Apache Hardcover – 1 Sep 2008
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‘Puts you right in the cockpit with your finger on the trigger. A truly awesome read; and a climax that Hollywood couldn’t invent…’ Andy McNab
'Macy is the real deal. Nobody could write that powerfully about combat, or emotionally about the men fighting with him, unless he has been at the gunship's controls. A fantastic, totally exhilarating rollercoaster read. Forget his Hellfire missiles, the book itself is enough to blow you away' Sergeant Major Dan Mills, author of number one bestseller Sniper One
'An honest account of exceptional bravery' Ross Kemp
‘Macy … does for the Apache helicopter’s gunships what Dan Mills did for the infantry in ‘Sniper One’. He puts readers in the cockpit of an aircraft that requires great skill and attention to keep in the air’ Publishers Weekly
‘’Apache’ is at its heart a ground-busting infantry tale told from an entirely new perspective. By the time these gutsy Uglies land in an occupied Taliban fort to join the ground fight, there is no doubt that attack helicopter pilots are flying grunts. What happens next is extraordinary’ Owen West, author of ‘Sharkman Six’
‘A truly amazing portrayal of the technical, the emotional, and the courageous. Macy puts the reader in the cockpit of our most lethal attack platform’ Dick Couch, author of ‘The Sheriff of Ramadi’ and ‘Chosen Soldier’
About the Author
Ed Macy left the British Army in January 2008, after twenty-three years’ service. He amassed a total of 3,930 helicopter flying hours, 645 of which were inside an Apache.
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How did I end up reading it? 3 grown men in my family have read it and they've all had big crocodile tears rolling down their faces, I swear. I've seen them punch the air in triumph, explode in raucous hilarity and then sit giggling for hours as they read on. I even had to endure the constant "you're never going to believe this", "this is incredible" and after catching them try to hide their damp cheeks "you're going to have to read this". If that wasn't bad enough I was then shown the footage online. "Yeah alright, I get the point; it's a true story..." I thought my hubby was arguably sad for sitting up until 3am in the morning reading and finally when he'd finished it I was a happy lady.
Apache was sat on the kitchen table waiting to be loaned out (yet again) and whilst waiting for a cake to bake (sorry, they don't all come from the supermarket!) I had a peek at the pictures. By pure accident I started reading the text next to the pictures on page 102. I burst out laughing and found myself engrossed in no time (a girl Apache pilot, never!). For the next 2 days I couldn't pull myself way from it. I tried, I really couldn't and he had to put up with the bedroom lamp on until 3 in the morning for once.
I took it to book club and all the ladies reluctantly purchased it and began reading. Remarkably they ended up sitting up until all hours too and it's the first time we've all completed a book in the same week. The comments were unanimous. We all experienced every emotion possible and couldn't quite believe we would like a book about a current war. This isn't for the faint hearted either.Read more ›
Illustrated with detailed diagrams and a good selection of photographs I finished this book the same day - which I hate doing as I always feel I haven't had my money's worth !! But without a doubt - it will be being read again....
I really can't recommend this book highly enough. If you want a damned good thrilling factual read then this is for you.
Wow. I loved this book and i'm going to be recommending it to friends. The first half is full of great technical detail about the Apache, the intense traning required to fly it and the difficulties the British Army face in Afghanistan. There's still plenty of action, but just after half way through you realise that the author had been setting the scene and building up to an almighty finale....a gripping account of the infamous 'Jugroom Fort' raid against the Taliban in 2007. If you haven't heard the story yet then you'll be amazed at what these guys did.
I read the final third of this book in one go, finishing at about 2am. I was that gripped by the story that i literally could not put the book down and go to sleep!
This book's greatest strength is that it is written in a straightforward, honest style. The author, who by the sound of it has led a very interesting and eventful life in the military, spares us from excessive detail about his personal life and family, focussing on the pilots, the helo and the action.
Loads of great info on the Apache, action-packed, amazing story....it therefore does exactly 'what it says on the tin'.
To anyone who loves military books that aren't fiction and wants to know how it feels to be there, without having to struggle and put there body onthe line... LOOK HERE!!!
The men & women out there are the best!!!
The technical aspects of the Apache are truly amazing, particularly its ability to let the pilots have such an incredible vision of what is going on on the ground and its immense strength and firepower. This extraordinary surveillance ability also applies to all the other aircraft mentioned in the book, I never realised that they have the ability to see so much, even in darkness. I also never realised how accurately they can programme their ordinance.
The final chapters of the book dealing with the rescue attempt for the fallen Royal Marine commando held me spellbound,forget James Bond, this is real life in the raw, I was terrified just sitting on my sofa!
I now have two suggestions,one, make this book into a film,secondly, translate it into whatever language the Taliban speak and distribute it to them freely. If that does not deter them nothing will.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An EXELLENT portrayal of life and action in war torn Afganistan. Very well told by a real hero
Well written and the technology clearly explained. This book gives a real appreciation of what it was like to fly Apaches in Afghanistan. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karl Wainwright
Just out of hospital after ankle op I need to keep putting this book down because I feel like I'm flying these Apache helicopters whith the guysPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book. read it before going to bed and straight after waking up.
a friend recommended it to me saying you would feel like you r in the cockpit yourself, must say i... Read more
Having read some of the reviews for this I begin to wonder if they are for this book? It's well written, a little drawn out in some areas and verging on "War Porn" in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Geoff Brown
I bought the book at 3pm and finished it at 3am the next morning! I just could not put it down. Apart from being an excellent storyteller, Ed Macy MC comes across as a humble,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Roarton
A very good record of things as they were as apache pilots in Afghanistan backing field troops on various missionsPublished 6 months ago by mooring