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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (22 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409148440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409148449
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,783,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sergeant Steve Heaney captures the confusion, black humour, raw courage and sheer exhilaration of combat brillantly. This book is one of the best accounts of low-level tactical soldiering since Fred Majdalany's WW2 classic Patrol. But Heaney tells a broader tale that has rarely been captured so well... I commend it to the professional soldier and layman alike. (General Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, Chief of the Defence Staff 2010-13 THE TIMES)

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No back up. No air-support. No rescue. No chance.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William G. on 17 Jun. 2014
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This just has to be a 5 star+ rating because it is a true story of the unsung heroes of the special forces engaged in a truly amazing episode in military history. If this was fiction it would invoke sentiments like 'good story, a bit far fetched' and the like.
It also illustrates the many components of human emotions in different situations.
For me it is the book of the year so far.
Immediate delivery by Amazon was appreciated

William Griffin
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine O'Gara on 17 Jun. 2014
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Not a woman who would normally read military or war books, but as he was a local guy I bought it for my husband. Just picked it up one day started reading, found it easy to follow, and made for very interesting reading.Amazed at his courage,at everyones in fact. Miracle they survived with little help from the army.Well done boys proud of you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gav Rumins on 6 Jun. 2014
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I've read many of these type of books albeit different missions / locations but this is the first where I felt I was actually there. The way it was written came across as a very personal but honest account of what actually happened added with a very dry humour. Great book, highly recommended - when's the next one..?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Mike Lukic on 20 July 2014
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I do not normally read this type of book, so did not know what to expect. However from the off it was as though I was there in the thick of the action. It has been written in a way that I felt I knew everybody personally. The more I read the less I wanted to put it down.
The attention to detail and professionalism against almost impossible odds was outstanding and shows what can be achieved. It also shows how the human spirit, when presented with a cause to fight for can come through with anything thrown at it.
Steve and his colleagues went about their task in the knowledge that they could have been wiped out, however with their attention to detail they knew that they could redress the balance and move the odds in their favour.
I now understand what being on the frontline in the military means. It is definately not for the faint hearted and they have my utmost admiration and respect for their bravery and heroism.
Superbly written account of beating adversity and an insight into how it was achieved.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ian Miller on 3 Jun. 2014
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This is a fantastic book - as an exsquaddie, it gives a clear and excellent view of what the well trained and disciplined soldier can achieve. Steve shows what a platoon sergeant has to control and how he does it. The Pathfinders, origonally from the Brigade of Guards, were disbanded in 1972 for whatever reason, and ressurected in the 1990's. The personnel now serving as X platoon/Pathfinders are of the highest calibre as this excellent account of the mayhem and the uselessness of the MOD and it's backside crawlers. The firefight must have been hell, however, it was controlled by excellent leadership. Well done Steve and all your comrades.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mariephoenix on 1 July 2014
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Trying to find the words to describe such an heroic operation was no easy task, but for the 26 Elite pathfinders in the middle of the African jungle with a lack of equipment ammo body armour food and water 2000 blood crazed drugged up rebels would seem an impossible task.
Against all odds Sergeant Steve Heaney and his platoon thankfully for the villagers of Lungi Lol were the British lads who were being sacrificed to help them in this civil war.
The professionalism, dedication to duty, humanity and compassion shown by Steve and the Elite Pathfinders was second to none. An absolute fantastic read Steve pulls no punches telling how it was, 26 days of pure hell. I felt disgusted how the platoon was let down and abandoned by the MOD.
Hungry and dehydrated nathe put the giant snails and whatever else in the pot. Yaaaaaak!!!! But we'll done.
Reading this book made you feel you were in the thick of it with them.
The respect and bond these lads shared was fantastic they went about their duty above and beyond what would have been expected of them in such an impossible situation, risking their lives without a thought for themselves just of protecting the village and villages as if joined at the hip they all knew what to do to help each other without a lot of words.
26 pathfinders, 2000 rebels the villagers showed their respect and gratification by helping Steve and the lads by building the punji sticks and claymores. They supplied them with fresh drinking water and a bread roll each everyday.
The villagers must have been petrified 26 British soldiers against 2000 blood crazed rebels but I would bet that they thank their lucky stars each and every day that it was Steve Heaney and his elite platoon who was sent to help them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HTR on 7 Jun. 2014
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What a refreshingly genuine, well written and enlightening story, about what was obviously an amazing op to be on. Steve's personal, measured, yet uninhibited account puts you right into the little African village, indeed right into the trenches. Real events, real people, real bullets - much needed after the years of fictional SF operation books. PF have, over the subsequent years, kept maintaining the bar that was set during 'Operation Mayhem'.
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I purchased this book whilst being laid up with a bad back. I intended to read it over a couple of days as and when. So exciting and interesting was it that I read the book in one sitting.
This book is a tale of heroics and daring do by the men at the sharp end and bumbling incompetence by the military authorities.It exemplifies all that is good in the British Army and all that wrong with it.
I would highly recommend this book to anybody as a bloody good read.
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