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Zero Six Bravo: 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story by [Lewis, Damien]
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'Behind enemy lines: setting the record straight on an epic escape from Iraq' Soldier Magazine. (Soldier Magazine)

'More action than Call of Duty. Lifts the lid on the Special Forces mission they tried to keep secret' Captain David Blakeley, author of Pathfinder. (Captain David Blakeley)

'More than a tale of bravery against desperate odds. It provides an object lesson in what can go wrong when intelligence is flawed and insufficient resources and too few troops are used in war' Toby Harnden, Sunday Times. (Sunday Times)

'One of the best accounts of a behind-enemy-lines mission ever' Phil Campion, ex-SAS and author of Born Fearless. (Phil Campion)

'One of the most remarkable stories in the history of special forces' operations' Daily Express. (Daily Express)

'Sixty special forces against 100,000 - a feat of British arms to take the breath away' Frederick Forsyth. (Frederick Forsyth)

'Ten years after a near disastrous mission during the Second Gulf War, which ended in allegations of cowardice, the story of M Squadron Special Boat Service is finally being told' Daily Telegraph. (Daily Telegraph)

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The No.1 Sunday Times bestseller. This is the untold true story of the most desperate battle fought by British and allied Special Forces trapped behind enemy lines since World War Two.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6367 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P1WEUE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 269 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,686 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Much as I admire some of his previous books this narrative is fairly repetitive & slow reading. No doubting the sentiment & bravery of the guys involved but story strung out & far better if written in half the words.
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Format: Paperback
I have just read another's review that basically says "a good book but it gets a bit repetitive". I would say that pretty much sums it up. I have not read a book by this author before and enjoyed the read. You can tell he's coming at it from a positive and respectful angle, and there is always merit in trying to get the "real version" out there to redress the balance after negative press formed on half (if that) of the story. This must be very frustrating for those either involved or connected to those involved, who are sworn to silence or forbidden from trying to defend themselves or their loved ones. At least from this angle, the book is something I appreciate

Having read all of the main texts on the Bravo Two Zero debacle, I would have liked this book to have explored more of the similarities in failure. At one point in the book Lewis says that lessons were learned from Bravo Two Zero, but after reading the book it hardly seems the case, save for the use of vehicles and the issue of cold weather clothing. The incredible intelligence failures could have been explored more...or perhaps Lewis didn't want to turn it into an analysis of where it all went wrong. For me, the book could have benefitted from an in depth post script covering the post mortem that must surely have taken place. In a way the almost unbelievable repeat of such a clusterf*** was the really interesting story, and that was not investigated.

The action is repetitive. Ok that might be how it happened, but somehow it became frustrating to read. It would probably transfer to screen better than it does on paper.

The book is a good read if you appreciate stories about human spirit, and the incredible will to survive. It is hard to read without thinking how you might cope yourself in such a situation, and realising you wouldn't at all. You leave the book with a great respect for everybody involved (except for those behind the desks who dreamed it up)
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Format: Hardcover
leaving aside all questions of the legitimacy of the war,what is striking about the story is the utter and complete lunacy of the original mission which the SF was tasked to do and that British soldiers-one American in their group- had such poor air support having to struggle in and struggle out again on the Chinook shuttle....following this of course the men took a hammering in the media with their SAS commander sacked when the real issue was which idiot or group of idiots would send a team way into enemy territory to take the surrender of a massive enemy force-100,000 strong-without absolutely guaranteed and corroborated intelligence??? (Its also interesting to note that the earlier mission described to board the NV Nisha was also based on flawed intelligence)And one can guarantee almost that these idiots didnt even get a wrap on the knuckles.......rant over.
Its a well-told and lively narrative,with many human touches and little descent into SF jargon of brave men doing a tough and impossible mission and their escape.You dont have to agree with why they were there or indeed any of it to enjoy a powerful adventure.It could be shorter and chapters 2 and 3 dont tell you much(
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As other people have said, this book is light on facts, and heavy on 'Boys own' fiction. A Sqn (-) task to take the surrender of a Corps, seriously!!!

Having been in the military for over 30 years, 5 of which spent in the Middle East in various countries, there are times I have almost thrown it in the bin (but it was a present so I am persevering!).

There are so many holes I don't know where to begin, but lets start at the beginning of the book. We are supposed to believe that Sgt Grayling (Grey) is an experienced SF op but when almost discovered by a boy goat herder, in order to try to keep the mission a secret (and not let the boy escape) he considers blowing him away (and half his goats) with a .50 Cal HMG!!! They dont make much noise do they, oh and unlike an assault rifle (which most Arabs have access to - from the 1st Gulf War) it couldnt be passed off as celebratory fire. Or, now heres an idea, why not take him down by hand and silently.

Terminology is incorrect, JTAC stands for Joint Tactical Air Controller Damien, not what you wrote. The Squadron Sergeant Major (SSM) goes from being the 'Troop SSM (!), to the RSM, back to the SSM. The clue is in the title. Now the SF boys tend to shy away from 'the rules' as we know but no one, ever, in my experience, says 'Afirm' on the radio (unless they are a Yank or been watching too may war films). The answer should be Roger over, or Roger out or even Ack but come on. These seemingly small issues undermine the credibility of the book.

If you are after a serious book with credible insights, avoid this like the plague!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I bought this book to read on my hols in sunnier climes and I wasn't disappointed, in fact it became a struggle to put the book down, lever myself from my sun-lounger and plop into the pool. Gripping, fast-paced and well written this has to be up there with the best of genre. As others have said, the "story" was one that wasn't widely reported and was new to me - had it been a work of fiction I would probably be marking it down for its unbelievability.

My only criticism is that it ended a little abruptly: the story was told, but it would have been good to have a little more detail on what some of the main players did next. But if a book leaves you wanting more then it has probably done its job well.

If you enjoy this sort of book, buy this - you wont be disappointed. But watch out for that red nose.
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