- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition, First Impression edition (18 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444726951
- ISBN-13: 978-1444726954
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
SAS Operation Storm: Nine men against four hundred Hardcover – 18 Aug 2011
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'An excellent and detailed account'. (RUSI Review)
The time is now right for their bravery, at long last, to be properly recognised. (Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, Sunday Times)
The Inside Story of the SAS's most famous battle - nine men against four hundred - told for the first time by the men who were there.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
To my utter amazement I actually started really enjoying it!
The subject matter isn't one that would normally appeal, blood and battles and all, but the way its written actually makes it really interesting.
Not too much military hardware detail but the real human story behind the conflict and the men who fought so amazingly bravely against such enormous odds.
So ladies; if you feel like moving outside your literary comfort zone this is definitely the book for you.
The book approaches the subject from 4 viewpoints – a geopolitical history of the region, a slightly breathless blow by blow account of the battle, the failure of the successive UK governments to properly acknowledge the heroism of the SAS and the tribesmen on the side of Qaboos and a discussion of the geopolitical situation following the battle.
The writing style is a little bit gung ho Boys Own Paper, Kiplingesque almost. The argot of the SAS is heavily used, male genitals are known as ‘small artillery’, SAS weapons gave them ‘raw fire power’ and ‘showered hot metal on the enemy’, bullets hitting rocks gave rise to ‘shards of stone and freshly minted dust’ and at an SAS briefing there was ‘enough stomach acid to melt a bucket of nails’!Read more ›
A great tale well told with typical regiment sense of humour and lack of bull***t READ THIS BOOK and feel humble but proud of what was done by a tiny number of dedicated men against Rorkes Drift type odds. Deserved a handfull of VC's but as the operation was unoffical no open recognition was given.
But I'm a history buff. And I would never recommend this book to anyone.
The writing is embarasing. Don't there exist proof reading ediors anymore?
The brits is a nation of history buffs, but too often there is more "buff" than taste: This writing made me embarassed.
If this book is ever printed in a third edition, these changes ought to be done:
1) Use a text editor; find all adjectives and phrases that has a potential of being a cliche. Write them up on a big white board. Make sure none of them is used more than once. And erase the rest from the book.
2) Never write anything a second or third time, as if it is the first time the reader encounter it in the story.
3) Don't try to build up the climax of the book, ...once every second page. It's just transparent and embarassing. (I feel sorry for the real guys.)
4) Double check all adjectives mercilessly. If you call one guy "brilliant", and four pages later tell how little common sence he had; why did you then use the word brilliant? Was it on a list of adjectives you had to put into the book? Or were you writing for the family? -- It is transparent that it has to be either of the two.
And: Newton never made any laws about thermodynamics. They were made hundred years after he died. Did you mean the second law about thermodynamics, about antropy? Or did you mean Newton's third law, but you had once heard about a "second" law in thermodynamics. Either way, it wasn't very descriebing on what the next sentences descriebed. -- It was only to impress the reader, wasn't it?
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Have been to the site of the battle some three years after it took place, its a wonder they all didn't get killed, brave men all of them, but it was a war no-one knew about in UK... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MR A D WARD
What a fantastic read. Highly recommended for those that like a fact based storyPublished 2 months ago by Dave