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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book looking at the history of the SBS
This is a great book talking about all the special boat services from ww2 right up to now, it talks about many of the famous raids by the SBS and makes you realise that there is more to special forces than the SAS, if your looking for a McNab style book forget it, this book talks about all SBS involvements and what they did and how they did it and talks about the bigger...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good overall picture, from an outsiders view
The text is well written and compelling, with a flowing narritive troughout the history of this select band of men. As the author has never served with the unit, the book has the feel of a sterile examination of an outsider. That apart an excellent and informative read
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book looking at the history of the SBS, 18 May 2001
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This is a great book talking about all the special boat services from ww2 right up to now, it talks about many of the famous raids by the SBS and makes you realise that there is more to special forces than the SAS, if your looking for a McNab style book forget it, this book talks about all SBS involvements and what they did and how they did it and talks about the bigger picture as well talking about MOD defence cuts which have created problems for the armed forces as a whole. if you have an interest in the marines or the sas then i recommend this book to you
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough history of an amazing force, 15 Sep 2009
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This book Starts with the precursors of the SBS in WWII and traces their early developement, successes and failures in a thorough and entertaining way illustrated by tales of key characters (including, later in the story, Paddy Ashdown). It documents the parallel evolution of other UK special forces like the SAS (better known these days, but the SBS was there first and has always kept a lower public profile), including the operating differences and tensions between them, and the periods when they drifted in and out of favour - a pattern that continued up until the recent gulf wars. A real tale of heroes, or more accurately, superheroes!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good overall picture, from an outsiders view, 1 Mar 2002
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The text is well written and compelling, with a flowing narritive troughout the history of this select band of men. As the author has never served with the unit, the book has the feel of a sterile examination of an outsider. That apart an excellent and informative read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 26 July 2008
Not a bad read at all, and full credit to the author for doing the research, but just as with his take on the Royal Marines, I found this just a little too dry in places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit, 29 Mar 2014
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Yet again a great read and interesting to discover more about the lesser known SBS. Will read more from John when available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book, 11 Mar 2014
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This review is from: SBS: The Inside Story of the Special Boat Service (Hardcover)
Great Book, Very Informative and True. Another Great Book to Add to my Military Collection. You Need a Copy of this if you like anything to do with high Ops Forces etc
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4.0 out of 5 stars SBS Inside story, 10 Aug 2013
A fascinating story of unsung heroes, their bravery is remarkable and their ingenuity exceptional. Worth reading for its historical value alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical but interesting, 1 July 2013
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History of the foundation of the squadron and later the service.
Facts presented in an interesting and readable manner without going Chris Ryan or Andy McNab.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Long Winded, 2 May 2013
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Very long winded and doesnt read like a historical account but more a long newspaper editorial.

It almost reads like the author didnt speak to members of the service just researched from the archives..
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read, 25 April 2013
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quick delivery, excellently packaged. A thoroughly good read. This is a book for those of us that like the facts with a bit of humor. This book was a 'used novel' yet was in a good condition, as described by the vendor.
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