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3.0 out of 5 stars Boy's Own stuff, 14 Feb 2009
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I approached this book with some caution - I don't normally go for this sort of "I was there" military techno-thriller and when I do I'm often disappointed. One finds that this sort of book is poorly written, over-embellished or even mostly lies that sensationalises or romanticises what is a pretty nasty subject if one is honest.

Well, this is indeed one of that genre and it does suffer from some of those faults; but only in moderation. The author's writing skills are a little rough 'round the edges but, for a first book, far and away better than most and the book is eminently readable in that respect. The presentation is certainly a little over-sensational, macho, and "boy's-own" and I marked it down a point for that reason. I guess that Macy could be forgiven those faults as he was or is fortunate(?) enough to be doing a pretty macho, boy's own job in pretty sensational circumstances. I will add that I believe that it portrays those circumstances pretty accurately, so perhaps I'm being a little unfair.

I bought the book for several reasons, mainly out of professional interest but also because we the public don't seem to understand or care about the sort of things that are being done in our name in Afghanistan (and until recently Iraq) or the sort of things that are being done to or by the soldiers & airmen who are there on our behalf. The book fulfills those aspirations well and has the advantage of being interesting, well written and I must admit very enjoyable.

I'd recommend it strongly to anyone who does like the Bravo 2-0 type of book.
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