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The Good Guys Wear Black: Real-life Heroes of the Police's Rapid-response Firearms Unit [Paperback]

Steve Collins
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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6 Aug 1998
In his four years with S019, the Metropolitan Police Special Firearms Wing, Steve Collins has been in over a thousand contacts: that is gun battles, with Yardies; IRA gunmen; East End gangsters, such as the notorious Arifs and their hitmen; drug smugglers from South America and elsewhere; and lone gunmen who have simply gone berserk. A judge commending the bravery of Steve's team said, "If only the public knew the calibre of the men that protect them". S019 protects us from chaos and violence London. These groups are expert in firearms operations in an urban environment - the SAS come to them for training. Collins gives the inside story of these operations, which we might otherwise only get to hear about when they make the headlines.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (6 Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099186829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099186823
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written book on a brilliant subject!! 29 Nov 2000
Format:Paperback
Steve Collins really captures the tensions,dramas and bravery of these little known and under rated officers of the British Police Force. Agood read even if your not up on the subject
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Guys Wear Black 7 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
An absolutely cracking read,so much so that I didn't want to put the book down. It gives a true insight into the real world of a British firearms officer, one that is not very often portrayed. Although some might find the language offensive, it is a true account of what a lot of people don't want to see, like I have already said a very worthwhile read from a subject that isn't well publicised and not many people apart from those on the inside know about.Superb.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Book, loved every page!!!!!! 18 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Kept me at the edge of my seat. Couldn't wait to read the outcome of each operation. Good insight on an agency where firearms are not always an option.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mundane and Ego Driven 4 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
I picked up this book in eager anticipation of a thrilling read and an insight to life on the Metropolitan Police's specialist firearms unit, instead it was just under 300 pages of self praising, ego driven, badly written prose.

Where to start? As has been commented in other reviews, one thing that shines out above all else is the ego of the author. It casts its shadow over the entire book like a monolith. No matter what the situation or anecdote the autothor is never slow to praise himself and the chosen members of his team. Starting from when he joins the team it progressivly deteriorates.

The book reads like a series of tales you would expect to here from a chap in a pub. It almost reads like a parady in places, always in the right place at the right time to save the day from ineptitude of his colleagues in other branches. He even throws in a few 'witty' one liners in places. Criminals are portrayed as almost subhuman and the members of the public like mindless sheep, he seems to have little compassion or consideration for those whose job it is to protect.

He frequently mentions that he has made enemies amongst other members of SO19 and the force, reading this book its not difficult to guess why. He seems to regard many of his colleagues who aren't in his immediate team with such contempt and disdain, often pointing out failings and flaws while negativly comparing them to himself and his team. If this attitude can be discerned through what he wrote in print, its a reasonable assumption to say he conducted his person in a similar manner.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By M Allan
Format:Paperback
A great book that I would recommend to anyone that wants a real action packed read! An excellent window into the work of the special firearms team from the Met. This is a well written book with vivid descriptions, so much so you can feel the tension just before the order is given.............attack, attack, attack..........
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read 21 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
good read and really draws a good picture of whats going on in the events... would read again at some point
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate, interesting and honest! 28 May 2012
By B
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Thought this book was great. Enjoyed it. It was accurate and honest clearly written by. A true police officer and colourful character. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT ALL GOOD GUY'S WEAR BLACK!!!!! 16 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback
This is a little insight into the firearms unit were the good guys wear black. It was almost impossible to put the book down I read it in under a week which for me is very quick. It's goes deep into operations to the point you feel you are with them at times,you have to give these boys abit of credit were it is due this job is not for weak.
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