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3.0 out of 5 stars Not great literature but a gripping read., 1 Nov. 1999
This review is from: Freefall (Paperback)
Where does insanity end and madness begin? To voluntarily fling yourself out of an aeroplane not just once but time after time; To submit yourself to the physical and mental torture that is required of applicants to the SAS; To dream of stepping out into space from the basket of a balloon at the edge of the earths atmosphere in order to "boldly go" where no sane man has gone before. To do, or to desire to do, all these things and more does in my,somewhat sheltered experience of life, raise at least a presumption of madness. And so it comes as no real surprise that Tom Read having lived life to the very edge, finally toppled headlong off his proverbial trolley. Many men (and women) undertake very brave and dangerous pursuits for all manner of reasons. Some are eccentric pioneers and some are inveterate adventurers. Some do it for personal reasons and some for their Queen and Country. Tom Read probably did it for all those reasons and more, and the story he tells,which describes his many and varied death defying experiences along a parallel track which also recounts his descent into mental mincemeat is absorbing and gripping stuff. Great literature it 'aint but this book was written by Tom at a time when he was only just emerging from his "illness" and given that the SAS probably do not count writing skills as a number one priority, this book is a remarkable achievement. He may have been a complete nutter to begin with but by the end of this book you really do care about the man and I for one found it hard to put down.
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2009 21:29:31 GMT
J. Hutcheson says:
living with a person who was in the SAS and for him to be reduced to tears over this, means a hell of a lot. These guys go through so many hardships and often against their morals, yet they have to perform.Lets just thank them for it.
We have no comparisons to make as we dont know how hard it is for them.
I am a lucky person, my partner is still here.
my thoughts are with Tom's family.
I hope that they are proud of him.xx

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2009 13:57:21 BDT
Steve G says:
There should be more like you in this world. All my very best to you, and your partner.

Posted on 4 Nov 2012 22:00:27 GMT
I am sure when Felix Baumgartner writes his account we cannot expect "great literature" but it will be a gripping read and he is still alive to defend his story.
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