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The Sixteen: The Covert Assassination Squad that went beyond the SAS [Hardcover]

John Urwin
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  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Vision (29 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904132146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904132141
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An insider's account of a covert and elite branch of the British military service. Reveals secret training techniques, weapons and activities of 'The Sixteen'. Details the author's involvement in events during the Middle East crisis of the late '50s Describes top secret missions which involved assassinations made to look like robberies or suicides. In 1957, the author was secretly observed during his National Service basic training and was specifically targeted and selected whilst stationed in the Middle East to become 'Geordie', one of an elite, covert group known only to one another as 'The Sixteen'. After highly specialised training which involved a top secret fear elimination technique, the efficient use of lethal weapons exclusive to the group and unique unarmed combat skills, John Urwin tells for the first time, the role he and 'The Sixteen' played in the Middle East crisis beginning in the late 1950s. His missions included the successful assassination of key figures to protect British Secret Agents. The weapons and military techniques described are not known or adopted by any part of the armed forces including Special Forces Worldwide, the Commandos and the SAS.

Told with gripping pace the reader is introduced to the other members of the group as they embark on missions where their secrecy, skills, character and sheer professionalism made them proud to be a part of The Sixteen.

From the Author

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alun, Wilfred and Jonathon for the reviews they have kindly given to my book. It's very gratifying to know that you all enjoyed it so much and your views are greatly appreciated. However, even more rewarding is the fact that you all 'had the ability to read between the lines' as Alun puts it, and so picked up on the very essence of 'The Sixteen'.

As I stated in the book's preface, I did not write my story as any form of expose', indeed the book only documents something in the region of perhaps 10% of the groups' real skills and capabilities, simply scratching the surface of what I actually know.

It was a very conscious decision on my part to merely recount a fraction of my knowledge; a taster if you like, in order to draw attention to the fact that such a highly skilled group existed and, hopefully, word will eventually filter through to the right authorities.

For obvious reasons, and because I understand the true meaning of the word 'covert', I will never educate the enemy (whoever and wherever they might be)and have therefore witheld the greater part of the facts in order to expose, as Alun again so rightly states '...the inadequacies of the present day military and intelligence establishment...'. My aim was has always been to simply provide a suggestion as to how things should, and could, be done because I believe it to be a great shame that so many good men in Special Forces units today sadly appear to lack even the most basic of the skills that I still possess (as indicated in their own words in a variety of publications).

Thank you all once again, lads. Let's hope you're right Alun and my book rings the right bells then, perhaps, the relevant 'authorities' will make contact with me before it's too late!

John Urwin

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars RUBBISH! NO STARS 31 May 2006
Oh my god..If you're expecting something believable in the remotest sense then don't part with your money. I would even go so far as to say that the man is bonkers. It could even have been written by a child..he has some sort of light saber. ....and with a flick of the wrist..... all the enemy are dead..
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Mr John 'Walter' Unwin may have been the only sldr in his unit that didn't drink, but he's either made up for it since or only writes when zonked off his face on Columbian marching powder.

Reference the content of the book, think less von Clausewitz and more von Münchhausen. It deserves a place on the same shelf as Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and Pratchett's "Discworld" series.

The reader is asked to believe that an eighteen year old lad is 'talent spotted' during basics and turned into a junior ninja with a Fifth Dan in Ecky Thump and an Instr grade in the British Amy's FTP cse, (Fantasies and Telling Porkies.) This youngster, with a group of others he's conveniently unable to identify, then travels the world dealing death with the flick of an eyebrow to enemies of Her Britannic Majesty's govt.

Yes I'm sure Mr Unwin has served his National Service, and yes I'm sure he was in the Royal Pioneer Corps.
All statements after this should be taken with the annual output of a 1950s Siberian salt mine and a bottle of single malt.
The time he was away from his mates at the Pioneer unit during which he claims to have been with 'The Sixteen' could equally well be explained by a period of detention in a Military Correctional Establishment. Rubbish of course - this elite unit was so secret that the only records are in the author's head, (a very scary place,) so the Monkeys could never have tracked any of them down.

At least the author has some good mates, no-one else in their right mind would write the effusive reviews previously posted.

Better be away now, I need to continue writing my book 'The Eight.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The semi special force 4 Jan 2005
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I read other reviews before buying this book. Some slated it and others thought it was great and highlighted weaknesses in current SFs. I had to buy it to decide for myself. What is shocking in this book is the way in which John Urwin was apparently selected for the role. There was no E&E training, jungle or urban training as all his training appeared to take place in a hut in Cyprus and somehow, in a matter for a few days of intensive training, he was a "machine". Hogwash. He was called up for national service, how would an assassation team know he could kill anyone anywhere? He would not describe himself as naturally aggressive judging by his book.
I believe the British government had and has similar miltary capabilities but it was not mentioned that his book was sent to the MOD. How can anyone verify what he wrote? His book will sell because you will want to know what the fuss is about, but there are far too many unanswered questions as he did not disclose enough information to convince me he was telling the truth. Borrow it from the library, don't buy it.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No stars 15 Jan 2004
By A Customer
I want a REFUND! This book describes how using the techniques of the machine you will achieve a 360 degree field of vision (cough)... Not to mention, to the untrained eye you only perceive a blur as you and your 3 enemy accomplices are dispatched by John Urwin featuring the machine.
I have read fake SAS accounts and many exaggerated stories writen by 10 year olds in primary school but The Sixteen takes the prize for worst attempt at writing ever.. how about no stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total crock for total walts 25 Nov 2007
This book is total fiction and not even good fiction at that, If anyone believes anything in this book then may I recommend the series of famous five for your next purchase.
Whoever wrote this has never been anywhere near special forces unless hes been at an Andy McNab/Chris Ryan book signing.
To anyone with any doubt, Would a highly skilled assasin (which is illegal under British law) write a book or would he be doing something more profitible?
Also check out a well known unofficial British ARmy Rumour SErvice site and see how well it goes down there.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the sixteen 17 Feb 2004
By A Customer
I agree with the reader who issued this with only one star, it was very poorly written and beyond believable. No real descriptins are given regarding " the machine " or the ultimate weapon the " sash ", which appears to some sort of belt that when released can kill a man in the blink of an eye. I find the whole story as a whole to be weak at its' best. This team appears to have been trained on scrub land on a part time basis under the very nose of the British Army, at a time when regular patrols of the area would have been conducted on a regular basis. If this team was so well trained and important why was it not conducted over an extended period at a proper and secure location.
On the whole not a recommended read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!! 5 Feb 2014
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I’m researching the period 1955-59 in Cyprus and had hoped to find useful information in this book. Unfortunately, as regards to the part which refers to Cyprus and in particular to the operations against E.O.K.A., the information seems to be fictitious.
For example, at some point the author describes a situation where E.O.K.A. men had the British forces pinned down for hours!!!! This was NOT possible under the circumstances, the methods E.O.K.A. was using or even the weaponry and ammunition E.O.K.A. had available. At some other point the author describes how they - him and his 3 friends - killed four E.O.K.A. men in a cave on the mountains. During the whole period of 1955-59, there were only two incidents were four E.O.K.A. men were killed at the same event. One was on the 20th of June 1958 at Kourdali, after an accidental explosion, while the E.O.K.A. men where involved in making explosive devices, and another on the 2nd of September 1958 at Liopetri (not in cave) where regular army forces were involved (Royal Ulster Rifles).
I am not planning to read any more of the book. No more time to waste!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the re-print of this book published by george green...
Great book Made an effort to go and meet John Urwin and he is definately the real deal ! I am Looking forward to the re-print of this book published by george green, (The Sixteen,... Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2010 by what2put
4.0 out of 5 stars MAKE YOUR MIND UP TIME......................
A young squaddie on National Service gets picked to become a member of a special assassination squad. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2008 by L. Hay
1.0 out of 5 stars Ha Ha Ha - utter drivel
Has to rank right up there with 'The Nemesis Files' as utter fantasy and made up rubbish. Hey, you people want to give the author your money, fine but to pay for this? Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Book
This is quite an extraordinary book about exceptional people. It is listed as military history, but could easily be regarded as pertinent to current affairs, psycology or science. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2004 by G.Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars If your an sas fan dont bother
I was really looking forward to receiving this book but it is a big dissapointment.The guy says he cant prove what he has done and yet degrades the sas/sbs and alike in his... Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars beyond the sas....
i was at first doubtful about this book, the cover portraying the usual sas/hollywood image of special ops warfare, but as i soon found out, this book cannot be judged by the... Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2003 by d.weston
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