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on 15 June 2015
This is a short but sweet story about a new SAS trooper and his first action. It's straight to the point, with minimal background and scene setting, rushing you straight to the good stuff, his first day with the SAS. We are introduced to the other men in his squad in an equally minimalist manner, with few if any details about each soldier but yet in a way that feels very real, from a new trooper's point of view. After all, no one would actually tell you their life story if you've just joined the squad. What they would do, in real life, is treat you as the lowest member of the team and expect you to do the scut work until you've proved yourself, which is exactly what happened here. In that way the writing has a ring of authenticity about it, as do the battle sequences. The story brings you into the setting and you can almost feel the bullets whiz past as you read.
The author doesn't write fancifully, his descriptions and background could be better, the story could have more of a plot. On the other hand it is refreshing to read a straightforward fictional (autobiographical?) SAS soldier story that doesn't involve a world-ending conspiracy theory, just life from a grunt's view of day to day soldiering. Despite the drawbacks mentioned above it's an entertaining little story and I look forward to reading the rest of this series.