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The semi special force
on 4 January 2005
I read other reviews before buying this book. Some slated it and others thought it was great and highlighted weaknesses in current SFs. I had to buy it to decide for myself. What is shocking in this book is the way in which John Urwin was apparently selected for the role. There was no E&E training, jungle or urban training as all his training appeared to take place in a hut in Cyprus and somehow, in a matter for a few days of intensive training, he was a "machine". Hogwash. He was called up for national service, how would an assassation team know he could kill anyone anywhere? He would not describe himself as naturally aggressive judging by his book.
I believe the British government had and has similar miltary capabilities but it was not mentioned that his book was sent to the MOD. How can anyone verify what he wrote? His book will sell because you will want to know what the fuss is about, but there are far too many unanswered questions as he did not disclose enough information to convince me he was telling the truth. Borrow it from the library, don't buy it.