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This is a REMF fantasy! Garbage!
on 12 May 2012
As a veteran and jungle warfare instructer who has served in south east Asia it didn't take long to realise to realise this was written by someone who had never done a patrol in primary or secondary jungle. Well; the rat started to smell when the "hero" had an 8 inch Bowie knife on his belt! The men would laugh at you if you dressed up like that in a real unit. Unit insignia? Do me a favour. Scarf around head like a pirate? Really. Not loose around neck as a sweat rag and a cut brim jungle hat then? The 40 reviews on the amazon.com site reveal this. Patrolling at night in open formations? Yeah right! Close quarter battle scenes don't happen like that! The SOPs are all wrong for meal stops, hasty defence, close target recces, battle procedure. You dont even carry the right kit and correct weights; thats just sloppy research! Hey! Good luck to you! I realised years ago in an R&R bar listening to a helicopter refueller regaling civvies and hot babes about his behind the lines exploits that everyone wants to pull up a sand bag and tell tall tales. I was trying to pretend i was a civil servant in the education aid department until two six foot monsters with military tattoos arrived and started calling me "Sir"! I just winked at him; good luck to him, he had a better tour than me.Readers beware! This book is a good enough yarn but it is not a no-duf tale by a jungle trooper so stop pretending it is.