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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 17 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Quercus
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 Mar. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00INLUVS4
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Zero Six Bravo: 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story Audio Download – Unabridged
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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)
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!
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(
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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Really interesting read about the SAS and how they get into situations and get out against very superior forces.Published 19 days ago by LESSEL SIMMERS
Purchased as a gift for husband: he would actually give 3.5 stars! He says the subject matter was good, but the writing style was somewhat cliched.Published 23 days ago by Acorn
Special Forces training in a war arena that has produced a story that if it appeared on the fiction shelves may be regarded as an impossible series of events.Published 27 days ago by Ted Hawkes
I have read a few of Mr Lewis's books (normally very enjoyable) and this is by far the worst so far. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Crystal Vision