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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to make you think., 8 Dec. 2004
This review is from: The Feather Men (Paperback)
Sir Ranulph Twistleton Wickham Fiennes BT, OBE (and holder of the Polar Medal with Bar!) is undoubtedly the greatest living British explorer. He also served as an officer with the Special Air Service Regiment in the early seventies at a time when I was attached to that Regiment as a corporal in the Pay Office. We met briefly then and again in the late eighties when I was involved with Operation Raleigh. Though "Ran" - as he introduced himself on the latter occasion, has no reason to recall either meeting, I will always remember this man as someone with great presence who has come to symbolise great things and great achievements. In many ways he is the most British of men.

In his book "The Feather Men," the reader is left wondering whether or not it is a work of fact or fiction. It is an enthralling and exciting read and I am surprised it has not yet been made into a film.

Throughout the world there are certain "standards." For example, people might refer to a specific make of car, as that country's equivalent of a Rolls Royce. This is because Rolls Royce has become the standard for excellence in the making of cars. Similarly, when describing the world's Special Forces, they often refer to certain elite organisations as that country's equivalent of the SAS.

I had the privilege of serving with the SAS over 30 years ago but was never SAS trained. Ran Fiennes was and, therefore, knows what he is talking about. That is why you will be left wondering.

Altogether an excellent book.

NM
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Initial post: 20 Jul 2011 16:34:55 BDT
roger hudson says:
This book was of course the cause of RF becoming persona non grata at The Duke of Yorks, as you may know if you worked in 'B' block when it was published. His use of real people, particularly Mike K, was much resented.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2011 19:06:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jul 2011 08:26:50 BDT
Hello Roger

Thank you for that. Although I regard those days as "Halcyon," I must reiterate that I was a REMF at the time and mentioned my own connection only to underline my point. It's a great book - although I prefer "Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know."

Best wishes.

Ned

Posted on 15 Nov 2011 05:30:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Nov 2011 05:33:53 GMT
Vambo says:
Its been made into a film now "Killer Elite"

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2011 07:12:13 GMT
I shall look forward to seeing it.

Best wishes.

Ned

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 22:09:11 GMT
The Truth says:
Pretty pointless review. For the bulk of it you seem to be reviewing yourself and the regiment, with a mere 3 lines dedicated to the book?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2012 12:09:40 BDT
In which case you missed the point I was trying to make.

Best wishes.

Ned Middleton

Posted on 7 Jul 2012 00:30:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jul 2012 00:34:47 BDT
Mr. Jl Hurst says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 07:34:20 BDT
Hello Mr Hurst.

I reallty do think you have missed the points of both the book itself and my review.

Furthermore, in order to sing (presumably about 'secrets') you have to know some - and I never did!

Best wishes.

Ned Middleton

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2012 12:15:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jul 2012 12:16:14 BDT
Hurst, that is utter tripe. You talk rot.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2012 15:24:57 BDT
Mr. Jl Hurst says:
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