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Just about the best SAS autobiography around
on 13 November 2000
I had read All Necessary Measures first, and I was so engrossed with that account, that I had to seek out Sabre Squadron. I've read Andy McNab, Chris Ryan, and Barry Davies, so you can say I've read a lot of the mass market SAS literature. But I will say that Spence's books are about the best. He writes almost novel-style, which makes his books page turners. In Sabre Squadron, he not only details A Squadron's mobile patrols behind Iraqi lines, but the personalities and internal group politics involved. You get a clear understanding of the patrol's daily routine, and his description of the patrol's attack on "Victor Two" is as engaging as a fictional work. You have to remind yourself that the participants are real and the fire that Spence and his men received was real. Spence leaves no details out: he even discusses (at length it has to be said) how one...um...relieves oneself while on a combat patrol behind enemy lines. If you want to dive into the growth market of SAS autobiographies, you could do worse than to start with this one.