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Fighting Scared Kindle Edition
|Length: 256 pages||Word Wise: Enabled|
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From his early days as a boy soldier, to his trials and tribulations as a para, and eventually to the tough selection process to become a member of our elite SAS, this work will have you gripped from start to finish, with a good number of amusing anecdotes, such as the jungle's infamous "b***ard tree", which had me laughing out loud.
I'd remembered Robin's name from a wonderful BBC documentary charting the 6 days of the Iranian Embassy Siege in 1980, where he was a member of the SAS team which stormed and brought to a conclusion that compelling episode in recent British history.
I'm so glad I did remember his name, as this book makes for one hell of a read.
Robin became a boy soldier at the tender age of 15 on the famously robust `Junior Leaders course'. If you've ever wondered why the British Infantry has consistently produced the finest NCOs in the world then one need look no further than this course: in the 1970/80s most of our RSMs were graduates of this scheme. Following on from that Robin became an elite Para at just 17 (another outstanding feat), and even more impressively, a fully blown SAS trooper at just 21.
But Fighting Scared is much more than just another Special Forces memoir, and the author's moving personal story of a grim childhood, and consequent fears and self-doubt, resonates throughout the expertly written text. Robin's story has a profound humanity and self-awareness behind it, and he explains clearly, and demonstrates with graphic candour, why walking away from violence is often the hardest thing to do.
Most readers will undoubtedly relish the adrenaline packed descriptions of daily life within the SAS and the remorseless cycle of military op's; but for me the story of his struggle for acceptance and fight for respect and dignity, within the Para's and basic training, was equally valid. Robin teaches us that the greatest victory of all is to merely stand up and be counted, and that if a man ever desires to be exceptional, then he has to be prepared to sacrifice everything he has.
An outstanding story and a true military classic.
Author of Squaddie - a soldier's story
Rest assured that this still remains the most exciting SAS book I have read, and holds itself head and shoulders above "Bravo two zero" and "the one that got away". Horseful is master at setting the atmosphere and at times in the book I felt as though I were laid on the ground next to him behind enemy lines (with my heart racing).
Once you start this book you will think of little else until it is finished and then you will wish there was more.
All in all an absolutely superb read, I reccommend it whole heartedly!
The first few chapters where he details the bullying he endured really did have me boiling with frustration, as it all too closely echoed my own experiences and reading about it brought the old anxiety flooding back. If you've ever been bullied then it's uncomfortable reading, but I admire Horsfall for laying his soul bare in the pages of Fighting Scared.
I was slightly disappointed reading the segment on the Falklands War, but it's no fault of the author that his behind the scenes portrayal revealed that British military operations were somewhat slapdash. I'm glad his account opened my eyes to the reality of what our servicemen were dealing with during the conflict, though.
The detailed descriptions of the SAS recruitment process and of the Iranian Embassy siege really are the highlights of the book and read like a gripping thriller. True to the author's unashamed account, he doesn't gloss over mistakes made - either his own or by his peers or superiors and that lends a credibility to this memoir that garnered my respect as I read.
Unfortunately the Kindle version of the book is littered with OCR errors from being scanned in and that's why I can't give it the full five stars.
This was a real revelation with a lot of soul searching and how an "angry" young man gradually overcame his
early life and finally recognised that he needed to change.
The SAS details are interesting and follow a similar line to other SAS stories but there were some quite surprising
twists, which shook me a bit, given the high regard, which many of us hold the SAS.
A really good read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A chance encounter with this amazing guy and his lovely wife one Sunday in Feb drew me to purchase and read his encounter of life in a dysfunctional childhood, severe bullying and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lynne L.
A truthful account of a man downtrodden from his early days and on. He overcome this and internal demons, to become a first class soldier and SAS member. A really good read! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Great read
Great book, he's lived his life with a great enthusiasm and determination,Its InspirationalPublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
A good read. I was very surprised to hear that the SAS has no internal loyalty and that bullying was so prevalent in the Army at that time. Read morePublished 11 months ago by william r bennett
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