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Hmmm, interesting but leaves out too much
22 October 2018
I'm a bit of a glutton for SAS books. From McNabb to Ryan I have read them all. As ex forces the stories intrigue me and I love the background.
This one seemed like it would be good - Ant looks interesting on the TV and as if he had a story to tell.
First off - this is a large book due to it;'s very large typeset. Had it been a normal sized font you could expect the book to be half the size. That age old publishers trick. Fine - content that matters.
Game of two halves really. The first part - his background, how he got to the Para's and how he ended up in the Marines. Interesting and would have loved to hear more about just these. About halfway through though it really loses its way and just becomes a long long story about the TV show on a boat, that I never watched or cared about.
Due to new rules one presumes there is literally nothing in here about the SBS times, how he ended up there, the experience or why and how he left. Zero. Nothing. Literally jumps from Marines (but barely anything about that) to bad boy civvy to boat story.
There is also nothing about why or how he ended up on TV, what the story was there or how the SAS programmes came about.
So - great first half (about 2 hours read) and then not much else. There also seems to have been a publisher decision to make this an "Ant's life lessons in..." type ending to each chapter. I just found this tedious and narcissistic. Would have preferred the stories.
Interesting but might be a better paperback read for some.