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The Squadron (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Urban
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It’s 2005, and Baghdad is descending into a maelstrom of violence. Murder, kidnap, and bombing are daily events. The squadron are a handful of SAS men sent into this chaos in order to turn the situation around. Soon after they arrive, the chance arises for them to make a difference. After months of fruitless searching, the spooks intercept an email that could lead them to the kidnappers of Reg Harrison, a British businessman. Staff Sergeant Daz Hooper, the man looked up to in the squadron as its ultimate Team Leader, is given the task of tracking down Harrison. Within hours the pressure is on, as Daz deploys drones, spies, soldiers, and helicopters to the task of finding the abducted businessman before he is murdered. The Squadron is a fast moving and intricate description of special operations, as they are carried daily out in the world’s trouble spots. This is a secret war barely understood by the public in whose name these battles are fought. It is also a vivid portrait of life in a tight knit SAS team, with all its characters and deadpan humour, told from the perspective of one of Daz’s team mates in the unit.

Mark Urban is the Diplomatic and Defence Editor of the BBC’s Newsnight program. He has reported many times from the world’s trouble spots and is also the author of definitive non-fiction works on the SAS: “Task Force Black” about the special forces effort in Iraq from 2003-2009 and “Big Boys’ Rules” on the secret campaign in Northern Ireland.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1708 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LERAYMW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Ryan clone that falls short. 23 Mar. 2015
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Was a reasonable short read, but having read Urbans non fiction accounts and seen him on Newsnight, i couldn't help but feel he was deliberately trying to emulate Ryan, McNab & Black in style, rather than putting out something more befitting his education like Le Carre. Never found out enough about the kidnap guy to care about him, and a bit too derivative and cliched about the Regiment to bring anything new to the genre. Mark has the skills to be a good fiction writer, he just needs to try and find some originality.
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Reminiscent in tone of McNabs first book, ex-squaddies will chuckle along knowingly as this short read introduces a series of authentically voiced warts an' all military cartoon characters in an entertaining and realistic romp.

I usually find 'tough guy' stories irritating and unreadable but this hits just the right note, a pleasant surprise and witty if you like the sense of humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real SAS 14 July 2014
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Brilliant.telling it as it really is no over the top bits.obviously written by someone who knows the score on special ops
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intervention in Iraq as it probably is 23 July 2014
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A book which is probably a reasonably accurate account of the situation in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussain. Full of operations that don't go right, and this is probably more honest than what we usually read. Plenty of action, and would recommend it as a good, quick read.
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At 60+ pages, it's not so much of a book, more of a leaflet.

Story was good, characters started to develop and then it ended. Quite disappointing really.
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2.0 out of 5 stars There are much better accounts / offers out there 22 Sept. 2014
By SMPEC
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Bought when on offer and it did not impress - very lightweight, failed to engage and not enough pages. There are much better accounts / offers out there. Sorry :-(
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short, but got involved fairly quickly. Room for improvement but he definitely has the making of a very good story teller. Good technical detail as well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Squadron 19 Aug. 2014
By Anne
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Found this very unsatisfactory - far too short and not very clear - sorry! Perhaps because it was a short story that I wasn't aware of it being?
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