I had been looking forward to reading Dalton Fury’s first novel, Black Site, since it was first announced because I knew as a former Army Special Operations guy, and a writer of military fiction myself, that someone with Fury’s background was set up for a grand slam. There are a lot of writers in this genre and some of them are very good, but I find that most of them just don’t understand SOF. I’m not just talking about the technical details, but they don’t get the mentality or the attitude. This was where Fury’s book really comes through for readers.

Black Site by Dalton Fury
Black Site, by Dalton Fury

For those who haven’t been paying attention, Fury was the Delta Force commander assigned to track down and eliminate Osama Bin Laden in the beginning of the Afghan campaign. He wrote a book about this experience in “Kill Bin Laden” before venturing into fiction with this novel.

Reading through the first third of Black Site was a somewhat creepy experience for me. The protagonist, Kolt Raynor, is a former Delta operator who got a little too aggressive and pushed things a little too far while on a cross border operation into Pakistan, with disastrous results. The reason why this was so creepy was because it all sounded so eerily familiar to me.

To be clear, I never participated in any cross-border missions into Pakistan and I never served in Fury’s unit. I was in the same neighborhood though. At one point, Kolt’s load out for the Pakistan mission is detailed, including a couple black mini-grenades made in Belgium. I carried a couple in my chest rig while up in the mountains. Wonder where we got those from…