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on 3 April 2012
I was very disappointed in this book. I had really enjoyed Crack House an excellent book which was exciting, informative, had a narrative drive and really reflected the author's front-line role in the Met.

In contrast I found this book only sporadically interesting and definitely got the impression that the author was struggling to find something dramatic to say about a role (surveillance) which is obviously extremely important but yet often tedious. As well as lacking the excitement of his drug squad days it also lacks the `whole picture' involvement that one might get from an investigator's tale.

I found that the attempts to create artificial drama really got on my nerves too - training, random encounters in the street etc all got the James Bond treatment, which probably tells you as much about the co-author/publisher as Harry.

I wanted to like this book, if only out of respect for the work being done by SO15, but ultimately I'd not bother with it.
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on 29 August 2013
The author purports to be an operational police officer with firearms experience.

Having read a quarter of this book before getting too annoyed and putting it down i have concluded that he may have been a copper at some point, but probably doesn't have any such firearms experience.

Glaring errors around the police being In possession of fully automatic weapons for normal operational use have already been mentioned in a previous review.
The idea of sitting in a car and putting one 9mm round through a windscreen then putting the second through the same hole is incredulous. the pistol rounds that the cops use aren't rated for glass and certainly not laminated windscreen glass, especially when fired at an angle (ie from inside the car).
Even Dirty Harry knew that 9mm rounds will bounce off windscreens if fired at the wrong angle.

Also the allegation that the team would sit in the van waiting for the nod with their safety catches off is simply untrue. Safety around the weapon is paramount and you would be likely to find yourself walking around in a big hat for doing this. It also makes police firearms officers sound like gung ho, unprofessional morons, which most of them aren't.

The wording and terminology of the book also make me suspicious.

In short I am glad that this book came free with another one that i actually wanted so that I had something to read after i threw this one out.
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on 6 April 2013
I love all books by Harry Keeble. They give such an insight into a world we would otherwise never see. Also when I e-mail Harry he always replies, more than can be said for other authors. Just looking forward to more books from this great author. Don't know where he gets the time with such an active career in policing.
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on 27 January 2014
I really enjoyed reading this book over a few evenings but felt like I needed more details about the operations to help me feel as if I was there myself. although I do understand that details have to be held back for security reasons.
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VINE VOICEon 19 September 2012
This disappointing book tells of infallible cops who never lose a suspect, never fail to foil the terrorists and never ever shoot anyone by mistake.

It's an endless litany of mysterious missions following people who are always never named but always assumed to be armed, dangerous and as guilty as Hell become tedious after the first couple of times.

The author lets drop a couple of interesting bits of information, such as the average policeman with a gun actually does less training and probably fires a lot less rounds than someone who wants to get a civilian firearms license and that policemen routinely switch on their lights and sirens when they feel like it, especially when they're late for a briefing.

There are also a couple of incredibly bad howlers that actually make me suspect he's not really an operational policeman at all, but a PR man who interviewed several policeman.

The Glock pistol isn't, as the author claims, the most reliable in the world. Indeed it is less reliable than many, but it is a very safe firearm and so highly suitable for occasional users such as policemen, who don't fire many shots between qualification sessions.

Also the Metropolitan Police don't deploy any automatic weapons. Their H&K 'long arms' are a special model that has the full auto function disabled.

While the first mistake might be something one's trainers might say to increase confidence for a trained police marksman not to know the second stretches the bounds of credulity beyond the limit.

The fact is the whole thing just isn't credible on any level beyond the trivial. It's fun but it probably wasn't written by a serving officer.

I'm glad I picked my copy up at the local remainder shop, I'd hate to pay the full price for this one...
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on 5 August 2014
Well written book, author obliviously did a lot of research before writing the book. Excellent read would recommend this book to everyone
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on 19 October 2011
It's a very good book that keeps you reading. Four stars only, as it does get a bit repetative at the end.

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on 5 January 2013
Good read and enjoyed from start to finish. Takes the reader through a glimpse of an unknown world of CT
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on 23 July 2015
Loved Crack House but found this book very boring.
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on 20 April 2016
very good book
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