Violent Delights Hardcover – 15 Oct 1997
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He calls the Royal Anglian Regiment The Royal "Anglican" Regiment - an error that no soldier with any experience would make.
When he describes his participation in the ambush at Loughall he tells how he changed his magazine on his GPMG - schoolboy error, the GPMG is belt fed, not magazine fed. There is also too much sympathy for the republican cause, too apologetic for me.
When he describes his participation in the Falklands war, he says that after the paras captured Goose Green his patrol was picked up by helicopter and extracted to Bluff Cove, but Bluff Cove was not secured by 2 Para until several days after the battle of Goose Green. He talks of being armed with an M203 "multi-barrelled anti tank missile" but it's no such thing-it's simply an M16 rifle with a 40mm grenade launcher under the barrel.
No, Scott Graham is a Walter Mitty who has read a lot of books and fantasised this fiction which is full of errors that any experienced soldier will spot - and I was a paratrooper for 36 years
I actually read this before joining the forces in 1988 so at the time I was enthralled by its content, on reading it again all these years later I too realise there is a lot of questions around the accuracy of this book. Don't get me wrong its a great read and it deserves the 4 starts I've given it in my opinion but as others have said, there are inconsistencies throughout and the chances of the British or Irish finding out about this affair is unlikely to say the least, especially around this time in the conflict.
Also she never knew he was SAS according to the book, that part is possible but knowing these guys as I do, the regiment comes first and I don't believe his love for her would have stopped him from reporting his findings about her and even dropping her himself.
An old book but worth a read, enjoy it for what it is, fact based fiction!
So if that's wrong, what else is? Quite a lot, actually. Coming from a staunchly Republican background in West Belfast, is it likely that the pubescent Mairead Farrell would have been bowled-over by anyone even remotely English, five years into the troubles? And after ten years' imprisonment, drinking in even more of a hatred of England, would she have felt the same afterwards and fallen into the author's arms? Perhaps she was swayed by the fact that her alleged welder had searched the streets for her and by a miraculous coincidence just happened to spot her. Let's get something straight, shall we? No-one - in the author's words, who `looked like a British Army Para or an off-duty PTI' - would have driven slowly around the Falls Road area, alone and unarmed, in broad daylight, keenly looking at passers-by in 1986, no matter how much `in lurve' they were.
No-one who has any knowledge of the way the security services worked at that time in Ulster - and Graham certainly did - would be in any doubt that as soon as a dangerous terrorist like Farrell was released from prison, she would have been under electronic and physical surveillance, noting who telephoned her, whom she corresponded with and whom she met.Read more ›
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Some of the pages are falling out and the story in parts seems very far fetched. Worth a read, interesting to read about the work the SAS carry out.Published on 25 Jan. 2014 by Donna Henning
Speedy delivery from seller at a reasonable price. Pity the book was rubbish! Don't believe for 1 minute the story was true. This guy is a Walter Mitty. Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2010 by P. Slane
I could not put this book down,however I am still amazed that they were never found out by either the IRA or the British Army. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2009 by Amazon Customer
This book reads like a high octane fiction thriller but is in fact an actual account of a love affair between a highly professional SAS soldier and a highly professional IRA... Read morePublished on 25 May 2009 by Douglas george hall
I read alot of Military books on soldiers personel expierences and have a big interest in the Northern Ireland conflict so was keen to get my hands on this book, but after reading... Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2008 by nick mason
A true love story in every sense of the word..... the only problems being one of the partners was a badged member of the SAS and the other a convicted IRA terrorist. Read morePublished on 10 May 2002
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