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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced book
You'll rattle through this book in fairly short order as its prose is short and punchy in style to reflect its subject matter.

The book covers the whole gamut of Chinook operations including medical, resupply, troop insertion and extraction. Towards the end of the book there is an excellent description of operations in conjunction with other Chinook forces and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Chinooks in Afghanistan
This book reads at a good pace and will be enjoyed by anyone interested in the war/military genre. If you are a helicopter nerd (and I fear I might be leaning in that direction) you probably won't get as much out of it as you had hoped. In fairness to the author, there are probably a lot of restrictions on what he can write about military equipment currently in use.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced book, 15 Jun 2010
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You'll rattle through this book in fairly short order as its prose is short and punchy in style to reflect its subject matter.

The book covers the whole gamut of Chinook operations including medical, resupply, troop insertion and extraction. Towards the end of the book there is an excellent description of operations in conjunction with other Chinook forces and how different countries approaching the same task with the same equipment would do it in different ways, the reasons for that and how they were melded into a single force doing it the same way.

My favourite one liner was from the DCOS (wife) reacting to the DFC medal citation which had just explained exactly how tricky things had been with "You did what!". That and the iced pistol, "borrowing" a Humvee etc.

Plenty of humour at the same time not detracting from a good presentation of the seriousness of the job at hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood and Thunder, 23 Sep 2010
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A gripping tale of one man's war.
Extra interest as a Marine in the RAF has a slightly different viewpoint of the operations. His discription of his relationships with fellow servicemen/women both senior and junior and with his family put into context the stress which they all experience in this very 'hot' war.
As an ex-aviator I was impressed with his description of operational flying which whilst satisfying the knowledgable should inform the layman well.
A cracking read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immediate Response-First class book, 26 Mar 2014
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I chose this book as I'm always interested in military aviation. Mark presents the situation in a way that won't let you put the book down too easily. Not a book I'd recommend if you're coming off a night shift and are wanting to wind down. It just grabs a hold of you and makes you want to read on. Thank you Mark for some very late nights and lack of sleep, but worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing., 14 Oct 2013
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This book tells just how courageous our servicemen are and what they have to put up with in Afghanistan.
It describes their day to day lives with the difficulties they face and how much training they need but there
is also the inevitable humour within the services. Interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, 10 Nov 2013
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I chose this book after having read several others about Afghanistan, ranging from CIA Agents being inserted at the turn of the millennium to Colonel Tootle and his accounts of the 3 Para Battle group, But what I like most about this account is how it paints a picture of the battlefield from a totally different perspective. Many of the other authors accounts are often reflected in each others books and this one is no different and it allows the reader to see that the battlefield is a multi-dimensional zone in which many, many agencies all play a vital role.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Class, 15 Aug 2013
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An excellent first hand account of operations in Afghanistan. I could not put the book down.
What a great way to buy books!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Head and shoulders above the rest, 15 Aug 2013
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Mark Hammond was a Marine working with the RAF, his account is hard hitting and informative. It's one you should read if you think we aren't achieving anything out there. His DFC was well deserved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, 21 July 2013
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This is definitely a five star book! Read it on holiday and was glued to it to the point that I was sunburt...!
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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding, 30 Jun 2013
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puts you right in the cockpit from the start,a gripping account of the war in afganistan from a raf chinnock pilots point of view,once you start this book, you cannot put it down! gripping stuff
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoofing, 2 May 2013
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So unusual to have a Royal MArine flying with the RAF, a tale of how inter-service rivalry doesnt exist just professionalism under fire...
Makes you laugh and also makes you sad, a roller coaster of life in the front line...
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