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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755319621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755319626
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's not very often a war book makes its way onto Hot Stars' radar, but this real-life memoir by 26-year-old Charlotte is truly unique. She is just like one of us - she loves reading about celebs and fashion - but she's also on the frontline in Afghanistan. Passionate, hilarious and at times heart-wrenching, this brilliant book had us gripped! ()

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The extraordinary and unique memoir of the first ever British female Apache pilot


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cornish Bloke on 26 Dec 2010
Format: Paperback
I had heard Charlotte Madison interviewed on Radio 4 at some point, I think it was Front Row.
She seemed intriguing, but at the time I could not afford the book in hardback.
I'm glad I waited to read it in paperback as my views would be independent of the radio programme.
The book gives an insight into the emotions of a soldier, the female part is relevant regarding sexism but irrelevant as it shows a side that the males cannot.
In many ways I felt saddened by her demise, her relationship with her husband, that she did not wish to 'share' her experiences with him. Perhaps when he read her book he may have felt the same.
The action sequences I found exciting and whilst the book is not a literary masterpiece, I would buy any future books she might write.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By VenturaChris on 16 Dec 2010
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Ed Macy had mentioned a beautiful blonde female Apache pilot in his book 'Apache', the first female Apache pilot in the AAC. So I got some what excited when I found Dressed to Kill by Charlotte Madison. I read it in a few afternoon's and wasn't disappointed. While it isn't as good as Macy's 'Apache' it does cover the same periods of time and characters from an altogether different perspective. Namely, from that of a woman. The book goes through a lot, from Charlotte's beginnings with the Army to training with the AAC and following the Apache conversion course, before moving through her numerous tours, and its one hell of a ride. It was strange but welcoming to follow a girls account through this male dominated theatre of war and mixed in with the flying, the fighting, the briefings and usual army humour are dirty finger nails, men's smelly feet and wedding planning! The only reason I didn't give it that 5th star is because there were one too many detailed accounts of the struggles of going to the toilet as a woman while in Afghanistan. My missus would say the same about the toilets in the local clubs so felt it unnecessary. But then again, for the first time ever, the other half wants to read a book that interests me, and it probably helps other women relate so i'm sure she'll enjoy the book as much as I did, while complaining about the one too many accounts of shout-outs and battles. Altogether, an excellently written and exciting read that differs from the usual modern warfare account and will hopefully interest both sexes.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By rattyinoz on 5 Aug 2010
Format: Paperback
What a thought-provoking insightful read 'Dressed to Kill' is. Charlotte Madison took on the men, became their equal, earning their respect and finally showing that female pilots in the military can do the job without any special allowances because of their gender. As an ex-military officer myself, I was very interested in her personal thoughts on the war in Afghanistan and how it affected her. A woman's natural instinct, so they say, is to nurture and protect so as a frontline Apache pilot, Charlotte clearly wrestled with her concience almost daily when faced with the dark side of war. She is definately one tough cookie and I am truly in awe of her determination and resilience when faced with 3 long tours in such a horrible place. The book will open your eyes if you thought that servicemen and women are uncaring and unaffected by what is happening in Afghanistan. A gripping read.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A. Salter on 22 Mar 2010
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This book is definitely one of those books that once you start you can't stop untill you have finished. The book is very well written and its good to get a female perspective on the war in Afghanistan.
Capt Madison also gives a huge insight into how she/women still have to try and prove themselves in the military. From her CCF days and into the regular army. Not only was she trying to survive and deal with the horrors and exhaustion that she and her crew faced every day but also dealing with the narrow minded Muppets that still inherit the ranks today.

This book is not very tech minded like other books in this genre, and I don't belive that this book was ever intended to be a military PAM on the Apache which is good. It strikes a good balance of what you need to know tech wise and the story she is trying to tell. She gives a good insight into the minedset of a woman and the sort of things they think about at any give moment in time and her own particular mindset weather she is at work, relaxing or trying to get her head down in her pit after a hard day.

This is a stonking good read and its a shame that the AAC has lost one of its best pilots. However she has nothing left to prove. All we can say is Thank You for your service, and all the best for the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blackbird on 19 July 2011
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I loved this book, Charlotte comes across as such a nice, fun person in it and it gives a fascinating insight into the life of an Apache pilot. Many war biographies just focus on the actual warfare but Charlotte includes quite a bit asbout what goes on in the basecamps which adds a nice bit of depth to the book and makes for a fun read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 July 2011
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I looked at the other reviews and thought this would be a winner; and it is!

There are a number of pitfalls the author could have stumbled into and she deftly avoided them all; especially given the political background to the war, her status as first female Apache pilot, the relationships aspect and so on.

My only problem is I don't see how the author writes another book, given that this one covers her whole army career, but if she does I shall almost certainly buy it.
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