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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...