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Sabre Squadron
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2005
Cameron Spence has to be one of the best modern war writers out there. The way he writes and delivers his stories really puts you in the heart of the action and makes you feel almost like an extra member of whatever SAS unit he's in at the time. Sabre Squadron, in my view his best book, takes place of course in 1990/1991 during the gulf war, a war in which Britains special forces SAS squadrons played a heavy part, sneaking behind Iraqi lines to cause mayhem.
As a member of A squadron Mountain troop, Cameron is sent to Iraq. With the other 25 or so men alongside him, they must go deep into western Iraq in their light strike jeeps and attack the deadly Scud missile launchers used by the Iraqi's to hit Israeli targets in an effort to bring them into the war.
So the story tells the tale of these unknown brave men as they battle for their lives, spending 6 weeks behind enemy lines. Camerons story telling gets better with every chapter and tells a tale of true heroism. Definately a worth while purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2004
Cameron Spence delivers a sensational read about a behind enemy lines operation that lasted up to 7 weeks in the remote country of Iraq! The way Spence describes everything from Day 1 to the final day from squad morale, mission objectives, things going wrong and having to improvise and always being stupidly out numbered by over 300 troops at most times, gives you a great insight into what they were actually going through, he made it feel you were there with him, rubbing shoulders with him. A fascinating read from Spence and is just another example of how good the SAS are and will be for years to come!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2003
I found sabre squadron a very insightful book and would recommend to anyone interested in the S.A.S, it gives a detailed account of operations behind enemy lines during the 1991 persian gulf war, out of the many that have since been written this is probably the most detailed account, giving a picture not only of the enemy action encountered but also the day to day activities of an S.A.S patrol deep inside enemy territory and the problems that they encounter. After reading several books on this subject and indeed of the same conflict, certain details are of slight concern to the authenticity of the account given, but that does not make the book any less readable, and in fact these details would not have been noticed if I had not already read another account. The most noteable detail is the "who fired the first shot" fire fight and the relationship between spence and the R.S.M, who was in charge of this patrol.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2002
This book follows some of A squadron while they spend 7 weeks behind enemy lines during the Gulf war.
It describes many aspects of an SAS soldier's life while on ops, the routine of setting up a lay up day after day to remain hidden, the fear they face when confronted by the enemy - usually well outnumbered too - the humour within the squad and the boredom of having to wait for action or orders.
It's a terrific book which makes you feel as though you are there with them experiencing the tension and is so hard to put down. It describes the fun they have with the constant pranks on one another but also shows the professionalism needed to overcome all odds when seemingly surrounded by 300 enemy troops.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 1998
The third in a series of books by SAS soldiers who operated deep behind enemy lines in the Gulf War. If you enjoyed Andy MacNab's 'Bravo Two Zero' or Chris Ryan's 'The One that Got Away' then you will certainly enjoy this latest offering. Much of the same stuff, all boy's own adventures, the difference being that this patrol was not caught but did still meet with some pretty hairy moments. This is a good earthy read, not very taxing but entertaining nonetheless. The SAS may be suffering from overexposure but I still have much admiration for their professionalism and dedication, both of which are very apparent in this book.
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on 19 July 2014
Cameron Spence stop writing your own reviews! The last few chapters of "Eye of the Storm" give a more accurate account (in my opinion) of the exploits of Alpha One Zero as well as other SAS patrols at that time. There are things about this book that just do not add up and saying the author has embellished a few details is the least that can be said. "Eye of the Storm" is a book written by the SAS Regimental Sergeant Major, Peter Ratcliffe, who also took over as OC of Alpha One Zero during Desert Storm. While his book is not entirely based on Desert Storm he does allocate quite a few chapters to it. He often references the official accounts of the soldiers experiences in these other books by McNab, Spencer etc that we're taken when the soldiers were debriefed. All in all as one of the most effective half SAS squadrons in Operation Desert Storm I see no reason why Peter would look to embellish his own accounts, the proof is in the result. In his own words "why tell lies when the truth is just as exciting". To keep it short, forget this book get "Eye of the Storm" instead for a true and accurate account of a SAS soldier of more that 25 years.
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on 9 January 2004
This is another great account of the SAS by Cameron Spence in my opinion the best Special Forces writer around. He leaves no detail out about his mobile patrol behind enemy lines during the Gulf War and you really feel that you are in the heart of the action. This book contains everything from the time when the patrol is compromised to more humerous moments such as when Spence is disturbed whilst relieving himself! What I liked best about this book was that by the end you actually feel that you know personally the members of Spences patrol, even how each man likes his tea!!! The comradeship between members of the SAS really stands out in this book and in truth made me a little jealous that something like that is missing from my life...! A must read for all SAS enthusiasts, you will NOT be disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 1999
Cameron Spence is not the first to write an insiders account of life in the SAS during the Gulf War and he certainly won't be the last, but this book is definitely a good read if you liked the books of Andy McNabb, Chris Ryan and Gaz Hunter.
Sabre Squadron tells the true story of Spence's SAS unit on it's 6 week "Search and Destroy" mission on Iraq Scud Launchers and emplacements deep behind the enemy lines and includes events ranging from acts of heroism to complete cock-ups!
A great read and one that's hard to put down.
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on 20 March 2007
Having read several of the books relating to the 1990/91 conflict in Iraq I can say that this book, like all the SAS books has been written to sell copies.

However unlike the Bravo Two Zero's out there this book is about as close to factual as you are likely to find. The author tries not to steer to far into fiction that the grass roots soldiering could be lost in a gung-hoe war story.

The frankness and passion with which he describes the characters shows the unique working relationship developed in a wartime environment.

This is a must for all military/SAS enthusiasts and is well worth Hunting down.
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