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Tornado Down by [Nichol, John, Peters, John, Pearson, William]
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Tornado Down Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

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Peters and Nichol

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3141 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (31 Oct. 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9L6C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ok, this book is fantastic! These guys went through seven weeks of absolute hell and this book captures every moment of it in graphic detail - from the beatings to their own private thoughts and feelings. Each man tells his own side to the story based on his own experience and it makes for a rivetting read. The book doesn't just cover their mission and capture. It starts off giving you a very detailed description of RAF life, both on a personal and professional level, often with the use of humour. You get a good few laughs out of this too. But it's a rollercoaster ride, leaving you laughing one moment and feeling their anguish and torment under such adverse and hostile conditions the next. How these guys managed to cling onto their sanity in that Iraqi hell hole is beyond me. This was well worth the purchase and I'm almost finished it, but I'll be reading it again and again. A brilliant book, co-authored by two extremely brave men! (with a few contributions by John Peters wife, Helen).
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In 1991 John Peters and John Nichol were pilot and navigator on a mission over Iraq. They were shot down and this is their story.
I wouldn't normally be very attracted to a book about fast jets but this is a story of human frailty, endurance and the will to survive. And what really endeared me to this book was the honesty. As air crew in a Tornado these guys were at the top of their game, very skilled and confident. But having ejected from their little world of technology they find themselves alone, in enemy territory and very soon they are captured. What follows is a very personal account of their encounter with the brutality of war.
I loved the humour that peppered the story, it never seemed forced, just there as it sometimes in in even the most dire moments. There is a description of the men's pathetic attempt to hide their presence in the desert after they have ejected. I think it's John Nichol who describes how they left a trail with their parachutes that seemed to be saying 'enemy officers - this way!'
There is also a very telling moment much later when both men have gone through interrogation and are in prison . John Peters hears a cry ring out and realises the guards are coming for John Nichol for some misdemeanour. John Peters says he felt for his friend but his overiding feeling was that he was relieved they were not coming for him. These prisoners were not gung-ho film stars but people living in fear of their lives.
The story is told from both men's viewpoint and from Peters' wife who talks about what it was like to be at home waiting and not knowing.
A story that has stayed with me for a long time.

Author of - The Palaver Tree
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This was a very well written book..I enjoy watching John on sky news and thought to read the true story of his and fellow airman John time in the gulf war..it did make you realise how nasty people can be..recommend this read
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Very good book that i could not put down, I cant believe I did not pick this book up years ago!
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Very good recommended
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Great item
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My son is RAF pilot and I just cannot imagine what these families sent through. Overall the book has a very moving true story
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A very good read it gave an insight as to what our boys went though
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