Book Review: “Call Sign Extortion 17” by Don Brown

August 23, 2015 at 1:08 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Don Brown in his new book, “extortion 17 book coverCall Sign Extortion 17″ published by Lyons Press gives us The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six.

From the back cover:  On August 6, 2011—three months after members of Navy SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden—Taliban forces took down a United States helicopter, call sign “Extortion 17.” The attack killed the Air National guard crew, seven unidentified members of the Afghan military, and seventeen members of Navy SEAL Team Six—warrior brothers from the same Team had killed Osama Bin Laden just ninety days prior.

Don Brown, a former U.S. Navy JAG officer stationed at the Pentagon and a former Special Assistant United States Attorney, re-creates the wartime action, tells the life stories of the elite warriors our nation lost on that day, and tears apart the official military explanation of the incident contained in the infamous Colt Report, which reveals either gross incompetence or a massive cover-up.

Were the seven Afghan soldiers aboard that helicopter really undercover Taliban who either maneuvered the chopper within easy range of being shot down or sabotaged it from within? Were the SEALS sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and deliberately flown into a known Taliban hot zone? Through a serious examination of the evidence, and the lack thereof, Brown tackles the issues of the case as only an experienced military prosecutor can.

Marine General James Mattis ordered Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Colt to conduct an investigation of the shoot-down. That investigation resulted in a 1,250 page report. What is extraordinary is that this report did not report everything, was inaccurate and some of the information was misleading. Don Brown got his hands on this top-secret report and did an investigation of his own. That is when the questions began. Why were there different Afghan soldiers on board the helicopter that were not on the flight manifest? Why did they fly a combat mission with a non-combat copter that was used in the Vietnam War? Why were the whole team on board one helicopter? Question after question were raised and not answered in this huge report. The possibility is that the Taliban had advanced notice from an inside source about this mission and were prepared. Don Brown is a highly skilled investigative attorney and he brought all his experience to the table in his investigation. The findings in this book will offend you, will shock you and will really make you angry. Those men that died were Americans. We are Americans. And we expect better from those that are in charge than cover-up and betrayal. Here is what I recommend:  eat dinner early, go to the bathroom, make your popcorn and turn off all your phones. You are not going to want to be disturbed while you are reading and you will want to finish the book before you go to bed. All I can say is that you will be riveted as you flip pages as fast as you can read. You will not be disappointed. I think everyone should read this book. I recommend this book with enthusiasm.

You can find “Call Sign Extortion 17” at a discount at

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Lyons Press.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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