Literature / Black Site
Black Site: A Delta Force Novel
is a military thriller by Dalton Fury (not his real name), published in 2012. It tells the adventures of Kolt Raynor, a former Delta Force
commander who was thrown out of the Unit after a botched mission in Pakistan
. In the three years since this happened, he has descended into a life of working odd jobs and much drinking
but is pulled out of the hole he crawled into by his old commanding officer for one last mission — one that could mean redemption.
Black Site contains examples of:
- And Some Other Stuff: Some tactics and equipment used by Delta Force are name-dropped but not described in detail, so as to not give away classified information.
- Arms Fair: A town-sized version in the form of Darra Adam Khel. Raynor comments that anyone who wanted to scout the place would be safer if they took the more "dangerous" route of walking among the people rather than hiding in the mountains with binoculars, since this is the direction that most prospective customers test fire the merchandise.
- Awesome McCool Name: Dalton Fury. Also, Kolt Raynor.
- Colonel Badass: T.J., who personally lead the Quick Reaction Force to rescue Raynor during the botched mission to Pakistan. Pete Grauer was a former Colonel Badass in the 75th Ranger Regiment. Oh yeah, there's also Jeremy Webber, the commander of Delta Force.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Many of the antagonists and side players seem to have an intimate understanding of American tactics. For example, the compound where the prisoners are held is built on a mountain to discourage ground attacks, and close to a village plus an area where children are gathered every day, simply to use as human shields from American drone strikes. The hills are also loaded with heavy machine guns to ward off helicopter assaults.
- Dewey Defeats Truman: Anwar al-Awlaki appears in the Sequel Hook but, well, he's dead now.
- Dressing as the Enemy: A key part of the bad guys' plan involves disguising jihadists as a platoon of Rangers.
- The Americans also regularly dress like locals to confuse the Taliban and al Qaeda people.
- Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: The eponymous Black Site is just that, a secret prison used by the CIA for interrogation of high value prisoners. Incidentally, it is located in the Khyber Pass, well within Taliban territory.
- Interservice Rivalry: Alluded to at one point. In a conversation with T.J., Raynor mentions that bin Laden had been killed. T.J. asks if it was the Unit and is mildly disappointed to find out that it was Six.
- Majorly Awesome: That's Major Kolt Raynor to you.
- Mutilation Interrogation: It involves a machine press and a man's hand, and it is not pretty.
- Sdrawkcab Alias: T.J.'s nickname is just his initials reversed — James Timble.
- Shown Their Work: While most readers will not be in a position to really know, we will trust that as a former Delta Force commander who did tours in Afghanistan, Dalton Fury knows what he's talking about.
- Torture Always Works: Justified in that time really was of the essence and the information, the password to a computer that was right in front of them, could easily and quickly be confirmed.
- Training from Hell: Since Raynor has let himself go, Delta is forced to train him back up again, which involves three weeks of intense mountain warfare training and language instruction. They summarize it as forcing him to go through Selection again.
- The War on Terror
- Western Terrorists: Played with. The main mastermind, Daoud al Amriki, is an American jihadist (although his ethnicity is never given; he is just stated to be a convert) and the key players in the plan are a group of Chechens who, while they have some Turkish features, can pass for white Americans at a distance. Assisting them is a German man who is not a true believer but really hates America.