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On August 6, 2011 - three months after members of Navy SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden - Taliban forces took down a United States helicopter, call sign Extortion 17. The attack killed the Air National Guard crew, seven unidentified members of the Afghan military, and 17 members of Navy SEAL Team Six - warrior brothers from the same team that had killed Osama Bin Laden just 90 days prior. Were the seven Afghan soldiers aboard that helicopter really undercover Taliban who either maneuvered the chopper within easy range of being shot down or sabotaged it from within? Were the SEALs sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and deliberately flown into a known Taliban hot zone?
Don Brown, a former US Navy JAG officer stationed at the Pentagon and a former special assistant United States attorney, re-creates the wartime action, tells the life stories of the elite warriors our nation lost on that day and tears apart the official military explanation of the incident contained in the infamous Colt Report, which reveals either gross incompetence or a massive cover-up.
©2015 Don Brown (P)2015 Tantor
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1 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 09-12-15

Conspiratorial prattle

What disappointed you about Call Sign Extortion 17?

It is like a commercial for conspiracy theories. His idea is, "if you say it 100 times, someone will believe it". His lack of knowledge on special ops is glaringly obvious. Other than a few of the families of the dead, there is not much to be heard from the seal community past or present. His theory about the National Guard pilots is bogus. The CSAR special operations units are almost completely made up of Air National guard units. The seal platoon were on QRF duty that night. The helicopters do not drop of QRF away from the fight. CH - 47 are and have been commonly used to insert spec ops and QRF troops in Afghanistan due to better altitude performance than MH - 60 blackhawks. 160th SOAR units were not always available. The author disregards the amount of experience of the co-pilot(CWO-4) with lots of flight hours including combat in order to push his point of pilot inexperience. As for the Colt report, this is not the first time an after action report/incident investigation has been blundered by flag officers who push pens for a living. The passing mentions that bullets were found in the seals' bodies during autopsy attributed to british news reports indicating that the "mysterious 7 afghans" somehow gunned down 2 seal platoons on board the helicopter before it crashed. I have read almost every book available about the seal community in combat in Afghanistan, most written be actual combatants, not a former low level JAG Lt. who writes almost all fictional thrillers. The seals have been taking afghan commandos on ops with them for several years. They vette and train them themselves before taking afghans into combat. The idea of the swapping of afghan units to some unknown group is ridiculous and further explained in a congressional hearing into the shoot down. I could go on but I would have to write my own book.

What was most disappointing about Don Brown’s story?

He denigrates the memory of these selfless soldiers and continues the grief of all of their families with this rag of a conspiracy theory.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill Thatcher?

Anyone. He excises sinister tones when talking about the few key points the officer tries to make. I guess he is just doing the job he is being paid to do. Just like a B movie actor in a really bad movie.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. He got my $14 and I can't get that or the wasted time back. Next time I will do the research on the author before buying another book from Audible.

Any additional comments?

I wonder if anyone at audible proof read this book. You have made available many great books written by combatants and people who have spent much of their lives writing about military history. This book and the subsequent book written by Aaron Vaughn's father are not one of them. They do no service to your subscribing members, nor the country as a whole. I would hope that in the future you would do better to consider this before helping a man like Don Brown put money in his pocket. It will only help him further his conspiracy theory ranting.

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1 out of 5 stars
By ThisAmazonReview1234 on 03-02-18

Avoid it, unless you enjoy conspiracy theories.

This book is unbearably repetitive and relies on political bias instead of good journalism.

Skip it, and listen instead to Ed Darak’s “The Final Flight of Extortion 17.”

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