- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Corgi (18 Jun. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552158666
- ISBN-13: 978-0552158664
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Seven Troop Paperback – 18 Jun 2009
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"Paying tribute to the soldiers he served with for 10 years, he tells the poignant story of five brave men of whom, tragically, he is the only one still alive. *****" (News of the World)
"The SAS hero dishes up another helping of gripping memoir" (Good Book Guide)
The first work of non-fiction in twelve years from the bestselling author of Bravo Two Zero and Immediate ActionSee all Product Description
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The book does build upon Immediate Action but it has an underlying and consistent message, one that I unfortunately witnessed in some ex-Falkland paras. Without telling the lay of the book and thereby removing the enjoyment for other readers, what I will say is that the story follows a young trooper meeting "brothers in arms" and what can result from years at the hard edge. Like Andy's first two books; I read this one in under a week (I spend some time at airports!)
The message is simple; the reality of war is hell and those that return can suffer from physical and/or mental injury. Both types of wounds can be very deep and life threatening; the latter is extremely difficult to heal. The book concludes with open emotion and I take my hat (well, beret as an ex-para) to anyone who can put that onto paper.
Personally, I was hoping for something with more depth into operations, training, etc. However, I did not get that. Yes, I realize OPSEC is an issue. However, lets be real here folks, most of the information is on open forums now.
Another issue, he could have not been so heavy on the religious issues. Frank Collins is mentioned so heavily and his constant bible thumping, became "borish."
Finally, I would like to challenge (let the flames begin) McNab's statement he does not suffer from any sort of PTSD. A man who has been married 5 times, needs to really sit back, look in the mirror, and figure out exactly what HIS OWN personal problems are. There has to be something.
Mr McNab, if you write another non fiction book, I'd like to see you detail what you did AFTER the 1st Gulf War. What did you do in the SAS that one and a half years? That part of your life is totally missing from your fans.
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I have read all or most of McNab's fiction and his two previous non-fiction books--'Bravo Two Zero' and 'Immediate Action'. He has the gift of a writer with a message and his message is well delivered, expertly focused and expressed with precision, both in fiction and non-fiction. The shear rigor of training that goes into the making of an SAS trooper is well portrayed in 'Seven Troop', what with selection which few volunteers pass, and other training venues so well discussed in the book. What might have been developed in greater detail is the training in other venues: the mountains (Mt. Kenya), the tropics, the Arctic, paratrooper, trauma medic, demolition, survival and patrol schools, all knitted together to produce a skilled trooper, a badged member of the elite. Such might form the nucleus of a new book that might build on 'Immediate Action'?
At a total per man/woman cost of one million pounds plus, each member of the SAS, as discussed in 'Seven Troop,' is turned out to civil life after 10 plus years with little or nil 'after action' medical consultation and a petty pension. As described in considerable detail by McNab, each and every member of 'Seven Troop' drifted into an 'SAS afterlife' of alcoholism, shiftlessness, or suicide, with two of twelve maintaining some sort of life as a minister of the cloth and another as a mercenary. In one sense, the outcome is similar to what is documented in Michael Asher's 'The Regiment' which portrays a similar scenario dating back to WWII where returning SAS soldiers found civilian life distracting and complicated, if not totally maddening.Read more ›
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