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Apache [Kindle Edition]

Ed Macy
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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‘Puts you right in the cockpit with your finger on the trigger. A truly awesome read; and a climax that Hollywood couldn’t invent…’ Andy McNab

‘You do not need to ask them about their contribution, you need to ask those on the ground who depended on them, day after day, to provide the crucial military edge over the enemy. They will leave you in no doubt about what the Apache achieved, and the praise of the praiseworthy is beyond measure’ Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, Chief of Defence Staff

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Ed Macy is an elite pilot, one of the few men qualified to fly Apache helicopters, the world’s deadliest fighting machines. This is his account of a fearless mission behind enemy lines in Afghanistan.

After a brutal accident forced him out of the Paras, Ed Macy refused to go down quietly. He bent every rule to sign up for the Army’s gruelling Apache helicopter programme and was one of the handful to pass the nightmare selection process. Dispatched to Afghanistan’s notorious Helmand Province in 2006, his squadron were on hand when a marine went MIA behind enemy lines – and they knew they were his only hope.

From the cockpit of the mighty Apache helicopter comes this incredible true story of a rescue mission so dangerous they said it couldn’t be done, and of the man who dared to disagree.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1177 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802118941
  • Publisher: HarperPress (7 Dec 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9QXU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apache is a girl's book... 19 Oct 2009
Apache is a girl's book! Ok, ok, so it's really a boys book but don't be fooled by the stereotypically masculine cover and the macho hard hitting words, it really is a girl's book too.

How did I end up reading it? 3 grown men in my family have read it and they've all had big crocodile tears rolling down their faces, I swear. I've seen them punch the air in triumph, explode in raucous hilarity and then sit giggling for hours as they read on. I even had to endure the constant "you're never going to believe this", "this is incredible" and after catching them try to hide their damp cheeks "you're going to have to read this". If that wasn't bad enough I was then shown the footage online. "Yeah alright, I get the point; it's a true story..." I thought my hubby was arguably sad for sitting up until 3am in the morning reading and finally when he'd finished it I was a happy lady.
Apache was sat on the kitchen table waiting to be loaned out (yet again) and whilst waiting for a cake to bake (sorry, they don't all come from the supermarket!) I had a peek at the pictures. By pure accident I started reading the text next to the pictures on page 102. I burst out laughing and found myself engrossed in no time (a girl Apache pilot, never!). For the next 2 days I couldn't pull myself way from it. I tried, I really couldn't and he had to put up with the bedroom lamp on until 3 in the morning for once.

I took it to book club and all the ladies reluctantly purchased it and began reading. Remarkably they ended up sitting up until all hours too and it's the first time we've all completed a book in the same week. The comments were unanimous. We all experienced every emotion possible and couldn't quite believe we would like a book about a current war. This isn't for the faint hearted either.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!!! AAC rock!!! 27 Mar 2010
Since getting this book, i couldn't put it down, only having to release it once i'd got to work! For the first and only time, i hoped the train or tube would break down. The details, the feelings conveyed, it was a stunning piece of writing from first hand accounts. Ed puts you in his head, in the Apache, in the action, you imagine yourself sitting in the front seat trying to find, lock & destroy the target, then suddenly your in the rear seat, protecting your front seater whilst trying to avoid being shoot down. Highs, lows, emotions a plenty!!!

To anyone who loves military books that aren't fiction and wants to know how it feels to be there, without having to struggle and put there body onthe line... LOOK HERE!!!

The men & women out there are the best!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 8 Jun 2011
I literally 'LOVED' this book. From start to finish it was easy to read, I couldnt put it down and finished it in a day (i had nothing else planned and even if i did, i would have taken it with me). If you like Andy McNab's factual books, and you like reading or learning about the forces from a behind the scenes perspective....get this book. Every person I know who has read this book sings its praises. I would have loved this as a present as opposed to some of the other books i get ! ;)
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - What a read...... Awesome...! ! 2 Sep 2008
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Having only retired from the British Army in Jan 2008 the author has already produced this awesome book. I'm not going to review the "plot" as that information is readily available elsewhere on this page. The book is a totally unputdownable true story, focusing on the rescue of a captured lone marine. You are put into the heart of the action, feel the adrenaline and what must have been terror at what really goes on out there. definatley an eye-opener in terms of giving you a taste of life on this particualr front line, and not the carefully edited version we are all fed by the BBC and Sky news....

Illustrated with detailed diagrams and a good selection of photographs I finished this book the same day - which I hate doing as I always feel I haven't had my money's worth !! But without a doubt - it will be being read again....

I really can't recommend this book highly enough. If you want a damned good thrilling factual read then this is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary courage 17 Dec 2009
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This isn't at all the sort of book I would normally read but a couple of male friends forced it on me - and I'm glad they did. As a `mere female' I had no idea what an Apache is and some of the technical descriptions were completely lost on me I'm afraid. But as a story of exceptional human bravery and courage, this really is an outstanding read.

The author comes over a a genuinely likeable guy, and his first-hand description of the rescue of a wounded marine is palpitatingly real. Whatever the politics of the war - or any war - this is a stark and timely reminder of the very human face of combat, both the cost and the incredible commitment and courage involved. Ultimately this is a powerful read, simultaneously affecting and sobering shot through with a dark humour. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book on a whim and boy, was I glad I did! I literally couldn't put it down and finished it in 48 hours. Ed Macy pitches the prose at just the right level. Not too techy and full of acronyms to put off the casual reader, whilst still giving the avid military book fan the right amount of info. I was hooked from the first page. A real 'boys own' adventure featuring hi-tech weaponry, heroism in buckets and real tear jerking tragedy. An awesome read. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ace
Great order all round, got what i wanted on time right price
Published 2 days ago by Linda M Moody
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great insight into the life of an Apache pilot in combat. Well done Ed.
Published 10 days ago by Brian Kirkness
5.0 out of 5 stars A star
Brilliant read. I would recommend this read both of eds books now and I would read again. Worth your time to read
Published 14 days ago by glen boll
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Published 15 days ago by Bikerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book.
Published 16 days ago by Michael Edmonston
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting as hell
I absolutely adore this book and it's one of my favourites. I'm fascinated by the Apache and this book is full of all the technical meat that I like to hear a about, along with... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Mark Eames
5.0 out of 5 stars Already read it twice
I loved this book. After reading so many books about US and UK infantry campaigns in various wars I really thought a book about helicopter - though vital to the war effort - could... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marc Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book- he is some story teller- especially the concluding act! Well worth a read.
Published 2 months ago by kencoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read more than you hear on t.v. news
Published 2 months ago by Bill 5
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read about several heroic pilots and many soldiers
Fantastic book :) modern warfare from a totally different perspective, that of a British attack helicopter pilot in Afghanistan! 5 stars for a reason :)
Published 2 months ago by Gaz Sarg
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