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The Trojan Files: Inside Scotland Yard's Elite Armed Response Unit Hardcover – 10 Feb 2000


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  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; 1st edition (10 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852278234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852278236
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,638,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Read the true story of Britain's armed police
Like most people, perhaps even you, in my early life I had no connection with guns at all. I sat in awe of my father and grandfather as the stories of armed conflict from two world wars were related, but for myself it was a distant and unrelated subject. However,my father's words always echoed in my ears - "All guns are dangerous."

As a young police officer I resisted all temptation to be swayed for many years, until the ever present and increasing use of guns began to threaten even me. As fate took me ever closer to the day when perhaps I too would face an armed aggressor, my opinions changed. All around me police officers faced a rising tide of gun-related crime, and a resolve grew within me. If I was to face an armed man I wanted to be equal - I wanted a gun.

Fate challenged the Metropolitan police as the horrors of the Hungerford massacre posed a new and unprecedented threat. In the face of an armed rampage or confronted by an armed robber, it was impotent. Through the courage of a few senior officers, armed uniformed police officers would patrol the streets of London.

I was there as a supervisor as the first armed cars rolled out onto the streets of London. For years I watched the Armed Response vehicles grow in stature. Before I was done I would carry the first responsibilty for any immediately occurring firearm incident anywhere in the metropolis. Desperate armed men, terrified victims. Guns, bombs and knives. Terrorism and its opposition, I would be privy to it all.

Men's passion and heartbreak. High speed car chases, horrific crashes, humour and tragedy are all here. Gunfire and fire fights as both my men and suspects were hit. The experience has added a new dimension to my life and changed my perceptions forever.

These are real events, real people. If you want to know more then read on, because...I was there.

Roger Gray, January 2000

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a current serving ARV officer who worked with the author until his retirement I can confirm the validity and truthfulness of the content of this publication. All the stories are real and accurately described. The book also captures the extreme wit and sharpness of almost if not all ARV officers! Roger is no exception. Sgt Gray was a truely unique character amongst his workmates. Respected. If a sequel were to be written I would hope he would disclose his infinite source of pencils, many of which ended up broken! But that's another story...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've never met Sergeant Gray - nor am I likely to. However, from reading his book, I genuinely believe that a true representation of ARV Officers has been delivered with ease and wit. I have recently completed the largest ever UK study of the psychological attributes of Armed Police Officers which refutes any suggestion of elitism in officers who carry a firearm - as suggested by one of Sergeant Gray's SFO turned author colleagues. Sgt. Gray's book supports these findings.
The Trojan Files is a book I would certainly recommend to anyone interested in the history and workings of SO19 Authorised Firearms Officers without the need for excessive "Andy McNab-isation". A thoroughly enjoyable and addictive read. BE WARNED, the chapter which discusses the sudden death of a colleague will bring a tear to even the most tough-minded.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan 2000
Format: Hardcover
I first met Roger sometime in the 1970's when we served together as police officers at one of London's biggest council estates. He is quiet , reserved man who nevertheless took every opportunity to step into the front line of police work. After I retired we kept in contact by letter ; even then I was struck by his surprising gifts as a wordsmith. When he sent me the drafts of his book I recognised his talents as a born writer. The true accounts put the reader in pole position with the fast pace of events maintained throughout with gripping story-lines and a realism that strikes like a driven nail. Even I , a retired cop, had no idea of the number of firearms incidents the Met face nor the ferocity and murderous intent they meet almost daily. The part of police work that wore me down was the unpredictable eruption of violence towards me, personally. It could happen anywhere, any time, any day. So how do these men in the ARV's cope never really knowing whether this day will be their last on earth?. A final tribute to my friend, Roger Gray. He is the sort of man to whom the public owe a huge debt of gratitude and typical of many but at the end of his career there are no medals, just the quiet satisfaction of a vital job well done. Recently the Met have taken a pounding. This book will more than redresses the balance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Feb 2000
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I am an ex Police officer who had the privilege to serve with Roger Gray. A caring and thoughtful family man, Roger was highly respected amongst colleagues for his fair temperament and support for his team. Physically he is somewhat menacing and not an individual you would easily forget! Reading the draft book whilst sat in Rogers garden one sunny afternoon last year I found myself engrossed. Each account is written with the smells and sounds that only someone who has been there can convey. The book gives recognition to the operatives of SO-19s` Armed Response Vehicles, who we trust in, to protect us from armed threat whilst in this countrys` capital. It also gives the lasting feeling that there are no winners in armed conflict only surviving victims. The memory of taking another life, up close and personal - even when done to protect the public you swore to serve - must be a haunting one to live with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Simeonidis on 26 Mar 2010
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This book reads exceptionally well. It's fast paced and exciting, and at time's you have to stop for a moment and remind yourself that its also fact. Roger Gray comes across very well, there is no huge ego to cloud or spoil the well written and accurately depicted incidents that he and his colleagues dealt with. Suffice to say, It didn't take long to read, couldn't put it down. Excellent.
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