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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (June 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099481952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099481959
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 3.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #455,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The most dramatic story of a secret wartime mission you will ever read" News of the World "A gripping account that follows the exploits of British and American special forces involved in a secret, deadly dual in the rugged terrain of Afghanistan" Eye Spy Magazine "A must read" Compass South "One of the best, if not THE best, books ever written about Special Forces operations" "This is a powerful military story, told with a human touch" The Good Book Guide

About the Author

Damien Lewis is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. He has worked for the Daily Telegraph, Guardian and the BBC. His previous books include Sunday Times bestsellers: Slave, Operation Certain Death and, most recently Bloody Heroes.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9f8fea08) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa23744) out of 5 stars A Gritty, Compelling Read Oct. 24 2014
By No drums no bugles - Published on
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Bloody Heroes, a hard-to-put-down account of a British SBS (Special Boat Service as opposed to the better known Special Air Service) unit's deployments after the 9/11 attack to foil planned attacks against the UK and then to join American forces in Afghanistan. Of particular interest to me was the battle at Qala-I-Janghi where SBS fought along side a handful of American SOF (special operations forces) and CIA paramilitary officers against an uprising of al-Qaeda and Taliban (AQT) prisoners. Qala-I-Janghi is the fortress where Mike Spann was killed and a second CIA officer barely escaped with his life when the Islamists suddenly rose up against their Northern Alliance captors. Although Lewis was not there himself, he talked to many of the principals and the resulting story is entirely convincing in its authenticity. Detailed, hour-by-hour, day-by-day, it grinds on, sparing nothing, until the AQT holdouts are finally compelled to surrender. A gritty, compelling read.
While the battle itself has received much publicity over the years, the background to the unexpected uprising was a surprise, at least for me. The Northern Alliance had accepted an "honorable" surrender from the 600 man AQT force, which in fact did not include searching them for weapons; then it unwisely chose to imprison them in Qala-I-Janghi which had until just recently been a major Taliban base and contained a huge arms dump. The captured AQT quickly realized their good fortune and bided their time to rise up against the CIA officers interrogating them when they were most exposed. In the ensuing chaos they easily gained access to the stored arms and a prolonged fight ensued. AQT far outnumbered the Western quick reaction force that responded and had a virtually inexhaustible supply of light arms and some heavy weapons.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d83c3c) out of 5 stars Another great book by Lewis Feb. 10 2014
By NH Outdoorsman - Published on
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This is a well written, action packed book about a battle that few people knew took place. Again Lewis does a great job of telling the story in an attention grabbing manner and doesn't just try to fill up space. He does a super job with the back stories and the reasons why all those bad guys could have gotten so many weapons into prison.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d83bac) out of 5 stars Absolutely AMAZING!!! June 3 2009
By Chris - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The other reviews on Amazon have summed up my review pretty well.
This book covers - in its entirety - a seemingly forgotten battle early in the Afghanistan War/Conflict/Police Action or whatever it's being called these days.

The book was written by a Brit, mostly about Brits, so expect some "colonial" put-downs against our American boys. However, they are typically good-natured and are used sparingly.

Anyway, this book is a quick read and is bursting at the seams describing contemporary warfare at its quickest and bloodiest.

This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in the Qala-I-Janghi (Fortress of War), the War in Afghanistan, Special Forces operations, a war account from America's most steadfast ally, a break-neck action story, or just anyone who wants to read an interesting and entertaining story.

HASH(0x9fa23b7c) out of 5 stars Extremely Biased, Questionable "Facts", Unable to Recommend March 10 2016
By Master Hahn - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After taking forever to obtain through WorldCat, I read this with a combination of amazement and amusement.

It is a terrible read to anyone truly in the know. As a veteran (and one who has studied the Military Arts and Science field and Military History of all eras for decades, I can tell you that are a ton of factual errors in this book, which is odd considering the amount of "supposed" Special Forces / SpecOps people who have apparently said it's brilliant. And... contrary to what Lewis believes, not every sentence Brits speak has the word 'mate' in it (and ditto for Americans and the word 'buddy'.) I think he keeps trying to give the stereotypical impression of the hard pressed but cheerful British "Squaddie"... and the obviously dumb Yanks! The Taliban fighters come out with comments like 'cowardly infidel dogs' and the italicized Arabic words grow tiresome after a while. The "CIA Bob" speech on the mountain was cringeworthy. Overall it reads like a young boys comic book.

There is an obvious dislike for the SAS presented - and the American Special Forces, Delta Force, and CIA Paramilitaries are barely recognized.... And clearly second-class Operators!

The author is clearly NOT very sure on MOST of the facts!

This would really NOT even pass as a readable fiction book. As a supposed true story it's extremely laughable!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa23d2c) out of 5 stars Wow, this book really is exciting. It almost ... Nov. 1 2014
By LanetteH - Published on
Format: Paperback
Wow, this book really is exciting. It almost seems impossible that battles such as this take place, I said almost...This book depicts the fanaticism that the armed forces are faced with in the GWOT.
The British forces basically get pulled into a fight at a fort where Taliban fighters surrendered under false pretenses and then break out of the area where they were being held and start to fight Afghan and Allied forces.
Once again very entertaining with the added bonus of being a true story, which brings the harsh reality of the barbaric nature of this fight into the spotlight, with the added message that you shouldn't always (well, probably almost never) believe what the media reports about battles such as these.
Really enjoyable, I am a die-hard Damien Lewis fan.

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