of it should be. But this is the New York Yankees. What Tom was able to do with both his books and his fiction books was to bring the reality to Middle America, to let Americans be proud of this small element of Americans.
11 books on the list
Best Books First
A Delta Force Novel
Dalton Fury - 2012-01-31
"Black Site" is a thrilling novel by a former Delta Force commander, drawing upon his real-life combat experience to create an explosive series. The protagonist, Kolt Raynor, is a Delta Force operator still reeling from a past mission gone wrong, but given a second chance to redeem himself by rescuing his captured men from Pakistan's badlands. However, he soon discovers a sinister al Qaeda plot to capture a secret U.S. prison and destabilize the region, with a ruthless enemy hot on his trail. This gritty and intense work of suspense promises to kick off an exciting new fiction series.
Tier One Wild
A Delta Force Novel
Dalton Fury - 2012-10-16
Former Delta Force commander Kolt "Racer" Raynor is back in this explosive new thriller by New York Times bestselling author, Dalton Fury. American al Qaeda commander Daoud al Amriki and his team of terrorists aim to infiltrate the United States with Russian-built surface-to-air missiles. When a SEAL Team Six mission goes wrong, Raynor's Delta Force team is left to stop them before it's too late. Join Raynor on an international thrill ride from black ops nerve centers to the streets of Cairo in this dramatic and revealing story.
A Delta Force Novel
Dalton Fury - 2017-09-05
An explosive conclusion to a New York Times bestselling series. Kolt "Racer" Raynor and his Delta Force squadron are tasked with protecting a controversial American president in Greece, but when an assassin strikes, Raynor vows to take him down. As the assassin's target shifts to Raynor himself, he must break the law to stop the killing spree before it's too late. Gripping and tense, this book will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.
One Killer Force
A Delta Force Novel
Dalton Fury - 2015-10-20
Follow Delta Force Commander Major Kolt "Racer" Raynor as he struggles to save his career in the face of Joint Chiefs of Staff contemplating combining Delta Force and the SEALs into a single unit or eliminating one entirely. Meanwhile, the first female military operator, Cindy "Hawk" Bird, must survive her insertion into the world's most repressive regime. With a new terrorist threat looming, Kolt races around the world to eliminate them before they can enact their deadly mission. Will they be able to stop the growing danger in North Korea before it's too late?
One Killer Force - Absolut tödlich
Thriller (Kolt Raynor 4) (German Edition)
Dalton Fury - 2015-10-20
This thrilling military fiction follows Delta Force Commander Major Kolt "Racer" Raynor as he faces off against tough US Navy SEALs in a battle for his career. As the government considers combining or eliminating units, Kolt must navigate dangerous combat zones on missions to eliminate terrorists and prevent a nuclear terror threat. Meanwhile, Cindy "Hawk" Bird fights to become the first female official operator in the US military while facing risky infiltration into a repressive regime. Adventures in Ukraine and Syria commence as a new danger to peace and security looms in North Korea.
Kill Bin Laden
A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man
Dalton Fury - 2008-10-06
Experience a gripping firsthand account of the hunt for the world's most wanted man in this book. Written by a Delta Force commander, Kill Bin Laden takes readers on a journey through the complex and dangerous world of special operations. Learn about the strategies, tactics, and sacrifices that were made to bring one of history's most notorious figures to justice.
Full Assault Mode
A Delta Force Novel
Dalton Fury - 2014-05-13
This gripping special operations thriller follows Delta Force operator Kolt Raynor as he races against the clock to stop a deadly terrorist plot that would cause devastation on American soil. With the trust of the President and his quick thinking, Kolt must go deep undercover to infiltrate al Qaeda and prevent a radiological attack on a commercial nuclear power plant. Written by former Delta Force commander Dalton Fury, Full Assault Mode takes readers on a heart-pounding journey through the world of undercover special operations where every decision counts.
All Lines Black
Dalton Fury - 2017-06-06
A Syrian militant leader wants to defect from ISIS, but he has one condition: the head of the American commando who killed his son. When Delta Force squadron commander Kolt "Racer" Raynor leads a mission to Syria to capture the new ISIS money man, he realizes it's a setup. Now Raynor and his team must uncover who set them up and why, while navigating a city controlled by enemy fighters.
Eine tödliche Einheit
Thriller (Kolt Raynor 5) (German Edition)
Dalton Fury - 2021-01-15
This action-packed novel follows Kolt "Racer" Raynor and his Delta Force team as they protect the American president during a NATO mission in Greece. When an assassin kills the Greek Prime Minister with his signature bullet, Raynor begins his hunt for the killer. The chase ends with the apparent death of the shooter, but Raynor suspects his reign of terror has only just begun. With a realistic, quick-fire atmosphere, this book is a must-read for fans of military thrillers. Recommended by Brad Thor and Kirkus Reviews.
The Delta Force Series, Books 1-3
Black Site, Tier One Wild, Full Assault Mode (A Delta Force Novel)
Dalton Fury - 2017-07-11
Follow Delta Force operator Kolt Raynor on his journey to redemption as he tries to find his missing men in Pakistan's badlands in Black Site. In Tier One Wild, Raynor and his team must stop American al Qaeda commander Daoud al Amriki from infiltrating the United States and taking down American aircraft. Full Assault Mode sees Raynor infiltrating al Qaeda to stop a deep-cover terror cell from detonating a bomb inside one of the U.S.'s commercial nuclear power plants. Authored by former Delta Force operator Dalton Fury, this series brings authentic military experience to the forefront.
The New Republic on The Death of Osama bin Laden
Dalton Fury, Paul Berman, Martin Peretz, David Greenberg, William Galson, Ruth Franklin, Sean Wilentz, Leon Wieseltier, David Rieff, Ahmed Rashid - 2011-05-10
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