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Immediate Response by [Hammond, Mark]
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'Gutsy and authentic. You can practically feel the tracer whipping past. It's a great read.' DAN MILLS, author of SNIPER ONE
-- SGT DAN MILLS, author or SNIPER ONE

About the Author

Major Mark Hammond joined the Royal Marines in 1989. After specializing as a pilot, he flew Gazelle and Lynx helicopters for 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron and, subsequently, 847 Naval Air Squadron. After a tour in America with the US Marine Corps flying Cobra attack helicopters, he now flies the Chinook HC2 on exchange with the RAF. He took part in the 2003 assault on Iraq's Al-Fawr Peninsula and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in Afghanistan in 2006.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6836 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9IM4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent, amazing, humorous, insightful, intelligent, considered, realistic and spot on account of what the boys and girls whop fly the RAF's Chinook Helicopters have achieved over there. It has been a long time telling and Hammond's book is the first account of Chinooks fighting in that war.

From the seat of your pants start to the clever and amusing ending it is a roller coaster read. With terrifying accounts of missions deep into the heart of the Taliban strongholds with RPG and tracer flying around (and sometimes through) the helicopters - like a scene from Star Wars, to the belly laughs of stealing the American HUMMER's or freezing a colleagues pistol in a block of ice, this book keeps you gripped from start to finish. It is genuinely difficult to put this book down (it took me a day and a half to read it from cover to cover). Not only does it put you in the cockpit of 20 tons of heavy machinery, but it makes you feel like you are the one being shot at! These people are real and are doing an incredible job and they have been done justice, I believe. Finally, I noticed on the inside back cover that a percentage of the profits is being donated to Help For Hero's who support our wounded Service Men and Women. A very worthy cause.

I commend you to buy it and make up your own mind, but you won't regret it. A modern classic, with a big thumbs up!
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Format: Hardcover
In the current vein of 'what its like' books coming out of the conflict in Afghanistan 'Immediate Response' stands head and shoulders alongside other previous books. The story has a boys own quality - Marine Major flies RAF Chinook and wins DFC, if it were a Hollywood script you'd probably walk right by but with this book in your hand time passes at speed while you can't wait to turn the page. The action is frantic and adult, but if you want to know what the Chinook crews in Afghanistan are doing in support of the troops on the ground then you just have to read this. If that doesn't convince you to put your hand in your pocket, the fact that 5% of the proceeds of this book go to Help for Heroes should.

The final line of text inside the front cover reads - 'an action packed story shot through with a mix of aviation fuel and cordite....'

Read it you'll be pleased you did.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
You'll rattle through this book in fairly short order as its prose is short and punchy in style to reflect its subject matter.

The book covers the whole gamut of Chinook operations including medical, resupply, troop insertion and extraction. Towards the end of the book there is an excellent description of operations in conjunction with other Chinook forces and how different countries approaching the same task with the same equipment would do it in different ways, the reasons for that and how they were melded into a single force doing it the same way.

My favourite one liner was from the DCOS (wife) reacting to the DFC medal citation which had just explained exactly how tricky things had been with "You did what!". That and the iced pistol, "borrowing" a Humvee etc.

Plenty of humour at the same time not detracting from a good presentation of the seriousness of the job at hand.
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By S. P. Long TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
Last year, I read Ed Macy's "Apache", the story of an attack helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, which is an exceptional book. I thought that "Immediate Response" would be very similar, albeit being about pilot who flies transport helicopters.

Yes, the subject matter is similar, but it is the difference in writing style that sets the two books apart, and "Immediate Response" suffers in the comparison. The main problem is the excessive use of jargon and abbreviations - I found the narrative difficult to follow as a result, and reading the book turns into hard work as a result. (And that's coming from someone with a technical background, a pilot's license, and who has flown helicopters himself.) There are too many occasions where jargon is used and not explained until several pages later, if at all, and as a result, the overall sense the reader is left with is confusion.

To someone with Forces experience, or similar, this is almost certainly a great read, but if you lack the relevant experience (as most readers will), "Apache" is far more approachable.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I chose this book as I'm always interested in military aviation. Mark presents the situation in a way that won't let you put the book down too easily. Not a book I'd recommend if you're coming off a night shift and are wanting to wind down. It just grabs a hold of you and makes you want to read on. Thank you Mark for some very late nights and lack of sleep, but worth it.
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By Dot on 14 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book tells just how courageous our servicemen are and what they have to put up with in Afghanistan.
It describes their day to day lives with the difficulties they face and how much training they need but there
is also the inevitable humour within the services. Interesting.
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Format: Hardcover
A superb book that effortlessly combines humour, tragedy and action in one thrilling read. I loved it from start to finish, the way the author gets you to realise what our amazing crews are doing out there is really impressive yet full of humility. I was getting a little bored of the whole "so I slotted 'im.." type of book, this one is written intelligently and full of warmth. My heart goes out to those who weren't able to be saved.
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