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on 13 February 2011
I thought this was a very interesting and thought-provoking book.
I think one of the previous reviewers misunderstood its intended purpose; it is not designed to be the "explosive adventures of one man in war". There are plenty of those already published (and mostly so embellished as to hardly reflect reality, by the way).
Pete Blaber's pedigree is without doubt the "real-deal" and I'm amused that the previous reviewer feels they can be so dismissive from a position of such ignorance.
In the book, the author is more thoughtful and describes a number of real-life scenarios and the lessons that in hindsight he has gained from living through them.
He draws on examples from Delta's involvement in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan to illustrate certain lessons in good leadership and problem solving.
Any leader in the military would gain from reading his powerful (if simple) insights distilled from time on operations.
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on 24 March 2010
The last review (I believe it was already pointed out) misses the point of this book. This is not a "tell-all" book lavishly detailing the author's fearless, heroic exploits (typically done with a nonchalance to convey that their amazing actions are just another day at the office). This book is much more valuable in that it helps you understand the way in which the analytical minds of members of Tier 1 special operations units work. We all enjoy the manly tails of firefights and endless Selection courses, because we can understand it: you've gotta be tough. What Blaber does is give insight in to the much more elusive reason these men end up where they are: their minds. He walks the reader through the thought process of Delta operators as they plan and execute missions, offering lessons on leadership and decision making under the most dire and dangerous of circumstances.

Blaber is serious, yes, but also pretty humble in comparison to most "explosive, action-packed" SAS authors. Haney's book "Inside Delta Force" is certainly in the tradition of Andy McNab, but you'll find that both have been attacked by their respective Delta and SAS colleagues for sensationalism and fabrication, obviously done because this kind of writing sells books to special ops mass market paperback junkies.

On a final note, the British obsession with desperately asserting the SAS primacy in the special operations world is becoming pathetic. Blaber would not be "laughed out of Sterling Lines"...quite the contrary. There are no two Tier 1 units so closely linked than Delta and the SAS; the mutual respect is endless. People who make these kinds of assertions most likely have never been around the special operations community and know little about the selection, training and operations of these units, other than reading mass market paperbacks targeting insecure male nationalistic egos.
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on 24 November 2013
This book has been really inspiring for me. The lessons that you can learn are useful for military and non-military readers as they come from a person who has strong values and applied them in many different contexts.
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on 21 February 2014
A great read about leadership in general. Indepth, easy read and overall educating book.
I suggest for everybody, for those who are interested about SOF and overall leadership in general.

Thank you for this great book and your service, Mr. Blaber !
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on 30 May 2013
As a soldier by career i felt this book gave me insight in to the mindset of one of the worlds most elite units and it's warriors.
It also teaches some good principles, and as they say the toolbox is never full!
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on 18 September 2011
This book is well written and has a lot of good lessons in it. I would recommend it to anyone especially if they are interested on what goes on in the special forces.
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on 3 January 2014
I saw a american soldier reading this book and I bought it for my son who enjoyed it , when I asked him how many stars he said definitely 5+
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on 21 December 2013
what more can one say than that above, I enjoyed it and its one of those which is difficult to put down and as the IBM chap wrote .....
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on 1 November 2009
This book was so boring and tediusly too serious that i burst out laughing at some of the things this seriously boring author put in his book about his life in Delta force.To say i didnt enjoy it is an understatement,dont waste your money on buying this book by what must be the worlds most boring and serious man.All he keeps harping on about is 'when in doubt,develop the situation'humour your imagination' and so on and so on zzzz.Ive read 'immidiate action' and 'seven troop' by Andy mcnab which are brilliant reads with are both a mixture of sadness,seriousness but most of all dark humour,which this Pete blaber lacks in abundance.At one point he sounds rediculous in his story about a fellow 'warrior' when asking him if he would make an specific OP in time.The 'warrior'replied that he would, even if they were 5 guys stood naked in the OP after they removed their clothes and gear to make it on time!
"I thought to myself where do we get these men?" he said!!!
OMG give me strenth!!! This bloke would be laughed out of stirling lines after a day!!If you write another book mate,dont take ya self so serious next time.
Buy 'inside Delta force' by Eric Haney or 'Delta force' by Charles Beckwith if you want to know anything on this secretive unit they are much better reads.
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