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Hunter Killer

T. Mark McCurley

RRP: £8.99

4 February 2016

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760292263

RRP: £5.99

1 January 2017

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781925575491

We are too close. We know too much, and when it is time to shoot, we can zoom in until the target fills the screen.

Drones, or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), are a mysterious and headline-making tool in the military’s counterterrorism arsenal. Hunter Killer puts readers into this secretive world: hunting terrorists from the sky, deploying cutting-edge technology to neutralize threats to national security; but also, sitting in Los Angeles traffic surrounded by civilians on the commute home, the mind still fixed on blown-up images of a target’s charred remains in the dust.

From starting out as one of the first volunteers, to becoming the commander of a squadron and writing the training manual for the entire Predator program, Air Force pilot and former intelligence operator Lt. Col. T. Mark McCurley has helped cement the status of drones as one of the military’s deadliest weapons, with the lowest accident rate in the Air Force.

Hunter Killer is a gripping and extraordinary first-hand account of Predator drones and the war on terror – equal parts techno-thriller, historical account and war memoir.

REVIEWS

T Mark McCurley literally wrote the handbook on Predator drones for US forces; his memoir Hunter Killer is a detailed but unshadowy look at years spent in drone warfare.
Esquire

An Air Force veteran tells an exciting tale of tracking terrorist leaders by remote piloted aircraft, the future of military aviation... An illuminating tale of a pilot on the cutting edge.
Kirkus

A veteran's gritty, engrossing account of America's RPA service in today's far-flung conflicts.
Library Journal

McCurley's exciting, vivid, yet respectful story is the first in depth analysis of this relatively new machine and the men who fly them. What a story it is.
History of War