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SAS Heroes: Remarkable Soldiers, Extraordinary Men (General Military) by [Scholey, Pete]
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Ex-SAS soldier Pete Scholey tells the action-packed stories of 20 of his SAS colleagues.

About the Author

Pete Scholey was lucky enough to discover what he wanted to do with his life at a young age, and he stuck with it. He was, as he put it, "a lifer" in the most respected, admired and toughest British Army regiment, the SAS. For 20 years Pete served in some of the world's most hostile terrain, patrolling, cooking, fighting, fixing and even laughing as enemy soldiers sought to expel him and his small band of fellow soldiers from whatever foxhole, jungle or sand dune that they were holed up in. Yet Pete didn't want to be a soldier when he signed up. He wanted to join the RAF but, having twice failed the entrance exams, he ended up doing his National Service in the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC - which he maintains stands for Run Away Someone's Coming). When he was discharged, he immediately re-enlisted, ending up in the Parachute Regiment and eventually, in 1963, in the SAS. Pete served in Borneo, Aden, Oman and Northern Ireland as well as with the regiment's CRW anti-terrorist team. On leaving the regiment in 1982, Pete worked as a security consultant before settling down in semi-retirement with his wife, Carolyn, in Hereford.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5393 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006J7P04E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mr Scholey knew most of the soldiers mentioned here personally and the accounts of exploits, some of which are still mostly unknown to the general public, make for enthralling reading. By telling the stories of those within the SAS of the time, to whom he has given his respect, he lets the public know what a fellow SAS soldier values as true courage. These are the unsung heroes who, it could be argued, deserve to be recognised for their daring and bravery, and yet who remain largely anonymous. They have not sought publicity or to make money out of their time in the SAS, some of them having been SAS career soldiers for many years. What comes across is the modesty and true grit of these men and how much we owe them for their unseen battles on behalf of their country.

A book I can recommend without hesitation for its honesty, the careful research and astonishing stories of true-life experiences. A credit to the author.
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I picked this up as I love real life stories of what special forces and similar actually get up to. This book doesn't disappoint in that regard and the stories come across as honest and authentic. However, to push it on to the next level, the stories and missions recounted who'd have benefitted from more detail and insight to further draw you in. Instead, it can see a bit like it's relying on hearsay but with gaps filled in using the author's experience/imagination to paint the picture.

However, there are some fascinating insights and some great real heroic characters and I've enjoyed reading about them. As said by a previous reviewer, the chapters can be a samey as they follow a similar trend. However, I have found this can also be a strength, as you can finish a chapter and go back into the next one at your leisure when you fancy another chunk of it, so it's good for periodic reading.

Personally, I'd like to have been drawn into the battles/missions a bit more, rather than feeling like I was reading an account, but it's still a good read and respect to the author for all he and his mates encountered, which was pretty darn intense.
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It's so easy to be blase about men who go off and carry the flag into war, but anyone who knows anything about the SAS knows that they are an extraordinary band of truly brave men who earn all the praise they so richly deserve, going about their work in an utterly professional manner and not broadcasting their exploits to the rest of us mere mortals. We owe them a debt of gratitude beyond words. May they continue in their fight against terrorism across the globe.
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This is a remarkable series of stories which demonstrate the uniqueness of those who serve in the SAS. I had the privilege of knowing Pete Scholey in Oman in 1973 (although he won't remember me). He is also a remarkable character who possesses the same characteristics as those who he writes about. I still recall him telling me the story about Kev Walsh (who was also there in '73), who referred to his bullet in the backside as a "shot in his upper thigh". I also visited the site of the crashed Belvedere in Sarawak in the early 80s, where a small memorial stands in tribute to those who were killed.
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There are much better books out there. No denying how good the SAS are, but this just seems to be a book about his friends, not SAS heroes or legendary members. Nice book about his friends, but not much detail.
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This book makes you proud to be British. The modest recognition these hero's obtained makes a mockery of the UK honours system, with footballers and showbiz `stars` being knighted for their work.
Great read
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Pete has done a creditable job of outlining the history of twenty or so SAS soldiers, many of whom he has personally served with, in a clear way. He is careful to demystify the belief that the SAS soldiers are supermen and you close the book realising that they are just very good soldiers who are consummate professionals.
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A well researched book that has given me more heroes to read about. I do like that SGT Vince Phillips gets a chapter as I thought he had been wrongly tarred in other books. At the end of the day a tight unit is exactly that and to blame individuals shows poor leadership or sensationalism. There are books out there about some of the battles the regiment were involved with and cross referencing with this book gives more depth to some of the heroes mentioned.
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