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True life account of a SAS mission
Bravo Two-Zero - Andy McNab
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Bravo Two-Zero - Andy McNab
Date: 27/08/11, updated on 27/08/11 (24 review reads)
Advantages: It's got Action, danger and its a true life account
I listened to the audio book version of this book. I am not too keen on non-fiction books but after reading the blurb, I thought I'd give it a read.
If you've seen the movie of the same name starring Sean Bean if I recall correctly, then you'll already know, but for anyone else I'll try giving a brief overview.
It is based on Andy McNab's own experience whilst in the SAS. He commanded a 8-man SAS team called Bravo Two Zero during the First Gulf War. They were infiltrated into Iraq. Their mission was to destroy an underground communications link coming out of Baghdad, and any mobile Scud missile launchers they may come across in the Iraqi desert.
The mission goes awry pretty much as soon as they are dropped off by helicopter at night. Due to faulty intelligence, they are compromised by some local sheep herders. The rest of the story is about how they try to fight, escape and evade their pursuers and try to get out of Iraq, over across to Syria which is the nearest border to them.
I enjoyed this book. I learnt a lot about how the SAS works and how they use escape and evasion tactics. The way he has told it makes it feel like a novel instead of a true event. He doesn't go into too much detail about the weapons and everything is written in layman's terms. The pace never slows down and you want to find out what happens.
If you've read any of his Nick Stone novels, you should be able to see a similarity between that character and Andy McNab in this book.
I can also recommend a book called 'The One that Got Away' by Chris Ryan. He was the medic on this mission, and in his book, he gives an account detailing the mission from his point of view.
They both put their own spin on it so the accounts they tell are slightly different. His book differs quite a bit in content as well, as Chris Ryan was the only member of the team to cross the Syria border successfully.
* Summary *
Recommended for anyone really especially if you like true life stories, military type books or movies like Behind Enemy Lines and Black Hawk Down. It is an enthralling read.
Summary: Suitable for anyone
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