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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Arrow Books (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099549670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099549673
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I found myself as part of the Bravo Two Zero patrol trapped behind enemy lines in Iraq, I found that everything was as I'd been told it would be. I followed all the Standard Operation Procedures, the orientation, survival, evasion and fighting techniques I had been taught in the SAS and I am certain that is what made the difference, that it why I managed to get away.

But as soon as I got I home my suspicions were aroused. We few surviving members of the operation were given a thousand pounds each and told to go off on holiday. This was the authorities telling us to keep quiet. A truckload of medals were handed out too - another sure sign a cock up is being covered up.

The more I looked into it, the more I realized that the Bravo Two Zero mission had been doomed from the start. Our political masters had not thought it through and as a result we weren't prepared to get involved in that operation. We have a saying - the 5 ps - prior planning prevents piss-poor performance - and no matter how high the calibre of the men doing the fighting, many of them will get captured or die if the prior planning is not good enough. That is what happened in Iraq.

Cock ups are one thing, but what makes me really angry is when soldiers are not told the truth about what we they are being asked to do - when things are not as they seem. The SAS are asked to do some terrible things. In fact all the shady things you might imagine the SAS gets up to, we have done in real life. The men of the SAS are regularly asked to do things which would be illegal for any private citizen. Some of these things will scar you for life, physically and mentally. You do them because that is your duty. But time and time again the men on the ground are betrayed because they are not told the truth and then when things go wrong they are abandoned and left to their own devices. That is what I write about in my books.

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Title: Strike Back <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Chris Ryan <>Publisher: ARROW

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Gregory on 25 Nov. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a good read, I could not put it down.

I have the paperback version, which is a better written that the hardback and has only a few mistakes. Instead of criticising spelling mistakes like a lot of other reviews, I like to find the good points.

I read this book front to back in record time because I just couldn't stop reading it. It had some fantastic plots and scenarios in it that had me engrossed. There are some real twists and turns as well. Brilliant.

Anyone interested in the Armed Forces and Military should definitely give this a read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By stuart malpass on 14 July 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is excellent. So good in fact that my girlfriend has insisted on reading it. The tv adaptation is not quite as good as there are character differences. The story is very fast paced and grips you from the first page. There is plenty of depth to each character. Overall I would greatly recommend this book if you like 24 and that sort of genre of tv/books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JimmyG on 5 Nov. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Strike back seems to have 2 versions around an original hardback and the paperback version, or maybe that should be 3 versions as i read this on my kindle. Anyway I cant comment on the hardback version and its typos or other mistakes. However the kindle version is another killer story from Mr Ryan.

A lot of people will have seen the tv version and maybe they think this is the same, but like all books that have a film/tv series they are different for a start books ask you to use your imagination and they try to take you along by the force of the tale they have to tell. This like other Chris Ryan books does that in spades, it isnt meant to be realistic, how many of us have been in the situations he writes about? very very few in deed, in fact i even doubt he has been in the situations he writes about these days. Do not let that put you off reading this book, and i do not mean to run him down. He writes mens adventure stories and he writes about situations he has knowledge of. Like all good novelists he uses life experience to take you to a fantasy setting but tries to make it belivable, and here he succeeds.

Only down side with these books is it always seems to be a washed/burnt out SAS trooper who the government has let down but somehow they get back into the life and save the day. Along the way the body count gets higher and higher and the brass casings that are littering the place must make a scrap man rub his hands in glee.

That said, you know what you are getting and its a winning formula, I for one love his books, for a small part of my boring humdrum day I can imagine a world that still has larger than life heros who place country and family above scraping a living as a wage slave.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. Fox on 8 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I have two copies of the book: the original hardback version and the re-released paperback from the 3rd edition. As someone has stated before the hardback leaves a lot to be desired. There are grammatical errors, typos, weak plot structure and some geographical problems.
However, the paperback is a different kettle of fish. The errors are (mostly) removed or corrected, the typos are gone, the plot structure has been tightened and the general editing is much improved.
For what it is (Action based FICTION) it is very good. You don't need to do too much thinking to keep up with the plot, it is fast paced and the action comes thick and fast.
My partner and some friends are ex-forces and although they chuckled at parts and said that some bits are way, WAY over the top they also said that a lot IS fact based and they enjoyed it. I hope this helps.
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By Luke Thrower on 21 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
This book may be recognisable to some of you as it recently got turned into a tv series, although this tells two other stories , as well as the one in the book.

===Story===
John porter was one of the uk's top SAS serviceman, he's now a broken man, living rough on the streets of london.
But in beirut a young tv reporter , Katie Darmouth, has been captured by terrorists. She is set to be executed unless soldiers are pulled from Iraq.
The link , Porter is the only man in Britanin who knows who her capture is and how to save her.

The story was very exciting, although reading other reviews many pointed out plot holes. These people were taking the book way too seriously for what it is and you need to look at it as all out action and excitement. None of the apparent plot holes are tottaly obvious and take away from the story, in fact if I hadn't of read about them I wouldn't of seen them. The story does flow and is a page turner which will see you hurridley turning to find out what will happen.

===Writing===
The writing is strong and easy to read, you dont need to really think and it allows you to enjoy the rollercoaster of excitement.
The characters are all written well and you do care about what happens to them, you have your favourites but they change as the writing twists. As my first book of this type It was entertaining and am hoping to read more , as the style is a nice break away from the usual.

Their are some plot holes, but unless your in the army or know alot about the middle east divisions, you will thoroughly enjoy it !
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