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Eye of the Storm: Twenty-Five Years In Action With the SAS: 25 Years in Action with the SAS Paperback – 21 Jul 2003


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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books (21 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843170523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843170525
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a major factor of Ratcliffe's enlightening and comprehensive volume on the SAS is, quite simply, the honest and bravely-placed identity on the book's cover, Peter Ratcliffe - for that really is his name. Peter Tory, Daily Express" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Peter Ratcliffe DCM is an author and former Regimental Sergeant Major with the Special Air Service (SAS). He has been deployed in a number of operations including in Oman, the Falklands and Iraq and served with the SAS for 25 years.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Darren Ware on 30 April 2005
Format: Paperback
I searched for a while to get this book and once I begun to read it I could not put it down. Having served in the army for 10 years I have read many military history books about the Gulf war, Falklands and in particualrly the Troubles in Northern Ireland. I first thought that I would stereo type a Para trooper who then went on SAS selection and expected many beefed up war stories but I was wrong. This book is fantastic in that he tells his whole career and very good war stories to the level where it is not too much or two little. His experiences of action and military life is brilliant and would recommend any body to read it. For a soldier who has gone through a hell of a lot and survived to tell his story is magic - well done 'Billy' Ratcliffe
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
A good read. Mind you with so many contrary accounts of the SAS in the first Gulf war, who do we believe? Probably Ratcliffe more than anyone else, but still it makes you wonder.
This book, more than the other McNab/Ryan/Spence/Crossland stories, shows the SAS in a bad light. It tells of cowardice, incompetence, bad planning and basic stupidity in the ranks of what was once (still is?) the most capable military unit in the world. As such it is very worrying. One of Stirling's initial requirements for the then-new SAS was "The unrelenting pursuit of excellence". After reading this book, one wonders if that is in any way still true. Cant put it down, a real page-turner, but the sideline issues of rivalry, cowardice and basic stupidity are the real surprise.
This book will encourage Britain's enemies.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By mike on 20 Sept. 2003
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I have read many books concerning this subject and this one is by far the most truthful account of the sas in action during the first Gulf Conflict.
The others do in most cases make good reading but if you read them all with care you will find a whole host of inconsistencies amongst the various authors.
I really enjoyed this book easy writing style,never a dull moment or area in the book where i thought this is getting boring Peter Ratcliffe should write more about his experiences with the SAS iam sure he could entertain his readers with some excellent stories, after all you cannot spend 25 years of your life in the worlds most respected and feared regiment without having some memories to write about.
I hope Mr Ratcliffe reads this and decides to put pen to paper again.
A great read reccomended to anybody
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 April 2005
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As a 'virginal' reader of SAS books I approached this from a different angle. I had not read Bravo two zero or any other Gulf war/SAS books previously. I have however read piles of factual (well as factual as can be) books about the SAS and their methods etc.. I haven't read any of the numerous McNab style books because I didn't want to have to wade through the rubbish to get to the factual stuff. Peter Ratcliffes book however, was a godsend! No hyperbole, No 'added on drivel' just realistic accounts of his career. Warts and all. Well done Billy. A great book.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Dickson on 13 Oct. 2006
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I have recently read Peter Ratcliffe's book.

I have read one or two other books over a period of years about life in the SAS. Having served in the Army for 25 years myself and also having held the appointment of RSM, i was interested to read Mr Ratcliffe's attitudes and feelings concerning the plethora of 'stories' that have emerged about the Regiment that used to be the Army's best kept secret!

I was also 'recommended' this book by another ex soldier who had informed me that it was a very good read indeed. I found the story to be fairly well balanced but would have liked a little more insight into what he did / was involved with in between deployments.

The author provides a captivating story stretched over his 25 year service in the Army. More importantly, he highlights on many occasions the courage of his convictions. Ratcliffe the soldier was certainly not affraid to confront people head on regarding issues of competency or professionalism! This is also apparent with regards to his synopsis of the writings of many of those who have gone before him.

In all, the book was excellent value for money, and i like others found it difficult to put down. No sensationalism, No BS, and also a frank honesty over failures, mistakes and shortcomings within the Military, Army and his Regiment.

I particularly found the chapters deicated to the SAS involvement in the Falklands Campaign to be very interesting and informative. Again, the balance of detail, humour, fact and summary provides one mans thoughts and observations based on raw experience in War Fighting without the 'Rambo' and 007 element appearing!

Pure and simply, reading some of the other 'SAS' books and reading Peter Ratcliffe's book is the divide between glorified fiction and honest fact. I fully recommend this book to all who have an interest in military life and the Special Air Service. Well done Mr Ratcliffe, CD
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "nick29710" on 3 Jun. 2005
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This is a book by someone, like ex SAS Robin Horsfall,Who dosn't hide behined wrong names . A man who is not afraid to show his face, all in all, a book that deserves to be on your book shelf. If you are interested in the SAS, Then Peter Ratcliffe..Robin Horsfall..and Michael Asher. are the ones to go for. 100 stars all the way.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mousley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Aug. 2013
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This is essentially a good book about non-fictitious SAS activities and in the main is enjoyable.

The negative part of this review is that as the book goes on, the author becomes more 'me,me,me' and makes out that the majority of those around him are, for want of a better word, 'tools' and nowhere near as capable, confident or able as he is - granted he was was the leader of the pack, but to rubbish the performance of some of the team members is unprofessional and also damaging to the confidence that we should hold in our top military outfit.

The other negative comment surrounds the 'p!ssing contest' that the author gets into over Andy McNab and his version of events in the gulf war and the basis of his books - this has no place in the middle of the book and should be kept (if at all written about) to the back section of the book and again is unprofessional.

At one point he lays into one of his soldiers for hoarding a container of water, yet earlier on he's presented with a bottle of rum (from the MOD - which you and I have paid for) and keeps it to himself - I'd say this was the same difference.

A story is a story and as official as this book is made to sound, it could still have elements of fiction - only the author and other characters will ever know the truth - the SAS is so guarded that even when you think you have a truth presented to you, it could still be a complete fiction!

Overall, a little irritating in places but worth a read.
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