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Desperate Lands: The War on Terror Through The Eyes of a Special Forces Sol
by Regulo Zapata   

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Publisher:  Nadores Publishing and Research ISBN-10:  0979784700 Type: 


Copyright:  October 18, 2007 ISBN-13:  9780979784705

DESPERATE LANDS is the unprecedented story of U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers and the missions they have carried out while fighting the war on terror in Horn of Africa and in Afghanistan.

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From The Front Lines of The War on Terror:

DESPERATE LANDS is the unprecedented story of U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers and the missions they have carried out while fighting the war on terror in Horn of Africa and in Afghanistan.

The book is unique and timely, in that it tells the compelling story of our nation's struggle and of its soldiers fighting a new and different war never fought before-a Global War on Terror.

The true story comes at a time when our nation has divided feelings and opinions about the war-a division that exists among both government leaders and the American people.

These pages offer a different perspective-that of the lower enlisted soldiers-reflecting their personal experience in combat zones in Africa and Afghanistan as they witness and experience the fog of war.

The author-Special Forces Master Sergeant Regulo Zapata, Jr.- shares his extraordinary journey through ancient and desperate lands at the front lines of this on going war.

Here are true stories-of sacrifice, bravery, excitement, horror, anger, tedium, fear, camaraderie, and more - a firsthand look behind the headlines at the reality of the exceptional and difficult challenges U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers face as they defend America against the terrorist threat.


This is the story of Army Special Forces soldiers and the missions they carried out in fighting the global war on terrorism in the Horn of Africa and in Afghanistan. This book seeks to convey the reality of Army Special Forces efforts, by recounting missions carried out by soldiers during their year-long tour with the Army National Guard 19th Special Forces Group, Airborne.

The stories are told through the eyes of one senior noncommissioned officer known as the team sergeant of Operational Detachment Alpha 995 (ODA-995).

The names and identifying information of certain people depicted in this book have been changed to protect their privacy.

The goal is to give the reader a realistic view of Special Forces soldiers going through their everyday operations while in the Horn of Africa and later on in Afghanistan.

These pages will share the sacrifice, bravery, horror, fear, and life of U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers in the Horn of Africa and in Afghanistan. It tells the story of our nation’s struggle and of the soldiers fighting a new and different kind of war—a kind of war never fought before: the global war on terror. This war continues at a time when our nation has mixed and divided feelings—both among our government leaders and the American people—concerning this new war on terrorism.


The first three chapters to follow will recount missions leading into the Horn of Africa by Master Sergeant Zapata during his first surveillance operations on terrorist networks.

Chapter 4 describes ODA-995, 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group mobilization—and their mandatory Special Forces certification and qualification at Fort Carson, Colorado, prior to entering the war in Afghanistan.

Chapters 5 through 15 will narrate ODA-995’s numerous missions in Afghanistan. Chapter 16 will give an account of Army Special Forces Group personnel returning from the war in Afghanistan and provide an update on what has happened to these soldiers now.

To this day, the secret war on global terrorism continues behind the scenes, fought bravely by U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers.

In December 2006 and January 2007, U.S. Special Operation Forces located terrorist operatives in Somalia and conducted U.S. air strikes there on terrorist targets. No one can know what comes next, except that for as long as free people cherish their freedom, its defense will continue.


Professional Reviews

Hans Halberstadt, author, Roughneck Nine-One and War Stories of the Green Berets.
Master Sgt. Regulo Zapata has written a fascinating account of life inside a contemporary Special Forces Operational Detachment ALPHA as it conducts missions around the world. Zapata is a member of the old breed of SF sergeants and provides a career professionals perspective on this small community of warrior-brothers that couldn't be written by anybody but a Green Beret. This book describes how an ODA works as it gears up for battle and then executes its many missions in strange places around the globe. A good addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in special operations forces at war.

Sara Suddes, The Gilroy Dispatch
For Special Forces Master Sgt. Regulo Zapata, Jr., writing and publishing a book about the months he spent immersed in the fog of war along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border was more daunting than the mission itself. Zapata's first sentence has been tweaked and edited, but it has always been about the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City, an event that sparked two wars. Zapata had been in the Army since he was 19 years old, but his involvement in the War on Terror began the day he was called on to report for duty. His goal was to lend his reader a glimpse into the everyday activities of Special Forces soldiers in Djibouti and Afghanistan while they trained villagers to fight Taliban forces. Although some readers have questioned Zapata's storytelling ability, many readers said his story is an accurate and insightful account of a soldier fighting the War on Terror.

Major Bill Lamos, United States Air Force (Retired)
Excellent read! Regulo gives a detailed, emotional description of the efforts of Special Forces to hunt down terrorists in Africa and in Afghanistan and bring them to justice.

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