Black Hawk Down By: Mitchell Jones

Black Hawk Down

Written by Mark Bowden

This event took place on October 3rd and 4th 1993 book was written in 1999

Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden was born on July 17, 1951 St. Louis, MO he is 65 years old

Mark Bowden is the author of Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, as well as The Best Game Ever, Bringing the Heat, Killing Pablo, and Guests of the Ayatollah.

The Setting

The setting of this event is on the coast of south Africa in the country of Somalia. This mission was a "bag and tag." They were dropped in a market and this market was very bad for the soldiers because these buildings were perfect cover for the Somalian people to pick off the Americans.

Main characters/conflict

There is not main character of this book. The story follows the special forces team that they sent in. These characters are in conflict with the "skinnies' which are the people / radicals of the mog.


On October 3, 1993, a black hawk helicopter dropped off about a hundred U.S. soldiers into the hectic and dangerous market in the heart of Mogadishu in Somalia. Their objective was to capture two Somali warlords. This action was supposed to take an hour. Instead, they spent a long and terrible night fighting thousands of armed Somalis. By morning, eighteen Americans were dead, and more than seventy badly injured. The soldiers were chased out of the city on foot on a 15 mile trek back to the base camp.

Authors writing style

I liked that he as very organized when switching characters it was easy to understand who was talking at any given time.

Didn't like that because I have seen the movie he didn't make a big deal out of some important events.


I think that the theme is that no matter what you should not underestimate your opponent.

About the story

I loved this story because I like history and because I am very interested in the military route.


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