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If Cameron ever reads this, i thought the book was well good and it was worth every penny i bought it with. I book i read before it was 'Bravo Two Zero' (by Andy McNab - Wikid Guy) and it talks about the other squadrons and i found that 'Sabre Squadron' was about A-Squadron (Bravo 2 0 being B squadron). It was a good insight into the difference between the to squadrons. This book was an excellent read, i found myself awake at the wee hours of the morning reading it. Im stil looking for a book on D squadron whilst in Iraq if anyone finds it if you could email me at Sebby89@hotmail.com and give me any other details, that would be cool. Anyway, i recommend this book highly if you are looking for a realistic and exciting approach to the SAS in Iraq. There are highs and lows and some funny things that show the lighter side of the military. Its well worth buying!
After reading Andy McNabs work I decided to try a few other similar books, this was the first of Cameron Spences books I read and it was certainly on a par with Andy McNabs work. I think McNabs fictional work (Remote Control, Crisis 4 and Firewall etc) was slightly more gripping but his non-fictional stuff (Bravo 2 Zero and Immediate Action) was very much along the same lines as this. Sabre Squadron is basically a diary of one group’s excursion behind enemy lines during the Gulf war and details some of the highs and lows of their experiences. It is very revealing in as much that we, the general public, knew at the time that the SAS were operating over there but we never actually knew in what capacity. This book opens that up to us and in doing so really captures your imagination in such a way that you can almost feel the tension as they make their way through enemy territory. It is a little short of action with only a few “contacts” during their campaign but those are graphically described. In fact the build up to them give you an opportunity to get to know the characters in such a way that you’re willing them to come through the operation unscathed. I think the reason behind that is because you’ve almost got to know the characters as real people and not just some character in a story. There are actually a few references to Andy McNab in the book that seem a bit surreal, however, in retrospect I suppose it is obvious there would be as both these guys were part of the SAS at the same time and as such would have come into contact with each other on numerous occasions. All in all I prefer McNabs non fictional work as you are never quite sure where the story is going whereas with this sort of work you sort of know (barring the fates of some of the characters) how its going to end up. The other main difference of course is the fact that there is only so many times you can read about the preparations and th
e tactics used in real operations before you start getting a feeling of déjà vu. The above in no way detracts from this book though as it is still a very interesting read, as I said earlier though it didn’t grab me in the same way as some of McNabs work does and I did feel as if I could just put it down at any time as opposed to some of McNabs which you just can not stop reading.
"Sabre Squadron" by Cameron Spence (ex-SAS Sergeant) is his true tale of behind the lines action during the Gulf War with an SAS unit. Spence's unit was charged with the duty of patrolling behind enemy lines in Iraq, principally providing reconnasaince information, information on troop movements and scud movements and where possible attacking and destroying these scuds and other targets of opportunity. It's a fantastic story which truly conveys the danger, tension and difficulty of operating behind enemy lines under such conditions. It's sometimes amusing, mainly due to the black humour commonly associated with such situations, sometimes shocking but always gripping with a pace to rival the best. It's a fantastic read which will appeal to anyone to likes the genre, is interested in the Gulf War, the army/SAS or someone who wants a good tense read. Heartily recommended. Also by Spence is "All Necessary Measures" which I have also reviewed - check Media/Books/Authors/Spence, Cameron for my opinion - it's also superb!