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First Into Action: A Dramatic Personal Account of Life Inside the SBS by [Falconer, Duncan]
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A must for military buffs. (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS)

Book Description

* Compulsive insider's account of life within the units who often prepare the ground for the SAS - the Special Boat Services, the SBS.

* The SBS follow the same basic training as the SAS and then do it again - under water!


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 419 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NYB7ME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 210 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I received this book on Friday lunch time and finished early Saturday. A reason for buying was seeing Duncan's picture and remembering him from my time in the Marines, I served 77 to 84.

This is one of the best factual accounts of SF work I have ever read and due to my own life and knowledge of those who contributed to the book, know it is at no point a work of fiction. The accounts are accurate and not just told by Duncan as many other former members of the SBS helped, as he states in the book. This has to be one of the best books written by a SF operative.

The reviews are mainly positive with a couple who question the author, to that end they are wrong as the events are true and factual and in many cases are told in a way that must have been close to the mark as far as the MOD were concerned. One critique questioned some of the diving detail to which I would say you are a fool to compare sports diving to anything to do with the diving SB undertake and in the 70's and 80's the trials were still very experimental and watching Seal teams when they came to Poole was nothing more than farcical when confronted by the dark water dives and equipment.

Some of the accounts have brought a tear as some of the people described were people I knew and respected very highly.

Do pictures make a book? NO not in this case as they would just be the same as any you find on the Internet due to the OSA and in many cases would not tie in with the book. Should he have used dates? again NO as anyone worth his salt can work out from the events rough dates after all the Falkland took place over a few months in 1982 so come on people use your brains.
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Format: Paperback
Great book, much better than I expected. Some reviewers say they are annoyed with the author's coldness, brevity and lack of detail of certain events but I think that's due in part to the need for confidentiality of those events. I was not bothered by it and did not feel like it detracted from the book. I thought it had a plethora of information and events were explained very thoroughly. If it was too DETAILED or too GENERAL then I would question it's authenticity. I like the anonymity of the SBS, as the author says, it makes their job easier. This is the book to read if you want to read about the SBS or even the SAS. I'm burned-out on all the SAS/SEAL hoopla and wanted something a little different. The SBS are not as well known in Britain as the SAS and even less so here in the US, I only found this book when I was unknowingly transferred to Amazon.uk. Great book.
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We all know about the daring exploits of the infamous SAS. For some reason, the SBS – the Special Boat Services – have been somewhat overshadowed, and unfairly so. With personnel drawn from the Royal Marines and Marine Commando Units after the most robust selection process ever devised, the truth is the SBS is the oldest, most-decorated and most frequently first into battle of any regiment that flies the British flag.

The appropriately titled ‘First Into Action’ brings readers the riveting inside story of the SBS by Duncan Falconer, a special forces operative who has served the cause in scores of hotspots and writes this memoir of his experiences in a compelling style that sends shivers down your spine and brings the smell of cordite right off the page. Falconer’s skill is bringing action to life and does so by developing full-bloodied characters with their life and death decisions, their errors, successes and unbridled bravery. Excellent.
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Format: Paperback
"First into Action" is an excellent book written by a former member of the RM SBS. It is an eye openning description of the Special Forces world, and an excellent counter-balance to the barrage of literature relating to the SBS's land loving cousins in Hereford. However, the author does not mention the SBS's role in the Balkans which is unfortunate, and he does not give an upclose comparison to the SEALs like he does with the SAS. On the other hand, his description of selection into the SBS is a real eye-opener, and hopefully others will follow his example in the fight against the SAS dominated Directorate of SF in the areas of memoir publishing and the ability of former members of SF to pursue their own futures outside of the SF world as they see fit. An outstanding read that I recommend to anyone interested in the spooky world of Special Forces.
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A vary enjoyable read from an ex-member of the UK Special Forces SBS. This tells of his story as he joins the Royal Marines as a teenager and being part of a pilot scheme in which Marines fresh out of recruit training at CTCRM Lympstone are offered the opportunity to volunteer for service with the Special Boat Service. He tells us of his gruelling SBS selection process and training, and gives an insight into life as an SBS operative.

I liked this book as, unlike many of the SAS tales, this one wasn’t written from a “I’m a gung-ho, hip firing, soldier of fortune”, but rather it was a frank and at times amusing story of one man’s life as a Special Forces operative. He didn’t try to make himself into some sort of invincible hero but gave a true account of the successes and mistakes made by him and his fellow operative. He tells us how the SBS struggled to survive under the shadow of the SAS, and of their becoming more prominent in the eyes of the UK politicians.

A vary interesting and easy read and well recommended for those who prefer true life and honest accounts of life in the Special Forces.

There is a little SAS/SBS rivallry in it, but that's to be expected, and does not detracted from the book itself, at least in my opinion.

A note on the Kindle version; no proplems at all.
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