Predator: The Remote-Control Air War over Iraq and Afghanistan: A Pilot's Story (Hardcover)

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The Nintendo generation has taken to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan where remotely controlled aircraft are killing America¹s enemies and saving American lives.

Matt J. Martin is considered a "top gun" in the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). For nearly four years, he has flown hundreds of missions on two warfronts in a new kind of combat that, until recently, was largely classified Top Secret. He and his fellow Predator pilots have been actively involved in virtually every facet of the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan: tracking Osama bin Laden; capturing top al-Qaeda leader al-Zarqawi; fighting with the U.S. Marines in Fallujah; and rescuing aid workers kidnapped in Afghanistan by the Taliban.

This is Matt J. Martin's story and that of his aircraft, the 27-foot long Predator.

About the Author

Lt. Col. Matt J. Martin is a career U.S. Air Force officer and Predator pilot. During his years in the Predator program, he flew hundreds of missions and supervised thousands more. He lives with his wife, Trish, in the southwestern United States. This is his first book. Charles W. Sasser has been a full-time freelance writer/journalist/photographer since 1979. He is a veteran of both the U.S. Navy (journalist) and U.S. Army (Special Forces, the Green Berets) and retired from the military after twenty-nine years of active and reserve service. A combat veteran and former combat correspondent wounded in action, he also served fourteen years as a police officer and homicide detective. He is the author of more than fifty published books and three thousand magazine articles. In addition to writing full-time, he currently runs a horse ranch near Chouteau, Oklahoma, where he trains and breeds registered quarter horses and competes in rodeos. Charles W. Sasser has published more than 50 books and 3,000 magazine articles and short stories. Sasser is a Vietnam and Iraq War veteran with 29 years of military service.

Praise For…

Military Times
" readers an excellent sense of what it feels like to control an MQ-1B."


Military Heritage
"Be prepared to mentally strap yourself into the pilot's seat while reading this book. The author takes the reader through the streets of Balad, Baghdad, and other trouble areas of Iraq during his tour of duty. There is, however, one major difference. Martin himself was not actually seated in the plan, but flying it remotely, sometimes as far away as Nellis Air Force base in Nevada."


Bookviews by Alan Caruba
"Predator tells how this remotely piloted aircraft has had an impact on the modern battlefield. Superb in its ability to provide reconnaissance and to deliver death to the enemy with Hellfire missiles, these aircraft have a crew that are sometimes a half a world away from the missions they’re flying. Lt. Col. Martin provides a first-person account of the fight against global terrorism. It is filled with exciting stories of chasing and attacking armed insurgents in Baghdad or across the desert countryside. Because of the television cameras, the crews experience warfare more closely than traditional bomber crews."


Midwest Book Review
"Predator offers a fine first-person account of fighting the global wars on terror. Predator missions and personal insights into a program only recently classified as 'secret' make for exciting stories of armed insurgency and urban warfare, bringing a 'you are there' feel to the idea of the Predator - a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) - as a cold killing machine. No military collection should be without this unique assessment."


Pacific Flyer

“As for the writing, it's near perfect, flows smoothly and has that certain flair that all of us who type for a living seek to achieve. Best of all, it's a great story, previously untold, by the guy who actually did it."
Air & Space Smithsonian
"...a fascinating tale of the challenges of flying a touchy, mule-stubborn, expensive robot from half a world away."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780760338964
ISBN-10: 0760338965
Publisher: Zenith Press
Publication Date: November 12th, 2010
Pages: 320
Language: English