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Soldier I - The Story of an SAS Hero (General Military)

Soldier I - The Story of an SAS Hero (General Military) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Kennedy , Pete Winner
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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.", June 2010

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With a foreword by Andy McNab

'The SAS; no publicity, no media. We move in silently, do our job, and melt away into the background. If you have the stamina, the willpower and the guts, we’ll welcome you with open arms and you one of us. And if you haven’t, then it’s been very nice knowing you.'

Eighteen years in the SAS saw Pete Winner, codenamed Soldier ‘I’, survive the savage battle of Mirbat, parachute into the icy depths of the South Atlantic at the height of the Falklands War, and storm the Iranian Embassy during the most famous hostage crisis in the modern world. For the first time Pete also details his close-protection work around the world, from the lawless streets of Moscow to escorting aid convoys into war-torn Bosnia. He also unveils the problems of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder faced by many Special Forces veterans, and how he battled his own demons to continue his roller-coaster career. This is his story, written with a breathtaking take-no-prisoners attitude that brings each death-defying episode vividly to life.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real hero 20 Jun 2010
If you're looking for the story of a real hero, then look no further!

Soldier I is the true account of one man's awesome career in the UK's elite fighting force - The Special Air Service - and an insight into the challenges he faced when he left the Regiment behind.

The SAS came to the attention of the nation as the fearsome black-clad figures who stormed the Iranian Embassy in 1980 and successfully rescued over 20 hostages. Soldier I was there, at the heart of the action, and in his book recounts the drama from build-up to completion.

But several years before this Soldier I was involved in the most astounding battle I have heard of; the Battle of Mirbat. 9 SAS soldiers faced seemingly impossible odds when they were attacked by hundreds of Communist insurgents during a secret war in Oman. For this awe-inspiring account alone the book is worth every penny.

I read Soldier I in a matter of days - the sign of a truly gripping read. Thrilling, frightening, humorous, heartrending, inspiring...

Incidentally I was fortunate to meet Mr Winner (aka Soldier I) earlier this year when he gave a passionate and absorbing guest lecture at the National Army Museum. It was a real pleasure to meet him and he was kind enough to talk to everyone and sign copies of his book. If you ever get a chance to attend one of his presentations I'd highly recommend it - [...]

Soldier 'I': the Story of an SAS Hero: From Mirbat to the Iranian Embassy Siege and Beyond (General Military)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An EXCELLENT read 4 Aug 2011
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and gutsy 26 Jun 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The author of this book is the 'real deal'... 17 April 1999
By A Customer
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Originals 22 Sep 2008
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read from a national hero 12 Nov 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read 15 Aug 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing story 27 Jun 2010
By neil
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The proffesional
Well written biography, clear cut without exaggeration. An honest account of a professional in service and the aftermath upon leaving.
Published 13 days ago by Donald Alan Monro
5.0 out of 5 stars Soldier I by Andy McNab
Excellent read. good stories with lots of detailed explanations.
Another success for this popular author. Looking forward to his next book
Published 1 month ago by Stewart Christie
4.0 out of 5 stars good insight
Well told story of a soldier in the army and out , good example of what really goes on in the lives of our military . Only criticism is was not long enough.
Published 1 month ago by walter menzies
5.0 out of 5 stars Snappers roller coaster career
Snappers tails of fun and games in UKSF. The battle of Mirbat, The Iranian embassy siege and then working on the Circuit... A Great Character and a Great Read........
Published 2 months ago by Michael Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I always enjoy these type of books as I have such a high regard for what these guys do, often without any public recognition. I would recommend this book
Published 2 months ago by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Fascinating insight into the world of an Ex SAS trooper and how we, the establishment and society, cast these good people to one side after all they have done to protect us.
Published 2 months ago by Neil Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Soldier 'I': the Story of an SAS Hero: From Mirbat to the...
I saw it, I ordered it, I paid for it and it came. Brilliant. What more can you wish for.
Published 2 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I loved every bit of this book.very funny in parts.a very inspiring man of great strengths..,physically and mentally.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by shazz
5.0 out of 5 stars An unconventional biography by an unconventional soldier
Pete Winner's "Soldier I" is a far cry from your average, self-centered Spec Op soldier book so common these days. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Another SAS book that gives the real life story of action in the waron terror it covers. It shows the guts and get go the men have. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Keith Goldsmith
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