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Afghan Heat: Sas Operations in Afghanistan
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2013
The first chapter of the book opens directly in the middle of a hard arrest and sets the scene for the rest of the book. Before the book goes back to reflect on how (I assume) the author came to be part of the SAS in a very short but candid manner. After that the book jumps into discrete missions that try to explain some of the weapon systems being used and information about the enemy along with some of their tactics. Each chapter is short and snappy most chapters are pretty much non-stop action.

A couple of chapters look at missions the author was not involved in and ones I did read about in the newspaper. Great to see that the book does not try to big up the SAS or belittle other elements of the armed forces. It just stays neutral giving the facts, but offering praise when praise is due. In many ways a modest book as all the lads and ladies out in Afghanistan are heroes if you ask me. I was humbled by the candidness of this SAS trooper. He spoke of his fear and how he very much gave the impression he was not a one man army, but part of a team that relied on each other and crucial fire support when in battle. There was an obvious warmness and fondness to his fellow allied soldiers and how well all the allied Special Forces seemed to work together on missions.
The final chapter was quite reflective on the transition from soldier to civvy street and all the difficulties that can bring, tied off a very interesting story that I am sure many will enjoy. There are a few disparaging reviews, but then that is situation normal for Amazon these days. It is all too easy to be a keyboard warrior and give opinions that you would never dream of doing face to face. I say, read the book and enjoy it for what it is, at times gritty, historical account of life in Afghanistan on the now not quite so secret SAS. Walter Mitty's need not apply as they are too busy writing reviews...
Highly recommended!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2013
Being ex-army I still enjoy reading about what the lads are up to even though I never had the balls to go for selection. I bumped into the odd SAS trooper during my career and this book seems to back up what I have heard. I served during Operation Telic in Iraq and it is amazing how many similarities they are between the two wars. Lack of manpower, equipment and of course the IED, which seems to have become ever more sophisticated since my time. Keep up the good work and great to see a book donating to such a good cause!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this book which was crammed full of action from beginning to end. It gave a true account of life in Afghanistan for the SAS and it was refreshing to read a book of this genre without all the usual macho stuff! Was also very interesting reading about combat as well as the difficult post-military transition. The fact that sales of this book also contributes to 'Help the Heroes' means I would highly recommend this to anyone who is an SAS war-story fanatic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2014
great read still reading it just love it really tell how it is unbelievable, that men could suffer these conditions and still fight axs required and more
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2013
This book was about the operations in the Afghan war. The story was told by someone who knows. Warts and all a very good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2013
This book was not what I expected but the real stories were interesting and was hard to put the book down
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A worth while, if rather brief account, of an SAS soldiers experience fighting in Afghanistan. Given that this up to date makes it the more important.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2013
It is a great shame, because the author probably has a good story to tell, but this book is so badly written that try as I might, I couldn't struggle beyond chapter 3. There are numerous spelling mistakes, sentences are transposed or simply muddled up. Why on earth didn't he get someone to proof read it?
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on 1 January 2014
This had potential to be an informative book about the role of special forces, predominantly SAS, in Afghanistan. Unfortunately the grammar is terrible some sentences make no sense at all. The author suddenly goes into deep descriptions, obviously cut and pasted from a reference book that have very little relevance to the topic being spoken about.
A proof reader could have salvaged this and perhaps given it some depth.
I would recommend this book to SAS wannabes who aren't particularly literate..
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on 17 March 2015
I thought this an excellent read as it gave you an insight into the SAS's involvement in Afghanistan in all three books, and it was really interesting. Although I read these books on my kindle and when I was on my breaks @ work, it was one of those books that you couldn't put down & that's why I gave it 5 stars. I'd recommend these books 2 anyone that's interested in this sort of thing. So thank you Steve for showing me what everyone went through in Afghanistan, I salute you, & am proud of all of you.
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