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The Good Guys Wear Black: Real-life Heroes of the Police's Rapid-response Firearms Unit Paperback – 6 Aug 1998

3.9 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (6 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099186829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099186823
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 7 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
An absolutely cracking read,so much so that I didn't want to put the book down. It gives a true insight into the real world of a British firearms officer, one that is not very often portrayed. Although some might find the language offensive, it is a true account of what a lot of people don't want to see, like I have already said a very worthwhile read from a subject that isn't well publicised and not many people apart from those on the inside know about.Superb.
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I picked up this book in eager anticipation of a thrilling read and an insight to life on the Metropolitan Police's specialist firearms unit, instead it was just under 300 pages of self praising, ego driven, badly written prose.

Where to start? As has been commented in other reviews, one thing that shines out above all else is the ego of the author. It casts its shadow over the entire book like a monolith. No matter what the situation or anecdote the autothor is never slow to praise himself and the chosen members of his team. Starting from when he joins the team it progressivly deteriorates.

The book reads like a series of tales you would expect to here from a chap in a pub. It almost reads like a parady in places, always in the right place at the right time to save the day from ineptitude of his colleagues in other branches. He even throws in a few 'witty' one liners in places. Criminals are portrayed as almost subhuman and the members of the public like mindless sheep, he seems to have little compassion or consideration for those whose job it is to protect.

He frequently mentions that he has made enemies amongst other members of SO19 and the force, reading this book its not difficult to guess why. He seems to regard many of his colleagues who aren't in his immediate team with such contempt and disdain, often pointing out failings and flaws while negativly comparing them to himself and his team. If this attitude can be discerned through what he wrote in print, its a reasonable assumption to say he conducted his person in a similar manner.
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Steve Collins really captures the tensions,dramas and bravery of these little known and under rated officers of the British Police Force. Agood read even if your not up on the subject
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Kept me at the edge of my seat. Couldn't wait to read the outcome of each operation. Good insight on an agency where firearms are not always an option.
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A great book that I would recommend to anyone that wants a real action packed read! An excellent window into the work of the special firearms team from the Met. This is a well written book with vivid descriptions, so much so you can feel the tension just before the order is given.............attack, attack, attack..........
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This is a little insight into the firearms unit were the good guys wear black. It was almost impossible to put the book down I read it in under a week which for me is very quick. It's goes deep into operations to the point you feel you are with them at times,you have to give these boys abit of credit were it is due this job is not for weak.
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Thought this book was great. Enjoyed it. It was accurate and honest clearly written by. A true police officer and colourful character. Highly recommend.
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good read and really draws a good picture of whats going on in the events... would read again at some point
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