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5.0 out of 5 stars This should be read, you should understand the stupidity and bravery of the UK armed forces and how it has led to today's mess.
Well, "explosive story" sums this up nicely. Of all the idiocies that became the 2nd Gulf War and all the blame that lies with George W Bush and Tony Blair, a situation that we are having to deal with even now in 2014 as the US and UK return to Iraq to combat IS (formerly ISIS and before that Al Qaeda in Iraq), this is surely the most bizarre. 60 men in WWII...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable story... too much repetition
Much as I admire some of his previous books this narrative is fairly repetitive & slow reading. No doubting the sentiment & bravery of the guys involved but story strung out & far better if written in half the words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This should be read, you should understand the stupidity and bravery of the UK armed forces and how it has led to today's mess., 17 Aug 2014
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Well, "explosive story" sums this up nicely. Of all the idiocies that became the 2nd Gulf War and all the blame that lies with George W Bush and Tony Blair, a situation that we are having to deal with even now in 2014 as the US and UK return to Iraq to combat IS (formerly ISIS and before that Al Qaeda in Iraq), this is surely the most bizarre. 60 men in WWII designed Land Rovers (themselves a rip-off of the Willis Jeep) were sent to take the surrender of 100,000 Iraqis even before the start of the actual war. "Intelligence" - presumably the same "intelligence" that said Saddam had WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) - remember Bliar - reported that a whole army corps were ready to surrender.

What this book does not make clear is whether the politicians or the army "top brass" were really to blame for the most stupid intervention since Suez in 1956. Thank goodness, the training and leadership of these remarkable men got them out of the trap into which their superiors sent them. After Abu Ghraib, the troops being ignominiously thrown out by the new Iraqi government, the hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties caused by this unjust war, this is about the only good news story from the terrible lack of judgement by Bush and Blair which Reuters says may rise to $6 trillion in total costs - for what - to plunge the region in to continuing chaos. Apart from these valiant soldiers, (only Robin Cook had the decency to resign from the cabinet in protest) the story is of misery for the poor people of Mesopotamia from the ill drafted Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916 through to the current day.

This book, however, combines the page-turner thrills of a novel with the sad background that it is the absurd truth. Well done Mr Lewis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable story... too much repetition, 16 Dec 2013
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Much as I admire some of his previous books this narrative is fairly repetitive & slow reading. No doubting the sentiment & bravery of the guys involved but story strung out & far better if written in half the words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your nose will turn red, your children will disown you and your wife will run off with a Spanish waiter called Pedro., 10 Aug 2014
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I bought this book to read on my hols in sunnier climes and I wasn't disappointed, in fact it became a struggle to put the book down, lever myself from my sun-lounger and plop into the pool. Gripping, fast-paced and well written this has to be up there with the best of genre. As others have said, the "story" was one that wasn't widely reported and was new to me - had it been a work of fiction I would probably be marking it down for its unbelievability.

My only criticism is that it ended a little abruptly: the story was told, but it would have been good to have a little more detail on what some of the main players did next. But if a book leaves you wanting more then it has probably done its job well.

If you enjoy this sort of book, buy this - you wont be disappointed. But watch out for that red nose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring, 1 Aug 2014
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Having served in the forces, it is not difficult to understand the reality of what these men had to endure. The sad part is the bulls*** Intel could have cost them their lives. I personally would be honoured to shake the hands of those men and consulate them.
Thanks to the author the truth has now been told.
Excellent read from start to end, feels like I know some of the men of M troop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 July 2014
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Excellent and very revealing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book, great story well told, 9 July 2014
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awesome book , great story well told , hope more of Damien's books are made into audio books
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5.0 out of 5 stars True grit, 29 Jun 2014
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What an excellent read this was.
Showing true determination and proving that British special forces are and always will be the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it read it like I was there with them, awesome book, 20 Jun 2014
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Read it and you will feel like part of the team , out there with them in Iraq , the lads certainly got some balls of steel
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read, couldn't put it down., 16 Jun 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Fast paced and action packed. The author really gets across the tension and desperation of the situation they found themselves in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale of bravery and brotherhood, 13 Jun 2014
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A very good book. Good writing. Good story. Good descriptions of the battles, complete with maps. A Very interesting read.
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