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Newly revised and available in audio, this is the unforgettable chronicle of Rusty Firmin’s combat experiences - a fascinating and intimate portrayal of what it was like to be part of the world's most respected special operations force.  

From its early beginnings in World War II, the Special Air Service (SAS) has won renown in some of the most dramatic, dangerous and controversial military special operations of the 20th century. It is a secretive and mysterious unit, whose operations and internal structures are hidden from the public eye. Now, one of its longest-serving veterans offers a glimpse into the shadowy world of the SAS. Rusty Firmin spent an incredible 15 years with 'The Regiment' and was a key figure in the assault of the Iranian Embassy in London in May 1980.

©2016 Rusty Firmin (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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WHAT A LOAD OF SELF LOATHING GUFF

I am a fan of Military memoirs. But some are just a vehicle for the author to bemoan about or (‘Set the record straight’) about fellow servicemen and or authors.
This man certainly falls into that category.
The whole undertone is of him being ‘hard done by’
The story is unremarkable, the narration is appalling.
And there seems to be no discernible ark to his anecdotes.
Do yourself a favour and buy ‘Seven troop’ or
‘The Operator’. Brilliantly compelling, funny and action packed military memoirs that do not make you feel like you listened to a boring, bitter, drunk for 8 hours
and live with the knowledge that you will never recoup that time.

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Not the best SAS Book

The story was laboured!
The narrator makes the author sound bitter!
well worth avoiding .

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awful narration

if this was read by someone different It could of been good unfortunately it wasn't, turned it off after 2 chapters

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good listen

a very good insite to the army and the regiment and also a very interesting life story

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A Great Listen into a Different World

A view into a world the public rarely sees and an insight into what happens 99% of the time when the cameras are not on.

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Great book and insight

Really good book, thanks Rusty for sharing your story of SAS life. Such a shame how you were treated towards the end. Life goes on

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Simply the best

I’m a complete sas nut and this audiobook is sensational had me gripped from start until finish thank you rusty

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Great biography.

I loved the story as I could relate to so much of it. The army jargon, the joining up and basic training at a young age. Resettlement at the end. My only issue was it got a little monotone towards the end

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A great insight into a resilience mind

Personally I think you can’t beat a book/audio on and ex-forces stories, lessons which have taken a year to learn are passed on and Rusty has done so plentifully and generously. Well narrated, very interesting and some great takeaways

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Warts and all, without the glory hunting...

There are many books like this to choose from, and mostly follow the same formula. Whilst this one is not dissimilar to the others, I loved the brutal honesty of the story teller in showing us how it really was. It's not all flash bang, jumping into hot spots, shooting up our enemies and then getting home in time for tea and medals; infact quite the opposite. I really enjoyed the chapter on the Falkland Islands and learnt something new. Crazy times. Thank you for this book, Rusty.

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  • 27-07-22

For the target audience, full marks

This book isn’t for everyone. Military lingo, nuances of training, logistics, operational mishaps and the like. Snapshots of policy and a global powers position on projecting diplomacy through firepower and counter terrorism. For those who seek this book for what they already think it to be, it will not disappoint. Really enjoyed the author’s perspective on his service with an incredible unit.

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  • Edwin J Cardona
  • 24-11-21

Excellent

If you're into the world of special operations you will love this one. The narrator is excellent and Rustys storie was excellent as well his accounts of real world events really kept my hooked

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  • yardranger
  • 17-05-21

Great story

As a former US Army Ranger, I highly recommend this book written by a true hero of the British SAS. Great insights on his experiences.