Thrilling, factual account of the world of private covert ops.
This book is a classic of its kind (and I say that as an author with some knowledge of the world described). The writing is superb, spare, with no unnecessary frills but nail-bitingly tense. The author takes us into, not one, but two totally separate worlds. The first is the world of private covert operations, of guns for hire, of murky relationships with the state actors, it is a field with which he obviously has first-hand experience and which he describes expertly. The second world is the world of the extremist, the armed Jihadi, who must be confronted if his rescue missions are to succeed. And succeed they did. This is a story of courage under fire, of idealism and of unimaginable danger, deprivation and hardship. It is brilliantly told, authentic and as thrilling as only a true story can be. Read it.