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Apache Hardcover – 1 Sep 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress; First Edition edition (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007288166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007288168
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.9 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
Apache is a girl's book! Ok, ok, so it's really a boys book but don't be fooled by the stereotypically masculine cover and the macho hard hitting words, it really is a girl's book too.

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.
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By Ian Wantling TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2008
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Having only retired from the British Army in Jan 2008 the author has already produced this awesome book. I'm not going to review the "plot" as that information is readily available elsewhere on this page. The book is a totally unputdownable true story, focusing on the rescue of a captured lone marine. You are put into the heart of the action, feel the adrenaline and what must have been terror at what really goes on out there. definatley an eye-opener in terms of giving you a taste of life on this particualr front line, and not the carefully edited version we are all fed by the BBC and Sky news....

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.
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I'm not usually that into these military autobiographies but being a bit of a technophile i fancied reading about the much-lauded Apache chopper and its capabilities. It was purely an impulse purchase and i hadn't read any reviews, so i had relatively low expectations.

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 therefore does exactly 'what it says on the tin'.
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Since getting this book, i couldn't put it down, only having to release it once i'd got to work! For the first and only time, i hoped the train or tube would break down. The details, the feelings conveyed, it was a stunning piece of writing from first hand accounts. Ed puts you in his head, in the Apache, in the action, you imagine yourself sitting in the front seat trying to find, lock & destroy the target, then suddenly your in the rear seat, protecting your front seater whilst trying to avoid being shoot down. Highs, lows, emotions a plenty!!!

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!!!
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I have just finished reading this book and found it an eye opening account of what it is like to be an Apache pilot. These guys are very special and I now have a new found respect for those who fly them. Forget the b......t written in the press about Prince Harry, to become a pilot on one of these things he must be one gifted dude with skills most people cannot imagine.
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.
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