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Wearing the Green Beret: A Canadian with the Royal Marine Commandos Paperback – Jan 17 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; First Edition edition (Jan. 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771068573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771068577
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The honest and fast-paced book covers the time between his decision to sign up through to his post-discharge flight home, which he says was definitely a one-way ticket."
—Vancouver Sun
"Canadian Jake Olafsen survived and thrived in the Royal Marines from 2005 to 2009, serving two tours in Afghanistan and now relating his experiences in this gripping memoir. . . . Olafsen's descriptions of firefights are vivid and well-written, albeit laced with profanity."
Winnipeg Free Press
". . . Olafson documents it all in its Full Metal Jacket intensity"
Telegraph Journal

About the Author

JAKE OLAFSEN was born and raised on Vancouver Island. After college he worked in the family business in the forest industry. He served with the Canadian Army Reserve for nearly 3 years and helped to battle the B.C. forest fires of 2003. In 2005-2009, Olafsen was a Royal Marine Commando and served 2 tours in Afghanistan. He was most recently in Afghanistan in April 2008, and in total he has spent nearly 14 months in the volatile Helmand province. In 2009, he left the Corps and returned home to Vancouver Island to pursue a career in the international maritime security industry, indulging his passion for mountaineering in his spare time.

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This was a great read lots of excitement and the author has a great sense of humour.... I guess its all the "Cheerfulness in the Face of Adversity". He talks about the good parts all the camaraderie, the exhilaration of success he achieved but he doesn't shy away from telling you about the bad either loosing friends and some pretty crappy conditions form bootcamp all the way through to the hot sticky bug infested jungles of Asia. I enjoyed following the author along this journey from his decision to join the Royal Marine's to his time in theatre to his eventual return home. Fantastic book and I hope Mr Olafsen considers writing more.
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Jake presents a highly detailed and engaging account of his time with the UK's Royal Marines. The narrative is entertaining and humourous, and offers an interesting first-hand account of his experiences. The book is a refreshing change from the mainstream accounts of soldiering - this is not a dry, second hand account by a war journalist, nor does it seek to vent personal frustrations or deliver a personal agenda from some grizzled, jaded SNCO. The storytelling does not come across as exaggerated, sensationalist or political. It is a straight forward modern day account account of life in the front lines.
The author's writing style makes it easy to imagine the day-to-day realities of modern combat. He describes (but doesn't dwell on) the huge expanses of boredom and the frustrations of one-sided rules of combat, and then paints vivid accounts of intense fighting sequences, the ferocity of modern weapons and the sense of awe that comes from close range exposure to Apache gunships, precision bombing strikes and AC130 Gunships raining down hell upon the enemy. Overall, a great book which I had a hard time putting down.
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This book is a must read for anybody with an interest in war novels, fiction or non-fiction. Very informative, but more importantly very entertaining. The action sequences were rivteting - I did not want them to end.
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