Bravo Two Zero: The Harrowing True Story of a Special Forces Patrol Behind the Lines in Iraq Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 1994
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"The best account yet of the SAS in action" Sunday Times "Extraordinary" The Times "Gripping" Daily Telegraph "Magnificent" Independent on Sunday "A gripping account of special forces at work...a tremendous adventure story" Daily Telegraph --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Their mission: To take out the scuds. Eight went out. Five came back. Their story had been closed in secrecy. Until now. They were British Special Forces, trained to be the best. In January 1991 a squad of eight men went behind the Iraqi lines on a top secret mission. It was called Bravo Two Zero. On command was Sergeant Andy McNab. "They are the true unsung heroes of the war." -- Lt. Col. Steven Turner, American F-15E commander. Dropped into "scud alley" carrying 210-pound packs, McNab and his men found themselves surrounded by Saddam's army. Their radios didn't work. The weather turned cold enough to freeze diesel fuel. And they had been spotted. Their only chance at survival was to fight their way to the Syrian border seventy-five miles to the northwest and swim the Euphrates river to freedom. Eight set out. Five came back. "I'll tell you who destroyed the scuds -- it was the British SAS. They were fabulous." -- John Major, British Prime Minister. This is their story. Filled with no-holds-barred detail about McNab's capture and excruciating torture, it tells of men tested beyond the limits of human endurance... and of the war you didn't see on CNN. Dirty, deadly, and fought outside the rules.See all Product Description
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The book is a GRIPPING read expecially the part about his horrendous torture by the iraqi's. The way he writes makes you feel like your standing next to the man himself during the mission.
It's a tale of true british heroism by an outstandingly brave group of men sent on an impossible mission.
At the time, "Bravo Two Zero" seemed to confirm my view of the SAS as the world's premier elite unit, up there with the US's Delta Force and Israel's Sayeret Matkal. The tale that Andy McNab tells shows how training, guts and determination could overcome botches like being dropped too close to a hive of Iraqi soldiers with faulty intelligence and poor radio gear. The story of how the unit adapted to adversity was inspirational.
There's only one problem. Much of it is not true and I feel kicked in the teeth by the betrayal. Pick up a copy of "The Real Bravo Two Zero" by Michael Asher, published by Cassell & Co, ISBN 0-304-36436-3 in May 2002. The author is a former SAS trooper who has spent many years travelling in Arab lands. He read Bravo Two Zero and The One That Got Away and felt there was something wrong with them, apart from the fact that they flatly contradicted each other in many places. So he went into Iraq with a film crew and did some detective work.
Amazingly he found the original drop zone and all of the other significant sites in the book. He met the Iraqis who were on the other side and finds artifacts of the mission. The Iraqis (who were ordinary farmers and who, as we see, have no reason to lie) confirm the basic details of what the book says, but they (together with Asher's GPS) show up that many of the really heroic parts were exaggerated or plain made up by McNab!Read more ›
In any case, the book has its moments. It does a little bit of every thing, unfortunately it doesn't do them well enough to make an impression. The brief fire fights are handled hastily but his captivity is handled very well. I primarily read this book to get a non-American view point as I've read many US war books. So, in that sense, I feel like the author accomplished something. The writing is above average, it's just that the story seemed to lack substance. (I know easy to say, I wasn't there getting shot at and freezing my a$$ off)
It's worth a read, but in all honestly "Black Hawk Down" is the way to go if you have to ration your reading time. I don't mean to say that BHD is a better book (It is, in any case) but it is definitely a better story and more importantly the story is captured magnificently by the author. It almost bothers me to have to recommend this book over Bravo Two Zero because for those who have not read BHD, you probably think it's some Hollywood flamed movie. In all honesty, it is one of the best books I've ever read. A second recommendation if you're looking for a "Ranger-ish" special forces type book, "Ghost Soldiers" is a must read.
To those who gave Bravo Two Zero 5 stars and raved about the action, I'm just curios to know what you would give BHD? 30 stars???????
The movie does the book no justice and am sure people notice many things wrong with it. The book however is detailed and describes many aspects of SAS life.
By now most people have a general idea what happened to the patrol Bravo Two Zero, with the history channel specials and many more documentaries surrounding the ill-fated patrol. The reason the book is so successful I believe is because it has everything that people want, although these people technically failed to do what they were in Iraq to do (through bad intelligence etc.) its still a story or heroism and survival against the odds. Just the kind of story peoples everywhere Love.
Andy Mcnab's writing style is perfect for this kind of book, he doesn't try to put his story across like he is writing the Queens speech, he isn't in any way pretentious, he is what he is (and now a multi best selling author), A former SAS Trooper.
This was the first of many SAS books I read but still remains the best. 5 Stars.
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for those who want nothing than to belittle this book, try and remember it is an edited version of what happened of course your not going to get all the detail and... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2011 by tafftrooper
The book is a great exciting read. In the tradition of Star War's !
Mc Nab certainly has a way of catching the readers attention. Read more
Who do you believe? The author who actually was there and experienced all what occured, or a man who knows nothing about it, but got his information second hand? Read morePublished on March 1 2004 by Robert Lang
This is very good book and i recommend evreyone to read it!Published on Feb. 20 2004 by Guy Rutenberg
i have never read anything more stupid in my whole life.....i really cannot beleive that in a rational world in which we live there are people whol belive this stroy about eight... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003
As an American citizen who happens to be a big fan of the British SAS, I generally snatch up and read any SAS book I can get my hands on. I found McNab's book really good. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003 by Eric Rucker
This book is not for everybody. The author goes into detail about his torture and it is gripping. I am glad these guys were on our side. Read morePublished on July 21 2003 by Steven R. Marrell