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Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate List

Here is a list of the best Special Ops books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

Spec Ops: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice (1996)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListVice Adm. William H. McRaven helped to devise the strategy for how to bring down Osama bin Laden, and commanded the courageous U.S. military unit that carried it out on May 1, 2011, ending one of the greatest manhunts in history. In Spec Ops, a well-organized and deeply researched study, McRaven analyzes eight classic special operations.
Author(s): William H. McRaven

Army Special Ops: The Army Ranger and Special Forces Workout (2019)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListThis is a long time Army Spec Ops (SF / Ranger) workout plan that many have used with success in their Army careers as well as those who do GoRuck Challenges. Updated 2019 with new fitness elements from the OPAT and ACFT (2019) as well as run, rucking, and Army Special Ops training preparation. This book that will help you learn how to prepare for very challenging training.
Author(s): Stew Smith

The Cold Storm: A gripping Special Ops action-thriller (O’Neil) (2019)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListHe thought he’d left the fighting behind him in Afghanistan. He never, in a million years thought it would find him in his own back yard. What is a warrior to do when the law can’t protect them?The first book in this new action-packed thriller series introduces us to Sergeant Roger O’Neil, former U.S. Army Ranger and decorated combat veteran of the Global War on Terror.
Author(s): John Etterlee

Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan — and The Path to Victory (2011)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListOperation Dark Heart tells the story of what really went on―and what went wrong―in Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer led a black-ops team on the forefront of the military efforts to block the Taliban’s resuregence. For a moment he saw us winning the war. Then the military brass got involved.
Author(s): Anthony Shaffer

The Special Ops Workout: The Elite Exercise Program Inspired by the United States Special Operations Command (2003)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListDue to recent events, all eyes have been on the American military, especially the elite Special Operations teams: Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, Navy SEALS, and Air Force Special Ops that truly are the best of the best in the military.
Author(s): Mike Mejia, Stewart Smith

Joe Ledger: Special Ops (2014)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListCaptain Joe Ledger. Former cop. Former Army Ranger. Currently the top-kick of Echo Team, an elite squad of first-class shooters who roll out to face down the world’s most dangerous terrorists. Not fanatics with explosive vests or political hostage takers. Joe and his team square off against terrorists who have the most advanced and exotic weapons of mass destruction. Designer bioweapons. Cutting edge transgenics. Real mad scientist stuff.
Author(s): Jonathan Maberry

One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare (2014)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListOne Hundred Victories is a portrait of how—after a decade of intensive combat operations—special operations forces have become the go-to force for US military endeavors worldwide.Linda Robinson follows the evolution of special ops in Afghanistan, their longest deployment since Vietnam.
Author(s): Linda Robinson

The Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance (2010)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListAdventurous stories of romance all feature the heroes of the Navy SEALs, Delta Force, Air Force Para-Rescue, Green Berets, Army Rangers, and other special forces. This collection includes the work of bestselling romance writers such as Laura Griffin, Marliss Melton, Cheyenne MacCray, Shannon K.
Author(s): Trisha Telep

The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers (2016)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListThe Instant New York Times Bestseller by Co-Star of Fox’s American Grit and Legendary Ranger Nick IrvingGroundbreaking, thrilling and revealing, The Reaper is the astonishing memoir of Special Operations Direct Action Sniper Nicholas Irving, the 3rd Ranger Battalion’s deadliest sniper with 33 confirmed kills, though his remarkable career total, including probables, is unknown.Irving shares the true story of his extraordinar…
Author(s): Nicholas Irving, Gary Brozek

Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some special ops books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Special Ops: Four Accounts of the Military’s Elite Forces

Author(s): Orr Kelly
ID: 2434235, Publisher: Open Road Media, Year: 2017, Size: 6 Mb, Format: epub

Never quit: from Alaskan wilderness rescues to Afghanistan: firefights as an elite special ops PJ

Author(s): Alaska. Air National Guard. Rescue Squadron, 212th;Rearden, Don;Settle, Jimmy
ID: 2572864, Publisher: St. Martin's Press, Year: 2017, Size: 39 Mb, Format: epub

Special ops: four accounts of the military's elite forces

Author(s): Kelly, Orr
ID: 2606940, Publisher: Open Road Media, Year: 2017, Size: 15 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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