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Immediate Response Hardcover – 6 Aug 2009

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718154746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718154745
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 670,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

From the Back Cover

'Authentic, gutsy. You feel the tracer whipping past. A great read' Dan Mills, author of Sniper One

Helmand, 2006: in the desert and the mountains outnumbered British troops face relentless Taliban assaults. Only the Chinooks and their crews keep them in the game. Touching down under heavy fire, they pick up casualties, drop vital supplies and dodge devastating RPG attacks.

Then they launch their biggest operation. A high-risk airborne assault by a fleet of heavily armed helicopters deep into the Afghan heart of darkness. But one of their number will be downed . . .

Decorated Chinook pilot Major Mark Hammond tells the gripping inside story of his squadron's war, where hi-tech hardware meets old-fashioned grit.

'A riveting account of a Chinook pilot's life on the front line' Telegraph

'A brutally honest account of life on the ground and in the air in Afghanistan' Navy News

'Riveting. A real-life hero' Royal Air Force News

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Good book keeps going back and forth a bit but very good read would recommend good insight into a pilots life
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An excellent first hand account of operations in Afghanistan. I could not put the book down.
What a great way to buy books!!!
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An excellent read, told in a professional manner. It keeps the reader enthralled throughout . The only negative aspect is all the military abbreviations which if you are not x-military means having to turn to the glossary of terms at the back of the book which on a Kindle is not that easy. After a while the reader learns some of the terminology and I found I was too interested in the story to bother. A worthwhile read which is different from the normal run of the mill flying story.
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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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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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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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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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A gripping tale of one man's war.
Extra interest as a Marine in the RAF has a slightly different viewpoint of the operations. His discription of his relationships with fellow servicemen/women both senior and junior and with his family put into context the stress which they all experience in this very 'hot' war.
As an ex-aviator I was impressed with his description of operational flying which whilst satisfying the knowledgable should inform the layman well.
A cracking read!
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