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Described as 'a thrilling insight into the way this country's (Australia's) SAS soldiers are selected and trained' - the bit I have issue with here is thrilling - thats a little off the mark. When you're used to Andy McNab and Chris Ryan, this book stands out for being such a disappointment - basically nothing happens and it may have been more interesting if it was an audio recording of someone reading the numbers between 1 and 10,000.
Bravo Two Zero has been jazzed up, it has been said that 'Andy' has done a dis-service to other members of the patrol - I wasn't there (or was i) ... but it was a good read. Thats one of teh key points of a good book - enjoyment! Such books about the SAS zing out as 'I want to know about this world of the elite and their covert ops' and I dont believe the difference is down to location.
This is just not a great book.
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being ex-military I understand that they didnt put in finer detials about how they cleared room ect. it was there over all stratgie this book give you a inside view off. reading this is probably the closest you will get to knowing the SASR with out joining.
the main review fits the book perfectly, and you get a few recount of the diggers them selfs. what more could you possibly want?
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No, it praises how good the Australian SAS is over and over again. There is no real 'heros journey' or great loss to over come in this book. Every character is so 'good' and 'unreal' that it becomes one big 'aren't we 'f#*king awesome.
What was most disappointing about Ian McPhedran’s story?
The criticism is one sided. If there is any negative, then it is outside the SAS. There is no real insight into this secretive organisation and no history to speak of. I think Ian McPhedran is in love with the SAS.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Narrated by Peter Byrne who can't break his style from saying only a few words at a time even if the sentence needs to run through. Very tedious. His accents are clique and swearing seemed fake.
Could you see The Amazing SAS being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
Perhaps an Anime Cartoon with any of the actors playing James Bond as the characters.
Any additional comments?
If you want a book to portray the emotion and hardship then Peter Fitzsimons is your author, if you want the history; Paul Ham, if you want a level handed review of the subject then get David McCullough. Entertaining then Michael Palin is your man. Ian McPhedran should stick to writing for his master, Murdock.
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