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A HAUNTING TOUR DE FORCE,
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This book does much more than just take over from where Bravo Two Zero and Immediate Action left off. It traces Andy McNab's military career from the time he joined 7 Troop, SAS, to the time he left, but covers many other aspects of his subsequent life as and when they overlap with other members of the Troop. In many ways, this is as much their story as his, and McNab is man enough to give centre stage from time to time to giants like Frank Collins, Al Slater and Nish Bruce. Nor does he try to sweep bad news under the carpet; the events of 1998 when Dr Thomas Shanks gunned down his former girlfriend with an AK47 in a Leeds car park are given a full airing. This is a reflective, almost sad, book, but it's none the worse for that. The reality is starting to hit home about the time-bomb of PTSD, and McNab champions the cause of counselling, even for rough, tough SAS lads. This book might be harrowing, but it still carries all the McNab hallmarks of a brilliant sense of (dark) humour, and dialogue and action that crackles with authenticity. I loved it. I just hope the powers that be take heed of what men like McNab are saying.
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Initial post: 30 Sep 2009 13:43:29 BDT
G. K. David says:
I was given this book on a bus whilst on holiday last week, and had no idea that Andy McNab had even published a new non-fiction work. As a big fan of his previous non-fiction works, I was really excited about getting stuck into this one. However, coincidentally I had just re-read Immediate Action about a month ago and was amazed at how much was repeated (often what seemed like word-for-word) from that in Seven Troop. I found myself wondering if the author had forgotten that he'd released Immediate Action at all. There must be many more stories than this handful in the ten years he served with the Regiment, I can only assume that those covered (again) are the only ones that the MoD allowed him to write about. I'm a fan and read it to the end, but I'd love to read about some other operations. Respect to yourself and your brothers Andy.....
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