The best books about black operations 📚

Browse the best books on black operations as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Starbirth Assignment SHIFTER

Starbirth Assignment SHIFTER

By J.M. Johnson

Why this book?

This book was recommended to me by a friend and didn't appeal to me at all. However, it’s incredible. Two genres I don't usually read are sci-fi and special ops. This takes the two and binds them together in a plait of intrigue, underground government departments, humour, and special operations. By the end of the first chapter, it had me. I was blown away by this book. 

I loved the characters and the way they gelled. It is intelligent and well researched. The author's knowledge of weaponry and how Special Ops teams work is extraordinaryJohnson makes the extrasensory…

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With No Remorse

By Cindy Gerard

Why this book?

This book jumps off the page from moment one and doesn't let up. But along the way, I got to know and love the two leads, completely different people thrown together, overcoming their baggage to stay alive, and find love. Valentina is a supermodel and he’s a Back Ops Inc bad dude who had a teenage crush on Val and now gets to save her from bad guys who are trying to abduct her. Luke, however bad and yet cavalier he may come off, his hiding some serious baggage that he gets to unpack in this high-rolling story. 

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No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer

Why this book?

Mark Owen gives a rare look into his career as an assaulter in the US Navy’s SEAL Team Six—the men at the tip of the spear who killed the most notorious terrorist ever. Rich in detail, the reader lands with the Team in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in the darkness and busts through his door. Owen’s story grabs you tightly and doesn’t let go—a thrilling read and one for the history books.

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The best black ops memoirs

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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice

Why this book?

Nicknamed al Shaitan, “The Devil,” by his enemies, US Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle takes out 109 insurgents in Iraq. The reader journeys with Kyle from shooting in Texas to sniping in Fallujah. He gives valuable insights into weapons, urban sniping, and fighting insurgents—while telling his incredible story. Adrenaline runs high, but tragedy and strain strike hard. Intensely personal, his memoir is unputdownable.  

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The best black ops memoirs

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The Reaper: Ghost Target: A Sniper Novel

By Nicholas Irving, A.J. Tata

Why this book?

Army Special Operations Direct Action Sniper Nick Irving hunts for “The Chechnian” in Afghanistan in this action-packed memoir of war, comradery, and sacrifice. The reader endures sniper training before deploying to Afghanistan. Irving’s numerous insights into sniping at night in mountainous terrain blend smoothly with his priceless memoir. On each hit, we feel him push aside his excitement and fear to take that next critical killing shot…

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The best black ops memoirs

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Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills

By Charles Henderson

Why this book?

This isn’t actually a memoir, but it reads like one. In the Vietnam War, Marine Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock hunts and is hunted. With him, the reader stalks a Viet Cong general, a sniper, and others through the jungles and mountains of Southeast Asia. The North Vietnamese People’s Army of Vietnam put a bounty on Hathcock, calling him the “White Feather.” It’s difficult to imagine today’s American snipers or black ops without the influence of this man. His story is legendary.

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