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The Feather Men Mass Market Paperback – Dec 1994


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Dell Pub Co (Dec 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440217849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440217848
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct 1999
Format: Hardcover
Set in the 1970's and 80's, this purports to be a factual account of the activities of a London-based group of professional assassins, and of the efforts of another clandestine London-based group - The Feathermen - to thwart them.
The assassins, known collectively as "The Clinic" because of their meticulous attention to detail in the planning and execution of murders, were much sought after by would-be buyers of such services for their reliability, effectiveness and discretion.
One such client commissioned the Clinic to kill a number of men who had formerly served in the UK's famed 22 SAS Regiment. Thus it was that the Clinic and its activities came to the attention of the Feathermen (so named "because our touch is so light"). These men and women, operating covertly, are tasked with protecting former serving members of the SAS and their families. Though highly unconventional in their methods, the Feathermen are claimed to differ from the Clinic in that they consider themselves constrained to operate within the law; also, and in stark contrast with the Clinic, their aim is the preservation of innocent lives. The Feathermen as individuals are motivated differently, but share a common high regard for the Regiment though many have never served with it. The Feathermen were founded, it is speculated in the book, by none other than the founder of the SAS, Colonel David Stirling.
Fiennes is famous and much admired in the UK for his adventures and feats of endurance. He is also an established and successful author with several best-sellers to his name. Most importantly perhaps, he himself formerly served with the Regiment for a brief time.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tony Allwright on 13 Mar 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a marvellous account of derring-do, very skilfully related. I was living in Oman, the setting of most of the story, whilst reading the book. Discrete checks of many of the facts and visits to Christian cemetries in Muscat where some of the victims lie convinced me that the story is in fact true despite its incredible tortuosity. Unputdownable, and also disturbing, with a startling twist at the end.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jan 2001
Format: Paperback
I have only ever read Sir Ranulph Fiennes 'Fit For Life' before this so was unsure how he could write a novel. I was shocked, it is the best book that I have ever read. I found a few very small parts a little difficult to follow and others parts a little bit technical, but I just read on because I had to know what was to happen next. It is supposed to be a true story and I believe it. If you think that you might like it, just buy it (or borrow it) you will be shocked at how good it is!
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Dec 2004
Format: Paperback
Sir Ranulph Twistleton Wickham Fiennes BT, OBE (and holder of the Polar Medal with Bar!) is undoubtedly the greatest living British explorer. He also served as an officer with the Special Air Service Regiment in the early seventies at a time when I was attached to that Regiment as a corporal in the Pay Office. We met briefly then and again in the late eighties when I was involved with Operation Raleigh. Though "Ran" - as he introduced himself on the latter occasion, has no reason to recall either meeting, I will always remember this man as someone with great presence who has come to symbolise great things and great achievements. In many ways he is the most British of men.

In his book "The Feather Men," the reader is left wondering whether or not it is a work of fact or fiction. It is an enthralling and exciting read and I am surprised it has not yet been made into a film.

Throughout the world there are certain "standards." For example, people might refer to a specific make of car, as that country's equivalent of a Rolls Royce. This is because Rolls Royce has become the standard for excellence in the making of cars. Similarly, when describing the world's Special Forces, they often refer to certain elite organisations as that country's equivalent of the SAS.

I had the privilege of serving with the SAS over 30 years ago but was never SAS trained. Ran Fiennes was and, therefore, knows what he is talking about. That is why you will be left wondering.

Altogether an excellent book.

NM
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Sep 2000
Format: Paperback
I finished this book in just over 2 days. Could not put it down. A prince wanting to avenge his sons "murderers" by using the Clinic. How these contract killers stalk and pursue ex-SAS and other special forces who served in the 60-70's in Dhofar.
Whether this is true or not, which I suspect it is, this book is fantastically written by Fiennes and as you get into the book, you actually feel that you could be there. Well done!
Can't wait to buy my next Fiennes book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar 2000
Format: Paperback
Just finished reading it, and was enjoying it so much I didn't want it to end. Truthful or not (I reckon it is), this is a fascinating account of a team of clandestine vigilantes pitched in a secret war with a team of contract-killers. The author avoids a good-guy/bad-guy battle and just lets the story tell itself with careful detail and unbiased opinion. Starts off with a great deal of scene-setting and jumping from one event to another. Do stick with it though, because it heats up in a hurry with an excellent twist at the end. Top stuff.
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