08 August 2019
We’ve had plenty of books from ex-SAS members though few have the spread of action that Peter Radcliffe’s account covers.
Author: Peter Radcliffe DCM
Reviewed by: Duncan Evans
We’ve had plenty of books from ex-SAS members though few have the spread of action that Peter Radcliffe’s account covers. Starting in Oman in the 1970s he was dispatched to the urban jungle of Northern Ireland, the Falklands War and the first Gulf War. It comes with two glossy photo plate sections showing the author in various parts of the world. Half of the people he’s with are masked out, either because of security issues or that they were killed in subsequent missions. For all the boys own adventure spirit that tends to come through, there’s a deadly seriousness to it all.
The actual writing is surprisingly well done. It’s pacey yet full of details and pulls no punches – there’s humour yet blood and gore. The author also doesn’t hold back lambasting people he’s worked with who weren’t up to the job – whether that’s fellow SAS members or those higher up. It all adds up to one of the more eye-opening accounts from ex-SAS members that’s also a cracking read.
• Michael O’Mara Books
• ISBN 978-1-7892-9138-4
• 452 pages • Paperback • £9.99
As reviewed in The Armourer August 2019
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