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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Irfan M. Ibrahim on 11-17-15

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Wayne H. Mackirdy on 10-25-15

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Dena M. on 10-20-17

Tears for the enemy

this guy in my opinion spends too much time worrying about the enemy. Their last moments on the planet and whether or not we should or should not be in iraq or Afghanistan or whatever. quite honestly I really don't think that this is a good book just because of that. he mourns the death of a man who facilitated the death of American troops. he goes on and on about his conscious and how tough it was to see him die in high-def. but he doesn't pick up an M4, doesn't take RPG fire he doesn't see his buddies shredded by AK-47 or ied. he's not in the field as somebody else's body parts are blown all over him or has to clean himself off from somebody else's blood or vomit. he's in the Cozy air-conditioned room and goes home at night and yet he talks about the trauma of War. he has no idea the trauma of War stick to the story of the predator and leave your crying for the enemy for enemy sympathizers.

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