A Night Stalker’s Wars
Imprint: Pen and Sword Military
256 Pages, 6.1 x 9.1 in, 20 color illustrations
- September 2022
- In Stock
-General David H. Petraeus, US Army (Ret.), former Commander of the Surge in Iraq, US Central Command, and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan, and former Director of the CIA
Finalist, 2022 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Awards
The attacks of September 11, 2001, prompted the creation of a robust and deadly special operations force -- Task Force Dagger. Alan C. Mack, Callsign Razor 03, led a team of MH-47E helicopters and armed MH-60s. Their two-fold mission – Personnel Recovery (PR) and Unconventional Warfare (UW) involved flying in terrain and weather previously not thought possible. If that wasn’t enough, they pushed the flight envelope of their specially modified Chinooks to the limit and beyond.
Mack shares his behind-the-scenes perspective of the Horse Soldier’s infill into Afghanistan. He discusses the hunt for Osama Bin Laden at Tora Bora and describes his shootdown during Operation Anaconda. Years later, he chased Bowe Bergdahl, rescued hostages in Iraq, and the U.S. Navy Seal ‘Lone Survivor’ from the Kunar Valley.
Mack’s near-death experiences and frequent deployments not only affected him, but pushed his wife toward prescription opioids. Her developing addiction led to friction as he kept her secret and continued to deploy.
He lived by his unit’s motto, Night Stalkers Don’t Quit! He wouldn’t quit on his unit – he couldn’t quit on his family. His story of success, tragedy, and ultimate happiness is as old as warfare itself.
“A truly extraordinary book by a phenomenal pilot and warrior. Alan Mack was in the thick of every sensitive, harrowing, high-stakes operation in the decade following 9/11. His account of combat from the cockpit of the world’s most exceptional special ops aviation unit and of the toll it took on him and his family is forthright, riveting, raw, compelling, and inspirational. Readers will not be able to put Razor 3 down.” ~General David H. Petraeus, US Army (Ret.), former Commander of the Surge in Iraq, US Central Command, and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan, and former Director of the CIA
"Heart-pounding, intensely personal, emotionally draining, and the best book I have ever read about the Night Stalkers! Al Mack’s stories of courage, sacrifice and heroism of the highest order will leave you awe-struck at the kind of men who fly these machines and the families who stand beside them." ~Admiral William H. McRaven, USN (Ret), New York Times #1 Bestseller
"Razor 03 reads like a fast-paced action novel. Alan Mack gives us the deepest dive I’ve ever read about the fantastic life of a Night Stalker. It is as much a history lesson as it is a personal confession about the extremes of life in our nation’s most esteemed aviation unit, TF 160. Razor 03 is the reminder we all need to know: our nation is safe because of the sacrifices and commitment of these brave men and women." ~Matt Eversmann, New York Times Bestselling Author of "Walk in My Combat Boots"
“Alan Mack has lived and fought through more war than a dozen action heroes. He has rescued SEALs, helped overthrow the Taliban, and taken part in the hunt for bin Laden. He has flown through some of the worst Weather on the planet, been shot at, and crashed in worst places than Hell. But the truly unique perspective his book gives us is the personal toll war takes on the warrior and his family. His story isn’t just a page-turner – it’s a gripping emotional rollercoaster about love and loss and the painful cost to families back home. A truly heroic read.” ~Jim DeFelice, author of "American Sniper" and fifteen other NYT bestsellers
"Razor 03 – is an incredible story hardly believable had I not witnessed it first hand." ~Command Master Chief (SEAL) Britt K. Slabinski, United States Navy (Ret.), Medal of Honor Recipient
"A gritty, inside look at life as a Night Stalker – from intense combat missions
overseas to the tragic costs that lifestyle can impose on a family." ~Sean Naylor, author of the New York Times bestseller "Relentless Strike"
"Al Mack reminds us that the blank check our service members sign to our country is drawn against their families as well. His candid memoir speaks of courage and tragedy, both on the battlefield and at home." ~Taya Kyle, author of The New York Times bestselling "American Wife"
"The US Army’s Special Operations Aviation Regiment fields the best helicopter pilots in the world. Alan Mack was one of these intrepid “Night Stalkers,” proving his mettle through the rigors of training, endless deployments, and decades of war." ~Steven Hartov, co-author of The New York Times bestselling "In The Company of Heroes and The Night Stalkers"
"An enthralling combat memoir - searingly honest." ~Andy Milburn, author of "When The Tempest Gathers"
"Alan Mack is the real deal, part of an elite band of ultimate aviators." ~Toby Harnden, author of "First Casualty"
"Maybe the unspoken hardest part of fighting a war is coming home. Al Mack fearlessly explores the terror and camaraderie of flying in the world’s most elite aviation unit; and the damage and costs that this inflicted upon his marriage and himself. His journey on the home front is harrowing as at the same time he puts us in the cockpit for a truly dramatic behind-the-scenes look at some of the US’s most secretive operations. Al Mack survived the wars, and then he survived what the wars did to him, and I believe he set this tale down so that others might find a way back home." ~Doug Stanton, author of "Horse Soldiers" and "In Harm’s Way"
"Al Mack did the impossible: delivering my ODA Special Forces team past numerous Taliban defenses to start our mission after 9/11. He did a phenomenal job then, and he’s done a phenomenal job now, detailing a life filled with missions every bit as exciting and dangerous as ours. His book proves the old saying, “Nobody tells an I-was-there-story like an Army aviator." ~Mark Nutsch, US Army Major, Commander ODA 595 HORSE SOLDIERS, and co-author of "Swords of Lighting: Green Beret Horse Soldiers and America's Response to 9/11"
"Mack describes what it meant to serve the nation as a member of the elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment." ~Yonkers Times