- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Century (1 Mar. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184413394X
- ISBN-13: 978-1844133949
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Operation Certain Death Hardcover – 1 Mar 2004
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"As a purely military operation it knocks into a cocked hat the lifting of the Iranian embassy siege." -- Brigadier Andrew Stewart
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The Book brings you straight into the series of events that lead to Operation Barras (aka operation certain death). It starts in Sierra Leone where the Irish Rangers began their ill fated journey and takes you right through the whole military operation that followed in great detail. The auther does a superb job of depeciting the various personalities of soldiers and he explains multiple events at once without the reader getting confused.
The author also points out that he has made every effort to ensure the story was depicted as true to the events possible. I am confident this was done also. Most other special forces books I have read have been from one source (the soldier), however the author sourced his information from the many people involved.
If you are into the special forces this book is a must read, it is also the most recent story involving the SAS, SBS, RAF and the Parachute Regiment.
I have always had alot of respect for these soldiers, this book has increased that. The professionalism that the soldiers display is really something they should be proud of and its reasuring to know that these guys are the ones who are on our side.
However, where the book falls down a bit is the fictionalised accounts of the day to day lives of the rescuing soldiers and the inter-hostage banter. Talented as Lewis is at writing about and commenting on real events, he struggles badly at recreating the atmosphere and camaraderie of being a soldier, either in leisure or about to be sent into difficult situations. Scenes which are, presumably, supposed to show them as tough-but-cheeky chappies are frankly embarrassing. The firing range scene, the coke bottle bombs etc. The dialogue is clichéd and wooden (and written phonetically, except where officers are involved, in a bad attempt to recreate Glaswegian, cockney or Belfast accents). Speaking as a former British soldier, I just hope that people reading this recognises that the author is just plain terrible at this sort of writing and the British army isn’t really composed of such apparent nerds. The somewhat cringe-making title of the book should give you a measure of the fiction aspect of this book.
However, that is a small part of an otherwise excellent book. More than three quarters of this book is worth five stars.
I loved the way, the book has a very clever way of giving you a background so that you are fully engrossed, so that you understand why there was a need to go there,so that you understood the people, the rebels, the conflict..it then goes into length ;pre war with the SAS so that you could see what they had to go through, the laughter and the preparation so that one felt that you were talkin part in it all,and finally the Raid with the SAS,SBS,PARA ....and everyone who supported the heroic effort...Salute to you guys..NEVER FORGOTTEN
Most Recent Customer Reviews
received in good order. I haven't read it yet but came highly recommended by a friendPublished 2 months ago by Robert Kee
Author Damien Lewis has developed something of a reputation as a UK armed forces groupie. He writes simplistic books about modern war that often feature guns on the cover. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tristan Martin
I liked it. It is well researched and gives a good insight into the special forces. I found the political analysis at the end of the book a little tedious , but it is an easy read... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hugh W.A. Whittome
If the name of Major Alan Marshall is spelt Major Martial in the book, how can you trust any information in the book at all? Plus, it's littered with spelling mistakes.Published 4 months ago by Injun Joe