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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How do you compare unless you've been there.
Leaving the Regulars and attempting selection as a TA sounds an easier way in. These guys are obviously been put through their paces, but they do have the comfort of going home after the weekend to recuperate. The Regs who go for selection don't get this grace, it's blood sweat and tears from Day 1 onwards.
On saying that, having been beasted around last weekend,...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
Have read several books now on similar type stuff and this was fairly bland. Ok for a quick read if you need to fil a quick journey
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4.0 out of 5 stars How do you compare unless you've been there., 7 Jan 2013
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Leaving the Regulars and attempting selection as a TA sounds an easier way in. These guys are obviously been put through their paces, but they do have the comfort of going home after the weekend to recuperate. The Regs who go for selection don't get this grace, it's blood sweat and tears from Day 1 onwards.
On saying that, having been beasted around last weekend, would I look forward to this weekend? Don't know, because I haven't done it. Takes courage an determination though don't it?
A great read though progression from civvy street to SAS standard. Some may say, that they aren't up to the standard of 22 SAS, but read the Roll of Honour from Iraq and Afghan. These "civvies" have given their all, serving alongside 22 SAS Soldiers.
If it's good enough for them, I'm certainly not gonna disrespect their efforts.
No holds barred by David Black and well explained.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 3 Jan 2014
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kept the interest throughout the entire book. Was very insightful from the readers perspective on rwading about a TA outfit
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, writing could be improved, 4 Feb 2013
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This is a pretty good book once you get past the first 100 pages. I found the grammer and writing a little poor however I was willing to look past this as the story was good overall.
Having been through selection with 23 SAS myself I can say that although way before I joined that the selevtion process and action seems accurate which is good with so many walt's out there today.
I haven't read his other books yet but if the writing improves then I would recommend you give it a go if you like this kind of stuff. The TA are unsung hero's who have taken part in every war we've been involed in. You only need to look at the list of medals and awards won by members of the SAS reserves to see how good these guys really are.
Give it a try!
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5.0 out of 5 stars :), 17 Feb 2013
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Thas one determined fella. The two hardest things that can be done in london. The Knowledge and 21 SAS`s Selection course. And jus to take the piss at bit more, he done them at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow!, 17 Oct 2012
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excellent. what a cracking read an honest account of sas territorial selection after he leaves the regular army having done arduous tours in ni. can't fault this book at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Playing for england, 21 Feb 2013
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Fantastic. A real insight into normal guys life as he joins the British army and the lead up to his ultimate goal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Playing for England., 6 Sep 2012
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Absolutely first rate. No holds barred and no skimming over mistakes or weaknesses. This should be the instruction manual to prepare for selection. Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, 4 Nov 2012
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Have read several books now on similar type stuff and this was fairly bland. Ok for a quick read if you need to fil a quick journey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Amazing, 14 Feb 2013
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One of the best books I've read for a long time, full of action, drama and suspense. A must read for anyone who wants an insight into the British army from the soldiers point of view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 2 Jan 2013
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Good insight as these books always are. Training in the hills sounds as hard as ever. I wonder how the regulars rate the weekend only training which does imply a nice amount of recovery time. Would like to read what happens next.
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