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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress; First Edition edition (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007288190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007288199
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for ‘Apache’:

‘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

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Ed Macy left the British Army in January 2008, after twenty-three years’ service. He had amassed a total of 3,930 helicopter flying hours, 645 of them inside an Apache. Ed was awarded the Military Cross for his courage during the Jugroom Fort rescue in Helmand Province, Afghanistan – one of the first ever in Army Air Corps’ history.


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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley on 11 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Hellfire is the name of the missile in the arsenal of weapons carried on the Apache attack helicopter. This book is the second written by Ed Macy describing his experiences flying in an Apache helicopter and fighting in Afghanistan. This book moves back in time from the first novel and covers approximately three months in the summer of 2006, during the first deployment of Macy and other pilots who had recently been trained to operate the Apache. Macy takes this opportunity to more fully fill in the reader on his childhood and entrance into the military. He also explains the accident which happened to him that meant he would never make it into the Special Air Service. So how did Macy end up flying an Apache attack helicopter? Some very good/bad luck and a royal mess-up within the military medical community. Add a whole lot of self confidence and hard work and Mr Macy was able to defeat the odds and fly that incredible fighting machine.

I read the first book, Apache, and wondered how I would like having Macy take me back in time to his first deployment in Afghanistan. Well, I liked it just fine. This book is presented in the same way as "Apache", opening with a mission of engagement in Afghanistan then moving back in time to show how Macy arrived at that point in his life. There is not a focus on one particular engagement such as the Jugroom Fort battle in "Apache". Rather, this book covers many engagements with the enemy in Afghanistan. I particularly enjoyed the incidents described when Macy was flying other types of helicopters in Northern Ireland, before his time with the Apache.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kitchen Diva on 2 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I reviewed Apache by Ed Macy, gave it 5 stars and fully expected Hellfire to be as good. It wasn't. It was better. OK, so it doesn't have the mission where everyone broke every rule and landed inside the Taliban's garden to rescue a fallen marine but I never expected it too. Macy and his mates shouldn't have got away with what they did in Apache and its testimony to them that their courage was awarded by the Queen with bravery medals. Crikey, 3 Military Crosses and 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses for a handful of men, for a couple of hours work, during one mission is an achievement we'll probably never see again. Oh listen to me...one minute I'm the cake queen, the next, an authority on medals and bravery. I have a point to my ramblings and it has substance so bare with me whilst my cake bakes because I've only 15 minutes to write this...I read up on what it takes to receive an MC and a DFC. Without doubt, Macy and his mates were incredible, some may say a bit mental but brave nonetheless.

As Macy has a single MC behind his name it was pretty obvious to me that I was unlikely to read about such feats of bravery in his new book. After all, a mission like that had never happened before and most probably won't again. So what would it be about? The cover of Apache fulfilled by `doing what it said on the can'. It wasn't hyped up to be anything than it wasn't and if anything, it was better. Hellfire proposed something completely different. It said that, "Ed bent every rule going to get where he wanted to be... it was one man's determination to master the world's deadliest helicopter...under fire and out of options, Ed has one chance to save his own skin... Ed and squadron faced the steepest learning curve of their lives.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Darren H. on 18 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've read quite a few modern and historical aviation books over the years and "Hell Fire" represents a very good account of the problems faced "in theatre" by aviators and ground crew.

While this may sound dry, Ed (now no longer flying Apaches according to the book) writes well, and spurs you on to read from cover to cover as quickly as possible.

If you live near an active Apache airfield (as I do) and see them fly locally, you get to appreciate just what these aviators do is simply amazing. Put 'apache swarm' into you tube to see more.

The book covers details on some of Ed's training before eventually reaching the "peak" of helicopter flying as he'd planned all along. Ed also manages to convey just how the rules of engagement are very restrictive in modern asymmetrical warfare.

A great read if you've not read other Apache books.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. Bedford VINE VOICE on 18 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is on behalf of my 75 yr old mother who is an avid reader of all these types of books. She said she read it twice to make sure she did not miss anything!

This was a brillant read and one of the best I have read - this one was exceptional
He goes into so much detail and you feel like you are with him on the tasks.
He didn't pull any punches, I believe it was how he described.
Refreshing to read a honest author that does not make it up to make the read better ( as some others I will not name)
I have both of his books (the other one Apache is just as good) but Hell Fire is the best.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roger an old romantic on 21 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
Very difficult to put down, this is the engrossing story of one man's journey from youth spent in northern backstreets, to a successful career in a British Army parachute regiment; a serious road accident which ended that career, and his determined, and successful drive to reclaim his army career as a helicopter pilot.

Giving a vivid portait of service life, the text is liberally seasoned with anglo saxon vernacular; however, this is unlikely to offend many readers, as it's not the kind of book which would be shared among the womens' guild of Little Darsham-on-the-Meadow.

Most electrifying are the descriptions of combat support flights in Afghanistan: the reader is given a vicarious taste of battle not likely to be experienced by many in this time of general peace. Ed Macy's ability to describe the sheer terror felt by capable men, desperately trying to evade determined and accurate anti aircraft gunnery, leaves me in no doubt that he could well enjoy a successful, and lucrative second career as a writer of military fiction.

The book is well illustrated with colour photographs and diagrams, and it will leave the reader in no doubt of the courage and professionalism of our armed forces; also the complexity of successful military operations fought far from home, in a hostile climate and environment.

Thoroughly recommended, though it would have been helpful to have items from the glossary of acronyms quoted at the foot of the pages where they occur.
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