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The Circuit: An ex-SAS soldier's true account of one of the most powerful and secretive industries spawned by the War on Terror Hardcover – 18 Apr 2008

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  • Hardcover: 532 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Second Impression edition (18 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330455737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330455732
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Sunday Times top-ten bestseller – a passionate page-turner by a soldier with something to say --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Bob Shepherd served in the SAS for almost twenty years, participating in the Iranian Embassy siege in London, the Falklands War, the First Gulf War and Bosnia. He retired in 1994 as a Warrant Officer Class One and began a new career as an international security advisor. In other words, he joined The Circuit.


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Format: Hardcover
Bob Shepherd has the courage to point out that we have lost the plot as the politicians and accountants take over. Clear eyed, funny and modest this book takes us where most of us would not survive. We need people like Bob Shepherd - I hope that we realise it before it is too late.
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I must commend the author for putting together a series of very interesting accounts of a variety of private security operations, in various theatres, that expose the serious failings within the 'security' industry that has grown out of recent world events.

Equally commendable is the fact that this is not a detailed account of the authors career within the SAS. I have read a few of those and frankly they begin to repeat. Also, as the author alludes to, he doesn't want to give away trade secrets - which I completely agree with because, if I was serving within one of our elite units, I think I would feel that would be the worst sort of 'Compromise'.

The knowledge and skill that is depicted in the carrying out of security based tasks is exactly what I find interesting about Special Forces and how they conduct themselves - also the illustrations of how not to carry these tasks out is equally informative.

The complete lack of fearsome firefights within the book is to the authors credit - he was obviously doing a very good job! It is NOT short on drama however.

I especially Liked the thoughts presented regarding the Bravo 2 Zero Patrol of the 1st Gulf War. Brief but enlightening perspective.

This Book is an extremely good read - I would recommend this for those who would like an intelligent insight into the subject without any embellishment.
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Format: Paperback
As an ex infantry soldier, I can relate to Bob Shepherd's skills.
He tells his story of how CP.,should be conducted in a highly dangerous environment. Quietly and efficiently.

His SAS training and insight are to his credit. I am sure the people he looked after are well pleased with his efforts.
As for the book I read it in a couple of hours, and I will pass it on to some of my old comrades.
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What a fantastic book! I can't remember the last time I read something I enjoyed as much as this. I'm definitely going to be recommending it to all my mates.

Bob Shepherd was in the SAS for 20 years before he became a private security advisor, and now he works in war zones all over the world, mainly protecting journalists and TV crews. The book begins with an Israeli soldier pointing a gun at Bob's head, and you feel like you're right there with him. I could feel my heart racing as I was reading it! And it only gets more exciting from then on.

The things Bob Shepherd has seen and done are quite incredible, and you're with him all the way when he comes face to face with Taliban soldiers looking to pick a fight, when he's running for his life as a sniper shoots at him, when he's dodging roadside ambushes and when he's trawling the stinking morgues looking for ITN's Terry Lloyd's body. Bob Shepherd is completely awe-inspiring and a true hero. This really is an amazing book of and I hope Bob writes a sequel soon!
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Format: Hardcover
A first class and honest account of what is going on in the overseas security world today, in which the author highlights all the wrong doings and mistakes which is happening on the Circuit,to date and in the past.
Interesting paragraph also on Bravo Two Zero and the author who obviously has a wealth of experience of operating,mixing and living with the people of the Middle East writes nothing but of great respect for its people and its culture.
No blood guts and glory tales, just an honest story with some very good highlighted points on profit margins, deaths and contracts undertaken which should never be taken or accepted by private security companies.
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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Format: Hardcover
This is simply a magnificent read.I could not put it down.Bob Shepherd has seen it all, twenty years in the regiment followed by assignments on the circuit in hotspots such as:The West Bank and Gaza,Iraq and Afghanistan

Bobs professionalism shines through on every page and is in stark contrast to the glaring ineptitude of the American military forces. To think that he had to advise camp commanders on such basic principles as camp security or holding of hostages is gravely disturbing.But even more disturbing is the true cost of the global war on terror is being hidden by government departments who hire highly inept private security operators in place of properly trained and equipped military specialists.

This book is a revelation and Bob Shepherd pulls no punches and doesn't disguise his disquiet at the degeneration of The Circuit.
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Format: Hardcover
[[ASIN:0330455737 The Circuit: An Ex-SAS Soldier's True Account of One of the Most Powerful and Secretive Industries Spawned by the War on Terror]
A fascinating insight into the job of a 'Close Protection' operative.Bob Shepherd pulls no punches with his opinions about his fellow countrymen(and non fellow countrymen)who share the same profession,especially if they're not trained to his standard,which as you might guess after 23 years serving with 'The Regiment' are understandably high.If you're looking for a book crammed with boys own stories about damsels in distress and guns and explosions in true gruesome detail,then this definately is NOT the book for you.This is a story about a true professional in every sense of the word,who makes it his duty to understand the ways,traditions and historical backgrounds of the people he serves and meets on his adventures and operations in often very hostile environments.Oh yes,he also meets some very important and influential people(and the odd warlord)along the way...ENJOY.
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