Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop All Amazon Fashion Up to 70% off Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Shop Amazon Fire TV Shop now Shop Fire HD 6 Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop now
Buy Used
£2.80
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by the book house
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Operators: Inside 14 Intelligence Company - The Army's Top Secret Elite Hardcover – 5 Sep 1996

22 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover, 5 Sep 1996
"Please retry"
£16.00 £0.01

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Save £20 on Amazon.co.uk with the aqua Classic card. Get an initial credit line of £250-£1,200 and build your credit rating. Representative 32.9% APR (variable). Subject to term and conditions. Learn more.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Century; 1st Edition edition (5 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712677305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712677301
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Verified Purchase
The Operators-an interesting book, perhaps more so for the account of training rather than for the operational stuff which is rather confusing with all the radio callsigns. Probably also doesn't help that the author is an officer who is therefore largely removed from the front line and instead organising operations. Still it is extremely impressive, you get the idea that 14th Intelligence is about the closest thing you'll ever get to the real James Bond. After so many years of the cynical Len Deighton style disillusioned Cold War spies it's refreshing to meet people who are brave, keen as mustard, hard as nails and out there risking their lives to protect people. It really does have everything you'd expect of the fictional spy-fast car evasive driving, specialised weapons, lethal unarmed combat, superbly skilled burglars trained and employed by her Majesty's armed forces, high-tech bugs and surveillance systems-but all for real. Even got specially modified and equipped cars. If you've any experience of the forces at all your mind boggles at the idea of a unit that has its' own force of helicopters at its' beck and call. Even more amazing to consider that the Captain or Major at the controls would be commanded by Private/Able Seaman etc, their operational status overriding any concerns of rank. Really is comic book stuff and you really are filled with envy and admiration for the entire set-up, it's a far cry from the hackneyed image of hapless British spies infiltrated by Kim Philby and his cohorts. I recommend you also read Fishers of Men by Rob Lewis which covers the same subject from an NCO's perspective, Former Soldier Seeks Employment by John Miller and Stakeknife by Martin Ingram (although take the latter with a large pinch of salt) .
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Before being accepted into the elite 14 Company, volunteer guys and girls from all ranks of the three military services undergo testing and training so brutal very few make it.

Authenticity puts this book treetops higher than any fictional counterpart. I found myself sometimes forgetting to breathe, heart pounding with each escalation of conflict, training exercise, and hair-raising mission.

Rennie is a natural writer, good on description in the literal and objective sense, while still vividly capturing the essence of feeling and place. The pace flows, highs and lows, seamlessly with perfect timing.

The unimaginably hard training regimen, both mental and physical, the lighter moments and the interaction of the combatants, these utterly brave men and women, combine to make this one riveting, intriguing and highly interesting read. I absolutely loved it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Verified Purchase
The job of these people is demanding, dangerous and lonely. The fact that James Rennie sees fit to publish a book about his exploits is, to my mind, wrong. He worked to protect people from terrorism. But when any counter terrorism measure is shared with the public, it becomes worthless. This is similar to the effects of the book 'Living with Terrorism' by Dr Richard Clutterbuck. In his book, he said that the best time to try and STOP a plane hijack is during the first 10-15 minutes. After that time, the hijackers will become organised and confident. Once his book was published, terrorist masterminds would have read it, and advised their 'minions' of its content, or read it themselves. So from then on, their like would be especially vigilant during the first 10-15 minutes of a hijack, due to the increased risk of intervention (by passengers, flight crew or cabin crew!)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By miss margaret abbott on 26 Aug. 2013
Verified Purchase
Excellent detail and a really good read. I Would recommend reading this book to broaden your knowledge in this area.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harry on 18 Feb. 2010
Verified Purchase
Interesting book written by the man who knows and as accurate as would be possible within the confines of the OSA. Well worth the read but a great pity that sales did not make it clear that this and the second book purchased under the same main but different subtitles are in fact exact reprints of the original work ie the different main sub title descriptor led me to believe these were two different works by the same author covering the same subject. Oh well I have a second copy to give away. Trouble is ~ one was eight times the price of the other which also helped send me off on a false trail.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 April 1999
Fantastic! This book really gets inside what really goes on behind the scenes in Northern Ireland, without the bravado of books written by ex SAS types. Well written, gripping and thoroughly enjoyable. An absolute must for espionage fans...
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Verified Purchase
The blurb said the condition was 'very good', it is excellent - even the dust cover is immaculate. Came early too. Brilliant.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TIM COOK on 11 Nov. 2010
What an excellent account of the role played by a small number of Operators. They do outstandingly dangerous work to save so many lives. I know as I actually served at the same location as the author. Great Read.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again


Feedback