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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Killer Elite
Originally entitled 'The Feather Men', they are a group of people dedicated to protecting ex-army/SAS colleagues. Another group, hired assassins called the Clinic, are slowly but surely taking out a succession of heroic soldiers who all have a common link. Based on Sir Ranulph's own time in the SAS and subsequent service in Oman, this gripping story is packed with...
Published on 3 Feb. 2013 by Stephen Nash

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3.0 out of 5 stars Morally dubious
I found this an interesting and exciting read but highly dubious about the authors claims regarding its supposed authenticity. Fiennes goes to great efforts to suggest that much of the material is fact and unclear as to what is actually fiction within the story. He is certainly not the only author to do this but this does not justified the potential for his book to do...
Published on 4 Jan. 2013 by Dr. J. Jones


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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Killer Elite, 3 Feb. 2013
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Stephen Nash (Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Originally entitled 'The Feather Men', they are a group of people dedicated to protecting ex-army/SAS colleagues. Another group, hired assassins called the Clinic, are slowly but surely taking out a succession of heroic soldiers who all have a common link. Based on Sir Ranulph's own time in the SAS and subsequent service in Oman, this gripping story is packed with realistic detail and local colour. And with a completely unexpected twist at the end it leaves one deeply impressed with Sir Ranulph's story-telling ability. Another feather in his incredible cap.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Astounding book, 14 Sept. 2011
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Adelphos (Oxford, England) - See all my reviews
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A good read which starts in similar fashion to many of Ranulph's other non-fiction titles.
The opening leaves a questioning doubt over the stories origins. Is it fiction or non-fiction? Not having conclusively got an answer prior to picking up this book, it finishes with a first person account in the final part, one is left feeling little doubt that this is a non-fiction title.
In short good book from an inspiring author, which I recommend a read before the movie comes out. Surely hollywood cannot do this justice?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Book, 20 April 2012
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This is a re-release of the epic book "The Feather Men" under a new title. I don't know why but the original isn't in print any more. I haven't seen the film "Killer Elite" but from reading the reviews it only seems to have a passing resemblance to the book.

Any way, the book is a fine read and Ranulf Fiennes includes a lot of fine detail that only somebody who has "read the book, ate the pie" would know. It is a classic tale of revenge with a good twist at the end that makes you wonder whether it is fiction or real.

Hats off for an enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Feather Men, 30 Mar. 2013
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I originally read this book when titled 'The Feather Men'. An amazing read and should be read by anyone that is interested in the SAS and clandestine operations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Morally dubious, 4 Jan. 2013
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Dr. J. Jones "Jimmy Jones" (Abergavenny, UK) - See all my reviews
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I found this an interesting and exciting read but highly dubious about the authors claims regarding its supposed authenticity. Fiennes goes to great efforts to suggest that much of the material is fact and unclear as to what is actually fiction within the story. He is certainly not the only author to do this but this does not justified the potential for his book to do harm. I was left feeling extremely sorry for the families of the characters portrayed in the book. They lost their loved one and had had their grief compounded by embellished tales (although many call Fiennes description downright lies) as to the circumstances of their death.
I think this would be easily addressed by Fiennes making a more frank disclosure in future editions. The book is mostly fiction and should be sold as such. I very much doubt the duplicity adds to sales and may address some of the moral qualms that discourage people like me from purchasing other titles of his.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book should not be read in isolation., 3 May 2015
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I read this book as The Feather Men some years ago and it was very hard to truly work out if it was fact or fiction.
In the book ( and in the film) a car is mysteriously driven into another driving the opposite way. It happened between Countess roundabout on the A303 at Amesbury and Stonehenge.
If anyone wants to know the full facts of that AND a whole lot more then they should read this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0850525810

It is an autobiography by Air Marshal Sir Peter Horsley called Sounds From Another Room and that particular book on its own is quite amazing and is directly linked to this book ( Killer Elite and by that The Feather Men as well).for it was his car and he was at the wheel. After reading that book I realised The Feather Men is a true account.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feather Men, 7 Jan. 2013
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Very entertaining book, exceptionally well written and thoroughly enjoyable. Ranulph Fiennes delivers such an exciting tale that one can't quite believe it's all real, despite the denials of the authorities!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read., 1 Feb. 2013
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Sir Ranulph Fiennes writes with in depth knowledge. Worth putting other books down for. If you are trvelling any distance by train or aeroplane then this is the book for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a book that grabs the reader., 22 Oct. 2013
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The Book is okay but is easily put down, the sort of book that you can dip in and out of and not be concerned about losing the plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story, 17 Nov. 2012
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Sean E. Nash "Smilindude" (UK- Manchester) - See all my reviews
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Promoted as a work of fiction or is it autobiographical? the author leaves it to the reader to decide. However, its a great story, the characters have depth and are credible and its well written. If you feel nostalgic about the 80s you may be less so after reading that at least this story was typical of the shadowy goings on of governments and other groups during this time. Highly recommended!
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