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Soldier 'I': the Story of an SAS Hero: From Mirbat to the Iranian Embassy Siege and Beyond (General Military) Paperback – 10 Apr 2010


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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (10 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846039959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846039959
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pete's journey through life is not always going forward, nor always going backward, but filled with the ups and downs we all go through. It is a good commentary on dealing with the system and the pitfalls of bucking that system." www.mataka.org, June 2010

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Michael Paul Kennedy is the original author of the memoir. He acted as a ghost-writer, bringing the story of 'Soldier I' to life and at the same time preserving his anonymity. Staff Sergeant Pete Winner is Soldier 'I' himself. For the first time he is prepared to reveal his identity and tell the world of his experiences as one of the key members of the world's finest elite forces regiment.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roger Bickle on 4 Aug 2011
Format: Paperback
Above all, I am very impressed by Kennedy`s writing and am hoping to find more material by him. He vividly depicts not just the
excitement of soldiering but also the boredoms and frustrations. The descriptions of desperate battles and the storming of
the Iranian Embassy are exhilarating. Problems relating specifically to the soldier, his struggles with civilian life on leaving the army
and with post-combat stress are extremely well handled by Mr. Kennedy. I would recommend this book Soldier `I` to anyone with
an interest in warfare.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Roberts on 22 Sep 2008
Format: Paperback
I read this book as a very young soldier in the Paras with no aspirations at the time of joining the Regiment. This book was the first of the biographies that explained who and what the Regiment was about for those that could only stand in their shadows.

Someone on this review gave the novel three stars because the author only fought in two actions; Mirbat and "a small role" in the Iranian Embassy. Make no mistake, Mirbat is a regimental legend and the Iranian Embassy Siege (however small a part - could there be one?) changed the Regiment's image across the world stage forever. Small part? Two actions? Far from true.

One of the original stories from inside the SAS and still a benchmark for other true (and some untrue) stories.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DoctorDiggle on 26 Jun 2011
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A really good read. An honest and gutsy account of life in the Special Forces. These guys are real heroes - why is it our country celebrates their successes but treats them so shabbily
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
Well written, revealing and breathtakingly realistically described, especially a rare eyewitness account of the 'Battle of Mirbat'. Soldier "I" has been through it all, from Aden through Falklands, Embassy siege, Gibraltar. Very near the top in its genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Johansen on 12 Nov 2010
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This excellent book rattles on at a cracking pace as the author describes his astonishing career in the special forces.
I don't usually go for this type of book but Pete Winner was not just an heroic soldier but he is also a wonderful storyteller. I could not put it down.
We need a land that is fit for heroes and men like Pete Winner are the real life heroes who can make it so.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Ramsey on 15 Aug 2010
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Just a brilliant read. Captivating, real, raw, tragic and funny. Pete's recollection of the Battle of Mirbat is breathtaking, as is his account of the Iranian Embassy assault. As someone who watched it live on TV it's great to read the story of the people I was watching. But there's more to it than just the high-profile operations the public hears about. This isn't macho self-glorification, it's a true story written by someone who was there. Highly recommended. I defy anyone not to be moved by the last paragraph.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By neil on 27 Jun 2010
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I couldn't put this book down.
What a truly amazing story of an SAS Hero. I really am amazed how anyone could make it alive through any of the stories in this book, let alone all of them.
Soldier I is a true SAS Hero. ( 5 stars )
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mad Mick Molloy on 14 Aug 2012
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I personnally know this superb soldier having served with him for 6 years. Everything he has written is absolutely true and none of it is exagerrated. We had many adventures togather some of which are unmentionable.He is a man of great humour and wit. He is also someone who would never walk away when trouble comes knocking on your door. a great patriot and fighter for justice. The book is a warts and all read and is a must
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