This book tells the story of how a naughty and adventurous schoolboy is rewarded with a fascinating career as an SAS trooper, commander and director before becoming a General responsible for Britains allied tri-force during the Gulf War. The story is primarily that of post-war SAS missions, and secondly of the author himself. Expect to learn, although in summary, about the SAS in Malaya, Borneo, Oman, Northern Ireland, the Iranian Embassy siege, the Falklands and Gulf Wars - and more!. The author has a style that reads effortlessly both in wording and due to his ability to tell a tale: chapters seem to fly by. However, as the author climbs into senior ranks so too is he removed from the action: since the book progressively follows his career I found my interest peaked with his account of operations in Oman. (about ½ way through) Nevertheless at no time was I bored and the story ends well with a brief summary of the Gulf War. The book has profoundly changed my perception of the SAS from that of a glorified Bond-style counter-terrorism squad to what they really are: an ever dynamic, extremely brave, constantly active and highly competent regiment. It is books like this one that make me re-evaluate the worth of working behind a desk: i.e. don't waste your life!